New Albums, New Venues 

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Between new venues, new promoters and new albums, music is on the move in Boise.

First up, Sammy's. The downtown space used to host music when it was Gusto but has focused on DJs in recent years.

That changed when bar owners hired Ryan Sampson, frontman for local band Hotel Chelsea, to take over as booker and help transform the space back into a live venue.

"Right before I got that call, I was reading a lot of posts on Facebook about people missing playing in that spot," Sampson said. "It will be nice to have another venue downtown."

Live music at Sammy's will primarily take place Thursdays and Sundays, with a rock focus, but the bar may add other nights and styles on a case-by-case basis.

"I want to call it more of a punk rock-style club, but we're willing to cater more to whoever wants to play," said Sampson. "If a bluegrass band wants to play, we're into it."

The venue's first show is set for First Thursday, Feb. 7. Bands interested in playing at Sammy's should contact Sampson directly via email at

In other promoter news, former Red Room booker Keesha Renna of Vagabond Promotions will take over running open mics at The Crux. Renna told Boise Weekly her plan is to host them Monday night, and to try to have each event feature a local electric band playing a special acoustic set.

In other new news, Revolution Concert House recently announced that advance tickets for its shows will now be available at The Record Exchange, a handy thing for those lacking credit cards or those who "don't do the online thing."

Finally, local band 57 Heavy drops its new album at The Knitting Factory Saturday, Jan. 26

Aileron, the third album of Zeppelin/Clutch/Floater-influenced rawk in the band's catalog, will be unleashed upon the world.

The band's booking agent, Susan Buck, said that Aileron sticks to the formula 57 Heavy employed for its last two releases, 2007's 57 Heavy and 2008's Sivis Pacem Parabellum.

"A lot of bands burn out at the third album," Buck said. "Not these guys."

Krystos, Midline and Gypsy Saints open the show. It starts at 8 p.m. and costs $6. Leather pants aren't required but they are recommended.

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