Boiseans, ready yourselves for a season of music, mingling and beer-swigging. Alive After Five will make its grand return to the Grove Plaza Wednesday, June 6, providing the City of Trees with mid-week fun throughout the summer. And the kick-off installment is pretty darn lively.
"The first one of the summer is always good," said Karen Sander, executive director of the Downtown Boise Association.
This is the 26th year that Grove Plaza will be abuzz with AA5-ers. As always, local businesses and organizations will have booths around the fountain and beer and wine will be available. Sander said there will be a wine tasting booth as well, and one local restaurant per week will provide food for the evening.
The Wednesday parties will also feature a changing line-up of live music. Country singer-songwriter Maia Sharp will kick things off for the inaugural event at 6 p.m. NPR's "All Things Considered" has featured the musician, who has written songs for the Dixie Chicks and Bonnie Raitt. Her laid back, Alanis-Morissette-on-sedatives sound will help Boise unwind.
Workin' On Fire will open for Sharp, and the three 12th-grade boys will provide an alt-rock groove to warm up the crowd. Like last year, opening acts for AA5 will all be local musicians and headliners come from all over the country. In case of bad weather, the musicians will play at Liquid in BODO.
Sander said she's glad the event is up and running again.
"Summer is here, and we're always excited to get it going," she said.