by Mika Belle
Hundreds braved the cold on Feb. 3, standing in line at the Knitting Factory to check out some funky music and local art to help support a good cause.
More than 500 people attended the Funky Music and Art Fest, which hosted over 30 local artists and 26 musicians, including tattoo artists, painters, photographers, sculptors and musical acts like the Scott Pemberton Trio, Phantasmagoria, Danger Beard, The Like Its and Shon Sanders.
"I had no expectations, but it's phenomenal," said event organizer Seth Brown, referring to the turnout. "We are streaming it live and archiving it so that people can go to that same link and watch it anytime."
Brown said the event supported Growing Change, a local nonprofit that helps people in third world countries get access to clean drinking water. The group's main goal is to promote LED Water Purification Systems, and they used the event as an opportunity to educate the public about their mission.
"It's all about awareness; we are getting the word out," said deputy director Caroline Nutter.
Nutter took the stage to introduce herself and explain the group's mission. She also stood by an informational booth to answer questions and give demonstrations.
Meanwhile, attendees entertained themselves with henna, face-painting and a variety of other activities while listening to upbeat music.
"There are a lot of people coming through, including hippies and normal-looking people," said artist Lauren Kistner. "It's a bit hard to talk with the music, but I think it's brought in a lot of additional people."
Daniel Fields—who was invited by his wife's friend, a face painter—was also impressed with the variety of entertainment.
"Instead of people just standing around and listening to music at a concert, people are interacting with each other, doing face painting, henna or other things," said Fields. "I lived in Seattle awhile, but I haven't seen anything like this—Boise is obviously thriving."
The show will be archived and available to watch here.