Local Band Lounge on Fire Heats Up the Night with Annual Winter Social 

"Don't judge a book by its cover" may be one of the most valuable idioms a person can live by, and Lips of Calypso (self-released, 2017), the debut album by local band Lounge on Fire, is an excellent example of why looking past something like an inscrutable band and album name can result in a big payoff.

Founded in 2013, LOF built a strong foundation and an equally strong fan base. In Jan. 2017, the band held its inaugural Winter Social at Neurolux to celebrate the release of Lips of Calypso, which hit stores earlier that month.

According to the band, not only was the show sold out, but more than 150 people had to be turned away. It wasn't difficult for LOF to decide to make the event an annual one (sans the CD release). It was important, however, to make it more than just another show. Bassist and de facto manager Josh Gilmore said the impetus behind the Winter Social is threefold (although each reason has two parts, so it's really sixfold):

To help stave off winter doldrums, and keep people dancing until Treefort Music Fest 2018 (March 21-25).

To help the community by raising money, and to advocate for local nonprofits.

To get a group of Boiseans together for an all-out good time, and cross-promote local arts, music, culture and nonprofit organizations.

Having to turn 150 people away from a show may become the norm for this band, not the exception. A danceable sound the band describes as "sexadelic freak funk," makes LOF shows a definite draw, but what keeps fans coming is stellar musicianship, high-energy performances and the members' engaging stage presence.

If you haven't heard or heard of LOF, you might be in the minority, but you don't have to stay there for long. The Second Annual Winter Social is scheduled to hit the stage at Neurolux on Saturday, Jan. 27, and LOF will be joined by the LED band and Juice. The show starts at 9 p.m., and tickets are only $10-$12—well worth the cover.

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