Built to Spill Headlines Boise's Egyptian Theatre to Benefit Suicide Prevention Hotline 

click to enlarge Built to Spill band leader Doug Martsch at the benefit for the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline at the Eyptian Theatre July 28. - XAVIER WARD
  • Xavier Ward
  • Built to Spill band leader Doug Martsch at the benefit for the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline at the Eyptian Theatre July 28.
click to enlarge Le Almeida, a member of Brazilian lo-fi band Orua, entertains the crowd. Orua was the second act of the night. - XAVIER WARD
  • Xavier Ward
  • Le Almeida, a member of Brazilian lo-fi band Orua, entertains the crowd. Orua was the second act of the night.
The Egyptian Theatre got a little louder than usual on July 28, as it welcome Built to Spill for a benefit concert.

The Boise-based indie all stars were in fine form Sunday. Frontman Doug Martsch was relatively silent between songs, letting his music do the talking.
The band played most of its hits including "The Plan" and "Carry the Zero," as well as some other, deeper cuts. While most bands will play a one- or two-song encore, Built to Spill's encore was nearly as long as its main set. It played six songs, finishing on "Carry the Zero."

Known for vague, mysterious lyricism and catchy melodies, Built to Spill cut its path deep into the alternative scene in the 1990s. While many bands of that caliber relocate to places like Los Angeles, Built to Spill has kept Boise as its home.

Before Built to Spill hit the stage, Brazilian lo-fi trio Orua filled the room with beautiful, wispy melodies and tunes. The members of Orua also play in Built to Spill, backing Martsch on the most recent international tour, which kicked off at Treefort Music Festival.  The opener for the night was Boise rock band Dirt Russell, a raucous duo far different from either Built to Spill or Orua.

Frontman and guitarist Ryan Hondo expressed gratitude and disbelief that he was actually playing at the Egyptian Theatre.

click to enlarge Idaho rockers Dirt Russell kicked off the benefit concert with loud, high-energy rock 'n' roll. - XAVIER WARD
  • Xavier Ward
  • Idaho rockers Dirt Russell kicked off the benefit concert with loud, high-energy rock 'n' roll.
"Nobody gets to play the Egyptian!" he said between songs. Dirt Russell just finished up a tour with Built to Spill and Orua, this show was the last stop, Hondo said.  

All of the proceeds from the Sunday concert went to the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline. Hotline Director John Reusser thanked the crowd for their enormous support. He asked members of the crowd to stand up if their lives have been affected by suicide, most members of the crowd stood up.

He said this serves as an example of just how wide-spanning suicide is. The hotline, while based in Boise, covers the entire State of Idaho. Reusser said the hotline received around 15,000 calls last year, and the need for volunteers is growing.

If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support, please reach out for help by calling or texting the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline at 208-398-4357. All calls are confidential and anonymous.

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