October 7-9 will be Promenade, a Boise music festival and conference modeled after SXSW in Austin, wherein one affordably priced wristband will get you in to see over a hundred bands playing at a dozen different clubs over three days.
You can see the complete lineup here.
But the problem is that with that much awesomeness, it's easy to get overwhelmed. To truly suck the marrow out of a festival like Promenade, you need a battle plan, and may you need some practice.
And oddly enough, today, a Wednesday, may be your answer. There's music "out the wazoo," tonight making it an excellent opportunity to practice strutting your stuff, "promenading" if you will, from club to club checking out all the hot poop and making sure you have the best routes to ensure you don't miss a note come October 7, 8 or 9.
Offerings this evening include....
Alive After Five featuring Rooster McCabe and Soul Serene. Free. On the Grove. Starts early meaning there's still plenty of time to go out afterwards.
Rockabilly/country locals Poke, will be rock (a-billying) it up at Pengilly's come 8:45, also free.
Also in the rockabilly vein, Portland's The Quick and Easy Boys are at Liquid, again free.
Prefer hip-hop? (Which is fine since there's going to be a couple of hip-hop showcases at Promenade) Swing by Reef, at 9 p.m. to catch Skin and Needles, featuring members of Crown City Rockers.
Prefer to pay? Swing by Neurolux to catch Suckers and Finn Riggins for only $5 at 8 p.m.. Or Bouquet to see Lubriphonic and the Prairie Sky Pilots for $12 at 9 p.m.
With all that going on, and so much of it free, there's no excuse to be bored tonight. And if you don't, when Promenade rolls around next month and you find yourself huffing and puffing, trying to jog from club to club on routes you've never battle-tested and ultimately missing the set from your new favorite band... Don't say no one warned you.