Friday, July 13, 2012

Tickets on Sale: Don Williams, Minus the Bear, Alesana, Brantley Gilbert and Needtobreathe

Posted By on Fri, Jul 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM

True American classic and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Don Williams is stopping in Boise Monday, Oct. 29. Accompanied by his accomplished road band, Williams will croon old country favorites to the crowd at the Morrison Center. Tickets for the show went on sale today at 10 a.m. and are available for $30-$65 at the Morrison Center box office, all Select-a-Seat outlets, online at or by calling 208-426-1110.

For soothing in a completely different way, don't miss Minus the Bear at the Knitting Factory on Monday, Sept. 10. The band has spent its past four albums tweaking and perfecting a sound that is a gratifying mix of electronica and indie rock. The band's newest album, Infinity Overhead, drops Tuesday, Aug. 28, and marks a return to the group's trademark guitar-heavy sound. Tickets went on sale today at 10 a.m. for $15-$20 via

Far from soothing, but altogether intriguing, Alesana will take over the Knitting Factory Sunday, Oct. 21. Alesana has found its niche somewhere between emo and hardcore, a sound they've dubbed "sweetcore." Tickets for Alesana with guests In Fear and Faith, Vampires Everywhere!, Glamour of the Kill and All Human are on sale today for $14-$31 via

A far cry from Dante and Poe, Brantley Gilbert's Hell on Wheels tour is roarin' through Boise with Uncle Kracker, Greg Bates and Brian Davis on Saturday, Oct. 6. At only 27 years old, Brantley has garnered national attention opening for country stars like Eric Church and Toby Keith. Gilbert possesses a rebellious streak but also shows a softer side with his second hit single, "You Don't Know Her Like I Do." Tickets for the Taco Bell Arena show go on sale today at noon via and cost $20-$35.

Finally, Christian rockers Needtobreathe are touring through Boise on Saturday, Oct. 22, with special guests Good Old War and Matthew Mayfield. With the release of the band's fourth album, The Reckoning, Needtobreathe's popularity has expanded. In 2011, country-pop princess Taylor Swift invited the band to join her on her massive Speak Now tour, catapulting the band onto the national music circuit. Tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. today for $27-$45 via

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Tickets on Sale: Eric Church, Boise State Football Away Games, Story Story Late-Night

Posted By on Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Tickets for Eric Church's Blood, Sweat and Beers concert on Friday, Nov. 16, have been available for just more than 20 days. While the mad rush may have already stampeded through the box office, Church has sold out 25 consecutive shows on his inaugural arena headlining tour, so these should be a hot commodity. Church dropped his third full-length album, Chief, in 2011 and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Album. Tickets for Eric Church at the Taco Bell Arena featuring guests Justin Moore and Kip Moore are available by calling 208-426-1766 or online at Tickets range in price from $37.50-$47.50.

Although the Boise State football frenzy isn't in full swing yet, starting Monday, July 9, tickets will go on sale to the general public for Bronco football away games. One game, Boise State vs. Nevada, has already sold out to season ticket holders, but the remaining five games are still up for grabs. Tickets range in price from $24-$88.50. Most games require attendees ages 3 and older have tickets, while Boise State vs. Michigan State requires everyone to have a ticket, regardless of age. Tickets will be available at 9 a.m. Monday morning via

Also on Monday, July 9, Story Story Late-Night will serve up some Bodily Emissions-themed laughter at Visual Arts Collective. The 21-and-older evening will be hosted by Idaho Shakespeare Festival company manager Kiely Prouty. The "black sheep" offshoot of Story Story Night will embody the spirit of the flatulent theme with guest musician Rebecca Scott playing bodily emissions-appropriate sounds in addition to the live storytelling. Tickets are available in advance for $7, or $5 tickets will become available at 6:30 p.m. the night of the performance. The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Visual Arts Collective, located at 3683 Osage St. in Garden City.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tickets On Sale: ZZ Top Returns to Boise

Posted By on Wed, May 23, 2012 at 6:00 AM


Fun Fact No. 1: Frank Beard, drummer for ZZ Top, is the only member of band who doesn’t have a footlong beard.

Fun Fact No. 2: ZZ Top will perform at the Eagle River Pavilion on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m.

Fun Fact No. 3: Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 24, at 10 a.m.

ZZ Top hasn’t played in Boise for four years, but the last time the bluesy classic rockers were here, the show sold out. The bearded trio famously don cheap pairs of black sunglasses in most of their music videos and live concerts.

The band formed in Houston, Texas, in 1969. In the mid-'70s, ZZ Top brought 75 tons of equipment and native Texas animals across the United States, including a buffalo, a longhorn steer, a rattlesnake and a Texas-shaped stage. The tour sold 1.2 million tickets.

Though ZZ Top probably won’t be bringing a buffalo to Boise this summer, the show should still be a blast. Tickets will be available at General admission lawn tickets are $39.50, reserved seat tickets are $59.50 and VIP tickets cost $99.50.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tickets on Sale: The Decemberists and Typhoon, IBG, July 20

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Indie folk balladeers The Decemberists have announced they’re bringing their peculiar brand of accordion-splashed Melvillean lit-pop to the Idaho Botanical Garden on Wednesday, July 20, as part of the 2011 Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series.

Lead singer Colin Meloy is known for nasally delivery and lyrically epic songs. "The Mariner's Revenge Song" includes the line, “One night I overheard / the Prior exchanging words / with a penitent whaler from the sea / the captain of his ship / who matched you toe to tip / was known for wanton cruelty.” However, the band moved in a folksier direction with their new album, The King is Dead (Capitol Records).

The Decemberists will be joined by Portland, Ore.’s comparably grandiloquent Typhoon, an indie-pop 10-piece with two drummers, a sousaphone, a trumpet, bells, whistles and lots of handclaps.

Tickets for the show go on sale on Friday, April 22, at 10 a.m. Tickets are available by phone at 1-877-435-9849, at the IBG box office and online at or

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tickets On Sale: Elton John, Iron & Wine, Ray LaMontagne, Sheryl Crow

Posted By on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 2:02 PM

February has brought us unusually seasonable sunny days and unfortunately copious amounts of wind, freezing temps and graupel (a word that sounds made up but that means "snow pellets or soft hail"). While you're inside hiding from the hateful skies, you might want to get online and order tickets for some terrific upcoming concerts.

His gift is song, and he is ready to give it to you on Saturday, April 9, at the Taco Bell Arena. That’s right, English songwriter and international icon Elton John will perform in Boise, turning us all into "Tiny Dancers." Tickets are $29 to $129 on sale now.

Iron & Wine's beardy Sam Beam will shuffle into the Knitting Factory on Monday, May 30, on the heels of his lovely new release, Kiss Each Other Clean. Tickets are $26 general and go on sale Friday, March 4, at 10 a.m.

Sheryl Crow will join the lauded list of Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series performers this summer when she performs at Idaho Botanical Garden on Thursday, May 19. Tickets are $50 general and go on sale Friday, March 4, at 10 a.m.

Bearded bard Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs will also play at Idaho Botanical Garden as part of the Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series. LaMontagne will be joined by special guests Brandi Carlile and the Secret Sisters. Tickets are $35 general and go on sale Friday, March 4, at 10 a.m.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Nothing to Puzzle Over: Get Cheap Tix to "Enigma Variations"

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 12:37 PM

  • photo by Cheryl Gorski
Boise Philharmonic's performances of "Enigma Variations" this weekend brings the music of Leonard Bernstein, Edward Elgar and Charles Saint-Saens to Swayne Auditorium in Nampa and the Morrison Center in Boise.

What the shows will also bring are two highly acclaimed visitors: Grammy award-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta guest conducting and violin virtuoso Michael Ludwig performing. It would be a shame to miss the show, but times are tough and a $75 ticket may be more than your beleaguered wallet can handle.

So what if we told you tickets for "Enigma Variations" are on sale online until midnight tonight?

Visit Boise Philharmonic's website to buy your tickets, and when you get to the checkout, enter promo code 0226 for a 40 percent discount. Instead of $23-$43 for Friday's show at Swayne Auditorium, you'll pay $13.80-$25.80. For Saturday's show at the Morrison Center, you'll pay as little as $14.40 and only as much as $45.

Read our interview with Falletta from this week's edition of BW.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Tickets On Sale: Various, Knitting Factory

Posted By on Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 11:15 AM

The People's Key is apparently shades of red.
  • The People's Key is apparently shades of red.

The Knitting Factory—which recently hosted two performances by Snoop Dogg and a sardine-packed-house for Marcus Eaton's CD release party—is continuing this diverse dance with some interesting springtime shows.

Tickets are on sale now for the Strange Noize Tour, which includes Krizz Kaliko, Johnny Richter (From Kottonmouth Kings), Kutt Calhoun, Saigon, Dirtball and Potluck. The entire circus hits the Knitting Factory stage on Friday, April 8. Tickets are $17-$35.

On Friday, Feb. 11, at 10 a.m., tickets go on sale for that red-haired troubadour, Brett Dennen, who plays on Friday, June. 10.

That same day, tickets go sale for sweet Omaha, Neb.-based Bright Eyes with support from Jenny and Johnny, who will play on Saturday, June 11. Tickets are $26-$60. Bright Eyes brand new release, The People's Key (Saddle Creek) comes out on Tuesday, Feb. 15.

Tickets are available by calling 877-4-435-9849 or visiting or

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Cloris Leachman Has Still Got It In "Go Granny" Parody

Posted By on Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 5:00 PM

In this commercial parody, Cloris Leachman (Raising Hope) proves that even at 84, funny is still sexy.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tickets On Sale: Wicked, Friday, March 4

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 12:00 PM


Forget the learned, sympathetic tendencies toward Dorothy and her little dog and open your mind up to the other side of the yellow brick road in the Broadway blockbuster Wicked.

The Morrison Center for the Performing Arts is expecting tickets, which go on sale Friday, March 4, at 10 a.m., to sell out in record time.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Wicked tells the back story of how the once friendly witches of Oz came to be, before young Dorothy flew onto the scene. One is green skinned, fiery and misunderstood, whereas the other is beautiful, ambitious and popular.

The Morrison Center is suggesting that people interested in purchasing tickets for Wicked do so from the Morrison Center Box Office, which is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., from any Select-a-Seat outlet, online at or by phone at 208-426-1110 or 208-426-1494.

For more information about Wicked,

Wicked runs May 4-15. Show times and ticket prices vary.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tickets on Sale: Katy Perry, Taco Bell Arena, July 23

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 12:00 PM

  • And she wonders why Sesame Street freaked out ...

"California Gurl" Katy Perry will play the Taco Bell Arena on Saturday, July 23, as part of her California Dreams 2011 Tour. Robyn will open for her.

Tickets are $32 and $47. They go on sale Friday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m. VIP ticket packages are also available. Visit for more information on tickets.

If all goes as planned, by the time she arrives in town, Perry will have performed on the 2011 Grammy Awards show and will possibly have won a couple of awards for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Teenage Dream” and Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for “California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg. Be careful watching the video: the song is as addictive as a bag of gummy bears.

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