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

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