Monday, January 24, 2011

All ages concert at Elks Lodge, Jan 29

On the 29th of january there will be a concert at the elks lodge on main street in pocatello for local bands. cost is only $3, doors ar 6:30, doors at 7:00. there is a bar down stairs for 21+ but this is an all age show.

The Art of Repulsion

A Constant North

The Sakai Incident

Danny and the Skeleton Horse

Through Eyes Once Blind

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Eric John Kaiser plays at FlipSide, Jan 25

Eric John Kaiser will be appearing in Pocatello, Jan 25 at the Flipside Lounge.

Eric John Kaiser, billed as "Portland's French Troubadour," delivers a modern pop-rock sound fusing rock, hip-hop and reggae wrapped in sophisticated French lyrics. (Think Manu Chao meets the 1969 Rolling Stones). He has been a fixture of the Portland music scene for several years now, since arriving from his native Paris, France, with more than 350 performances to his credit. He hosts the weekly "PDX Songwriter Showcase" at the Thirsty Lion each Tuesday night, and has performed in most of Portland's biggest venues, including the Wonder Ballroom where he opened for Stereophonics.

Eric tours also tours extensively in the US and Europe. This spring he headed through Canada and down to New Orleans (performing at the Smithsonian in DC), and from Portland to San Diego this June (performing at the prestigious deYoung Museum in SF).

He has recorded three full-length CDs.

He does a show set called "Pardon My French" - classic American rock songs covered in French. They're huge crowd-pleasers, with a great tavern/bar vibe - it gets people up, dancing & singing every time and - HONESTLY - while touring in June, Eric and the band got a $500 (!!!) tip from a guy in LA who was thrilled to hear "Take Me Home, Country Road"!

"Padam Padam" (by Edith Piaf) - Full Stage Band -
"Princess & the Frog (by EJK) - Full Stage Band -
"French Troubadour" (by EJK) - Full Stage Band -
"Pardon" (by EJK) - Solo -

“Like über-producer/recording artiste Daniel Lanois, he's adept at seamlessly blending French and English lyrics with tasteful, sun-dappled sonics.”
-- Barbara Mitchell, The Portland Oregonian

“Seeing as we've managed to snag these continental talents, let's enjoy 'em!”
-- Cary Clarke, The Portland Mercury

“Eric John Kaiser's 2009 CD release 'French Troubadour' contains a full spectrum of great old style pop/rock songs, expertly written and delivered with engaging storytelling.”
-- Zaph Mann, OPB Music

"'d best get used to hearing French in Portland: Along with garage-pop cover band Les Étrangers, Kaiser is leading a bit of a Francophone resurgence in town, and it's one you don't need a beret to dig."
-- Michael Mannheimer, Willamette Week

Friday, January 14, 2011

News from Goodnight Sunrise

goodnight sunrise

We've released a new acoustic EP! Goodnight Sunrise "Acoustic Sessions" is now available on iTunes!

Check it out ;)

Also, let us know what you think of an acoustic performance of "Queso, I Have an Idea"

Check out more videos HERE
-goodnight sunrise

"Imagine," John Lennon documentary at the Vinyl Perk

Imagine all the people living life in peace.

The documentary Imagine, on the brilliant but all-too-brief life of John Lennon, airs Thursday (Jan 13) at 7 PM at Vinyl Perk. The film was produced by filmmaker Andrew Solt, who also did documentaries on Marilyn, Elvis and the Muppets, and features rare footage of Lennon in concert and at home. Free.

VP now serves Tripled-Certified (organic, shade-grown, fair trade) coffee from Café Ibis roaster in Logan UT. We’re the only place in Bannock County offering this bodacious bean. Come try a free sample.

Friday, Jan 14 – Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Shindig. 7-9 PM. Celebrate the music of brand-new Hall inductees Alice Cooper, Leon Russell, Darlene Love, Neil Diamond and Tom Waits.

Thur, Jan 20 – Vinyl Appreciation Society. This month’s theme: The British Invasion. Dust off your Dave Clark 5 and Herman’s Hermits records and come on down! 7 PM. Free

Best sweet tea this side of Stem.

Vinyl Perk
where the music meets the bean

150 S. Main Street
Pocatello Idaho

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Crystal Monee Hall in concert, Idaho Falls, 11/20

“Soul Alternative” Singer Crystal Monee Hall

To perform at the Colonial Theater

"Hall is a discrete, scrupulous vocalist whose unhurried phrasing belies the intensity of her music. Don't let the smooth look fool you — she's fierce."- East Bay Express

"The title track (River Train) sounds like an old spiritual...Hall sings in a style that recalls protest singers of the Sixties and Seventies: liquid, chillingly pure, full of vibrato without being ostentatious. -Rachel Swan, Music Critic

Idaho Falls, ID- Only one year out of RENT, Crystal Monee Hall has broken onto the scene in 2010 with her debut album "River Train", and performances at major festivals such as the Montreal Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, and the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. On Saturday November 20th, Crystal Monee Hall will be performing a very special show at the Colonial Theater in historic downtown Idaho Falls . Tickets are $29 and available by calling 208-522-0471.

Crystal Monee Hall is one of the most extraordinary vocal talents to emerge in recent years. Her voice, an intoxicating synthesis of effortless clarity and raw, soul-bearing grit, is an instrument capable of tremendous power and sensitivity. Matched with a down-home songwriting style marked by poetic lyrics and simple, elegant arrangements, Crystal ’s music smoothly combines the sounds of folk, gospel, jazz and blues. Before she began her solo career, Crystal was a featured vocalist with the nationally touring and Broadway productions of the Tony Award winning musical RENT.

Crystal Monee Hall's debut album, “River Train”, is full of strikingly candid songs of love, heartbreak, and sepia-toned memories of her southern roots. She is backed by an all-star ensemble of some of the Bay Area’s finest musicians including drummer Scott Amendola and members of the Jazz Mafia. Featuring beautifully stripped-down production and soulful instrumental accompaniment, River Train showcases Crystal ’s remarkable vocal talent and songs that grow more and more captivating with each repeated listen. Rachel Swan of the East Bay Express says that the title track (River Train) “sounds like an old spiritual”, and that “Hall sings in a style that recalls protest singers of the Sixties and Seventies: liquid, chillingly pure, full of vibrato without being ostentatious.” Crystal was also recently part of a smash hit YouTube spoof on Lady Gaga's hit song, "Telephone", where she played Beyonce in "Telephone: The Office Version." As of October 15, 2010, the video has over 1.25 million views.

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Column for November 10, 2010

There are all kinds of music in the southeast Idaho live music scene; jazz, folk, rock and Elvis are all in town this week. Here’s a peek at where to be when.

On Wednesday the 10th, the Idaho State University Jazz Big Band is in concert, upstairs in the loft of Portneuf Valley Brewing, S. 1st. Avenue in Pocatello’s warehouse district. The concert, from 7 to 9:00 p.m., is free and open to the public of all ages; food and beverage service will be available.

On Thursday the 11th, the Riverside Restaurant and Lounge, located on E. Portnuef Avenue in Lava Hot Springs, is pleased to welcome Kory Quinn, performing dinner music from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. Call (208) 776-5504 for more information.

Quinn, a Chicago native now based from Oregon, plays folk and folk rock. The Vancouver Voice recently wrote, “Kory Quinn successfully caries a sound from a rocking chair on a worn wooden porch, to the bustling streets of Portland, which is a truly daunting transition.” Find out more at

Marigolds Wine, on Flandro Drive in Pocatello, has Recycled Rocks scheduled to perform on Friday and Saturday starting at 7:00 p.m. The band, based from Lava Hot Springs, plays vintage rock, blues, jazz and a “little bit country.” Marigolds is open to those 21 and over; music entertainment is free.

All the way from Hatcher Pass, Alaska, Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles are set to play at Portneuf Valley Brewing on Friday the 12th starting at 8:30 p.m. Entertainment at the pub is free and open to all ages.

Matt Hopper and The Roman Candles' first full length album, “Bang! Bang! Bang!” released in 2003, scored on CMJ charts when Hooper was a 24-year old college student in Anchorage, Alaska. The most recent release, “Jersey Finger,” was released on Hatcher Pass Records in June of this year. Hopper, a prolific singer-songwriter with a 300+ catalog of original material, has collaborated with musicians from Alaska to Nashville and most points in between, including several regionally-known artists in the Boise area. Find out more at

On Saturday at the pub, Father Bob and Dr. Bob Fisher, a singer / songwriter duo, play an acoustic set starting at 8:30 p.m. And in the loft on Saturday night, Bender provides music entertainment for Mug Club members. Call (208) 232-1644 for more information.

Saturday night is a busy live music night in Pocatello. Starting at 6:30 p.m., Pokapalooza Warped 2010, a local battle of the bands hosted by the Idaho State University Marketing Club, gets under way at the Pond Student Union Ballroom on ISU’s Pocatello campus. Madison Lights is scheduled to headline the event. Tickets are $15 at the door, open to all ages.

Also at Idaho State University, Blue Suede Shoes, an Elvis experience, is scheduled at the Jensen Grand Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at or by calling (208) 282-3267.

Scot Bruce and Mike Albert are a tribute team to the "King of Rock & Roll." Bruce performs as Elvis, the early years, followed by Albert who is superb as Elvis in his Vegas years. Find out more at

And the First National Bar, W. Center Street in Pocatello, is hosting a benefit concert on Saturday the 13th starting at 6:00 p.m. Shawn & The Marauders, Catagory 3, State of Mind and Through Eyes Once Blind are set to provide music entertainment through closing. The event is open to those 21 and over.

"Jammin' for Tawnie" will raise funds for Tawnie Wigington, injured in a bizarre accident in July 2010. On her way home from a camping trip at Twin Lakes, Wigington was impaled by the fork of a front-end loader. There will be a potluck dinner, raffles and door prizes from a variety of local merchants, including Black Swan Inn, O'Dells Furniture, Carmike Theaters, Perkins, Big-O-Tires and El Herradero. A $5 donation is requested at the door.

Shawn & The Marauders are an up-and-coming, Pocatello-based rock, folk and funk group, lead by guitarist, singer and songwriter Shawn Barnby. Catagory 3 is a new, Pocatello-based band, with Dan Ditto on drums, Steve Graham on bass, Brian Miera on guitar and fronted by vocalist Brandy Anderson. Expect covers from ZZ Top to Janis Joplin, Shinedown to Gretchen Wilson.

State of Mind plays standard covers from the 70's to the 80's & 90's, and Through Eyes Once Blind is a local metal band.

And to wind up a busy live music weekend, Pineapple Crackers, a Hawaiian, reggae and rock group will play at the FlipSide Lounge, N. Main Street in Pocatello. Music starts at 7:00 p.m., open to those 21 and over.

Linda Alexander
a.k.a. Lana Banana for Idaho Live Music

Sunday, November 7, 2010

From John Shipe, New CD! PitBull Ringtone

Folk / Freeform Americana / Indie Pop

There is a lot going on now that I've relocated to Hollywood. My local ranking has dropped from #1 to #21 now that I'm a smaller fish in a bigger pond. (But #21 ain't bad for not having lived here until now.)

The new CD is swell, both lookwise and soundwise. We're proud, and moving on to a massive promo stretch with Michigan-based Green Light Go. They have a nice media page up for me:

We have a National release date set for February 1, 2011. But friends and fans from my home state of Oregon won't have to wait that long: special pre-release starts in December. (Check out the show schedule.)

Pit Bull Blues fans! By popular demand, I've created a ringtone for y'all. You should be able to get it now:

I've been hanging out with Ebbage, getting used to city life, and I'm on the prowl for SoCal gigs, house concerts, and songwriting jobs.

Thanks for the support, I need it now more than ever. I have many to thank, starting with Ebbage, Amy, and the core band of Sean Peterson and Kevin Powell. I will duly thank the rest in blogs, further e-mails, and effective e-shout-outs on all profiles. (They deserve support, too.)

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Bret Michaels, A Rockin' Christmas 12/7/10



This is a rare Christmas show involving the student youth musicians from Idaho Falls, ID. There will be a toy drive to help the community and collect donations for those in need. Come support your local kids and watch them and Bret make history at this very special event. AND… if you’re at the show, don’t be surprised if you find yourself on an upcoming episode of “Life as I know it” on VH1.

Tickets Go on Sale the morning of November 5th at:

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Column for November 3, 2010

It’s all indie from rock to blues this week in Pocatello’s local live music scene, with local and national independent bands, duos and solo musicians performing in the area.

On Thursday the 4th, WahnderLust makes an appearance at the Flipside Lounge, located on S. Main Street in downtown Pocatello, view on map. Music starts at 9:00 p.m., open to those 21 and over.

WahnderLust, based from Los Angeles, CA, is a rock and funk duo featuring Kim Manning and Lantz Lazwell on vocals, keyboards and guitars. Expect a spirited performance, with bouncy, infectious , funky rhythms, groovy guitar riffs and A+ vocals.

Manning was a featured vocalist for George Clinton and the P-Funk Allstars, has appeared on The Grammy Awards, The David Letterman Show, Jay Leno, and VH1’s Flavor of Love, and has recorded with Snoop Dogg, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and recently with Sly Stone.

Lazwell has been compared to Jimi Hendrix, Jack Johnson and Stevie Wonder, taking home the L.A. Music Award for Best Rock Vocalist in 2007. WahnderLust has played at the House of Blues, San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall and SXSW. Find out more at

On Friday the 5th, a new regionally-based band, Volcano, plays at Cynthia’s boutique at the Whitmore Hotel in downtown Pocatello, starting at 5:00 p.m. for First Friday Art Walk.

Also on Friday night, Soul Full of Blues, fronted by Ramona Awes on lead vocals and backed by Robert Miron, Dan Lauer, Steve Howard and Kerry Pepper, plays at Porntneuf Valley Brewing on S. 1st Avenue in Pocatello, view on map, starting at 8:30 p.m. Music entertainment is free and open to all ages at the pub. Visit the band online at

And the locally-based rock cover band, Kaught Lookin’, who had a featured spot at the 10th Annual POW-MIA Awareness Rally, plays classic and current rock favorites at Duffy’s Bar on N. Main Street in Pocatello, view on map, on Friday night. Music starts at 9:00 p.m., no cover, and open to those 21 and over. Expect to hear favorites from Lynrd Skynrd, Alice in Chains, Buckcherry and more. Visit

On Saturday the 6th, 18 Switchbacks, a bluegrass, rock and Americana band from Boulder, Colorado plays at Portneuf Valley Brewing starting at 8:30 p.m., no cover and open to all ages.

18 Switchbacks blends influences from folk, rock, pop, jam, world music, jazz, and even country. Expect rich vocal harmonies, a dancey rhythm section, and a mélange of music styles to keep the set interesting and entertaining. Find out more at

Also on Saturday, the First National Bar, W. Center Street in Pocatello, view on map, is pleased to welcome Aloud to their stage starting at 9:00 p.m. Aloud, from Boston, MA, is the young, dynamic indie-rock duo of Henry Beguiristain and Jen de la Osa. They are most known for their strong vocal harmonies.

Aloud is currently on tour in support of their most recent CD, “Exile,” released earlier this month on Lemon Merchant records. "Exile" is Aloud’s third full-length CD, fan-funded, and the debut album from talented producer engineer Daniel Nicholas Daskivich.

Aloud is excited to make their Pocatello debut as the fourteenth of over fifty performances on the Exile Tour. The duo has given up virtually all of their material possessions to make this tour happen. De la Osa told the Boston Phoenix, “instead of buying a house, we're touring cross-country.”

Expect to hear beautiful acoustic tones and vocals from the songs on "Exile," like the mid-tempo single “Old Soldier,” which starts with a whisper and grows into a brilliant, psychedelic and driven song, or the slightly sad and macabre “To Die At Sea.” Find out more at

Metal fans are eager for the upcoming CD release from Denots, showcased in a day-long Metal Extravaganza open to all ages at the Shilo Inn in Idaho Falls, Saturday the 6th, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Riksha, Ixxion, Rezination, Crimson and Shades of Interpretation are also on the billing. Denot’s fourth full-length CD, "Illusions of a Fictional Reality," went on sale on the 18th of October. Find out more at

One last note: the ISU Marketing Club is searching for more bands to play this Fall’s Pokapalooza, set for November 13, 2010. The contest entry fee is $50, with $25 returned after a 20 minute set. Madison Lights is scheduled to appear as a guest band and will have a jam session with the winner. The winner will also get studio and air time on K-bear 101 and open for the Springfest concert at ISU. Interested bands should email Tyson Gunter at for more information.

Linda Alexander
a.k.a. Lana Banana for Idaho Live Music

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Pokapalooza looking for more bands

Hello my name is Tyson Gunter and I am with the ISU Marketing Club. We hold Pokapalooza every year at the ISU Ballroom on Nov. 13th at 7.

We are currently looking for more bands to play. I have found your page and see that you are a big music fan. could you spread the word for us? And if you wanna come watch that would be awesome too. here is the info. oh and if you would like to put this event on your page too that would be great.

I am with the ISU marketing club and we are looking for a few more bands to play at Pokapalooza on Nov. 13 at 7pm in the ISU ballroom entry is $50 but you get $25 back after you play 20 minute sets with 5min to set up and 5 mins to take down, so a total of 30 mins.

Madison lights will be a guest band and will have a jam session with the winner.
the winner will also get in studio and air time on K-bear 101. I believe your song will play for a week. Also the winner will open for the springfest concert at ISU which in the past has been a huge name band.

Please message me back or email me at for more info and questions. I will get you the entry form as well. please spread the word too. we need a couple more bands. Thanks

Tyson Gunter

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