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2010 Frank Church Banquet and Afterparty

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To show that they can get down with the working class, Idaho Democrats are removing their political coats and slipping into their party Wranglers. On Saturday, Feb. 27, at 10 p.m., after the annual Frank Church Banquet wraps up at the Boise Centre, they'll bring local troubadour Jeremiah James to serenade their troops.

For $10, the public can catch James and the gang as they bust out "Rocky Mountain outlaw honky tonk" jams. James, with his signature pearl-snap shirts and scruffy beard, has whipped up quite a local fan-base--his album Idaho Cowboy, was the Record Exchange's No. 1 local release in 2008.

Before James gets warmed up, those who plunk down $65-$85 for a ticket to the Frank Church banquet can schmooze with another Rocky Mountain outlaw(maker)--keynote speaker U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat from Big Sandy, Mont. Though Tester is pro-choice and an alternative energy advocate, he also has a rugged Montana individualist streak, supporting Second Amendment rights. In their free time, Tester and his wife Sharla also run an organic farm.

Whether you prefer your outlaws to wield guitars or ploughs, the Frank Church Banquet has a little something for you.

Saturday, Feb. 27, 5:30-9:30 p.m. closing banquet; 10 p.m. after-party, Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., 208-336-8900, idaho-democrats.org.

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