Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Column for August 5, 2009

Spittin’ Lynt is the featured band at Revive @ Five tonight, at the Old Town Pavilion, corner of Fremont and Main Streets in downtown Pocatello -map. The Civitans’ weekly summertime fund raising event is from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., this week sponsored by Kruse and catered by Dutch Oven Delights. (Revive @ Five schedule)

In my book, Spittin’ Lynt wins the award for the best psychedelic funk band with the worst name in Idaho - I say that jokingly. There is incredible talent and musicianship in this group. And at Portneuf Valley Brewing, they have a follow-up performance starting at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday the 8th.

On Friday, Andrew Goldring takes the stage in the pub on S. 1st Avenue - map. Goldring started playing blues guitar at 11 years old. Now six years later, he’s fronting a band and taken songwriting more seriously, with influences from Bob Dylan and Ryan Adams. Expect powerful lyrics, great guitar chops and a folk rock sound with old school blues.

Based in Salt Lake, Goldring’s band includes Mike Moran on guitars, bassist Eric Lindquist and Wes Whorton on drums. Although young, the band has seen some successes, playing at the Utah Arts Festival three times and the Snowbird Rock and Blues Festival twice, opening for blues legend Johnny Winter and singer Bettye Lavette.

Goldring will have his newest EP, "The Other Side," on sale at the show. The recording is completely a solo effort; Goldring wrote all the songs, performed every instrument and self-recorded and produced in his home studio. Find out more at

Tomorrow the 6th, Flying Monkey Booking is proud to present Arsonists Get All the Girls, See You Next Tuesday, Atilla and more, all hard rock and metal bands at the Eagles Lodge, 325 W Benton in Pocatello. Concert starts at 6:00 p.m.; cost is $12. For more information, see

The Fort Hall Casino - map - has live music almost every weekend, on most Fridays and every Saturday night from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. This weekend, a real treat: Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers play blues, funk and rockabilly on Friday and Saturday nights, the 6th and 7th.

Currently living in Santa Fe, NM, Gary Farmer is an actor, musician and was the founder of Aboriginal Voices Magazine, a magazine which was devoted to Native Canadian issues. He attended Syracuse University and is of the Cayuga Nation and Wolf Clan of the Haudenosaunee/Iroquois Confederacy.

Since the early 80’s, Farmer has appeared in dozens of films and television programs including Police Academy, The West Wing, Friday the 13th, Smoke Signals and Delivering Milo. (imdb)

Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers consists of Farmer on harmonica and vocals, John Longbow on bass, guitarists Robert Rambo and Nicholas Mendoza and Robert Dean on drums. Find out more at

On Saturday the 8th, the Benton Street Bar & Grill - map - is bringing three bands in from the Twin Falls area for a hard rock and metal concert, starting at 9:00 p.m. One Dead Crow, One Second Till Forever and Redline are on the bill. The show is open to all ages; cost is $3 for 21 and over, $5 for under 21.

Redline was last in Pocatello opening for The Trust Company at the Icon in May. Expect a lot from these guys; the songs “Fight,” “Breathe,” and “No Excuse” are heavy and appeal to metal fans, whereas “Control,” Redline’s single that has been played on radio stations throughout the west, appeal more to Rock fans. The band received great response when they played a slow song, “Gone Away,” live on KBER shortly after it was written. More at

Hard rock and metal bands form a tight community in southeast Idaho. Elsewhere too, I’ll suppose, but definitely here. One Second Till Forever has shared the stage with national acts: Suicidal Tendencies, Static-X, Hemlock, Army of Freshmen, CandleBox, and countless local acts including Denots, Neckbrace, Defining Life, The Reptilians and many more. Visit them online at

One Dead Crow is counted in southeast Idaho’s up-and-coming metal bands. Their CD, to be released next week, is eagerly anticipated. The music is heavy, with distorted guitars, emphatic rhythms and a dense bass and drum sound. It’s also well-crafted and mature. Fans of old school metal will love these guys. Find out more at

And to end an eclectic week of music, Warbonnet, No One and the Sombodies and Turbosleaze put on an outdoor show at Ross Park - map - on Tuesday the 11th, starting at 7:00 p.m. The show is open to the public; bands are requesting donations.

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

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