Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Column for June 30, 2010

Tonight, Revive at Five rocks old town Pocatello with music by American Steel, sponsored by Kruse Insurance and catered by the Grecian Key. Music starts at 5:00 p.m., free and open to the public of all ages (view on map).

Based from Pocatello, American Steel is a well-loved rock cover and party band, also scheduled to play the 4th of July festivities at the Bannock County Fairgrounds this weekend; more on that in a bit. Keep up with the band at

Also tonight, the Albany, NY pop-punk trio, Young and Divine, headline a concert at The Icon, located on N. Main Street in Pocatello (view on map). The Attempt and The New Coastline are also on the billing. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with $8 advance tickets available through

The members of Young and Divine, bassist JP Clark, guitarist Jake Maiand and Joe Bortscheller on drums, independently recorded their self-titled debut release. Their most recent full-length CD, “Shake That Bubble,” is a dancey, melodic and fun jaunt with catchy guitar riffs and bouncy beats. Find out more at

Idaho State University’s concerts on the quad continue on Thursday, July 1st, with Nate Fowler opening for John Rush. Music entertainment starts at 6:00 p.m., free and open to all ages (view on map).

Nate Fowler, a singer / songwriter based from Boise, ID, recently released “Wherever You Go,” described by Boise Weekly as “a great collection of love and love-lost tunes sung through Fowler’s breathy, Top-40 radio-friendly pipes.”

At 17 years old, Fowler toured South America, and followed two years later with a 2-month tour of West India. His full band has shared the stage with Collective Soul, FanFarlo and more. “The guys and I are excited to come play ISU,” Fowler said, “and look forward to seeing a lot of new faces.” Find out more at

Originally from Huntsville, Alabama and now based from Michegan, this is John Rush’s second appearance at ISU. “I had a great time playing on the lawn last year and I look forward to coming back to ISU,” said Rush. “It's a really cool laid back kind of show. I hope the weather is perfect again like last year.” As do we.

John Rush thrills his audiences with a powerful voice, brilliant guitar work and looping a multitude of instruments to create a one-man-band performance that sounds more like a full band. Rush includes guitar, bass, harmonica, piano, sax and percussion, playing both originals and almost any song you already know.

John Rush has shared performance events with Fuel, Eve 6, The Dixie Chicks, Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20) and more. He also has a degree in classical guitar performance from the University of Georgia.

With more than 60 hours of music in his repertoire, Rush has been called “the Human iPod.” He has released three CD’s to date: “They Don't Know My Name,” “Songs From The Road,” a compilation of live recordings, and his most recent, “Always Touring.”

“I make a living doing what I love to do and I feel extremely lucky and thankful,” Rush writes from his website. For more, visit or

On Friday the 2nd, Portneuf Valley Brewing brings back a real treat to their stage: The Lucas Cates Band, from Madison, WI, plays an eclectic mix of original pop, rock, funk, reggae, alternative country and good old jam band music, starting at 8:30 p.m. Music entertainment is free and open to all ages at the pub (view on map).

Expect excellent musicianship, songwriting and an entertaining stage performance that’ll inspire you to get up and dance. Cates is becoming a regular in the area, having had repeat performances at the First National Bar, ISU and the brewery.

Formed some three years ago, the Lucas Cates Band has released three recordings so far, with a fourth slated for release in September of this year. CD’s are available for purchase at the show or online at and iTunes. For more, visit

On Saturday and Sunday this weekend, the Bannock County Fairgrounds is the place to be. On Saturday the 3rd, a Battle of the Bands gets under way starting at 3:00 p.m., with more than a dozen local and regional bands competing for a coveted spot at an upcoming event at The Venue in Boise. $5 at the gate, open to all ages (view on map).

And on 4th of July, the music starts at the Fairgrounds at 1:00 p.m., with Logan Kendall, Madison Lights, American Steel and the Kyd J Band, with fireworks to follow. Have a safe holiday weekend.

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

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Battle of the Bands 7/3 Pocatello

DSS and Flying Monkey Present: Battle of the Bands, 7/3/10. $5 - gates open at 3:00 p.m.

Top 3 bands are chosen to play at the Boise Venue Block Party
Crowd votes for top 3 bands
Carnival / All Ages / Outdoor stage / Food

Bannock County Fairgrounds - view on map
10560 N Fairgrounds Rd
Pocatello, ID 83202, US
(208) 237-1340

For more information, contact

Pandemonium, Covendetta,Valley of Unrest, Altaredge, Sea Swallowed Us Whole, Enon Chapel, Sakai Incident, Shades of Interpretation, Art of Repulsion, 3vilution, Rising Sun, Blue Lakes Blvd., These Cities Passing, Ixxion, Above and Below, The Brave


@ Bannock County Fairgrounds, Pocatello, ID
July 3, 2010

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Column for June 23, 2010

Now that the weather has turned warmer with the first day of summer behind us, outdoor live music concerts are in full swing.

Tonight’s Revive at Five, sponsored by Zions Bank, features music by Spunk Pharm and food by Molto Caldo Pizzeria. Spunk Pharm is inarguably Idaho Falls’ most popular rock cover band. The guitar, bass and drum trio makes full use of their instrumental and vocal talents, more than the sum of their parts. Expect a lively and entertaining show, with all of your favorite new and old, rock and country songs. Music from 5 to 8:00 p.m. at the Old Town Pavilion, Main St. in Pocatello (view on map).

Tomorrow, Thursday the 24th, Boise’s Soul Serene opens for Ladd Smith at Idaho State University’s weekly concert on the quad (view on map). Music starts at 6:00 p.m., free and open to the public of all ages.

Soul Serene, touring in support of their recent EP release, “Rooftops,” plays mostly original rock, psychedelic pop and some reggae, with a few familiar covers thrown into the mix. Find out more at

Ladd Smith, raised in Tennessee, began playing guitar at 4 years old. He’s a singer and songwriter, considered a prodigy by his studio mentors. Ladd has done back-up vocals for Nashville artists and has been compared to a young Vince Gill or John Mayer, or the lovechild of Billy Joel and Dolly Parton. He has performed in over 17 countries and collaborated with Blake Shelton, Merle Haggard, Clay Walker and more. Preview Ladd’s music and learn more at

On Friday the 25th, Heroes Are Forever headlines a concert at The Icon, N. Main Street in Pocatello (view on map). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; tickets $8 through, open to all ages. Heroes Are Forever is a Hardcore Christian rock band, based from Fresno, CA. They have shared the stage with As I Lay Dying and BrokenCyde and many more. An EP is due for release this year. Find out more at

Also on Friday, The Kratz Bros. Band plays original fusion rock band, blending 60’s-style folk with electrick and acoustic world music sounds and rhythms, at The Vinyl Perk on S. Main Street in Pocatello (view on map). Music is from 7 to 9:00 p.m., free and open to the public of all ages. Find more at

At Marigolds Wine on Flandro Drive in Pocatello (view on map) this weekend, singer / songwriter Bob Fisher plays acoustic on Friday, starting at 7:00 p.m. And on Saturday, Runestone plays celtic and folk music. Check out their full entertainment schedule at

This weekend, Battery Park, a locally-based country and rock band, plays at Rumors on Garrett Way where Taps Bar used to be (view on map). The new bar owner, Kris Miner, has live bands scheduled on weekends, 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Call (208) 478-2525 for more information.

Somewhere In the Middle, a Pocatello-based rock band featuring Aaron Ball on guitar and vocals, has several shows in the area this week. They’re scheduled for Idaho Falls’ Alive at Five on the 23rd, a street party in downtown Pocatello on the 24th, Portneuf Valley Brewing on Friday the 25th, and at the Idaho Music and Wildflower Festival at Pebble Creek Ski Resort in Inkom on Saturday the 26th. The festival, scheduled from 5 to 9:00 p.m., has the very popular heavy rock band, 2am Logic, too.

Also on Saturday the 26th, An Acoustic Summer Night at Senang’s Wine Bar and Tapas on S. 1st Avenue in Pocatello (view on map), dinner at 6:00 with music from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $25 per person, which includes dinner, glass of wine and the show. Local singer / songwriters Matt Murdoch, Randy Johnson, and Angier Wills will perform.

In Blackfoot on Saturday, the Strait Country Band plays at the Performing Arts Center (view on map), starting at 7:30 p.m. Lead by Roberts, Idaho native, Lyle Albertson, the Strait Country Band plays country dance music all over Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Nevada and Montana. Find out more at

And last but not least, Swingshift takes the stage at Portneuf Valley Brewing, S. 1st Ave. in Pocatello (view on map) on Saturday night, playing rock, pop and light jazz starting at 8:30 p.m. The pub is open to all ages; music entertainment is free.

Final grace note: tickets are now on sale for Young and Divine, a pop-punk trio based from Albany. The concert is on Wednesday, June 30th at The Icon in downtown Pocatello. Tickets are $8, available online at

Bassist JP Clark, guitarist Jake Mai and drummer Joe Bortscheller formed Young and Divine just two years ago. They independently recorded a self-titled debut release, “Shake That Bubble.” Find out more at

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

Saturday, June 19, 2010

From Goodnight Sunrise

In their own words

So here's the deal...

We know it's been a while - too long! Just to get y'all up to date really quick, we've been settling into our crazy new lives here in LA and working on a fresh batch of new songs to be released in the near future. Stay posted. I know it's been said, but we seriously believe that the ones we've been working on are some of the best songs we've written in one of the craziest eras this band has seen to date. We can't wait for you to hear them!

Also, more immediately important, we've entered Taylor Guitars and Elixir Strings' Test Drive Acoustic Competition, and we need your help! If you've been following us on twitter, I'm sure you've seen the posts to help by voting at

...once a day in order to keep us in the top 50. If we see you retweeting (@gnightsunrise) or helping to spread the word on Twitter, you'll be entered into contests to win free merch and gnsr goodies :)

Also, if we get enough help to make it to the second round of voting, we'll start releasing some fancy acoustic videos of new and old material.

Last but not least, if you help us make it to the final round of the competition, we'll be releasing a BRAND NEW ACOUSTIC EP!!

Once again, PLEASE help us out with this competition by taking one minute out of your day to vote.

We miss all of you and can't wait to see you again.

until then...

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Column for June 16, 2010

Although summer weather hasn’t hit full swing in southeast Idaho, the outdoor concerts have, this week, with three free outdoor shows, plus one special and intimate indoor performance by a returning favored musician.

Tonight, Swifter Currents, a locally-based 3-piece rockin’ bluegrass band, takes the stage at the Old Town Pavilion on N. Main Street (view on map) for Revive at Five (view full schedule), sponsored by American Family Insurance. Food will be provided by The Sand Trap. The concert is free and open to all ages, 5 to 8:00 p.m.

Tomorrow the 17th, Danielle Vaughn opens for the Mike Sullivan band at Idaho State University’s concert on the quad (view on map). The show will be moved inside the Student Union Building in case of inclement weather. Music entertainment is free and open to all ages, starting at 6:00 p.m. (view full schedule).

Based from Utah, Danielle Vaughn is a singer / songwriter, playing styles from folk to bluesy jazz. She currently holds an Arts degree with emphasis on classical piano. Her voice has been compared to the likes of Alison Krauss and Eva Cassidy. Find out more at

Singer and guitarist Michael Sullivan, based from Los Angeles, delivers an oh-so-smooth performance pop, jazz, funk that wow’d the crowd at ISU last summer. His music is perhaps comparable to Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews or John Mayer. The Los Angeles Music Awards gave him a nod with a nomination for Independent Male Singer / Songwriter of the Year. More at Read full interview.

My favorite concert of the week is on Friday the 18th. Shannon Curtis, vocalist, songwriter and sultry pianist, favors the area with an intimate concert at The Vinyl Perk on S. Main St. (view on map), starting at 7:00 p.m. The show is free and open to all ages.

Shannon Curtis is perhaps best known in the area as a popular repeat performer at ISU’s summer concerts, where she has headlined solo twice, and with her former band, Paradigm, several times before that. If you haven’t caught her show before, imagine Norah Jones meets Colbie Callait. Of her music, Curtis says, “People can expect to be happier when they leave this show than when they came.”

Originally from Stockton, CA and now based from Los Angeles, Curtis has been touring as a solo artist for the last three years, all over the country, laying 130,000 miles on her VW Jetta. “I tour constantly and think it's the very best way to connect my music to music lovers,” Curtis said. “Even though the internet provides endless opportunities for digital distribution of music, there is nothing that replaces the personal and intimate experience of a live show.”

Curtis recently released her first full-length CD, "I Play the Piano and Sing Love Songs," in March of this year. She will also have her three previous EPs available for purchase at the show, released in 2009, 2008, and 2007. She’ll also bring brand-new t-shirts and posters for sale. Find out more at Read full interview.

And on Saturday the 19th, Riverfest (website) returns to Taysom Rotary Park in Pocatello (view on map), rain or shine, from 2 to 9:00 p.m. Let’s hope for shine! This year, The Clumsy Lovers headline the music entertainment at Riverfest, with southeast Idaho’s Somewhere In the Middle opening. Prize drawing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Somewhere In the Middle, featuring vocalist Aaron Ball, plays rock music that is modern, acoustic-based, middle of the road (not too hard, not too soft). They have been compared the GooGoo Dolls, 3 Doors Down or a softer version of Shinedown. The bulk of their music is original, but their live shows also incorporate a few covers, humor, dialogue and interaction with the crowd. Their single, “Second Gear,” is on regular rotation on regional and national radio stations. Request it! And visit for more. Read full interview.

The Clumsy Lovers, a Canadian-based bluegrass dance band, has been a local favorite for years, arguably the band with the greatest fan base in our area. They are constantly on tour with more than 2000 live performances under their belt.

“Make Yourself Known,” the Clumsy Lovers’ most recent CD release, is perhaps my favorite to date, attaining that often elusive balance between smart studio production and a rompin’ live show feel. Listen for the new single, “Way Down the Old Plank Road.” It’s a good one. Find out more at

Also this week: Elvis Has Left the Building plays at Sandbagger’s on Thursday, the Mike Banks Band plays at Marigolds Wine this weekend, and Portneuf Valley Brewing has Almosta Band on Friday and Corsetti and Davis on Saturday.

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

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Interview with Shannon Curtis

Who: Shannon Curtis
What: Vocalist, pianist, in concert
Where: The Vinyl Perk, 150 S Main St., Pocatello, ID - (view on map)
When: Friday, June 18, 2010, 7 to 9:00 p.m.

I first met Shannon Curtis in 2007. We had exchanged a few emails before her headlining performance at Idaho State University, and I saw her show there plus a follow-up show in Salt Lake City. I really, really dig this chick.

Shannon caught up with me recently about her return to the area, an intimate concert at the Vinyl Perk this weekend. What follows below is a blend of my 2007 interview together with current information. Enjoy!

SLG: Describe your genre of music in as much detail as you like. Maybe list your three best crowd-pleasing songs? Can you explain in what way do you most appeal to your fans?

SC: I play the piano and sing love songs. Some of them are sappy love songs, some are the pissed-off, jilted-lover kind of love songs. I suppose I have a few things I'm working out. ;) I've heard people describe my style as being what might happen if Norah Jones and Fiona Apple had a love child. Not sure who the surrogate dad would be -- it's open to suggestion. :)

SLG: Have you always been a solo performer? Or do you have history with a full band?

SC: I've been touring as a solo artist for the last 3 years -- all over the country, in my VW Jetta, over 130,000 miles!

The very last show I ever played with my former rock band, Paradigm, was in Pocatello on June 25, 2006. Paradigm played at Idaho State multiple times over the course of our touring career, and each time we had such a great time because the people were so enthusiastic. And they kept asking us to come back! Which is great.

(The 2007 performance at Idaho State University was the first time Curtis played her solo material in Pocatello. -SLG)

SLG: Tell us where you're from and currently based in what town?

SC: I'm currently based in Los Angeles, CA, but I'm originally from a northern California town called Stockton.

SLG: Past shows or venues you'd like to brag about? Past or future shows in the Pocatello area?

SC: I've played at ISU in Pocatello several times over the last several years -- twice as a solo act, and at least 3 times prior to that with my former band, Paradigm.

SLG: Describe this particular show. What can people expect if they come to this show?

Friday, June 18
7pm - 9pm
The Vinyl Perk
All ages
opening act TBD; I'll be the headlining act at 8pm.

What people can expect from my part of the show is an hour of me on a big ol' piano, singing love songs, and having a great time with the audience. That's usually how it goes down. People can expect to be happier when they leave this show than when they came.

SLG: Any comments about the local live music scene, the music industry in general? What do you think is the best way to get your music out there?

SC: I tour constantly and think it's the very best way to connect my music to music lovers. The internet, which, ironically, is what the 'industry' blames for its struggles, is the most powerful tool the world has ever seen in terms of delivering music to people. Especially new music.

Even though the internet provides endless opportunities for digital distribution of music, there is nothing that replaces the personal and intimate experience of a live show.

SLG: Recordings? Will you have CD's or more for sale at the show?

SC: Absolutely. I just released my first full-length CD, "I Play the Piano and Sing Love Songs," in March. It consists of piano and voice-only recordings. I will also have my three previous EPs available at the show, released in 2009, 2008, and 2007. In addition, I have brand-new t-shirts and posters for sale.

(Link to CD on iTunes. Shannon Curtis on CD Baby. -SLG)

SLG: How can fans contact you? Myspace? or another website?

SC: website:

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Tickets on sale now - Bret Michaels

Bret Michaels

July 27th @ The Civic Auditorium, Idaho Falls

Tickets available NOW at, CD World and Budget Tapes & Records.

Floor GA - $42
Balcony GA - $37


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Column for June 9, 2010

After such cool spring weather, I think we’ll all be ready for a “Hot Flash” tonight at the Civitans’ Revive @ Five concert, Old Town Pavilion on Main Street in Pocatello (view on map). This week’s show show features Hot Flash, a locally-based, all-woman country rock band, with food from The Depot Sports Bar and sponsored by Portneuf Medical Center. Music starts at 5:00 p.m., free and open to all ages.

Tomorrow the 10th, Scratch Track is set to headline Idaho State University’s weekly Thursday night concert on the quad (view on map) – or in the Student Union Building in case of bad weather. Sober Down is scheduled to open at 6:00 p.m., free and open to the public of all ages.

Formed in early 2009, Sober Down, a reggae band based from Salt Lake City, has gained regional attention from their weekly performances at the very popular Huka Lounge and several outdoor festivals. Find out more at

Labeled as “acoustic hop-hop soul,” Scratch Track is a duo formed in Tennessee and now based from Kansas City, MO, comprised of DJ Lee and Jason Hamlin. Expect beatboxing, vocals (both sung and spoken) and guitar – an unusual but very popular combination that has brought Scratch Track to ISU’s campus several times.

Formed in 2000, Scratch Track built a following on many American campuses and now is making arena rounds with the likes of O.A.R. and opening for George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Los Lonely Boys, Living Colour and more, as well as a Sonicbids-supported entertainment tour for American Armed Forces overseas.

“We support our troops and wanted to really give back to them because they’re always in our minds and hearts,” said Hamlin, “… especially those who’ve been overseas for years.” Find out more at

Also on Thursday the 10th, the one-man-band “Cappi” is scheduled to play at Merigolds Wine on Flandro Drive (view on map), Black Breath headlines the bill at The Icon, N. Main Street (view on map) and Nick Jaina plus more are scheduled at The Flipside Lounge, S. Main Street in Pocatello (view on map).

John Shipe, a singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist, is set to play at Sandbaggers on Yellowstone Avenue (view on map) on Thursday, open to those 21+. Shipe was first introduced in Pocatello at the First Nash’s open mic night last year.

The bulk of Shipe’s music is original, but don’t be afraid to request a few covers. “If I don't know how to play the song they're clamoring for,” Shipe said, “I'll at least pull out a song from my batch that has the same energy.”

Shipe’s CD, "Yellow House," is a fan favorite. “But I also like ‘John Shipe & The Blue Rebekahs,’ my last electric album with a full band,” he said. “It's unusual, and very much a team effort.” More at

The big concert of the week is at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center (view on map) on Friday, June 11. Richie McDonald (Lonestar) is in concert. Call (208) 317-5508 for ticket information.

From 1992 until 2007, McDonald was the lead vocalist for Lonestar, perhaps best known for the singles “Tequila Talkin’” and "Amazed," or any of the other twenty-seven Lonestar singles that made the Country Billboard charts. McDonald’s duet with Mindy McCready, "Maybe He'll Notice Her Now," topped at #18, and his 2008 release, “I Turn to You” at #19 on the U.S. Country charts. More at

The classic and oldie rock cover band, Plain Jane, is scheduled to play this weekend at Taps Bar on Garrett Way (view on map), but the bar is under new management and has changed their name. At the time of this writing, music entertainment for the weekend has not been confirmed.

And Bender is set to play their acoustic grooves at Marigolds Wine on Friday and Saturday nights. Visit for more.

Also on Friday night, Portneuf Valley Brewing brings 18 Switch Backs, a rock, Americana and bluegrass band, to their S. 1st Ave. stage (view on map) starting at 8:30 p.m. A new band based from Boulder, CO, this will be their first show in the area. Give ‘em a warm Pocatello welcome! Preview 18 Switch Backs at

And on Saturday the 12th, the Just Friends Band, featuring Gene Galloway, Steve Byers, Bruce Bowman and Diana Shipley will play acoustic folk rock in the pub starting at 8:30 p.m. Music entertainment is free and open to the public of all ages.

Two last grace notes: Monday the 14th, Rufio is scheduled in concert at The Icon, and on Tuesday of next week, A Sudden Tragedy headlines. Doors at 6:30; tickets available at

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

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Utah Arts Fest 2010

Festival Pass for 4 Art-Filled Days

The 2010 Utah Arts Festival is three weeks away. Do you plan on visiting the Festival every day? Purchase a 4-day pass for only $25. It’s a $15 savings. You’ll have more cash for art, food and fun. This discount ends June 11.

Click here to buy now.

Opening Night Rocks

Don’t miss the start of four days and nights of great music. Opening Night of the Festival brings folk icon Michelle Shocked followed by Americana rockers Cowboy Junkies on the Amphitheater Stage.

Thursday, June 24: Michelle Shocked, 8:45pm & Cowboy Junkies, 9:45pm.

Check out the entire schedule online

Richard Elliott: Featured Organ Performances

The Main Library’s Urban Room becomes a concert hall with one of the three full-time organists for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Richard Elliott. A wall of 30 speakers and the lively acoustics of the Library’s glass foyer will intensify the sounds of Elliott’s 206-rank ├ćolian-Skinner organ.Friday and Saturday evenings will feature the performance of the complete Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" while Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon will feature a variety of musical selections.

Thursday, June 24, 7:30–8 pm; Friday, June 25, 7:15–8 pm; Saturday, June 26, 3:30–4 pm & 7:15– 8 pm.


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Utah Arts Festival on your iPhone!

In the next few days you'll be able to download the free Utah Arts Festival iPhone app directly from Apple’s iTunes store.

You can have the entire Festival guide at your fingertips, and build your own personal Festival schedule. It’s your digital guide to the Festival. Thanks to EyebrowMan Interactive and Third Sun Productions for this exciting addition to the Festival experience.

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CAKE Live in Concert

CAKE headlines the Summer Solstice Concert, outdoors on June 19 at Library Square.

The Concert is a fundraiser for the 2010 Utah Arts Festival

Tickets on sale now at Gates open at 7, show starts at 8. Your Concert ticket includes a 2 for 1 voucher to the 2010 Utah Arts Festival.

Indie rockers, CAKE, are best known for their hits “The Distance,” “Never There,” and their “Rarities and B-Sides” album in 2008 covering Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" and Barry White's "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up." The band is poised to release a new album this year.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Column for June 2, 2010

The Bannock Civitans host a weekly concert series free in downtown Pocatello every Wednesday, 5 pm - 8 pm, starting last week and continuing through the first of September. Concerts are held at the Old Town Pavilion, 420 N Main St., Pocatello (view on map). The Civitans raise funds which are reinvested in the community: a four-day youth seminar, financing the Jr. Civitan clubs, an annual Christmas party and snowmobile ride in support of the South Eastern Idaho Community Action Agency, and more.

At each Revive @ Five weekly Wednesday concert, expect giveaways, T-shirts and drawings from the different weekly sponsors, great food, local music and lots of fun. Visit for more information.

This week’s Revive @ Five has The Market Band, a Dixieland jazz band, taking the stage at 5:00 p.m. Food is catered by the Texas Roadhouse with a ribbon cutting ceremony by sponsor Dorsey Hill.

Also tonight, Good Old War headlines a show at The Icon on N. Main St. in Pocatello (view on map), with Yukon Blonde, Audra Mae and Mess of Me. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; tickets are $10 advance through

Good Old War is an acoustic indie rock band based from Philadelphia, PA. Their sophomore effort, a self-titled album receiving “love it” reviews, is available for purchase at

The band gets their name from an amalgam of members’ names: Keith (Good)win, Tim Arn(old) and Dan Sch(war)tz. Two guitars, one drummer / accordion player, all three share in the vocals. Find out more at

A bit atypical for a Wednesday night, The Vinyl Perk, S. Main St. in Pocatello (view on map), has scheduled a special concert tonight with Tyler Fortier, an Americana, country folk acoustic singer / songwriter from Eugene, OR. The show is from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., free, and open to the public of all ages.

Fortier is currently on tour in support of his fourth CD release, “This Love Is Fleeting,” featuring the single, “Tennessee (Ain’t That Lonely),” available for purchase at the show, or download from Amazon, CDBaby or iTunes. It follows on the 2008 heels of “Pale Moon Rise,” “Drunk” from 2007 and “When the Sun Hits the Water” from 2006. Find out more at

Thursday’s evening outdoor concert at Idaho State University (view on map) features the lovely Shevy Smith headlining, with the local indie ambient Nyr Lif opening at 6:00 p.m. The concert is scheduled outside on The Quad, and will be moved inside the Student Union Building in case if poor weather.

Shevy Smith is a solo, acoustic singer and guitarist from Southern California. In 2008, Smith was voted Best Female Performer by the Campus Activities Reader’s Choice. Find out more at

Pocatello is best known for their indie acoustic music. Nyr Lif has been on the scene for years, continuing to delight music lovers and critics alike. Casey Cathey and Shawn Barkdull play music that is at once experimental yet listenable, folk roots with a modern music take.

The duo recently announced their music has been featured on the iPhone App, FlyLoop. If you i-app, check it out. Their CDs are available on CDBaby. You can see them again at Marigolds Wine in North Pocatello on June 14 and at the Gateway Theater on September 2nd. Find out more at

Marigolds Wine, on Flandro Drive in N. Pocatello, has weekend live music on both Friday and Saturday nights, this weekend: Corsettie & Davis. Call (208) 237-9463 for more information.

And a local favorite rock cover band, American Steel, plays the Blue Moon Bar in Lava Hot Springs (view on map) this weekend. Music entertainment starts at 9:00 p.m.

American Steel is fronted by guitarist Tracy Turner and vocalist Kat Whitnah, backed by Marcy Ridley on keyboards, Ray Rodriguez on bass and Darrell Martin on drums.

“I think we most appeal to our fans as a band having fun,” Turner said, “that is the secret for us - fun.” Find out more at

Portneuf Valley Brewing on S. 1st Ave. in Pocatello (view on map) has a wild schedule of live music this weekend. On Friday the 4th, The Wild Coyotes, playing acoustic bluegrass, classic and contemporary folk, take the pub’s stage starting at 8:30 p.m.

The Wild Coyotes are Vince Crofts on fiddle and mandolin, guitarist Sallie Sublette, Carrie Bean on bass and featuring Rick McCracken on the old-time banjo. Find out more at

And on Saturday the 5th, HOT Flash, an all-woman band from Pocatello (formerly Girls Night Out) is set to play country rock at the pub, no cover and open to all ages.

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

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