Ahmet Ertegun died December 14 at the age of 83. Ertegun, co-founder of Atlantic Records, was instrumental in bringing the sounds of greats like Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Led Zeppelin in to the homes and on to the turntables of millions of Americans. For more information about Ertegun's life and history with Atlantic, check out www.history-of-rock.com/atlantic_records.htm.
we knew it all along
The Recording Academy of America has realized what a gem Devotchka is. Grammy nominations are out and the soundtrack to Little Miss Sunshine has been nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or other Visual Media. Denver-based Devotchka are responsible for 10 of the album's 14 tracks.
Swoosh, rock out
Outdoorsy things are not generally found in this section of the paper. However, this sounds like a fun event for even the most diehard indoorsy type.
On January 12-14 be in Ketchum/Sun Valley for a new multi-day music festival/ski event. The weekend will include skiercross and skier half-pipe competitions and music from Hinder, Three Days Grace, The Wailers, Don Carlos, Swollen Members, Elan, DJ Logic, Jillian Ann, DJ Aero, Kamphire Collective, Danielia Cotton, Reardon and Friends and Tommy Lee. Other festivities include a photo shootout, film festival, fireworks show, battle of the teen bands a fashion show and more.
For more information, visit www.theskitour.com.
Polish off your brass
The Boise Brass Band, self-described as "British-style" is in search of more hornblowers and percussionists to join in the fun starting January 7. If you play a trumpet, tuba or timpani head over to the El Korah Shrine for some musical (albeit noisy) merrymaking.
Sundays, 2-4:30 p.m., El Korah Shrine, 1118 W. Idaho St. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What Do You Wear?
Don your pajamas and join the fun at the Big Easy's Holiday Pajama Party. DJs Dirty Kim and Tuna Can Casey will be spinning dance party music until the wee hours. With contests and giveaways throughout the night, don't wear a ratty T-shirt and sweatpants: your fancy pjs could win you a prize. This party is for 21-and-over only.
Friday, December 22, 10 p.m., $10 at the door or $5 if you're in pajamas, Big Easy, 416 S. 9th St.