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First there was Alive After Five. Then Uber Tuesdays. Then Atypical Tuesdays. And now it's Radio Boise Tuesdays.

Clearly, Boise digs the concert series. Luckily, there are two more new series launching this month, though they will not be weekly.

The first will be a monthly hip-hop series in the parking lot behind China Blue, located at 100 S. Sixth St., called Sunday Fundays.

A partnership between Reef and Nightology, the series will feature national touring hip-hop acts, a full bar and a foam pool dance party, all in the afternoon and early evening.

"I think it will be cool for industry people who don't get to get out to shows much otherwise," said Henry Rennar, booker at Reef.

The debut event on Sunday, June 24, will be headlined by Asher Roth, whose music video for the song "Last Man Standing" featured art by Boise cartoonist Chris Hunt.

Rennar was hesitant to say on the record who he may have lined up down the road because it isn't set in stone, but he whispered it in Boise Weekly's ear and it's going to be big.

Another new series being launched is a monthly indie/Americana series called Alt County at Visual Arts Collective, located at 3638 Osage St. in Garden City.

The inaugural show, Saturday, June 16, will feature ex-My Morning Jacket-er The Ravenna Colt, ex-The Invasion-er Aaron Mark Brown and XY chromosome-holder Ryan Bayne. That show will cost $5 and start at 8 p.m.

Anneliessa Balk, VAC co-owner and co-curator of the series, said that if it goes well, it may get promoted to a weekly event.

But if you want to go a whole different route altogether, this week will see one of the odder Boise music events in recent memory: the chance to sing karaoke at the Old Idaho State Penitentiary.

Singin' in the Slammer will go down in history Friday, June 15, from 6-10 p.m. and cost $8. In addition to endless versions of "Jailhouse Rock," there will also be beer from Crooked Fence Brewing and food from Free Range Pizza. It is an 18-and-older event. Call 208-334-2844 for more info.

And finally, if you like seeing music on Tuesdays but don't want it to be part of any namby-pamby series, swing by Liquid this week and catch Antioquia, whose world-music-influenced percussion-heavy tunes are all about the booty-shaking.

That show goes down Tuesday, June 19, at 10 p.m. and will cost nothing but the pound of flesh you'll shed from dancing.

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