The Venue is easily my favorite place in Boise to attend a concert. Plus, with the opportunity to see a free show in exchange for time spent working the door or cleaning up post-show, their team has created an awesome way for poor college kids like me to see a show, save some money and get some experience in the industry I very much want to be involved with. (And, yes, anyone can help, just ask an employee). Heading into the fall months, The Venue has a packed calendar, full of shows I am totally excited to see.
October at The Venue is always a fun month for me and this October is no exception. Following are a few of the shows I'm looking forward to seeing the most.
On Sunday, Oct. 4, rock/powerpop Marshall Price plays, supported by local band The Arctic Turtles, and pop-punk outfit Dying Famous. Of the three, I've only seen The Arctic Turtles, but if their style is any indication of how the show will go, it will definitely be fun. And try not to judge the band by the tracks available on their Myspace page. I'm not a big fan of The Arctic Turtles' recorded sound, but their live show is a totally different story.
The following week, on Monday, Oct. 12, Owl City comes back to town on a headlining tour with Brooke Waggoner and The Scene Aesthetic. Seeing Owl City at The Venue will be a completely different experience than his last show at The Knitting Factory with Relient K. I'm really excited to see the how the drastically different environment melds with his style of music. But I think I'm even more excited for The Scene Aesthetic. It will be the duo's first time back to Boise in awhile, and the music they have been creating since re-forming has been top-notch.Owl city - fireflies
The last two October shows that really have me fired up are the Rockstar Energy Drink MANATOUR featuring Hit The Lights, There For Tomorrow, Fireworks, Sparks the Rescue and This Time Next Year on Sunday, Oct. 18, and on the very next night, Mae, Locksley and Deas Vail with local openers My Paper Camera take the stage. I had no idea Hit The Lights was even on tour until I checked out The Venue's Web site, and to see There For Tomorrow was a supporting band on the tour was an exciting moment in my day. Having recently been awarded the 2008 MTVU Breaking New Artist Woodie Award, the Orlando band has been through a whirlwind of tours including stops onthe 2009 Vans Warped Tour. I've had multiple chances to see There For Tomorrow play, but I miss my chance every single time. It's really frustrating, so I'm happy for them to be heading back to Boise. And then to see the Mae tour the very next night is great. I love back-to-back shows. With a really solid lineup, the opportunity to see either—or both—of these shows is one that definitely shouldn't be passed up.
For a more complete list of concerts at The Venue, visit www.boisevenue.com.