Room to Groove
Eilen Jewell performing at Alive After Five is a little like homecoming for the Idaho-raised artist. She has performed all over the country, on the streets and in many different venues. She recalls hanging out in downtown Boise as a teenager and taking guitar lessons from local musicians. Composing songs that purr in minor keys come naturally to Eilen, who characterizes herself as "Americana." Producing good, solid music pleases her, just like playing back in her home state.
5-8 p.m., FREE, The Grove Plaza, downtown.
All We are Sayin'
What began as a United Nations General Assembly resolution unanimously adopted by member states has become an annual day of global cease-fire and nonviolence every year on September 21. Now known as Peace Day, the participation numbers are impressive. Last year, 27.6 million people in 200 countries around the world did something to commemorate the day.
This year, Boise is joining the rest of the world for Peace One Day, in recognition of International Cease-Fire Day. Julia Davis Park will be the location for live music, drumming, dancing, children's activities and DJs. Visit the Web site to learn more about the movement and make a commitment to participate in your own way.
5:30 p.m., Julia Davis Park. www.peaceoneday.org
A Little Bit Celtic, a Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll
Bob, Dave, Chas, Keith and Brenden, otherwise known as the Young Dubliners are rocking the Taco Bell Arena to promote their new album, With All Due Respect, The Irish Sessions. A proactive band, their Web site includes a tour blog encouraging fans to go to their local record store and ask for the album. Having toured with top performers all around the world, the band's goal has always been to put out good music, both on tour and on albums. On this stop, the Young Dubs will be accompanied by master piper, Eric Rigler who has played pipes on some big name soundtracks like "Braveheart" and "Titanic."
The Young Dubs' original sound and high-energy performances are an ode to their collective camaraderie. Vocalist and guitarist Keith Roberts reveals that the band draws influences from just about everywhere being as they are made up of Irish and American natives. Roberts says, "Our strength is in the sum of our parts. We play as a band, as one."
7:30 p.m., tickets $12-$40, Taco Bell Arena, Boise State campus, www.idahotickets.com.
Tough to Top
International recording artist David Olney will be performing at the Old Boise Guitar Company, accompanied by multi-string-slinger Sergio Webb. Boise is lucky enough to be one of the "tough towns" Olney will stop in on a tour promoting his newest album. Titled One Tough Town, the album includes an eclectic variety of songs accompanied by instruments ranging from a slap box (sit-down drum) to a harp played through a Wurlitzer piano speaker.
It's fitting that Olney chose to play in a locale that has encouraged the careers of many local bands and solo artists.
7 p.m., $10, Old Boise Guitar Company, 515 Main St., 208-344-7600, www.davidolney.com.
Run, walk or stroll
It is quite a sight to see participants streaming in waves from the Capitol to Ann Morrison Park with supporters cheering along the way. The St. Luke's Women's Fitness 5K Celebration is the second-largest 5K race in the country. Deemed "Celebration Saturday," the event was born of the idea that all ages and abilities could complete the course together. It is a chance to join upwards of 12,000 other participants with the goal of promoting health and wellness in the community.
Occurring annually since 1993, organizers, volunteers and supporters have got this event down to a tee. Since its inception, almost 100,000 people have participated. The three-day extravaganza includes activities and sister events, like the St. Luke's Women's Show, in the days before the main event. Shuttles run from convenient locations to get racers to the starting line. New this year is the Fiesta Orange long-sleeve T-shirt participants are given when they register, or it can be purchased at the celebration booth after the event. The start line is divided into waves ranging from timed to stroller-friendly. Waiting until race day to register means rolling the 3.1 miles with the purple, blue or orange waves, which are family-oriented and noncompetitive.
8:30 a.m., Capitol Park, downtown Boise, 208-381-2221, www.celebrateall.org