by Amy Atkins
Last night, Donnie Mac's hosted the semi-finals of the Boise's Got Talent competition. We three judges—Audiolab's Steve Fulton, Dunkley Music's Mona Morrison and I—planted ourselves on a big couch out on the Donnie Mac's patio for about four hours and watched a surprising caliber of talent cross the outdoor stage.
While there were a few misses, the majority of the night was filled with hits: a 7-year-old who sang German opera; fast-pickin', fine-singin' guitar players; and several teen musicians who gave the adults a run for their prize money. Speaking of which, the finals will be held at the Saint Alphonsus Festival of Trees event at the Grove on Sunday, Nov. 29. The winner walks away with a check for $500, some recording time at Audiolab and a chance to play on the same stage as Curtis Stigers during his annual Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza.
Following are the finalists, in no particular order: Dan Costello, Sammi Swenson, Blue Aces (disclosure: my nephew plays drums for this band; I let the other two judges decide if the band should go through to the finals), Ryan Bayne, Rob Paper, Workin' on Fire, Marissa and Amelia, Outta Control, Travis McDaniel, Ellie Shaw and Jared Hallock.
The audience is asked to choose their favorite performer and Boses, a Philippine vocal group who sang a portion of their song in Tagalog—and wore shirts made of pineapple fabric—won a $100 gift certificate to Donnie Mac's for getting the most audience votes.
The video below is of Jared Hallock on marimba, the one non-vocal act of the night.