Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Column for January 27, 2010

We have a full plate of live music entertainment in Southeast Idaho this week, with all-ages shows at The Icon, acoustic favorites at local restaurants and bars and two exciting concerts by favorite regional bands in the area.

Tonight, Wednesday the 27th, Abandon Kansas, Children 18:3, The Deception and more are performing at The Icon, located on N. Main Street in Pocatello; doors open at 6:30 p.m. And tomorrow, Thursday the 28th, Fire In the Skies, These Cities Passing, Above And Below, Chelsea Grin and more are on the bill. Visit for current information and upcoming shows.

Also on Thursday, Elvis Has Left the Building is scheduled to play at Senang Bistro, S. 1st. Ave. in Pocatello starting at 7:30. Formed in 1996, founding members Angier Wills and Greg Mladenka are joined by Bill Chalmers and when available, Richard Inouye. The group plays a blend of bluegrass, American folk and acoustic rock.

Available for purchase from, Elvis Has Left the Building released a self-titled CD in 2007. For more on ELB, visit

Friday the 29th, Finn Riggins is in concert with locals Spawning Fondness at the Flipside Lounge, on S. Main St. in downtown Pocatello. Based in western and northern Idaho, Finn Riggins has been making Pocatello a regular stop.

Finn Riggins’ most recent release, “Vs Wilderness,” has been met with critical acclaim for their creative and elaborate indie rock. I find their music eccentric, pleasant, crafty, bright, fun and lively, and somewhat addictive (in a good way). For more, visit

Last week, you have have caught Unstable Ground at Portneuf Valley Brewing. If you missed that show, you can catch then again this Friday at Duffy’s Tavern on Main Street. Music starts at 9:00 p.m.; open to those 21+. No cover.

Based from Pocatello, Unstable ground is a four-piece band with guitarists Gene Taylor and Mark Holbrook, Chris Willock on bass and Eric Stanley on drums. They have a large list of cover songs from which to play, tailoring each set appropriately for the crowd and venue.

This time, I’d expect Unstable Ground to crank it up with songs from AC/DC, the Beastie Boys, Bad Company or maybe a Limp Bizkit tune. For more on Unstable Ground, visit them online at

Speaking of Portneuf Valley Brewing, the pub on S. 1st Avenue in Pocatello has two favorites on tap this weekend with Swingshift playing blues, jazz and pop on Friday night. And on Saturday, Bender is scheduled to play roots rock and reggae. Music starts at 8:30, no cover, and is open to all ages. Call (208) 232-1644 for more information.

Formed in 2008, Bender is an eclectic mix of musical instruments and styles. The bulk of their songs are original, a blend of American roots, rock, and reggae. They’ll also have a follow-up show on Sunday the 31st at the Pebble Creek Ski Area. Find Bender online at

And on tap at Taps Bar on Garrett Way in Pocatello this weekend, Kaught Lookin’ is scheduled to play classic rock covers on both Friday and Saturday nights. Music starts at 9:00 p.m., no cover and open to those 21+.

*Oops - this show has been canceled*
On Saturday, Lybecker is in concert at The Icon with Somewhere In the Middle scheduled to open. Doors open at 6:30. Lybecker, a trio based from Seattle, WA plays alt. pop rock similar to Coldplay, Third Eye Blind or Switchfoot. Their most recent CD, “As the Sun Casts a Falling Shadow,” will be available for purchase at the show. For more, see

Somewhere In the Middle has recently returned from a tour through Nevada and Southern California in support of their most recently recorded songs. Keep up to date at

And the highlight of my live music shows this weekend, Scratch and 2am Logic open for Royal Bliss at the Peppertree Lounge in Idaho Falls, Saturday the 30th. Doors open at 8:00 p.m., open to those 21+. Tickets are available at I missed them last time; I won’t this time.

Royal Bliss has been hard at work self-promoting their most recent release, “Live and Acoustic in Studio A,” recorded last year at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, CA. The CD is a limited edition, available for purchase online or at live performances.

Having received little support from their label, Royal Bliss continues to move forward and is currently recording their next effort. Expect to hear new tunes and old favorites. The band received great exposure playing at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT last week. For more, visit

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

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