Famous Reunion, Famous Pianist 

Cowboys and piano playin'

The annual Famous Motel Cowboys reunion is becoming more famous than the Motel Cowboys themselves. Local country-rocker Pinto Bennett formed the band in the '80s and performed for several years before members parted ways when Bennett moved to Nashville. In 2004, former FMC bassist Jim Lemmon thought a reunion of sorts might be fun, so he gathered up the (Cow)boys and they put on a helluva show. Fun doesn't even begin to describe the time both the performers and the audience had that night and it was quickly decided that the reunion would become a regular happening and now the event brings in musicians from right here at home and across the U.S., lasts three days and is more fun than 20 family reunions.

The 11th annual Famous Motel Cowboys Reunion happens April 25-27 at Hannah's. Festivities start with a meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 25, followed by performances from seven bands/musicians such as Dale Keys, John Hansen, The Famous Motel Cowboys featuring Pinto Bennett and more. On Saturday, April 26, another 5 p.m. meet-and-greet precedes more boot-stompin' tunes from the likes of the Neckid Rednecks, FMC and Bennett again and the always entertaining Kip Attaway and His All-Star Extravaganza. On Sunday, April 27, music and bloody marys begin at 3 p.m. Boise bands Steve Fulton Music, Old Death Whisper, New Transit and more take the stage and the weekend wraps up with an all-inclusive jam hosted by FMC members Rob Matson and Sergio Webb. Tickets are only $15 for each night and everyone (21 and older, of course) gets in free on Sunday. For event details, search Famous Motel Cowboys Reunion 2014 on Facebook.

Get in the mood to party with FMC's newest release, Garden City Skyline (Famous Motel Cowboys, 2013) which was actually recorded in Garden City at Audio Lab.

In news of other famous musicians, tickets are on sale to see George Winston at The Egyptian Theatre Friday, April 18. The prolific pianist has released 13 solo albums in his career, including the tribute Linus and Lucy: The Music of VInce Guaraldi (composer of the Peanuts theme).

Though famous for tickling the ivories, Winston is also known for his philanthropy. During this current tour, Winston is working with food banks at each tour stop, holding a canned-food drive and donating 100 percent of merchandise proceeds from the show. For his April 18 performance in Boise, he'll work with the Idaho Food Bank. Visit georgewinston.com for more info on the pianist/philanthrophist, and visit egyptiantheatre.net for ticket info.

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