Frim Fram 4 sold out the Linen Building before the band's swanky March 9 release party for its latest album, I'm a Shy Guy, began. Folks arrived in diverse attire—everything from white cocktail jackets in imitation of the band members' signature dress to elegant dresses to Hawaiian shirts.
Though the swing band performs for free every Thursday evening at Pengilly's, this event's smashing success was a testament to the community's sentiment for the group, which is a staple of Boise's music scene.
While Frim Fram frontman Andrew Cortens' daughters, Teresa and Isabel, operated a small CD booth, couples gleefully swung, twirled and skittered across the Linen Building's concrete dancefloor. Behind the solid wall of dancers, the more sanguine sipped cocktails and chatted.
Up on stage, Frim Fram 4 invited up some musical guests including Cortens' daughters, as well as Emily Braden for Ella Fitzgerald's "Blue Skies," Frim Fram "founding father" and original guitarist Tom Moore, Calley Bliss from Fresco Arts Academy, Gayle Chapman and others.
The music began with the Nat King Cole tune "I'm a Shy Guy," which inspired FF4's latest album's title. Overall, the performance had all the pluck and swagger of a standard FF4 set, but the stage burst with an energy the audience devoured.