Local songstress Grandma Kelsey is offering an interesting option for folks who would like to support her tour but don't have money to contribute: junk.
She will be hosting an Ol' Fashioned Punk Rock Lawn Party and garage sale hawking whatever her fans are looking to get rid of from Friday, July 20-Sunday, July 22. More details about the garage sale, her tour plans and the different incentives being offered are available on Grandma Kelsey's Facebook page.
In news of bands coming rather than going, Red Room booker Wes Malvini told Boise Weekly that after the relative success of the Twin Falls Invasion event, he will be scheduling more nights at the club featuring bands exclusively from one town or region. Expect invasions from the Wood River Valley, Moscow, Pocatello and La Grande, Ore., over the next several months.
Details are already locked in for a new kid-friendly concert series at Boise Rock School, called Concerts in the Garage. Every other Thursday through Oct. 4, BRS will throw open the garage doors at 1404 W. Idaho St. for a FREE concert from 7-9 p.m.
The evening will feature a student band opening for local pros like Grand Falconer, A.K.A. Belle, James Orr, Thomas Paul and The Ravenna Colt. The series is sponsored in part by the Boise Department of Arts and History. And since it's kid friendly, there will also be snacks.
Prolific local-ish rapper Oso Negro has dropped yet another new album on the net. This one, Nick B. Presents, is a collaboration between Oso Negro and approximately everyone else in the world of underground hip-hop. It features beats by Nick B. and verses from a rogues' gallery of Boise artists like Exit Prose, Dedicated Servers and P-Dirt, as well as other artists from all over the West. The album is available as a $7 download at osonegro.bandcamp.com and will make your head bounce like you're spending a night at the Roxbury.
And finally, Chuck E. Cheese is attempting to update the image of its signature character from a creepy New Jersey rat to an axe-slinging rock star. And the company's big move to make that happen was to replace Duncan Brannan, the longtime voice of the mouse, with Jaret Reddick, the lead singer of Bowling for Soup, because that screams rock credibility. Or does it just scream cheesy?