Coffey and Beer 

Have a drink and listen to Coffey

Local musician Bill Coffey may have set a record when he held the release party for his 2012 album, Cemetery Skyline Rose, at a sold-out Boise Contemporary Theater.

"[BCT] said they had the most beer and wine sales of any event they've ever had," Coffey said, laughing.

That might explain why, even though he isn't releasing a new album, Coffey was asked to return to BCT for another concert.

"I told [BCT] I don't have a new album and they said they didn't care: 'Just come do a show,'" Coffey said.

So, Friday, May 2, at 8 p.m., that's what Coffey will do, but this time, he doesn't have an agenda.

"When you do a release party, the expectation is that you come out and do the [album]," Coffey said. This time, it's a mash-up of songs from a long time ago and songs hot off the press."

Joining Coffey are Bernie Reilly (piano, organ, accordion), "Shaky" Dave Manion (guitar), Chris Galli (bass) and Casey Miller (drums, percussion), along with special guests Kent Persons on saxophone, Rob Walker on trumpet and Jerry Cole on trombone. And it wouldn't be a Bill Coffey concert without his musician pal Thomas Paul: Paul opens the show and will join the band for a few songs.

Tickets are $28 (fees included) but if last time is any indication, they won't last long. Don't forget to take a few bucks for beer or wine. Coffey wouldn't mind breaking his record.

Speaking of beer, Boise Weekly's new neighbor and tenant, Bogus Brewing, reached a goal when it announced its IPO--Idaho Public Offering. Owner and chief brewing officer Collin Rudeen wanted Bogus Brewing to be more than community-supported, he wanted it to be community-owned, so he offered shares--450,000 total. Each share cost $1 and the minimum investment was $1,000 (or 1,000 shares). All available shares were sold by the April 17 deadline, which raised $450,000. For their investment, owners get a piece of Bogus Brewing, voting rights, dividends (if there are any), tasting nights and an exclusive handmade mug with their name on it kept at the brewery.

Rudeen said. "Most people don't have an extra $30,000 to invest locally ... if you have $1,000 to invest, you pretty much have to go to some faceless mutual fund, stock exchange or whatever," Rudeen said. "With our public offering, people could invest in something local."

Owners would, of course, hope for a financial return on their investments, but Rudeen said it "helps that beery benefits come with ownership."

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