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

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

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 for more.

Valley Of Unrest is based in Pocatello; visit 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

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