The Syracuse basketball arena is called the Dome. As a devout and oft-preoccupied Syracuse basketball fan, I instantly thought of some has-been, Globetrotters-like event when I heard that the Domeshots were coming to town. Actually, the Domeshots are a San Francisco Bay quartet that wants to conquer the country fan-wise with its true hard-rock music. OK, not exactly what I had in mind, but vocalist Dan Alexander, guitarist Jim Seishas, bassist Eric Tamo and drummer Dave Criss released their self-titled debut album in October and are ferociously touring nationwide to promote it. So it's cool anyway.
Thursday, Feb. 3, 9 p.m., $1, The Bouquet, 1010 Main St.
MERLE HAGGARD RESCHEDULED
Country legend Merle Haggard, who was once scheduled to play the Morrison Center on Friday, Jan. 28, has rescheduled the show for Thursday, Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. due to illness. If you already have tickets, they are good for the Thursday concert. If you don't have tickets, you can still pick them up for $32.50.
silence is golden
MUSICAL MOVIES PROJECT
Seeing movies at the Egyptian Theatre is no biggie to nowadays. But 77 years ago movies had no sound, just accompanying music. Go back to the days of yore with the help of the Treasure Valley Youth Symphony. The group, an arm of the Boise Philharmonic featuring extraordinarily talented youngsters, will perform live musical accompaniment to classic silent films--Buster Keaton's One Week and Charlie Chaplin's A Night at the Show. One of the original scores is the work of 17-year-old Boise composer Josh Archibald-Seiffer. After the show, the kids pack up and the adults all head to a speakeasy to chug some moonshine.
Thursday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m., $12 adults, $6 students & seniors, Egyptian Theater, Capitol Blvd. and Main St.
ALEX DE GRASSI TRIO
Spice is a funny thing. I don't care for salsa more gutsy than medium, but when it comes to Latin/American roots jazz, the spicier the better. And the Alex deGrassi Trio knows how to turn up the heat. For the Trio, featuring Alex deGrassi, Michael Manring and Chris Garcia, no genre is sacred; they can enwrap audiences with innovative arrangements, funky compositions and extended improvisation. Fans know Grammy-nominated, San Francisco-based deGrassi is one of the top fingerstyle, steel-string acoustic guitarists. They also know that the Trio sometimes goes by the name deMania.
Friday Feb. 4, 8 p.m., $34, Egyptian Theater, Capitol Blvd. and Main St.
BIG JOHN BATES & THE VOODOO DOLLZ
Big John Bates & the Voodoo Dollz walk a fine line between rockabilly (which is mostly rock) and psychobilly (which is mostly crazy). Vancouver's Big John (not to be confused with Boise's Fat John) and his crew throw a party at every show, and the insanity has scored friends and fans worldwide--especially in Europe (where there are sex museums and cops without guns). Expect high-energy tunes spliced with burlesque choreography from Voodoo Dollz Jailbait Jenny and Rowdy Rosie. Also playing is new Boise band Poke.
Friday, Feb. 4, 8 p.m., $3, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St.
Calobo was one of the Northwest's most successful musical acts for more than a decade before the band split in 2001. David Andrews was the lead singer. He hasn't left thirsty fans, however. Andrews moved to Nashville, got a new band and made a new album called Everything to Lose, which displays Andrews' skills at heartfelt songwriting and energetic music making. Even with Calobo in the dust, Andrews still has a knack for creating a great range of moods and sounds and is creating them especially well here in the Northwest.
Saturday, Feb. 5, 10 p.m., $5, Bourbon Street Stage at The Big Easy, 416 S. 9th St.
Real is totally underrated these days, despite the goofs of pop successes like Ashlee Simpson and the defensive warbling of Simon Cowell. But real it's gonna be on the Winterfresh SnoCore Tour (presented by MTV, which is, uh, Latin for Worldwide Truthseeker).
"There won't be any gimmicks or fake vocals," says Chevelle drummer Sam Loeffler. "Just a huge show featuring a killer lineup." The Chicago-raised brothers of Chevelle are headlining the tour, and they also have a new album called This Kind of Thinking (Could Do Us In). You may know their first single, Vitamin R (Leading Us Along), which raced to the top of Billboard's Active Rock chart. It's possible, too, that you know their tour companion Helmet, the dense and intense New York quartet that answered the cross-country call of Seattle's underground grunge bands. Also playing: Future Leaders of the World, Crossfade and Strata.
Saturday, Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m., $25, Big Easy, 416 S. 9th St.
Heads up: Due to scheduling conflicts, Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons have cancelled their show scheduled for Wednesday, February 23 at The Big Easy. Hang your head and make other plans.