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Re: “The Venue to Move to Caldwell

I'm going to go ahead and man up and use my real name - Brian Rich - since I was quoted in the article, and because I'm not down with anonymous trashing.

I'm going to entertain the idea of driving to Caldwell for the right show because I want to support the Boise music scene. Err, the Treasure Valley music scene. That said, I never drive to the Idaho Center 1. because it's 40 miles from my damn house and 2. because every act there sucks. But that's beside the point, the Idaho Center is a monstrous venue because they bring the mainstream crap that mainstream people enjoy. The same music that so offensively panders to people that it allows places like the Boise Venue to thrive, due to loyalty from the alternative scene.

I always love going to Venue shows for two reasons - first, it's a show I like (60 percent) and second, it's a venue I love (40 percent). No one goes to the Idaho Center because of the culture of the Idaho Center, I can tell you that much. And they don't go there for the acoustics, either (it's as bad as the CenturyLink Arena). They go there because they heard some crap on the radio that costs $30,000 to book live and the only way Idaho can afford those shows is by booking them in the middle of nowhere to avoid costly property taxes and other fees. There's no scene and there's no loyalty. It's for the light beer and pop music. That kind of venue is just as whorish as the music within it.

Places like the Boise Venue are the exact opposite and thrive on being part of a community's fabric. The House of Rock is a great example of this. In the "real" music scene (where musicians actually write and perform their own music), being part of the scene is just as important as the beer or the acts you book. And that's what's really at stake here - the Boise Venue is ripping a hole in the Boise music scene and transplanting itself, hoping it will find its way into a new scene and a new culture. And that's fine, but don't pretend you'll take Boise's alternative scene out to Caldwell with you.

Lastly, I'm going to assume that the "angry white male" comment was a tongue-in-cheek joke (lost in print, as they all are), so I'll let it slide. But as a very happy, 30-year-old married white male who lives in Boise and has been performing at local venues since I took the stage in Bogey's Battle of the Bands at 15, I can tell you this isn't about suburban white teen angst. This is about the music community, and without the Boise Venue downtown, part of it is going to die in a big way -- that is, until someone else replaces you in the Boise community and memories of the Venue start to fade.

Best of luck in Caldwell. I'll see you when Animals as Leaders comes through.

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Posted by BTR on 04/10/2013 at 11:54 AM

Re: “The Venue to Move to Caldwell

@ boise White Male, With a better sound system. Just let them do what they are gonna do, not like its money out of your pocket or anything.

And, I think its funny that boise weekly did this article in the first place, considering the boise weekly is their landlord, and from what I understand, they have been been making it almost financially impossible for the the venue to pay its rent by raising the rent to ridiculous levels. SO really, everyone has the boise weekly to thank for the move.

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Posted by Mouthh on 04/10/2013 at 11:22 AM

Re: “The Venue to Move to Caldwell

Cool this sounds like the knitting factory part 2. Close your venue you fucking idiots

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Posted by Boise white male on 04/10/2013 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Boise Weekly's Top 10 Moments from Treefort 2013

Way to take it with poise, Mitch! Treefort, you're my hero!

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Posted by Kevin Fitzpatrick on 03/27/2013 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Welcome to Treefort Music Fest

Your Treefort insert in this week's BW is awesome. The Statesman has no clue!

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Posted by Baabaa on 03/21/2013 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Treefort: Locals Not to Miss

and Arthur Maddox!

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Posted by blahblah on 03/21/2013 at 8:34 AM

Re: “Treefort: Locals Not to Miss

Don't forget about Possum Livin on Sunday, the 24th at Tom Grainey's, 9 p.m. They are a local Boise Bluegrass string band and I can't wait to hear their set of all original music this Sunday. Show them some love and check them out for yourselves!

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Posted by Marisa Dallas on 03/21/2013 at 12:00 AM

Re: “Boise's Youth Lagoon Rolls the Dice

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Posted by saltlakecityghosts on 03/20/2013 at 4:24 PM

Re: “Treefort: Locals Not to Miss

heck yes!

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Posted by Elizabeth Orcutt on 03/20/2013 at 10:06 AM

Re: “In The Loop

Hi -looks like it's been a few years since this article was written, but I stumbled across it recently and wanted to point you in the direction of a site that is dedicated to loopers (and was started from Boise):

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Posted by merra on 03/19/2013 at 9:34 PM

Re: “Taking a (Fat) Chance

2/24/2013 -- Believe me, folks, Steve is much too modest. I've found him to be one of the most talented and versatile performers anywhere in the Country -- and I've been a musician for a long, long time. If you ever have a chance to hear Steve play and sing, by all means, do it! He and his long-time sax player buddy, Phil Garonzik, are really hard to beat! -- Johnny Downing, Boise, Idaho

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Posted by Johnny Downing on 02/24/2013 at 8:44 PM

Re: “Old Death Whisper are Just Some Dudes From Idaho

Very well done, Josh! Viva ODW!!

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Posted by Desirée Inez on 01/16/2013 at 11:30 AM

Re: “The Zombie Apocalypse Storms Bogies Nightclub

Check out the event on Facebook (!/events/33371724…) available at the Record Exchange or Costume Shop for $12, at the event for $15 ($12 with 2 cans of food donation to the Foodbank).

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Posted by StEvil Live on 12/19/2012 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Jake Shimabukuro to Wage Peace on Boise

Few years back I played with three bands but unfortunately an devastating injury happened to my left hand. I had gone through:…
which help me alot. After such things I had started to play again and continue in my guitar lessons. I'll keep trying my best to play like before. Any help you can send my way will be much appreciated...Thanks!!

Posted by Guitarissts Johnson on 12/11/2012 at 5:39 AM

Re: “Megadeth Never Says Die

great chris!!

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Posted by Luis Retamales Vera on 12/03/2012 at 2:03 AM

Re: “Caldwell Bands Band Together


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Posted by markpemble on 11/22/2012 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Jake Shimabukuro to Wage Peace on Boise

My guitar skills are average and basic at best. Good enough to support my writing interests from guitar lessons, but in no way good enough to provide anything other than basic rhythm.

Posted by Guitarissts Johnson on 10/22/2012 at 6:44 AM

Re: “Evil Wine Carnival Brings Debauchery to Boise

Last year was not the inaugural year for the Evil Wine Carnival. 2008 was. Maybe you should do a little journalism in your journalism.

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Posted by Charon on 10/01/2012 at 5:40 PM

Re: “Moonface to Make Idaho Go all Moony

Such an amazing show. Moonface, despite technical difficulties, moved the entire room. What an incredible performance!

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Posted by Benjamin on 09/06/2012 at 12:03 AM

Re: “The Hills Have Ears

You know, if the Knitting Factory and the artists are really that upset about the Hill Folk, all they have to do is turn the stage around. Really, what's the big whoop? My friends in the east end off Warm Springs can hear the music in their back yards. Should they go inside and close all their windows so they don't hear the music for free? Are the Hill Folk really cutting into profits? Are there more people on the hill than in the concert arena? I've been told the sound is better on the hill than in the concert arena and I'm not sure I want to pay to see any musician who's more worried about his or her bottom line and how much they're going to make from the show than sharing their music and talent with the world.

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Posted by Bodecia on 08/22/2012 at 8:20 AM

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