Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Column for February 24, 2010

A few local favorite bands play their regular haunts this weekend, and a rising star comes to Idaho State University for a concert.

The big concert this week is at ISU’s Sephens Performing Arts Center, when Colbie Caillat comes to perform on Saturday, February 27th. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $27 reserved seating, are available at the Stephens Box Office or by calling (208) 282-3595.

Colbie Caillat (pronounced “Khol-bee Kal-lay”) is a singer / songwriter from southern California, known for her infectious melodies and lyrics and for her smooth and soft voice. She is currently on tour promoting her second album, “Breakthrough,” topping iTunes charts just as her debut album “Coco” did.

“Coco” won the 2009 Teen Music Award and is now multi-platinum thanks to the award-winning single “Bubbly” and the very popular single “Realize.” Just last month, Caillat was awarded two Grammys. One was for her collaboration with Jason Mraz for “Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals” for “Lucky,” and the other as a featured artist on Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” album, which won “Album of the Year” at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards.

In addition to being an award-winning vocalist, Caillat also plays acoustic guitar. Her music is classified as pop, with which I agree, yet it is with popular music with folksy traditions, light rock, soul and a touch of the blues.

Caillat was born in 1985 in Newbury Park, California and grew up in Malibu. Her father, Ken Caillat, is a music producer, best known for producing Fleetwood Mac's “Rumors” and “Tusk” albums. During her childhood, she studied piano and vocals. She started working with producer Mikal Blue in 2004 and gained popularity primarily through her MySpace page, becoming the number one unsigned singer in her genre.

In 2007, Caillat toured with The Goo Goo Dolls and Lifehouse, and she was the supporting act for John Mayer on his 2008 summer tour. She has been recognized as BMI’s songwriter of the year.

You can catch a debut performance of Colbie Caillat on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday, March 11. And you’ll catch her as a guest on an episode of the Next Food Network Star when it airs, if you’re into that kind of thing. A rising star indeed. For more, visit

Portneuf Valley Brewing has a blues weekend in store for their stage this weekend. On Friday the 26th, the long-standing favorite, Swingshift, makes their end-of-month appearance at the brewery. Music starts at 8:30 p.m., is free and open to all ages. Swingshift is popular for their sultry vocals, tight harmonies and for the incredible talent of their musicians. They play light jazz, vintage rock, funk and blues.

Swingshift, based in southeast Idaho, is fronted by vocalist and sax player Ramona Awes and by bassman and balladeer, Mike Banks. Backing musicians include drummer John Anderson, Terrel Merkley on keyboards, percussionist Mahdi Underwood and Ken Caldwell on horns.

And a relative newcomer onto the Southeast Idaho scene, Phat Bone is based in Pocatello and has two shows this weekend. Saturday night, the 27th, they’ll play funk and blues at Portneuf Valley Brewing starting at 8:30 p.m. And on Sunday the 28th, catch another performance at the Pebble Creek Ski area starting at 4:00 p.m.

Fronted by Steve Sullivan on guitar and vocals, Phat Bone includes bassist Russ Sidel and Don Godfrey on drums. Find out more about the band and keep up to date with their performance schedule at

Also on Sunday the 28th, a hardcore and metal concert is scheduled at the Elks Lodge, Main and Benton Streets in Pocatello, 7:00 p.m. Flying Monkey Booking presents American Me, Suffokate, Hundredth and Murder Death Kill on the bill. Cost is $6, doors open at 6:00 p.m., and the show is open to all ages.

American Me is a five-piece based from Portland, Oregon. Suffokate is a death metal band based from Oakland, California, Hundredth is from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Murder Death Kill is also from California. The groups are touring together on the Hardcore Meets Hardcore Tour, sponsored by For more, visit

Linda Alexander

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