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Music News May 26, 2004

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Pie Closes Doors

The fabulous philosophy known as "Pie," the nightclub on the Basque Block that breathed a new life into the local music scene for the last nine months, has closed its doors indefinitely.

Pie was the novel concept of manager Craig Burden and owner Alan Head that featured eclectic local and national live music, an incredible sound system, scrumptious pizza and ice cream as well as a loaded bar. The idea seemed to be just what the local scene needed—marquee bands and trendy drinks, all set in a fresh and cool environment, but the notion was unfortunately met with disappointing crowds and numbers; and the powers that be were left with no choice but to cease operations.

Last Saturday, Exit 51 and The PirkQlaters were the last bands to take the stage and the building is now officially up for sale. This is a sad note for the local music scene as Pie was one of the only places in town known for consistently bringing in hip, out-of-town talent in addition to their local roster of respected musicians. Interested and serious inquiries may contact Bruce Sternke at Grub and Ellis at (208) 947-0886 for sales information.

No Quarter Cancelled

The ultimate Led Zeppelin tribute band, NO QUARTER, has cancelled their June 19 show at The Big Easy. The guitar player has left the band and they are looking for a replacement. No reschedule date has been set. Tickets bought online or via phone will automatically be refunded and Ticketweb tickets purchased at a Ticketweb outlet (i.e.: Record Exchange, Newt & Harolds, etc.) should be sent back to Ticketweb at: Ticketweb Refunds, PO Box 77250, San Francisco, CA 94107.

BILL COFFEY AND THE

SEVEN DEVILS

Alive After Five is in full swing and this week you can enjoy the sounds of talented songwriter, singer and guitarist BILL COFFEY. He is joined by a stellar lineup that includes Jonah Shue on guitars, fiddle and vocals, Rob Wilson on drums, John Pisano on bass and Randy Meenach on pedal and lap steel guitar creating an original blend of Americana roots-rock. Stop in and check out some solid traditional and classical American music while enjoying food by Deli George and dessert by Boise Tropical Sno.

Wednesday, May 26, 5 p.m., FREE, Alive After Five at The Grove.

BOB SCHNEIDER

Touring in support of his solid new album I'm Good Now, Austin based singer/songwriter BOB SCHNEIDER brings his heartache-fueled pop-rock to The Big Easy. Texas Music Magazine calls him "a one-man phenomenon, the pied-piper of Austin" and it's easy to hear why when you listen to the honest and raw, yet surprisingly familiar and likable sounds of this rootsy rocker. There is something to say for anyone who sells more than 15,000 self-released CDs at just one Austin record store and sweeps the Austin Music Awards at SXSW with nine awards. New York singer/songwriter ARI HEST opens and will preview songs from his forthcoming Columbia Records debut Someone To Tell, the follow up to his 2002 critically acclaimed independent release Story After Story. Hest's new album comes out in August. This is a great opportunity to see two solid and talented singer/songwriters in one intimate setting.

Thursday, May 27, 8 p.m., $10, Bourbon Street Saloon at the Big Easy.

PRESTON SCHOOL OF INDUSTRY

Fresh off the release of their new album, Monsoon, PRESTON SCHOOL OF INDUSTRY bring their melancholy, singer/songwrite- style pop music to town. Ex-Pavement front man, Scott "Spiral Stairs" Kannberg provides dark melodies and warped lyrics complemented by off-kilter yet catchy guitar to create a highly listenable sound. Additional band members include Andrew Borger on drums and Jon Erickson on bass. Fans of Death Cab for Cutie, Wilco and everything in-between will dig this band. Nathan Whipple and The Invasion open.

Sunday, May 30, 9 p.m., $8, Neurolux.

Everlast - White Trash Beautiful

Keane - Hope and Feart

The Cardigans - Long Gone Before Daylight

Felix da Housecat - Devin Dazzle and the

Neon Fever

Lonestar - Let's Be Us Again

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