Known for his 1972 ditty "Dead Skunk (in the middle of the road)," and for being the pops of musicians Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright, folk singer Loudon Wainwright III has enjoyed quite the prolific career. From 1973's Attempted Mustache to 2010's 10 Songs for the New Depression, Wainwright has continued to produce thoughtful, often humorous, songs about life, love, family and ... skunks.
But Wainwright also has another notch on his creative belt. In 1974 and 1975, he starred as singing surgeon Captain Spaulding on the hit TV series M*A*S*H. And even more recently, Wainwright was recruited by director Judd Apatow to pen music for 2007's oopsy baby comedy Knocked Up. The result was Strange Weirdos: Music from and Inspired by Knocked Up, a collection of songs that didn't all make it into the film but which have notably similar themes--like refusing to grow up.
On Saturday, May 8, Wainwright will be in Boise to perform at Boise Contemporary Theater alongside Idaho folk legend Rosalie Sorrels. Jazzy popster Curtis Stigers will host the event. A VIP package, which includes premium seating, a pre-performance reception and a copy of Wainwright's Grammy-winning album High Wide and Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project, is available for $75.
Saturday, May 8, 8 p.m., $45-$75, Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., 208-331-9224, bctheater.org.