Alive After Five headlining band Andy Frasco and The U.N. exuded an awe-inspiring energy and musical passion on June 27, creating a massive shake-and-move fest on The Grove.
“It’s time to get drunk and have a dance party, I tell ya what,” said Frasco, the 23-year-old lead vocalist and keyboardist extraordinaire.
The five-piece jazz/blues band showcased its vocal, instrumental and dance skills, as well as its high-spirited talent for entertaining without holding back. The band's uninhibited style was well received by the crowd, especially when Frasco announced his recent single status, which was met with much high-pitched screaming.
But keeping it PG was an effort for the band, which is used to playing at late-night gigs in bars.
“If I try really hard not to cuss, I’ll make up words,” Frasco said.
Frasco showed off his dance moves throughout the performance, even jumping into the crowd to join the dance party on one occasion. Saxophonist Ernie Chang, also known as "The Asian Tom Cruise," found his way off stage as well when he took to a tabletop to perform.
“I knew when I was coming to Boise there were gonna be some kinky mo-fo’s in here,” said Frasco, between storytelling, breaking a key from his electric piano, asking for a hallelujah and holding his phone up for the audience to say hello to his mom.
But Andy Frasco and The U.N. were not the only ones inspiring Alive After Five goers to bust a move. Local lyrical hip-hop group and self-proclaimed nerds Dedicated Servers managed to get some early birds to demonstrate their skills in dropping it like its hot.
The local duo was first met with some apprehension from the crowd, but quickly gained attention with their quick-witted lyrical skills and their mission statement of following your dreams.
“If there is something you really want to do, and people are knocking you for it, you need to just do it,” said Dedicated Servers’ Peanut.
The party kept on going after the stage shut down on The Grove, as some of the Alive after Five crowd made their way over to join the Splash Bash at Owyhee Plaza Hotel. The pool party featured local group Soul Serene, which jammed out poolside in towels between dips.
And if music and cold drinks by the pool weren’t enough for Boiseans, Andy Frasco and The U.N. showed up to join in the Splash Bash fun, which resulted in one Boise Weekly intern being thrown into the pool, and a wet ride home.