January 26, 2005 

classically delicious

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

Since his birth in Salzburg, Austria on January 27, 1756, folks have begged: Rock me Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In honor of what would be his 249th birthday, KBSU radio plans to play all Mozart all day on January 27. From the age of three, when he began composing music, until his death at age 35, Mozart crafted more than 620 pieces including the essentials "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," "The Magic Flute," "Don Giovanni" and "Requiem." From morning to night, KBSU will play many of the sonatas, choral works, symphonies, chamber pieces and concertos from the marvelous composer.

KBSU is heard on 90.3 FM in Boise and 91.7 FM in McCall.

idahomegrown rock

CRASH FOUR AND KORBY LENKER

Boise rockers Crash Four have a friend in town. Visiting the jamtastic quartet is Twin Falls-bred Korby Lenker. My how he's grown. Now a full-fledged Seattle-dweller and cmt.com bluegrass darling, Korby is back in his home state to pick and strum and get his friends' tails a-wigglin'. So if he plays on stage with his pals, will the quintet create a superband Crash Five? Perhaps not. But the Four will finish where Kirby left off and fiddle their way through the night.

Saturday, Jan. 29, 9 p.m., $3, The Bouquet, 1010 Main St., 345-6605.

strictly strings

BOISE PHILHARMONIC SOUNDS LIKE FUN! FAMILY EVENT

Boise Philharmonic, featuring the String Instrument Family, presents Sounds Like Fun! Concerts for Families, an educational event for the whole family. Each Sounds Like Fun! event features a different family of orchestral instruments: strings, brass, percussion, etc. The musicians play in an informative, upbeat and interactive way that gets everyone dancing in the aisles.

Saturday, Jan. 29, 11 a.m. $6 general, $4 children and seniors, $18 family (2 adults and up to 4 children), Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 516 S. 9th St., 344-7849.

skafunkreggae

UPRIGHT DUB ORCHESTRA

One love, mon. And love don't lie down; love is upright--appropriately enough for the Upright Dub Orchestra, a six-member cauldron of Jamaican beats loosely based in the old skool dub styles. Their rainy Portland roots make their great ska, funk and reggae grooves all the more colorful and festive. Already one of Boise's favorite visitors, these purveyors of fine-tuned downtempo beats and skankereific style have been delivering tales of oppression and freedom from the Machine while getting the party started since 2001.

Friday and Saturday, January 28 and 29, 9:30 p.m., $4, Tom Grainey's, 109 S. 6th St., 345-2505.

trumpet man extraordinaire

MARCELLUS BROWN

You know how parents-to-be read baby books looking for the right name for their kid? You know how they say "Not Daria! The kids will call her Diarrhea"? On the other side, if you knew you were going to have a rad trumpeter for a son, what would you name him? My pick would be Marcellus Brown. Apparently Mr. and Mrs. Brown also thought that. Marcellus Brown, a Detroit native, came to Boise State University in 1989 as director of band organizations and professor of trumpet. He is this week's featured performer in the Faculty Artist Series. Brown is also the director of the Treasure Valley Concert Band and the University Symphonic Winds, which is recognized as one of the outstanding concert groups in the Northwest.

Sunday, Jan. 30, 4 p.m., $5 general, $3 for students, Morrison Center Recital Hall, Boise State campus, 426-3980.

mixed media

OTEP

Though it sounds like some catch phrase from the Little Rascals, it's not. Actually OTEP is an art project-like musical movement with a "Best of 2004" video ("Warhead") on MTV's Headbangers Ball. OTEP is a growling beast of adrenaline, hardcore metal and, interestingly enough, fronted by a female singer named Otep.

"On the new album I followed the muses, my instincts, and never doubted the path. Even when it led me to sing," Otep says. "I have never considered myself a singer, I am more of an orator." So if you like your metal pretty and really creative, this is the band for you. They play with special guests Head Charge, Candiria and The Autumn Offering.

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m. $15, The Big Easy, 416. S. 9th St., 367-1212.

new dog on the block

DEF-DAWG RECORDING STUDIO

Perhaps you've driven down Vista and seen Def-Dawg audio studio and wondered what dogs with no hearing have moved to town to start a business. If you have, you need Hooked on Phonics. The new Dawg in town is Jason Ringelstetter, a Wisconsin native who first came to Boise in 1996. Three months ago Ringelstetter opened Def-Dawg, which is now the largest recording and mastering studio in the Treasure Valley.

"There wasn't really a truly professional production studio," he says. "We're trying to raise the bar essentially. I think we've done that." Def-Dawg is working with local metal and hard rock acts and lots of Christian music artists. Look for more sound to come out of Def-Dawg.

For more Def-Dawg info: www.def-dawg.com, 947-7777.

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