Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Column for July 21, 2010

The Southeast Idaho live music scene has something for just about everyone this week, with country, blues, classic rock and hard rock concerts. Here are some tips on where to be when.

Tonight, Soul Full of Blues (myspace) provides the music at the Civitan’s Revive at Five event at the Old Town Pavilion, Main Street in Pocatello (view on map) from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Sponsored by Local First of Greater Pocatello, food will be catered by Ruby Tuesday.

On Thursday the 22nd, Idaho State University’s summer concert series continues with Boise’s Audio Moonshine opening for Zane Williams, a country honky-tonk singer / songwriter. The concerts on the quad (view on map) are free and open to the public of all ages. Music starts at 6:00 p.m.

Audio Moonshine plays a blend of rock, Americana and alternative country music. Think what might happen if Collective Soul collaborated with Tom Petty. By 2008, the group released their full-length CD, “Let's Be,” and had some 500 live performances to their credit, including sharing the stage with Built to Spill, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Tori Amos, REO Speedwagon and more. Visit them online at

Born in Texas, Zane Williams spent almost a decade in Nashville, developing his own country and honky-tonk style. His first CD, “Train of Thought” was released in 1997, garnering him praise not only a great musician, but also as a great storyteller. He is now based back in Texas and released his latest CD, “The Right Place,” this year. Listen for the song, “99 Bottles,” a critic’s favorite.

Receiving the highest praises from the music community, Williams wrote the top 20 hit single, “Hurry Home,” performed by Jason Michael Carroll. He has won several song contests, including Song of the Year in the John Lennon Song Contest and the grand prize from the CMT / Nashville Songwriter’s Association.

Williams was a Nashville Grammy Showcase finalist and has shared the stage with George Jones, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Aaron Watson and more. Find him online at

And if that’s not enough country and blues, locally-based Rocky Watson plays at Rumors Bar on Garrett Way (view on map) this weekend, both Friday and Saturday nights. Music starts at 9 p.m., no cover, and open to those 21 and over.

Watson, a solo performer, plays a variety of country, R&B, blues and rock from the 50’s through the 70’s. Some of his most popular cover songs are “Pretty Woman” and “Brown Eyed Girl.” Also listen for his signature song, “Cowboy,” and his original, “Mamma Told Me.”

Watson won “Country Star Search,” earning him the privilege of a live performance at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. Find out more at

Portneuf Valley Brewing on S. 1st Avenue in Pocatello (view on map) has Tom Murphy playing contemporary acoustic rock on Friday the 23rd, starting at 8:30 p.m. On Saturday the 24th, singer / songwriter Dr. Bob Fisher plays acoustic on the pub’s downstairs stage, and The Kratz Brothers Band (myspace) plays rock and folk upstairs.

Music entertainment at the brewery is free and open to all ages. Visit for more.

If it’s rock ‘n roll you’re looking for, the local live music scene has that too. On Saturday the 24th, The Unread, Salami Rocket and Neckbrace are featured in a hard rock concert at The First National Bar, W. Center Street in downtown Pocatello (view on map). 2 Inch Gap and The Brave are also on the billing. Music starts at 9:00 p.m., open to those 21+.

The big concert coming up soon is Bret Michaels, lead singer from Poison and of Celebrity Apprentice fame, in concert at the Civic Auditorium in Idaho Falls, Tuesday the 27th. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; tickets, starting at $37, are available at, Budget Tapes & Records (map) in Pocatello and CD World (map) in Idaho Falls.

For 22 years, Bret Michaels was the lead singer and songwriter for Poison, selling over 25 million albums. His television show, “Rock of Love,” is a hit on Vh1, and his stint on the most recent “Celebrity Apprentice” series brought millions of viewers to NBC.

The rock band Poison charted over a dozen singles on the Top 40, including "Talk Dirty to Me," "Something to Believe In," "Nothing But a Good Time" and the iconic "Every Rose Has its Thorn." Find out more at

In Pocatello, The Ataris headlines a rock concert at The Icon, N. Main Street, with Gasoline Heart on Tuesday the 27th. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; tickets are available online through

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

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