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Seeing Your Way to Blind Pilot, A Different Kind of Holiday Tradition

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Portland, Ore.'s Blind Pilot rolls into Boise again on Monday, Nov. 30, to headline a show that includes indie folk darling Laura Veirs.

When Boise Weekly caught up with Blind Pilot this summer, they were riding high on the buzz created around their 2008 debut release 3 Rounds and a Sound (Expunged Records). Founders Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski founded more than just a band; they created a sound that garnered comparisons to The Shins and notice from National Public Radio's Morning Edition. The band hit the road on their own headlining tours as well as playing some opening spots with The Hold Steady and Idaho native Josh Ritter.

The buzz around Blind Pilot hasn't even begun to quiet down, and they're still wending their way across North America. It will be nice to see them on a Boise stage again, and it's a helluva good reason to get in from the cold. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 (or $12 at the door).

In jazzier news, we take you back to 1986, when a weekly gig became a 20-plus-year tradition.

Back then, jazz-meister Paul Tillotson played every week at the then-Bench-area restaurant Lock Stock & Barrel and tickled the ivories while folks dined. Even after he moved to the East Coast and hit the big time in the Big Apple, Tillotson continued to make a regular trek back to Boise.

When LS&B moved downtown, Tillotson and his trio took a couple of years off. Then, a few years ago during a visit to Boise, Tillotson stopped by LS&B and noticed a photo on the wall. It was a picture of himself and jazz legend Gene Harris playing four-hand piano.

"I couldn't resist the invitation to come back and play," Tillotson wrote in an e-mail. "The tradition started again, and with the support of the great crew at the LS&B, Dunkley Music (the piano) and the owner, Scott, we have kept the fun going for a long time. If you do the math (forgetting about a couple years we weren't around), it's been something like 23 years!"

Tillotson and guests play LS&B Dec. 8-12. That may sound like plenty of time to get in and see them, but it's a wildly popular event, so you might think about making reservations soon.

Lock Stock & Barrel, 1100 W. Jefferson St., 208-336-4266, lsbboise.com.

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