Wind at Eagle River, Colgate Country Showdown, Boise Philharmonic 

On Saturday a reader called to ask if the John Prine show at the Eagle River Pavilion had been cancelled due to wind. I didn't know--I was at the fair judging the Colgate Country Showdown sponsored by WOW 104.3--so I called Kristine, the marketing and entertainment director for Land of Rock, the pavilion's promoter. She wasn't at the show either (she was up in Donnelly watching Blues Traveler) but she said when she checked in with staff the next day, they said everything--and everyone--was fine.

"Shows have to end by 10 p.m. out there," Simoni said. "My staff said by the time the wind really picked up, John Prine was off the stage, all of the patrons had gone and the only people left were security and the local team from Sand Hollow Productions." The team had gotten the stage torn down before the 65-mph-plus gusts hit.

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What is the Colgate Country Showdown you ask? Each year, the toothpaste giant holds a singing competition in search of the next LeAnn Rimes or Keith Urban. Country music radio stations across America sponsor the contest, with finalists moving on to state, regional and then national finals. Representing Idaho and moving on to the regional competition in Utah is sultry voiced young Amber Pollard, whose gutsy rendition of Wynonna Judd's "No One Else on Earth" secured her spot. My fellow judges--Idaho Live's Joy Hart and the DBA's Morgan Cole--and I had a difficult time narrowing down the 12 contestants to one, but after much deliberation we were happy to send Pollard off to represent Idaho. Visit for more information.

In more highfalutin' music news, Boise Philharmonic has just announced its 2010-2011 season, which begins Sunday, Sept. 19. The phil has added some new elements to its Family Series and its EXTRAS series and promises a regular season of incredible, world-class performances featuring "Night at the Movies" with music from Star Wars composer John Williams; a collaboration with the National Association on Mental Illness with a world premiere of Lawrence Dillon's "Schumann Trilogy" as well as music by Ravel, Tchaikovsky and Liszt; music by Mozart; Brahms' "Piano Concerto No. 1;" Beethoven's "No. 8" and the dramatic Lalo's "Symphonie Espangnole" and Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique." For dates, times and tickets visit

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