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

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