Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Boise Sees Stars

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 1:19 PM

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The list of celebrities who will make an appearance in Boise this week is impressive. The mere idea of rapper Snoop Dogg, blues dude Jonny Lang and world-class cyclists in little old Boise in the same week makes me giddy. We’ve got dueling rockers, country singers, DJs, comedians and cyclists coming to town. Here is a partial list of some of the big entertainment in Boise.

Last night, Idaho’s own Josh Ritter performed with Blind Pilot, and tonight, Wednesday, July 15, Ritter takes the stage with Tift Merritt and members of the Boise Philharmonic at The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 8 p.m., $24.

Also, Pat Benatar and her hubby Neil Giraldo rocked the Knitting Factory Concert House performing all the fan favorites. It was the rockers up against the country crooners on a Tuesday night with Kenny Chesney with Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum at the Taco Bell Arena.

The lovely and talented singer and fabulous fiddle player Carrie Rodriguez performs in the hot Boise sunshine at tonight's Alive After Five (Wednesday, July 15) on the Grove Plaza. Local country rockers Joshua Tree open and the music is from 5-8 p.m. for free.

Wayne "The Train" Hancock, Joe Buck Wed., July 15, 9 p.m. $12 adv., $15 door at The Grizzly Rose, 1124 W. Front St.

The Infamous Stringdusters play their special brand of bluegrass on Thursday, July 16, 9 p.m. $10 adv., $14 door at The Grizzly Rose.

Jared Mees and the Grown Children, Finn Riggins and With Child are at the Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Thursday, July 16, 8 p.m., $3.

The Reverend Horton Heat and Nekromantix also play the Knitting Factory on Thursday, July 16 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 adv., $20 door.

The hilarious Bobcat Goldthwait takes the stage at the Knitting Factory on Saturday, July 18 at 9:30. Tickets are $20 seated; $15 standing.

Get a dose of DJ-dance-electronica at the Captains of Industry featuring DJ Graham Funke and Stonerokk, DJs from Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the after-party begins after the Twilight Criterium race. Get tickets at the door for $5. Sat., July 18, 9 p.m., The Sports Zone at Qwest Arena.

Or maybe the electronic sound of Kilowatts, EvolG, Owlright on Saturday, July 18, 9 p.m., $5 at Neurolux.

World-class cyclists join our own Olympic winner Kristin Armstrong to race around the streets of Boise at the 23rd annual Twilight Criterium on Saturday, July 18 at 3 p.m.

The Blazed and Confused Tour with Snoop Dogg, Slightly Stoopid, Stephen Marley, Mickey Avalon at 6 p.m. Sunday night, outdoors at the Idaho Center Amphitheatre. Tickets are $39.50 adv.; $42 gate.

The blues of Jonny Lang at KFCH on Sunday, July 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $28.50 adv.; $31 door.

Not to mention all the local celebrities who are performing this week. A small sampling includes including Pinto Bennett at Common Ground in McCall on Thursday, July 16 from 5-10 p.m., Equaleyes at the Reef at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 17 for $5, Jimmy Bivens and his Band O' Strangers at Pengilly’s for free on Fri., July 17, 8:45 p.m.; the Boise Blues Society picnic on Sunday, July 19 in Julia Davis Park from noon-6 p.m. with duos Harpo and Danny Boy and the BoDo Brothers. Blues bands include Roberson and Beese, Lori B and the Blue Diamonds and Next in Line. Other performances to fill the afternoon include Scott Wallenberg and The Blues Addicts and The Coyote Kings. Noon-6 p.m., two (or more) cans of food, www.boiseblues.org.

All this plus a boat load of cowfolk in town for the Snake River Stampede. Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd. Yee haw.

And did we mention that Premier Floyd Roland of the Canadian Northwest Territories is in town for a regional meeting?

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