Music News July 14th, 2004 

It's me, Jennifer Gelband, ye olde faithful other-stuff writer. All of the sudden my chair feels funny. It might be the corollary of a long bike ride yesterday, but more likely it's the feeling of getting adjusted to my new outfit as music news writer. I'm super excited about this setup, because even though you know me from food and movie reviews, I've recently offered up a smorgasbord of Noise features. And, frankly, this is the realm that most tenderly touches my heart, brain and ears. That said, I'm here to offer up the best, biggest and most curious of what I know in the world of music.

Harry Connick Jr.

You may know Harry Connick Jr. from his role as Grace's husband Leo on Will & Grace, but it turns out this guy is also a really popular musician and a man of many musical moods. On the newest album Only You, the Grammy winner explores the matter of romance through a collection of ballads that utilize his mad skillz as a vocalist, pianist, composer, arranger and orchestrator. Connick blends his unique style with a big band sound to spruce up some old favorites including "My Blue Heaven," and The Drifters' "Save the Last Dance for Me."

Thursday, July 15, doors at 7 p.m., reserved $66.50, general $49.50, Coors Light Ketchum-Sun Valley Outdoor Pavilion, Ketchum.

Garratt Wilkin and the Parrotheads

It's summer in Boise. Go ahead and float the river with your Pabst. Or celebrate the season with Garratt Wilkin and the Parrotheads. With them, it's always beaches, boats, bars and booze. Garratt and his six-man band are billed as the primo Jimmy Buffett tribute band in the nation and they even have steel drums to replicate that same Buffett coral-reefer sound. Wear your ugliest floral shirt.

Friday July 16, doors at 8 p.m., first 100 tickets $5, then $10.

Rachmaninoff's Vespers

He's not in a hurry, he's just Russian. In fact, Sergei Rachmaninoff's style of composition grew out of the Romantic period of the late 19th century, in the tradition of Mendelssohn, Schumann and Liszt and was maintained by Rachmaninoff's mentor, Tchaikovsky. Like Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff wrote music that was thoroughly Russian and that explored the depth of sorrow. This is a pretty sweet opportunity to hit the Garden Twilight "Vespers" and Picnic, performed in a beautiful outdoors setting by Boise Master Chorale in the gardens of the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Sunday, July 18, picnic at 6:30 p.m., concert at 8 p.m., adults $10, kids $5, 6200 N. Garrett, Garden City. Tickets at 658-1710.

Reverend Horton Heat

He's from Texas, so it's fitting that Jim Heath is revered as "perhaps the most popular psychobilly artist of all time." Thank goodness they throw artist into that description, otherwise I'd question the legitimacy. Heath, known as the Reverend Horton Heat and his band (also known as the Reverend Horton Heat) are touring to promote their new album Revival. The Reverend, who has been rockin' and billyin' for 20 years, built a strong fan base during the '90s with his manic antics, twisted humor and gritty guitar licks.

Tuesday, July 20, doors at 7 p.m., first 200 tickets $5, then $13.50, Big Easy.

The July 17 Motet show at Tom Grainey's/J.T. Toad's has been cancelled.

The convertible eatery-bar scene is blowing up and the new kid on the block is Mai Thai with its weekend Buddha Lounge. Scarf down some drunken noodles and then convert yourself into a drunken noodle as you shimmy up to the full bar to the beats of a live DJ.

Fri/Sa nights, 11 p.m.-2 a.m., Mai Thai. :

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