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The Shredder is Now All-Ages

And Mountain Music Sleepover prepares to take over Atlanta

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A member of Boise's music scene just found the Holy Grail. And we don't mean that dusty cup from the third-best Indiana Jones movie. We're talking about all-ages certification--the much-sought after and hard-as-fudge to achieve status that allows an establishment to let kids in the door to see the music but still sell booze to their older siblings so the lights can stay on.

Previously, the only place that had it locally was downtown coffee shop The Crux, and that venue's proprietors went through quite the battle with Idaho's Alcohol and Beverage Control to make it happen.

But according to Justin Cantrell, owner of The Shredder, Boise's foremost den of iniquity is even further along on its quest to replicate the Foot Clan's warehouse in the original live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Kids are now welcome to skate, play video games and headbang along with those of legal drinking age.

"Shredder has applied for and received a restaurant endorsement, not a multi-use endorsement because they are a beer and wine licensee only," confirmed Lt. Russ Wheatley of Alcohol Beverage Control.

That means, according to code, The Shredder must now be "advertised and held out to the public as primarily a food eating establishment," or at least 40 percent of sales must come from food and nonalcoholic beverages. The Shredder also has to have a room or rooms for cooking and employees cooking food.

"It can't be chips," Wheatley said.

No word yet on how Cantrell plans to make that happen.

But, hey, maybe you're not a college junior who's into metal dating a college sophomore who's into metal. Maybe you're a college junior who's into indie rock and dating a college sophomore who's into klezmer. Then this Shredder being all-ages business doesn't do squat for you. Instead, you ought to head up to Atlanta this weekend for the Mountain Music Sleepover, which was canceled last year because Atlanta was sort of on fire. This year's (sort-of) follow-up features music from nine regional acts--such as Old Death Whisper, Dedicated Servers, A Seasonal Disguise and Fleet Street Klezmer Band--performing outside The Hub, which located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, followed by camping in any of the many sites nearby.

The Mountain Music Sleepover goes down Saturday, July 13, and is free--though there will be a series of fundraisers for Atlanta's Quick Response Unit. Camping in the area averages about $15 and music should start around 4 p.m.

Also happening out in the sticks is the annual Music From Stanley series, which puts a marquee selection of regional acts onstage at the historic Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, and later broadcasts the performances on local radio stations KBSU, KBSW and KISU. Blues rockers The Bare Bones performs Sunday, July 14. Like all Music From Stanley concerts, the performance is free and runs from 4-7 p.m.