by Tara Morgan
Former Big Easy owner Creston Thornton—who has recently been booking shows at Eagle River Pavilion through CTTouring—just announced that he’ll be opening a new, mid-sized concert venue this summer. The 2,200-capacity space can house acts that are too big for venues like the 999-capacity Knitting Factory but not quite big enough for stadiums like Taco Bell Arena or the Idaho Center.
“It’s the biggest open-floor concert house in the Northwest, at 2,200 capacity,” said Thornton.
Revolution Concert House and Event Center will be located at 4983 Glenwood St. at Chinden Boulevard, across from Expo Idaho. Thornton imagines that the space will house everything from concerts and weddings to MMA fights and special events.
“The way we’re designing it is it’s fully multi-functional, multi-dimensional to be able to do anything as an events center,” said Thornton. “We can set it up for 1,000 capacity, 1,500 capacity, 2,200 capacity; we have a whole moving grid.”
The venue will feature a 40-foot by 32-foot full stage, which will be 5-feet tall for prime viewing from everywhere in the room. There will also be a multi-functional VIP platform that can be moved around for different events, like boxing matches. And in a too-good-to-be-true partnership, Revolution will serve the locally crafted American Revolution Vodka.
“There’s a lot of shows right now that, just because of the economy and the downturn, they used to sell 5,000 to 6,000 tickets, they’re now playing a lot of these 2,000- to 3,000-seat rooms,” said Thornton. “We really feel that this is the perfect size to not have half an empty venue.”
Thornton hopes to attract acts like My Morning Jacket, which haven’t been playing Boise because it has lacked an adequately sized venue.
“This size room could absolutely fill the void where a Tori Amos could play or a Chris Isaak. Where they’re kind of an in-between player, between a 1,000-seater and a 5,000-seater,” said Thornton.
In addition, the stage can be altered to provide a platform for hot DJ acts.
“I think we’re really missing the big dance craze that’s going on right now with a lot of these big DJs like Tiesto and Skrillex, Bassnectar,” said Thornton. “There’s no place for that dance night to happen. We’re the perfect size for that.”
Thornton explained that the location is ideally situated—four miles from downtown Boise, three miles to Eagle and three miles to Meridian—to cater to a large portion of the Treasure Valley community. Not to mention, there’s plenty of available surface parking—700 spaces.
“This sized venue has been missing for a while. … I think this is the right size for the right city. … I think it’s really gonna continue to help put money back into the local economy and bring more shows to town and more comedy.”