by Mika Belle
Boise’s first snowfall couldn't cool the heat steaming off the Egyptian Theatre dance floor Wednesday, Jan. 18. Hundreds of people braved the cold to show some love for dual headliners March Fourth Marching Band and The Pimps of Joytime, with supporting act Diego’s Umbrella.
For most of the night, there were more than 100 people on the dance floor, originally an orchestra pit. All three bands have a reputation for putting on action-packed live shows, which are not necessarily the type one would expect to see at The Egyptian. But it was all part of the plan.
“We encourage dancing; we even made the dance floor bigger,” said Joy Hart, concert promoter for Idaho Live. “This is a very unique and special venue; it’s not like seeing them at a bar."
However, a bar or club is exactly where you will tend to find these bands, considering both headliners crossed the country with the wacky Tour de Fat bike and beer festival.
On Jan. 18, The Pimps of Joytime threw down booty-shaking funk, spiced with Latin and jazz, while
Diego’s Umbrella played what might be described "post-modern gypsy dancehall."
“There are three distinct flavors, but they are all very complimentary,” said March Fourth crew member Anne Olivia, referring to Diego's Umbrella.
The lineup was a serendipitous event—the two headliners just happened to cross tour paths in Boise. Perhaps it was fitting to be held at such a unique locale.
“I love this; it’s an amazing and gorgeous place,” said Brian J, singer for The Pimps of Joytime. “There’s a vibe here.”
Check out a slideshow of the performance here.