Rock to Read 

Those who aren't well versed in first-wave American punk rock still might know the Los Angeles band X. Though the group has always lurked in the shadows of mainstream success, their cover of the song "Wild Thing" was featured in the 1989 hit baseball comedy Major League.

First-wave American punk rock diehards, on the other hand, are losing their mohawked minds over the fact that Exene Cervenka, lead singer of X, will be in Boise on Friday, Nov. 19, for the fundraiser Rock to Read.

Organized by Go Listen Boise and Rediscovered Bookshop, Rock to Read will bring together musicians, performers and authors to raise money to purchase a set of award-winning books for every school in the Boise Public School District. Event organizers estimate this should cost $70 per school.

The event will also include performances by Travis McDaniel, Lisa Simpson (Finn Riggins), Jonathan Warren and the Billygoats, Boise Rock School, a.k.a. Belle, New Transit and Field Guide.

In addition to the "rock," there will be readings by Joy Steiner, Laura Bingham and Julie Fanselow, among others, and a special appearance by Sen. Nicole LeFavour.

Add in a silent auction with swag from Bittercreek Ale House/Red Feather Lounge, Record Exchange and Bricolage, and we're ready to fund-raise the roof.

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