Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tickets On Sale Now - East Idaho State Fair

The 2010 Eastern Idaho State Fair September 4 – September 11, has two big concerts this year.

Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.

THURSDAY 9/9….$30.00
an extra $2.50 processing fee will be added to each ticket

Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world, racking up scores of smash hits, multi-platinum albums, and sold out concert tours.

From “Cold As Ice” to “Hot Blooded,” “Urgent” to “Jukebox Hero,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You” to the chart topper “I Want To Know What Love is”, Foreigner’s thrilling mix of blustery blues and impeccably crafted pop continues to captivate generation after generation of music fans.

Today, over 65 million albums later, Foreigner is an ensemble of talented musicians each adding their individual credentials to the mix to make the band stronger and more powerful than ever.

$30.00 per person this includes entrance to the fair and concert tickets

Friday, September 10, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.
Kenny Rogers with The Oak Ridge Boys

FRIDAY, 9/10 ……$30.00
an extra $2.50 processing fee will be added to each ticket

Just look at the titles: “Lady,” “Ruby Don’t Take Your Love to Town,” “The Gambler,” “She Believes in Me,” “Islands in the Stream,” “We’ve Got Tonight,” “Buy Me A Rose.” Not a ditty among them. Then listen. The sweetly raspy vocals are instantly identifiable as Kenny Rogers – he sounds like nobody else. More importantly, he inhabits each song, making it vivid and tangible. For more than five decades, Rogers has delivered memorable songs, drawing fans among rock, pop, soul and country audiences.

The Oak Ridge Boys

Theirs is one of the most distinctive & recognizable sounds in the music industry. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits and a Number One Pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades.

Find out more at www.funatthefair.com

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Rock the Falls 2010

Seventy Eight Productions Presents
2010 Rock the Falls
Celebrating the Freedom to Rock

Thursday, August 26, 2010
At Sandy Downs, Idaho Falls ID
Cinderella, Warrant, Kip Winger and Royal Bliss
Hosted by VH1's Ambre Lake
Tickets at CD World in Idaho Falls, Budget Tapes & Records in Pocatello and at 78productions.com

Sponsored by KBEAR 101 FM and Z103 FM

Visit http://78productions.net/rockfalls.html for more.

Column for August 25, 2010

This weekend, there are tons of options for music lovers to catch their favorite kind of live music entertainment. Here is just a brief review; for a full schedule, visit slowloosegravel.blogspot.com.

Tonight, Wednesday, August 25 at 5:00 p.m., Swingshift plays jazz, blues and rock at Revive at Five, the Civitans’ weekly community fund-raising event at the Old Town Pavilion, N., Main Street in Pocatello. Food will be catered by the Sand Trap, and tonight’s event is sponsored by the Idaho Food Bank and ISU Credit Union.

Swingshift, with vocalist Ramona Awes and bassist Mike Banks, has a repeat performance this week at Portneuf Valley Brewing, Friday the 27th at 8:30.

On Thursday the 26th, the 5th Avenue district of Pocatello, close by to Idaho State University, has their 2nd Annual Block Party, on E. Halliday between the 500 and 600 block of 5th Ave., in Pocatello (map of area). The event is scheduled from 3 to 8:30 p.m., with food, door prizes, giveaways, kids’ activities and more. Locally-based bands and solo musicians will provide music entertainment.

The 5th Avenue Block Party is sponsored by John Dixon of Global Wealth Management, 5th St. Bagelry, Mocha Madness, Jimmy Johns, Ball Brothers Music, Idaho Central Credit Union, Classy Car Club, Gold's Gym, Costco, Sign A Rama, #1 Nail Spa, Dave Shelton State Farm, ISU and Sunsations Day Spa.

Bands performing at the block party include Somewhere In the Middle, Unstable Ground and Soul Full of Blues, with acoustic sets by singer / songwriters Jesse Jones and Jake Tillo. All ages are invited to celebrate this important area of Pocatello’s independently owned and operated businesses and local musicians.

The big concert this week is at Sandy Downs in Idaho Falls (map). 78 Productions presents the 2010 Rock the Falls concert with glam metal bands Cinderella, Warrant and Kip Winger and Utah’s own alternative rock band, Royal Bliss, hosted by VH1’s Ambre Lake. Tickets are $38, available at CD World in Idaho Falls, Budget Tapes & Records in Pocatello or online at 78productions.net.

Royal Bliss has recently returned from Nashville, TN, where they spent several weeks recording a new album. Announced from Facebook, bass player and golden dreadlocked Tommy Mortensen has amicably left the band, to be replaced by a new bassist yet to be announced.

After Thursday’s concert, Royal Bliss takes a short tour to Twin Falls, Reno, NV and back to Salt Lake City. For more, visit www.RoyalBliss.com.

Also on Thursday, Elvis Has Left the Building provides groovy folk and Americana at Senang’s Wine and Tapas on S. 1st Avenue in Pocatello (view on map) starting at 7:30 p.m.

Fans of rap and hip hop are eager for the Haystak concert in Idaho Falls, Friday the 27th at El Rodeo, N. Hitt Road (view on map). Locals 33 Deep, Universal Cypher and Boise’s Red Bone and the Congregation open for the Nashville-based rap artist. Tickets are available through inticketing.com.

Elsewhere around town, Elaine Mills plays acoustic at Marigolds Wine on Flandro Drive, Kaught Lookin plays rock at Duffy’s on N. Main Street, Jonathon plays blues at the Vinyl Perk on S. Main St., and the experimental alt. pop band Finn Riggins makes a triumphant return to the area at the FlipSide Lounge on S. Main Street, all on Friday night.

Plain Jane plays rock covers, oldies and new, at Rumors Bar on Garrett Way starting at 9:00 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday nights.

This weekend, the Bannock County Bluegrass Festival begins on Friday at 7:00 p.m., at the Bannock County Fairgrounds in Pocatello. It concludes on Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m. Tickets range from $10 for a one-day pass to $100 for a 5-person family weekend pass, available at Mike’s Music, Budget Tapes or at the gate. Campsites are also available at a moderate cost. Visit www.bannockcountybluegrassfestival.com for full details.

The three day, family-oriented bluegrass festival is filled with toe tappin’ bluegrass and gospel music with Cold Creek, Chicken Dinner Road, New South Fork, The Panhandle Polecats, The Bluegrass Coalition, Tradition, Red Desert Ramblers, Hammer Down and Strings Attached. Food and craft vendors will be on site.

On Saturday the 28th, Suffokate, King Conquer and Murder Death Kill are slated to play at the Eagles Lodge on Benton and Main (view on map). Open to all ages, doors open at 5:00 p.m. And starting at 8:30 p.m., the Brittany Reilly Duo play good old honky tonk at Portneuf Valley Brewing, S. 1st Ave. in Pocatello (map).

Lastly, on Monday the 30th, Hampton Sell plays country and roots music at the FlipSide Lounge. Visit www.myspace.com/hamptonsell for more.

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

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Column for August 18, 2010

There are only three weeks left in the Civitans’ weekly Wednesday night concert series, Revive at Five. The community fund-raising event is located at the Old Town Pavilion on N. Main Street in downtown Pocatello (map) starting at 5:00 p.m. This week, sponsored by Snake River Coffee, Kyd J provides music entertainment, while food is provided by Sandy’s Ghetto Dogs.

On Friday the 20th, Jon Davidson and Crown Point return to Portneuf Valley Brewing on S. 1st Ave. in Pocatello (map) for a concert starting at 8:30 p.m. Music entertainment starts at 8:30 p.m., free and open to all ages.

Crown Point, a pop / rock band from Portland, Oregon, plays memorable, dancey music. They are a vocally driven band, with an emphasis on harmony and lyrics. They are also fan-centered; expect them to connect with the audience. “It's not something we have to do,” vocalist Jon Davidson said in a recent interview, “it's something we love to do.”

Davidson fronts the band with Russel Stafford, originally from New Zealand, on vocals. “I usually have to translate,” Davidson joked, “so that the ladies can understand Russell's thick Aussie accent.” Robert Finn plays bass and drummer Tyler Chen rounds out the 4-piece group. The members have opened for such varied artists as Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, The Exies, Russell Crowe and more.

“The coolest experience I've ever had at a show,” Davidson said, “is when a fan came up to us after a concert and said that the lyrics to one of our songs had given her the courage to forgive her father and make amends with him. In the long run, those are the types of things that make shows matter, not the size or place.”

Crown Point will play three or four rockers, some mid-tempo pop/rock tracks and a couple ballads, sprinkled with some duo acoustic tunes. “I've always had an epic time playing in Pocatello. Penny Pink of Portneuf is arguably the nicest club owner in the Northwest, and our fans in the Poky/Idaho Falls area are second to none.”

Davidson feels the best to get his music out there is through touring the same markets repeatedly, getting press and radio play in those markets, and building a fan base one show at a time. “Barring the 'big break' everyone seems to be waiting for, luck seems to happen to those who work the hardest,” he said.

The band has a gig the following night, Saturday, August 21st at Vino Rosso in Idaho Falls (map). Find out more about Crown Point on YouTube, Facebook or at myspace.com/crownpointmusic.

On Saturday, Soul Full of Blues takes the pub’s stage at 8:30 p.m. Based in Pocatello, they are a classic, upbeat electric blues band. Soul Full of Blues covers the blues map from Texas swing and New Orleans funk to Chicago blues and beyond. Expect influences from Etta James, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Nora Jones.

Fronted by Ramona Awes on lead vocals, Soul Full of Blues features Robert Miron on guitar and vocals, Dan Lauer on harmonica, bassist Steve Howard and Kerry Pepper on drums.

Formed in late 2008, Soul Full of Blues has played throughout the Rocky Mountain Regeion, with steady gigs in and around Pocatello. They’ve also played festivals, private parties, and corporate functions in the region. For more, visit www.myspace.com/soulfullofblues.

Also on Saturday, a Locals Showcase is scheduled at The Icon, N. Main Street in Pocatello (map). Cost is $3, open to all ages, doors open at 5:00 p.m. Art of Repulsion, The Brave, Foreigners Denied, Above & Below, Safe & Easy, The Piss Shivers and Valley of Unrest are on the bill.

Safe and Easy is from Idaho Falls, playing alternative rock and reggae. Formed in 2007, the band has competed in many Battles of Bands, winning 2nd place in both the 2007 and 2008 Mike's Music Battles of the Bands, 3rd place in the 2008 Chesbro's Battle of the Bands, 2nd place in the 2009 Chesbro's Battle of the Bands, and 1st place in the 2009 Mike's Music Battle of the Bands.

Safe & Easy has released a self-titled full-length album and a four-song EP, “Standing on Cables.” Visit www.myspace.com/safeeasy for more.

Valley Of Unrest is based in Pocatello; visit www.myspace.com/valleyofunrest09. And The Art of Repulsion, a hardcore thrash band, is based from Blackfoot; visit

In Idaho Falls on Saturday, Adler's Appetite with Steven Adler, drummer from Guns 'n Roses, plays at The Peppertree Lounge (map). Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door, open to those 21+.

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

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

From Goodnight Sunrise

I really like these guys ....

We've been writing...and recording...and writing and recording. ALSO, we made it to the second round of Taylor/Elixir's Test Drive Acoustic Contest - we won a couple of incredible Taylor guitars and a bunch of Elixir strings and cables.

If you haven't already seen it, check out this video of a LIVE ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE of "Wouldn't Change A Thing" that was filmed in our new practice space.

If we win this second round of the contest, we'll be awarded some free studio time at the legendary Tainted Blue Studio in New York City on Times Square - it's easy to imagine how ecstatic we'd all be. We'd also all be more than a little thankful if anyone could find the time to visit http://testdriveacoustic.taylorguitars.com/, hit the share button, and vote as often as once a day.

New songs and shows are still in the works...keep us in mind ;)

love and miss you,

goodnight sunrise


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Riverside Inn in Lava looking for bands, musicians

Looking for a new venue to perform on Thursday nights?

Gail Palen, one of the owners of Riverside Hot Springs Inn is looking for good solo/duo entertainers for Friday and Saturday night bookings. If you are interested in booking a gig at the Riverside, please contact Gail. Feel free to forward this note to your fellow musicians.

Riverside Hot Springs Inn
255 Portneuf Street
Lava Hot Springs, ID 83246
(208) 776-5504

Riverside Hot Springs Inn - Restaurant & Lounge: located in Lava Hot Springs is looking for musicians on Thursday nights.

-Thursday nights 5:30-8:30/9:00ish (Thursday nights is our "locals night")
-Solo or duo music to provide soft dinner music (can be jazz, acoustical, reggae, blues etc. Please, no loud, heavy metal music etc. due to our dinner crowd).
-July through September, they can play outside by the river (in some cases we can accommodate more than 2 people in the band during the summer since it is outdoors)
-October through June they would play inside in our restaurant (fine dining) which seats about 24 people
-Holiday weekends, we will sometimes have music on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday

For booking information or to email an EPK link, Gail Palen

Thanks for helping to keep live music alive in Southeast Idaho!
(via Penny Pink)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Live Entertainment in Pocatello

Yesterday I traveled from northern Pocatello to southern Pocatello and several points in between, in search of live entertainment. Here's a breakdown of the spots I hit and what they have to offer.

Green Triangle Bar & Grill - view on map
4010 Yellowstone Ave
Pocatello, ID 83202
(208) 237-0354
Bar 21+. Classic rock, country cover bands. Contact Rick Hillman 208-237-0354

The Green T, half in Pocatello and half in Chubbuck on the corner of Yellowstone and Pole Line, was built in 1952. They have classic rock and country cover bands on weekend nights, and Spanish Baile (dance) with 7- to 15- piece bands on Sundays from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Expect Hip Hop DJ's on Thursdays, and if there is no band that night, the DJ will take requests. Open to those 21+. No active website, Facebook or MySpace at this time - if you're interested in what's going on, check out the marquee visible from the road or call, (208) 237-0354. Bands interested in booking should contact Rick Hillman at the same number.


Marigolds Wine and Delicacies - view on map
1800 Flandro Dr
Pocatello, ID 83202, US
(208) 237-9463
Live music Fri & Sat evenings, folk and light rock. Contact Dianna Brush, diana@marigoldswine.com or call (208) 237-9463

Marigolds has live music on Fridays only for now, but expect to expand back to Saturdays after Labor Day 2010. The genres of music they hire vary from acoustic to full electric bands, rock (but not too hard), jazz, blues and a bit of folk. Bands interested in booking should contact Diana Brush by email or call. They have sushi on Thursday nights, wine tastings all day every day, cooking classes on Tuesdays.

Business website - http://www.marigoldswine.com/Marigolds/Welcome.html


Ruby Tuesday - view on map
2365 Via Caporatti Dr.
Pocatello, ID, United States
(208) 478-2000
Restaurant with outdoor patio. Live music on patio during nice weather only. Contact John Perryman 208-478-2000

I'm not one who usually goes for the national chains, but I really dig this place. Just 2 minutes away from ISU, great food, locally-based management and they hire local bands to play on the patio. Good on ya, Ruby Tuesday! Open to all ages, expect bands that play music from jazz to folk, mostly acoustic. Bands interested in bookings should contact John Perryman at (208) 478-2000.

Business website - http://www.rubytuesday.com/
Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pocatello-ID/Ruby-Tuesday-Pocatello/232514933690


Mocha Madness - view on map
546 S 5th Ave
Pocatello, ID 83201, US
(208) 233-2380
all ages. coffee shop. Comedians, story tellers, musicians, artists. Contact Matt Murphy 208-233-2380 or email pocatellomocha@gmail.com

Mocha Madness is always on the lookout for comedians, story tellers, musicians ... they've even brought a magician in as entertainment for their customers. They're also looking for artists, featuring different art by locals on their walls each month. Bands play for tips - Mocha Madness will start off the tips with a $20. For bookings, contact Matt Murphy at (208) 233-2380 or email pocatellomocha@gmail.com.

MySpace - http://www.myspace.com/pocatellomocha
Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mocha-Madness/227572341972


Budget Tapes & Records - view on map
416 S 5th Ave
Pocatello, ID 83201-5804, US
(208) 233-9650
Record, tape, CD store. In store promotions and acoustic sets

Although Budget Tapes & Records only has infrequent live music performances, it is The Place to go in Pocatello for tickets to major events. Visit them on Thursday, August 26th for the 5th Avenue Block Party and again for Record Store Day, April 16 2011, and all points in between.


Portneuf Valley Brewing - view on map
615 S 1st Ave
Pocatello, ID, United States
(208) 232-1644
All ages. Micro-brewery and restaurant. Acoustic folk, blues, bluegrass, jazz and light rock. Contact Penny Pink at PPink@aol.com

Portneuf Valley Brewing's big Fall Event is Oktoberfest, scheduled for September 25, 2010. They'll close off traffic and have a street party, expect a small cover at the gate, to support the Pebble Creek Ski Patrol. Event starts at 4:00 p.m. and ends sometime around 10:00 p.m. The brewery has open mic on Mondays, Celtic jam session also on Mondays around 7:00 p.m., and an acoustic jam on Tuesdays. Live bands that range from folk to blues, bluegrass and rock on Friday and Saturday nights, 8:30 to 11:00 p.m. For bookings, contact Penny Pink by email at PPink@aol.com.

Business website - http://portneufvalleybrewing.com/
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pocatello/Portneuf-Valley-Brewing/116015032948?v=wall
MySpace - http://www.myspace.com/portneufvalleybrewing


Senang Wine Bar & Tapas Bistro - view on map
815 S 1st Ave
Pocatello, ID 83201, United States
(208) 478-6732
All ages. Restaurant. Has ambient acoustic music and rock Thursday nights. Contact Ken Durbin, ken@senangtapas.com

Located in the Kinport Junction Building, corner of S. 1st Avenue and Lovejoy in Pocatello, Senang's has an extensive beer tap, all imports, half price from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The restaurant is open to all ages, with live bands every Thursday, 7:30 to 10:00 p.m., with sushi chef Austin Griggs. Expect acoustic rock, blues or jazz plus special events. To keep in the loop, drop by and sign up for their email list for visit their website. For bookings, contact Ken at ken@senangtapas.com or call (208) 478-6732.

Business website - http://www.senangtapas.com/


The First National Bar - view on map
232 W Center St
Pocatello, ID 83204
(208) 233-1516
Bar 21+. Acoustic open mic on Thursdays at 9pm, plus special concerts about once a month.

The Nash is kicking off the "Back to School" week with a Pig Roast and Luau on August 28th. A $10 gets you in for contests, games and lots of pig. Thursdays are for acoustic open mic starting at 9:00 p.m., and karaoke is on Tuesdays. Sunday's it's 80's and Ladies at the Nash. Keep up to date with special concerts and events on MySpace or Facebook. Musicians interested in booking should contact Dan at firstnationalbar@gmail.com.

MySpace - http://www.myspace.com/firstnash
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000005814038


FlipSide Lounge - view on map
117 S Main St
Pocatello, ID 83204
(208) 233-2116
Beer, wine and sake bar. Contact Jamie or KC

The FlipSide brings any live music that is unique and original. They have had folk, punk, metal, electronic, reggae, etc. "We don't discriminate on our live music." Musicians interested in booking should post a link to the music through Facebook contact Jamie at the FlipSide. Anyone with a voice, talent, poetry, comedy or just something to say is encouraged to come down to FlipSide for 1st Amendment Night, their true form of an open mic night.

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/#!/flipsidelounge


Vinyl Perk - view on map
150 S Main St
Suite A
Pocatello, ID 83204
(208) 478-PERK
All ages, coffee house and vinyl record store. Books acoustic folk, rock, etc. Contact Jay or Lori Reeves.

The Vinyl Perk, a unique Pocatello business combining great coffee and vinyl record exchange and sales, features local and regional musicians on Friday nights starting at 7:00 p.m. Located at 150 N. Main St. downtown, The Perk also has Thursday evening movie and poetry nights, as well as the Vinyl Society Meeting once a month. Stop by the shop to get on their email list, find them on Facebook or call 478-7375.

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Vinyl-Perk/261997272390


Duffy's Tavern - view on map
1304 N Main St
Pocatello, ID, 83204
(208) 233-9142
Bar 21+. Usually has rock cover bands on Friday nights. Contact Duffy's by phone 208-233-9142.

Duffy's is a big NASCAR hangout. So if that's your thing, that'll be your place. Live music on most Friday nights, expect classic rock n' roll cover bands starting at 9:00 p.m. Kaught Lookin is playing on Friday the 27th. Contact the bar at (208) 233-9142 for bookings. Duffy's has Texas Hold 'Em on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. and karaoke on Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:00, plus plenty of openings in their dart and pool leagues.


Hooligans - view on map
122 N 3rd Ave
Pocatello, ID 83201
(208) 234-0213
Bar 21+. Local acoustic and rock bands on Tuesday nights. Contact Elaine 208-234-0213.

Hooligans has live bands playing anything from acoustic to rock on most Tuesday nights starting at 9:00 p.m. For bookings, contact Elaine at (208) 234-0213. Mondays are "Mug Night," buy one and bring it back for refills $1.25 - $2.25. And on Tuesdays their micro-bottles are on sale. For munchies, check out their deli sandwiches and finger food.

Business website - http://hooliganspoky.com/index.php
MySpace - http://www.myspace.com/212846462
Twitter - http://twitter.com/hooliganspoky


Sandbagger's - view on map
296 Yellowstone Ave
Pocatello, ID 83201
(208) 232-9595
All ages until 9pm, 21+ after. Non-smoking. Acoustic and rock bands Thursdays, 7pm. Contact Judy Barton 208-232-9595, 8a-10a.

Sandbaggers is a restaurant and bar, open to all ages until 9:00 p.m. and 21+ after. Kitchen closes at 11:00 p.m. Live music on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m., see the Alpine Prophets (rock) or Jake & Friends (acoustic). Contact Judy Barton, (208) 232-9595 from 8 to 10:00 a.m. for bookings. Karaoke on Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m., and check their reader board for daily meal and drink specials.


Rumors - view on map
2227 Garrett Way
Pocatello, ID 83201
(208) 478-2525
Bar 21+ Cover bands every weekend, rock and rock / country. Under new management, Kris Miner, email nuvisions10@aol.com.

Rumors has recently changed hands; it used to be called TAPS. They still have classic rock and country cover bands on most weekends. Catch Plain Jane or Twisted Deuce through September 2010. Kris handles bookings by email at nuvisions10@aol.com. The bar also hosts darts and pool leagues. Stop by to sign up.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Bannock County Bluegrass Festival, 2010

KZBQ 93.7FM, KORR 104, KOW Stereo AM 1290 & the Bannock County Bluegrass Music Association present

Idaho's 7th Annual Bannock County Bluegrass Festival
August 27, 28, 29, 2010

Cold Creek, Chicken Dinner Road, New South Fork, The Panhandle Polecats, The Bluegrass Coalition, Tradition, Red Desert Ramblers, Hammer Down, Strings Attached

Tickets available at Mike's Music (208) 233-9650 or Budget Tapes & Records (208) 237-3500
Family weekend pass - $100
Single weekend pass - $35
Friday $10
Saturday $15
Sunday $10

Mike's Music, Budget Tapes & Records, Frank's Fiddles, Agrium, Mullen Crain, Simplot, Idaho National Laboratories

For more information, visit www.bannockcountybluegrassfestival.com

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Column for August 11, 2010

Western swing, bluegrass and soul seem to be the theme in Southeast Idaho’s live music scene this week with shows both outside and in.

Strings Attached provides the music at tonight's Revive @ Five, at the Old Town Pavilion, Main St., in downtown Pocatello (map). Food will be catered by Pasta Vino, sponsored the Bannock County Bluegrass Festival, which is scheduled August 27 - 29.

The big concert this week is at Sandy Downs in Idaho Falls (map). Asleep at the Wheel plays Texes country western swing on Friday night, August 13th. Races start at 5:00 p.m. with the concert to follow. The locally-based acoustic folk band Steelhead Redd (website) opens the show.

Asleep at the Wheel originally formed in West Virginia in the early 70’s and is now based from Austin, Texas. The group has won nine Grammy Awards, released more than twenty studio albums and has charted more than twenty singles on the Billboard country charts, including "The Letter That Johnny Walker Read," peaking on the U.S. Country chart at #10 in 1975.

Asleep at the Wheel’s band leader, Ray Benson, has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and was given The Texas Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996. Benson and Asleep at the Wheel have been one of the strongest names in Country Music for the last forty years.

In 2009, Asleep at the Wheel collaborated with legendary Willie Nelson on the album, “Willie and the Wheel,” which charted at #13 on the U.S. Country charts. Find out more at www.asleepatthewheel.com.

Jazz is on the menu at Marigolds Wine on Flandro Drive (map) in Pocatello Friday night with Jimmy G. Music starts at 7:00 p.m., free and open to the public of all ages. At Portneuf Valley Brewing, singer / songwriter Bruce Bowman is scheduled to take the stage at 8:30 p.m., playing everything from folk to rock.

On Saturday the 14th, Hooligans Pub & Restaurant on N. 3rd Ave. (map) celebrates their anniversary with a party in the parking lot starting at 4:30 p.m. The locally-based rock band Somewhere In the Middle takes the stage at 6, and Bluejack, an R&B and soul band based from Bozeman, MT, headlines starting at 9:00 p.m.

Somewhere In the Middle is a well-known local and regional favorite, featuring Aaron Ball on guitars and vocals and percussionist Jonathan Brownly. Find out more at www.myspace.com/aaronballmusic.

Bluejack has toured with B.B. King and has opened for Journey, CCR, Foreigner, Soul Asylum and more. They played at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and are a regular at the Sturgis Bike Rally in South Dakota.

Fronted by vocalist Paige Rasmussen and backed by a three-piece horn section, the eight-piece band is best known for delivering a high-powered, soul music experience, playing a mix of originals and covers from jazz, blues, Motown and funk. Listen for their fan favorite rendition of Otis Redding’s “Please, Please, Please.” Read more at www.bluejackband.com.

Also on Saturday, the Alder Street All Stars play Americana, bluegrass and rock at Portneuf Valley Brewing on S. 1st Ave. (map), starting at 8:30. Music entertainment is free and open to all ages at the pub.

The Alder Street All Stars describe their music as “thug-grass” or politically charged non-traditional bluegrass. “Our fans enjoy the hard drinkin, instrumentally driven political statements, along with the fiery stage presence of the band,” the band said in a recent interview.

Based from Eugene, OR, the All Stars formed in 2006 to support a benefit concert for a friends threatened with deportation. The benefit was a success, and since that time they have played regularly at festivals in Oregon and Washington and opened for The Devil Makes Three at the WOW Hall in Eugene.

Alder Street currently has 2 albums, “Beer Made and Too Drunk to Folk” and their most recent album, “Too Drunk to Folk,” recorded in Cottage Grove, OR. CD's and t-shirts will be available for purchase at the show. Find out more at www.myspace.com/alderstreetallstars.

And on Monday the 16th, Bufflao, New York’s Every Time I Die, formed in 1998, headlines a heavy metal concert with Fire In The Skies and Breaux at The Icon, N. Main St. in Pocatello (map). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; tickets available through smithstix.com.

Every Time I Die has toured with Killswitch Engage and Jackass and played Warped Tour in 2002 and 2006. For more, visit http://everytimeidie.net.

Dan Hillebrant and Randy Johnson play acoustic tunes at Ruby Tuesday (map) on Tuesday the 17th, 5 to 8:00 p.m.

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

Monday, August 9, 2010

Interview with Alder Street All Stars plus Harmed

Who: Alder Street All Stars
What: Non-traditional bluegrass band in concert
Where: Portneuf Valley Brewing, S. 1st Ave., Pocatello ID - map
When: Saturday, August 14, 2010 8:30 p.m.
How Much: Free!

I got a note from Penny Pink, brew mistress and restauranteur extradinaire, about an upcoming band scheduled to play at the pub, the Alder Street All Stars. So I contacted the band to find out more!

Here's what I found out.

ASAS: We're really looking forward to the shows here in Idaho and can't wait to play at the brewery! I don't know if Penny mentioned the band we are traveling and playing with, but we are with an amazing trio named the Harmed Brothers who will be playing with us everywhere but the brewery.

SLG: Cool! So we get two interviews for the price of one!

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?

Alder Street All Stars: Best described as thug-grass or politically charged non-traditional bluegrass. Our fans enjoy the hard drinkin, instrumentally driven political statements, along with the firey stage presence of the band.

The Harmed Brothers: We're best described as Americana folk, a diverse collection of musicians and songs, ranging from gentle and melodic to intense and spirited, almost easing into punk territories.

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

ASAS: We are based out of the Campbell Club Cooperative in Eugene, Oregon. The band first came together 4 years ago to play a benefit for a couple of friends who were being threatened with deportation. The benefit raised enough money to pay the legal fees that were necessary to keep our friends in the country. The fellas decided that since they worked so well together, maybe they would just keep it going. And here we are 4 years later....

HB: We're originally based out of Cottage Grove, Oregon. Donnie Vietti (Vocals, guitar) originally hails from Marceline, Missouri, Guthrie McClenny (drums, washboard, vocals) was born and raised in Cottage Grove and Alex Salcido (banjo, piano, vocals) came from the Los Angeles County.

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

ASAB: We had the good fortune to be able to open for the sold out show featuring The Devil Makes Three at the WOW hall in Eugene, Oregon for and play regularly at festivals in Oregon and Washington.

HB: This is our second national tour. Our last great experience on the road was a five day tour of the midwest during the holidays and through the new year.

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?

ASAB: We are excited for the new west coast folk revival that is popping up all up and down the coast with bands like the Blair Street Mugwumps, the Conjugal Visitors, Fruition, and Badminton Orchestra. We absolutely hate Brittney Spears, Lady Gaga, and anything else that isn't real music. In fact, we even have a song about that. God we hate them.

SLG: Do you have any favorite videos of your band or your music on YouTube?

Alder St: Wow hall show -

See also these related videos

Harmed Brothers: New Years Eve 2010 on Stafford Ranch in Stroud, Oklahoma -

SLG: Recordings? If so, where did you record? Who produced your recording? Will you have CD's or more for sale at the show?

ASAS: Alder Street currently has 2 albums titled Beer Made and Too Drunk to Folk. The most recent album, Too Drunk to Folk was recorded in Cottage Grove, Oregon by David Beeman. We will have cd's and t-shirts for sale at all of the shows.

HB: We just recently finished our first full length, "All The Lies You Wanna Hear," also recorded in Cottage Grove, Oregon by David Beeman. It was released mid-July online, available for sale on the road and for download on cdbaby.com.

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

ASAS: Alder Street All Stars can be contacted through myspace at www.myspace.com/alderstreetallstars

HB: myspace - www.myspace.com/theharmedbrothers
facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Harmed-Brothers/187922850093

ASAS: We hope this helps and once again, we are looking forward to our first tour! See you soon!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

ISU's 2010 - 2011 "A Season of Note"

From Paula Corbin, Box Office Manager

Series tickets from the 2010-2011 A Season of Note: the packages identified below will go on sale Monday, August 9, 2010, at 10 a.m.

This years exciting line up is as follows:

Package A (full season): choose from Main* ($215) or Upper* ($153)
- ABBA-Mania, Thursday, September 16, 2010
Quoted as the #1 ABBA musical production in the world with stops in Malaysia, S America, the Dominican Republic, Jakarta, Grand Cayman Islands and the U.S. ABBA-Mania features 9 incredible musicians and singers which are the main highlights of this musical. They perform 21 of ABBA's hits, with all the costume changes, choreography, a live band, back-up singers and big studio sound.

- Eric Bibb, Saturday, October 9, 2010
Back by popular demand - this internationally popular, acoustic finger picking guitarist and singer, is known for his blues, gospel folk and New Orleans R&B roots music. Nominated for 9 W.C.Handy Blues Music Awards and winner of the "Best Newcomer" title in the British Blues Awards, Bibb has been appropriately described as "discreetly awesome" and "a totaloriginal." A performance by Eric Bibb is an enriching experience - both musically and spiritually. His music, like his personality, is intimate, assured and passionate, drawing listeners into the moment more as participants than spectators.

- JIGU! Thunder Drums of China, Wednesday, October 27, 2010
JIGU! In Chinese it means to 'beat or touch the drum'. Audiences clamor for more as they are thrilled by the powerful Thunder Drums of China! Hailing from the Shanix province, this world-renown company of drummers, percussionists and musicians astound audiences in this ultra-sensory entertainment experience. The fine art of drumming and percussive performance is indicative of the culture of the Shanix province. Performances by JIGU! are deeply rooted in these folk origins, which are blended with many modern musical elements. Not only can you see and hear the action, but you can actually feel the intense sound!

- Blue Suede Shoes The Ultimate Elvis Experience, Saturday, November 13, 2010
Scot Bruce and Mike Albert team up to bring you the most riveting tribute to the "King of Rock & Roll" that you won't soon forget. Scot Bruce performs as Elvis, the way we remember him during his early career, followed by Mike Albert, who is superb as Elvis in his Vegas years. Together, they recreate the electrifying musical excitement of the King, in a live, biographical concert. This is one show guaranteed to have the audience ALL SHOOK UP! Playing to sellouts across the country, Scot and Mike make a terrific combination, and a very entertaining show. Their performances feature superb vocals, pleasant audience interaction and a dynamite back-up band.

- Collin Raye Christmas, Thursday, December 16, 2010
What started witht he simple desire to entertain has turned into something that is almost a holy calling for Collin Raye. Five times nominated as country music's Male Vocalist of the Year, Raye still puts on shows that are electrifying in their intensity. He is proud of his 5 Platinum albums, 25 Top Ten Hits, 15 No. 1 smashes and 12 chart-topping videos. "In the beginning, I wanted hits and all that," he reflects. "But what drives me now is what music means to people. Songs have landed on me that made me realize there's more to this than I thought. It's about entertaining people one minute and healing them the next." What has always set Collin Raye apart is his willingness to tackle lyrics that go far beyond typical love songs and dance ditties.

- Harlem Gospel Choir, Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The world famous Harlem Gospel Choir is the most famous gospel choir in America today. It travels the globe, sharing its joy of faith through its music and raising funds for children's charities. In this new era of hope and change, the Choir's voices reflect the RENAISSANCE of Harlem's culture. The Harlem Gospel Choir's rich harmonies and sound is always "Unfettered, Joyous & Inspirational". Their songs of hope and inspiration will touch the depths of your soul and lift your spirit to angelic heights - every performance will take your breath away! More than just a style of gospel, they are the original "real deal" straight from New York.

- Jason Farnham & Friends, Saturday, February 12, 2011
Jason Farnham, of LA, CA, is truly the "International Entertainer of Contemporary Piano Music". His spectacular show delights audiences around the U.S., again and again. Whether it's his ability to connect with the audience on a personal level, the way he creates a variety of emotions through his soul-soothing compositions, or the inclusion of occasional guest artists such as master percussionist Ian Dobson or vocalist Coco York, Jason's true gift of captivating the audience and taking them along on his picturesque musical journey is unmatched by any other: Jason is known as the "chameleon artist" because he performs so many musical styles in one show!

- Time for Three, Thursday, March 17, 2011
The groundbreaking, category-shattering trio Time for Three transcends traditional classification, with elements of classical, country western, gypsy and jazz idioms forming a blend all its own. The members, Zachary De Pue, violin, Nicolas Kendall, violin, and Ranaan Meyer, double bass, carry a passion for improvisation, composing and arranging, all prime elements of the ensemble's playing. To date, the group has performed hundreds of engagements as diverse as its music; from featured guest soloists with the Philadelphia Orchestra to opening for k. d. lang. Time for Three sets itself apart not only with its varied repertoire performed with astonishing technical acuity, but also through its approach.

- Red Chamber, Saturday, April 9, 2011
Red Chamber is hot - - steamy hot! Whether it is fast and furious string and music, the sultry beauty of Imperial Court Classics, or cutting edge contemporary creations, Red Chamber's fiery passion embodies every note. The quartet consists of Mei Han, leader, and internationally acclaimed zheng (zither) master and ethnomusicologist; Guillian Liu, is one of the world's leading pipa (lute) masters; Zhimin Yu is a ruan (lute) virtuoso, and was a principle player for the China Broadcast Performing Arts Troupe in Beijing; Geling Jiang is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist who started her professional career at the age of 10. Red Chamber takes its inspiration from the traditional Chinese "Plucked String" repertoire that is seldom every heard in the west.

For those only interested in partial season, we have two options.

Package B, which includes: choose from Main* ($121) or Upper* ($103)
- ABBA-Mania, Thursday, September 16, 2010
- Eric Bibb, Saturday, October 9, 2010
- Collin Raye Christmas, Thursday, December 16, 2010
- Harlem Gospel Choir, Wednesday, January 19, 2011
- Time for Three, Thursday, March 17, 2011

Package C, which includes: choose from Main* ($126) or Upper* ($108)
- JIGU! Thunder Drums of China, Wednesday, October 27, 2010
- Blue Suede Shoes The Ultimate Elvis Experience, Saturday, November 13, 2010
- Collin Raye Christmas, Thursday, December 16, 2010
- Jason Farnham & Friends, Saturday, February 12, 2011
- Red Chamber, Saturday, April 9, 2011

*The section referred to as Main are the seats from rows A to CC and the 100 and 200 Loge seating; the section referred to as Upper are the third floor Balcony (rows DD to GG) and the 300 and 400 Loge seating.

The individual shows will go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, August 23, 2010.

If you have special needs or require specific seating, please call the Stephens Center Box Office at 282-3595 to place your order.

To order your tickets online, logon to our website: www.isu.edu/tickets.

Thank you for your continued support of our events.

Paula Corbin
Box Office Manager
Idaho State University
Stephens Performing Arts Center
921 S 8th Ave Stop 8006
Pocatello, ID 83209

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Column for August 4, 2010

Tonight, Southeast Idaho’s Rocky Watson plays genuine country at the Civitan’s Revive At Five fund-raising concert event at the Old Town Pavilion in downtown Pocatello. Starting at 5:00 p.m., food will be provided by the Texas Roadhouse, sponsored by Idaho Central Credit Union.

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.” Find out more at www.rockywatson.com.

This weekend, from Friday, August 6 through Sunday, August 8, head up to Lava Hot Springs for the First Annual Portneuf River Bluegrass Festival, presented by Phil Meador Toyota.

Tickets are $15 per day; children 12 and under are free. Advance tickets are available at Budget Tapes & Records and Main Street Music in Pocatello, or at the White Wolf Restaurant in Lava.

Music entertainment includes local and regional bluegrass and folk music bands, including Portneuf Gap, Wild Coyotes, New South Fork, Chicken Dinner Road, Red Desert Ramblers and more.

The Portneuf River Bluegrass Festival kicks off Friday the 6th at 5:00 p.m. Saturday’s events run from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., with an “All Star Jam” scheduled to follow at the White Wolf Restaurant in Lava. On Sunday, the festival starts at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. For more, visit http://portneufriverbluegrass.homestead.com.

There are several bands in a wide variety of genres playing in the downtown Pocatello area on Friday evening for First Friday Art Walk. Here are just a few:

At the Flipside Lounge, S. Main Street, singer / songwriter Dan Hillebrant provides his soulful vocals to some covers and originals starting at 5:00 p.m. And to follow, an intimate concert with The Unread, Southeast Idaho’s very popular grunge / hard rock band, starts a launch party for “The Bannock Alternative,” a new monthly publication highlighting the area’s edgier arts and entertainment.

For more on The Unread, visit www.myspace.com/theunread. And visit TBA at http://thebannockalternative.com.

And Portneuf Valley Brewing, S. 1st Ave., is welcoming the Taarka Band to their stage on Friday, starting at 8:30 p.m.

The Taarka Band, based from Lyons, CO plays what they call “indie-Gypsy chamber folk.” Their sound is a new millennia’s take on old world music. David Tiller plays mandolin and tenor guitar, with Enion Pelta-Tiller on five string violin. Ben Blechman plays baritone violin with Troy Robey on bass and percussionist Dale Largent round out the band.

Formed over ten years ago, Taarka’s fourth album, "Seed Gathering for A Winter Garden," released last March, is a collection of original instrumentals and lyrical tunes. Expect West meets and Eastern folk with jazz, rock, bluegrass, old-time, gypsy, Indian, and Celtic music

The members of Taarka have shared stages with members of the Grateful Dead, Phish, Garaj Mahal, Widespread Panic and more, and have performed at several well-known festivals, including the Telluride Bluegrass, Groovefest in Southern Utah, and the Yellowstone Music Festival. Find them online at www.taarka.com.

Also on Friday, but some distance from downtown, Somewhere In the Middle plays at Marigolds Wine on Flandro Drive. Music entertainment is free and open to all ages, starting at 7:00 p.m. For more on SIMT, visit www.myspace.com/aaronballmusic.

On Saturday the 7th, Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers make a return engagement at the Fort Hall Casino. Music is scheduled from 8 to 11:00 p.m., open to those 21 and over.

Currently living in Santa Fe, NM, Gary Farmer is an actor, musician and was the founder of Aboriginal Voices Magazine, a magazine which was devoted to Native Canadian issues. He attended Syracuse University and is of the Cayuga Nation and Wolf Clan of the Haudenosaunee/Iroquois Confederacy.

Since the early 80’s, Farmer has appeared in dozens of films and television programs including Police Academy, The West Wing, Friday the 13th, Smoke Signals and Delivering Milo. Farmer fronts his blues band on harmonica and vocals. For more, visit www.myspace.com/garyfarmerandthetroublemakers.

On Monday the 9th of next week, the heavy metal band, Straight Line Stitch, headlines a show at The Icon, N. Main Street in Pocatello. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; tickets available online at smithstix.com.

Formed almost 10 years ago and based from Knoxville, TN, Straight Line Stitch is fronted by Alexis Brown, a rare and talented female metalcore vocalist. The band plays upwards of 200 shows a year, with three EP’s and three full-length CD’s under their belts. Find out more at www.myspace.com/straightlinestitch.

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

Monday, August 2, 2010

2010 Portneuf River Bluegrass Festival

Phil Meador Toyota Presents
the 1st Annual Portneuf River Bluegrass Festival
August 6 - 8, 2010 in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho

With Music Entertainment by

Portneuf Gap, Wild Coyotes, New South Fork, Chicken Dinner Road, Red Desert Ramblers and more.

Advance tix at Budget Tapes & Records and Main Street Music in Pocatello, and White Wolf Restaurant in Lava. $15 per day, Children 12 and under are free.

more at http://portneufriverbluegrass.homestead.com

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Bookings at Portneuf Valley Brewing, Aug. 2010

From Penny Pink, Brewer, General Manager and Owner of Portneuf Valley Brewing, 615. S. 1st Ave., Pocatello, Idaho 83201

After a LOT of thought and number crunching I finally figured out a way to offer more money for performers at PVB and still keep my entertainment budget in line. I've listened to many, many local and touring musicians and tried my best to come up with a compensation scale for the next year that is competitive for this region.

Here are the details for the scale I am able to offer for gigs booked after September 1, 2010:
Solo act - $100
Duo act - $200
Band of three or more performers - $300
Plus 25% discount on food and/or beverages for all performers on the night of the performance. We will no longer be doing the free drink tickets like we have in the past.

I've updated my musicians fact sheet and attached it to this note if you'd like additional information, please read it. If you have questions, just email me back and I'll do my best to answer them.

If you are interested in booking a gig, let me know and I'll see if I can get you on my calendar.

Penny Pink

208-232-1644 business
208-226-4347 cell

Click Here for Fact Sheet – Entertainment at the PVB Pub

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