Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Column for June 10, 2009

Tonight, Wednesday the 10th, the Civitans’ Revive @ Five (2009 schedule) features the local country band Battery Park Country at 5:00 p.m., located at the Old Town Pavilion, corner of Fremont and Main Streets. Last week I noticed a very long line to get beer tickets, so get there early and beat the crowd. This week’s event is sponsored by Nationwide Insurance and Syringa Wireless and catered by Texas Roadhouse.

Battery Park Country plays a variety of music anywhere from classic country, classic rock to top 40 country. I caught up with vocalist Susan Greenwell recently about the band and their upcoming show. (full interview)

“Our most requested song is ‘Brown Eyed Girl,’” said Greenwell. “That one seems to get everyone on their feet dancing.” She further recalls Battery Park’s most memorable moment last year when John Rich (of Big & Rich) got on stage and played a song with them.

Battery Park Country is a 5-piece band, with Devon Breshears on lead vocals and guitar. Breshears is originally from Phoenix, AZ and now lives with his family in Blackfoot. Drummer Bob Daulton began playing at 12 years old with his father at the Green T and later with local rock bands and while in the Air Force. Rick Scott plays keyboards; bassist Al Kuta has extensive experience in Los Angeles both with recording and in television. And Susan Greenwell fronts the band on vocals, a Pocatello native and member of Battery Park now for four years.

Frequently found playing at the 5 Mile Inn in Chubbuck, Battery Park Country is currently working on a CD and their own website. “I think that our band loves to have fun, and if the people watching us see that, then they tend to have fun themselves. And that's what we really like to see.”

Idaho State University continues their summer concert series (2009 schedule) on Thursday the 11th, 6:00 p.m. with Justin Klump and My Paper Camera opening. The concert is free on the Quad.

At 25 years old, Klump is earning the respect of audiences across the country. His home is in Vancouver, WA, but he has played at the Qwest Arena in Boise and a few other colleges in Idaho. He tours regularly throughout the country, including the Hotel Café in Los Angeles, Aladdin Theater and Crystal Ballroom in Portland and Nectar in Seattle. (full interview)

Copies of Klump’s new album, “Thousand Mile Dream,” will be available for sale at the show, as well as some copies of an earlier EP, “Something for September.” Find out more at

On Friday the 12th, a real international treat comes to Pocatello. Seneca, an alt. rock band from Limerick, Ireland will be in concert at Portneuf Valley Brewing, S. 1st Ave. starting at 8:30 p.m.

Seneca exploded onto the Irish music scene three years ago and has continued to gain both fans and accolades from critics. The four-piece band, fronted by Rob Hope on guitar and vocals, guitarist Brendan O Gorman, bassist Yvonne Conaty and Daragh O Loughlain on drums, recently played the Dylan Fest in Boulder, CO and the Whiskey A Go Go in Hollywood. (full article)

Seneca's debut CD release “Sweeter Than Bourbon” is a mix of indie guitars, radio friendly melodies and heart-warming lyrics with an emotional authenticity. Their single “Smile,” released late in 2007, entered the Irish Radio Charts at #33 and climbed to its peak position of 27. For more information, visit

PVB welcomes singer / songwriter Travis Ward, front man for the popular Boise band Hillfolk Noir, to perform in the pub on Saturday the 13th. Music is from 8:30 – 11:00 p.m., no cover and open to all ages.

The First National Bar, W. Center St., has live music three nights in a row, with their open mic night on Thursday, and this week Lost Boys on Friday and Burnt Grass on Saturday.

Burnt Grass is a country, bluegrass comedy group out of Middletown, OH. For more, visit

Kaught Lookin’ plays at Taps Bar on Garrett Way this weekend, and Plain Jane is at the Benton St. Bar & Grill on Friday and Saturday nights.

And on Monday the 15th, The Classic Crime headlines at The Icon on Main Street with Aaron Ball’s Somewhere in the Middle. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. (upcoming schedule at The Icon)

The Classic Crime is an alt. rock band out of Seattle, WA. Their freshman effort, 2006’s “Albatross” drew interest from critics, who then acclaimed their follow-up effort in 2008, “The Silver Cord,” reaching #123 on the rock album charts.

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

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