If Thursday comes along and you're dying to get your groove on, a dose of Downtown Nampa Nights should do the trick. The free family-friendly series happens in Nampa's Lloyd Square every Thursday night from 5:30-8 p.m. through Aug. 25 and offers live music, food, wine and beer.
One notable act is the festival's only modern-rock offering, five-piece Reckless Abandon. The group, whose sound is infused with hip-hop vocal lines and acoustic guitars, will perform on June 23.
But all of the acts are worth seeing. Catch Loose Change on June 30, The Chancellors on July 7, Gerry and the Dreambenders on July 14, The Flavors on July 21, The Almost Dangerous Band on July 28, Straight Away on Aug. 4, the 504 Plan on Aug. 11, The Matrix Band on Aug. 18 and Come Together on Aug. 25. Grab some lawn chairs, grab the kids and get to Nampa.
For more information, visitdowntownnampa.com.
In recent months, it's been tough to get much of anything on at The Bouquet. The building was headed into foreclosure, the liquor license was temporarily suspended and irregular business hours had people wondering about the fate of the place. Owner Tyson Twilegar said that, hopefully, that's all in the past.
Along with booking The Bouquet's live music, Twilegar has also been running the front of the house.
"One of the reasons we've had spotty hours is that I've been covering a lot of the shifts personally and doing a lot of the legwork," Twilegar said. "And when we were closed for two weeks, we were doing our [liquor license] renewal process. That was tough."
Twilegar has decided to see the closing and re-opening as an opportunity to start "from the ground up and organize everything the way it should be." He said the live music calendar turned out to be a bigger chore than he had imagined, but he's sorting that out. The listings on The Bouquet's Reverbnation venue page are current and he's working on getting the bar's Facebook and Myspace pages updated as well.
"I'll get there," Twilegar said with a laugh.