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Power Ballads Will Abound at Silly Birch's '80s Buttrock Party

Friday, Sept. 7

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Some survivors of the 1980s drink to forget the era of acid-washed jeans and big hair. But those who rock out on an air guitar listening to buttrock favorites like Poison's "Nothin' But a Good Time," or Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It," hope for a time machine to return to the bygone era.

That time machine comes in the form of a brand new bar on Main Street in downtown Boise. Silly Birch opened in the former Mac and Charlies location Aug. 31.

For its second week in business, the whole bar will travel back to the days of Poison and the Scorpions armed only with booze and period threads, in partnership with the folks at Crooked Fence Brewing Company. The '80s Buttrock Party jump-kicks off Friday, Sept. 7, at 8 p.m.

Not sure what to wear, or what the hell buttrock is? The term defines '80s and '90s sexually androgynous rock outfits, with big heels and bigger hair. Buttrock bands are the creators of the power ballad, songs that popularized tales of sex and drugs while being doused in too much hair spray.

Brush up on the styles of the times by delving into music videos from eras past, then bust out the tight pants and long blond wigs for the costume party, which will feature tunes from a guitarist hired solely to fill the space with era-inspired guitar solos and Crooked Fence beer specials. And don't forget the key buttrock staple: Aqua Net.

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