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Boise Weekly Music Festival 2007

We here at Boise Weekly are excited for the Boise Weekly Music Festival 2007. We decided to add a fourth night this year, which means one more night to rock our socks off. We asked some of Boise's best bands and musicians to join us as we celebrate our local music scene and some of the venues that support it. To commemorate the event, local artist Ben Wilson created an image to use on this year's festival posters, flyers and T-shirts, capturing the joy we feel about this event. Choosing the performers for the festival is the hardest part of the process, but we winnowed it down to some of Boise's best, incorporating bands who've been on the scene for a while but are always evolving with some new fresh faces and sounds.

We'll start the festivities at Reef with Brandon Pritchett, former frontman for local cover band Vincent Vegas. After several years together, the members of the band went their separate ways prompting Pritchett to go solo. He'd been working on original tunes for a while, and it wasn't long before he was in the studio. Since striking out on his own, he's opened for the Young Dubliners and is the perfect choice to kick-off the festival.

After Pritchett, the trio of Jeff Crosby, Brian Louderbough and William Prescott, who make up Equaleyes, will offer up a sweet dish of psychedelic/funk/jam/rock reminiscent of a kinder, gentler time. And unless you're a zombie, Equaleyes' music will give you a warm, fuzzy feeling that makes the world seem just a little bit brighter.

Due to popular demand, one of Boise's newest incarnations, Scribe, is the third band of the night. Made up of former members of Nada Brahma, Treepeople and No Resolve, this band has a musical maturity not often evident in groups this new.

Wrapping up the night, Kamphire Collective will bring their organic hip-hop, along with a taste of things to come with samples from their debut release, Simply Complex. The album has been a long time in the making, but is well worth the wait. It's 14 tracks of quintessential KC: deep, funky grooves laid down under smart, honest, spiritual lyrics spit out in Timbuk 2's and Origin's unmistakable rapid-fire delivery. Take plenty of vitamins and drink lots of water before coming out to the show at the Reef. You'll be moving and grooving all night long.

On Thursday night, we'll convene at Neurolux, where DJ Pat Benolkin will ease us into the night with his cool electronica. Benolkin recently released two albums which have received good press, for good reason.

Ned Evett will then bring light into the dark, smoky bar with his multi-layered pop music. His latest release, Middle of the Middle, finds Evett and his glass-necked, fretless companion soaring across scales while singing about life, love and the pursuit of success.

Third in Thursday's lineup is Automated. Jon Basabe, Nate Smith and Bryant Syme play rock music that's a great representation of what new, young music really can be: angsty lyrics complement the arrangements, all supporting Syme's excellent vocals.

Wrapping up Thursday is IQEQ who won their round of the Northwest Quest for the Best at Big Easy this year, surprising the audience with their unique prog/experimental/jazz rock. They're a tough one to pin down, channeling influences from up and down the genre spectrum, and they put on a great live show.

Friday, we'll be ready to rally as we hit the Bouquet, starting the night off with Bank. Brent Berge, brothers Andrew and Dan Keck, and Steve Pecka make up this band with music that dances in and out of emo, indie rock and pop, blending heartfelt lyrics and beautiful melodies and they're a perfect start to Friday night.

Abrupt Edge's Beau Kolar, Cliff Miller, Tivon Miller and Grant Webb are the second band of the night, sure to turn it up a notch with pounding beats and driving guitars before turning it over to Wilson St. Pub & Sluthouse Band.

The guys of Wilson St. will take the stage in an attempt to wake the dead they often sing about. Their zombie country is some of the craziest, most entertaining stuff around, and seeing them live is definitely an experience.

The high-energy, heavy vibe of Evologic will take us into the wee hours of Saturday. Midline was originally scheduled to play, but when doctor's orders meant they wouldn't be going near a stage anytime soon, Evologic was gracious enough to take their place.

Saturday promises to be a blast and the perfect end to year two of our local music showcase. We'll crowd into Terrapin Station and start the night chilling out with Kris Doty. That girl has got the voice of an angel, and with a new album showcasing her beautiful singing and songwriting, you'll hear the sounds of one of Boise's treasures.

Mayerforceone is second on the night's bill. Smart, sophisticated and sometimes silly, Mayerforceone plays back-to-basics Northwest indie rock, and listening to them is like wrapping up in a favorite, warm blanket.

Then, Stumbleblind will shake it up when they hit the stage to do what they do best: rock. Heavy on guitar with a female fronting the band, these guys know how to get a crowd moving. And they're not afraid to use a cowbell.

To bring this year's festival to a close, DJ Art Hodge will spin music that will have us dancing the night (or the morning) away.

During all four nights of the festival, we'll have some great prize giveaways, including T-shirts with the gorgeous image Wilson created just for us. So join the Boise Weekly crew at Reef, Neurolux, Bouquet and Terrapin Station and help us celebrate local music and the people who support it.

April 18, $5: 9 p.m., Brandon Pritchett; 10 p.m., Equaleyes; 11 p.m., Scribe; midnight, Kamphire Collective. Reef, 125 S. 6th St., 208-287-9200.

April 19, $5: 9 p.m., DJ Pat Benolkin; 10 p.m., Ned Evett; 11 p.m. Automated; midnight, IQEQ. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886.

April 20, $5: 9 p.m., Bank; 10 p.m., Abrupt Edge; 11 p.m., Wilson St. Pub & Sluthouse Band; midnight, Evologic. Bouquet, 1010 W. Main St., 208-345-6605

April 21, $5: 9 p.m., Kris Doty; 10 p.m., Mayerforceone; 11 p.m., Stumbleblind; midnight, DJ Art Hodge. Terrapin Station, 1519 Main St., 208-342-1776.

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