August 11, 2004 

Seven Mary Three

"Be ready for the rock," mock warns Seven Mary Three of their new album Dis/Location. The Virginia-based band has produced several follow-ups to 1995's multi-platinum selling American Standard, but none as popular karaoke-wise as that debut disc that gave us grungy, dirty hits like "Cumbersome" and "Water's Edge." Perhaps they finally did it again. "We didn't reinvent the wheel," says singer Jason Ross. "But we reclaimed the reason we started the band by making this record."

Fri., August 13, 8 p.m., $19.50, Big Easy.

Legends of Idaho

The Winery at Eagle Knoll presents the legends of Idaho music. Some of Idaho's most respected musicians will take the stage in a pretty, fun venue--different from a bar, but still outfitted with the necessary vessels for a drink. Musicians performing--in this order beginning at 1 p.m.--are Black Diamond, Billy Braun, Rosalie Sorrels, Steve Eaton and Trio Pinto Bennett. In addition to the music, there will be door prizes from Buy Idaho members and from the winery. Buy Idaho members from all over the state will have booths to show, tell and sell Idaho's finest products and services, which means free samples.

Sunday, August 15, gates at 11 a.m., music at 1 p.m., $8, children 10 and under free, the Winery at Eagle Knoll (10 miles west of Boise on highway 16).

pauL Green's school of rock

Anyone who loves music also loves discovering new artists before the Enquirer finds them shoplifting or with drug addictions. Paul Green's School of Rock is one place to score a first glimpse of up-and-comers. The School is the original performance-based rock music school founded in 1998 in Philadelphia, and it's supposedly the inspiration for last year's Jack Black film, too. The kids have played hundreds of concerts over the years, as the premise of the program is to get students good enough to put them on stage in front of as many people possible. The kids are doing a west coast tour--17 shows in 16 days. Sounds brutal, but that's how you prep for rock stardom, I guess. And this is no recital of fragile tunes for grandmas; the students will execute a two-hour show of classic rock hits. One kid to watch is CJ, a 14-year-old Eddy Van Halen on guitar.

Monday, August 16, 7:30 p.m. $12.50, Big Easy.

Richard Thompson

There's a standing invitation from writer/guitarist Richard Thompson: "I want people to come to my music without prejudice. I want them to get the music first. And who I am isn't that important." Pretty doggone refreshing in the world of look-I'm-almost-nekked musicians. Read the Noise feature on page 21 to find out more about this iconic performer. Thompson performs with Gayle Chapman.

Friday, August 13, 8 p.m., The Egyptian Theatre.

Hearing other people sing the blues makes you feel good about yourself. So does hanging out in a park. Combining the two is awesome, like chocolate and peanut butter. And there are two Blues in the Park events coming up, so there is no reason to miss it. Or else you'll just feel blue yourself, alone and inside. Both events will offer great food and drink and fun for the whole fam.

7th Annual Blues In The Park Caldwell, Saturday, August 14, 1-9 p.m., $10, free for kids 11 and younger, Caldwell Memorial Park.

2nd Annual Blues In The Park Hagerman, Saturday, August 21, Billingsley Creek State Park (1/2 mile north of Hagerman), 1:30-9 p.m. $10, free for kids 11 and younger.

Do you know your status? HIV/AIDS awareness is a pretty big deal, in case you haven't heard--or at least haven't heard in a while. Find out more at a special HIV/AIDS Awareness Show that features the Pirkqlaters and top quality guest musicians Exit 51 and Portland's The Dimes. There will also be educational speakers and information tables to learn you more.

Saturday, August 14, doors open at 7 p.m. $5, The Venue.

The Braun Brothers Reunion Concert 2004 is different this year. But only the location--Challis instead of Stanley. Otherwise, the annul event promises to be consistent in offering super Idaho rock 'n' roll. Put on your dancing shoes and shake your pants seat to music by all of the Braun family and their friends including Original Braun Brothers, Reckless Kelly, Micky & The Motorcars, Suzy Markley Band, Muzzie Braun & The Boys and NazzJazz.

1-8 p.m., $15 adults/$7 children 12 & under, Challis Golf Course, 60 miles northeast of Stanley, www.muzziebraun.com/reunion.htm. :

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