Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Column for November 3, 2010

It’s all indie from rock to blues this week in Pocatello’s local live music scene, with local and national independent bands, duos and solo musicians performing in the area.

On Thursday the 4th, WahnderLust makes an appearance at the Flipside Lounge, located on S. Main Street in downtown Pocatello, view on map. Music starts at 9:00 p.m., open to those 21 and over.

WahnderLust, based from Los Angeles, CA, is a rock and funk duo featuring Kim Manning and Lantz Lazwell on vocals, keyboards and guitars. Expect a spirited performance, with bouncy, infectious , funky rhythms, groovy guitar riffs and A+ vocals.

Manning was a featured vocalist for George Clinton and the P-Funk Allstars, has appeared on The Grammy Awards, The David Letterman Show, Jay Leno, and VH1’s Flavor of Love, and has recorded with Snoop Dogg, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and recently with Sly Stone.

Lazwell has been compared to Jimi Hendrix, Jack Johnson and Stevie Wonder, taking home the L.A. Music Award for Best Rock Vocalist in 2007. WahnderLust has played at the House of Blues, San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall and SXSW. Find out more at

On Friday the 5th, a new regionally-based band, Volcano, plays at Cynthia’s boutique at the Whitmore Hotel in downtown Pocatello, starting at 5:00 p.m. for First Friday Art Walk.

Also on Friday night, Soul Full of Blues, fronted by Ramona Awes on lead vocals and backed by Robert Miron, Dan Lauer, Steve Howard and Kerry Pepper, plays at Porntneuf Valley Brewing on S. 1st Avenue in Pocatello, view on map, starting at 8:30 p.m. Music entertainment is free and open to all ages at the pub. Visit the band online at

And the locally-based rock cover band, Kaught Lookin’, who had a featured spot at the 10th Annual POW-MIA Awareness Rally, plays classic and current rock favorites at Duffy’s Bar on N. Main Street in Pocatello, view on map, on Friday night. Music starts at 9:00 p.m., no cover, and open to those 21 and over. Expect to hear favorites from Lynrd Skynrd, Alice in Chains, Buckcherry and more. Visit

On Saturday the 6th, 18 Switchbacks, a bluegrass, rock and Americana band from Boulder, Colorado plays at Portneuf Valley Brewing starting at 8:30 p.m., no cover and open to all ages.

18 Switchbacks blends influences from folk, rock, pop, jam, world music, jazz, and even country. Expect rich vocal harmonies, a dancey rhythm section, and a mélange of music styles to keep the set interesting and entertaining. Find out more at

Also on Saturday, the First National Bar, W. Center Street in Pocatello, view on map, is pleased to welcome Aloud to their stage starting at 9:00 p.m. Aloud, from Boston, MA, is the young, dynamic indie-rock duo of Henry Beguiristain and Jen de la Osa. They are most known for their strong vocal harmonies.

Aloud is currently on tour in support of their most recent CD, “Exile,” released earlier this month on Lemon Merchant records. "Exile" is Aloud’s third full-length CD, fan-funded, and the debut album from talented producer engineer Daniel Nicholas Daskivich.

Aloud is excited to make their Pocatello debut as the fourteenth of over fifty performances on the Exile Tour. The duo has given up virtually all of their material possessions to make this tour happen. De la Osa told the Boston Phoenix, “instead of buying a house, we're touring cross-country.”

Expect to hear beautiful acoustic tones and vocals from the songs on "Exile," like the mid-tempo single “Old Soldier,” which starts with a whisper and grows into a brilliant, psychedelic and driven song, or the slightly sad and macabre “To Die At Sea.” Find out more at

Metal fans are eager for the upcoming CD release from Denots, showcased in a day-long Metal Extravaganza open to all ages at the Shilo Inn in Idaho Falls, Saturday the 6th, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Riksha, Ixxion, Rezination, Crimson and Shades of Interpretation are also on the billing. Denot’s fourth full-length CD, "Illusions of a Fictional Reality," went on sale on the 18th of October. Find out more at

One last note: the ISU Marketing Club is searching for more bands to play this Fall’s Pokapalooza, set for November 13, 2010. The contest entry fee is $50, with $25 returned after a 20 minute set. Madison Lights is scheduled to appear as a guest band and will have a jam session with the winner. The winner will also get studio and air time on K-bear 101 and open for the Springfest concert at ISU. Interested bands should email Tyson Gunter at for more information.

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

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