From classic rock to classic movies to classical music from classic movies, Boiseans took an end-of-summer dip in Lake Nostalgia last week.
Sharp-dressed Texas trio ZZ Top kicked things off in sleazy style Aug. 21 at Eagle River Pavilion. Famous for songs about leggy ladies and hazy '80s music videos with big-haired bombshells in cherry-red hotrods, ZZ Top played hits like "Gimme All Your Lovin'" and "Sharp Dressed Man" for a mixed crowd of families and grizzled, bearded dudes. For a photo slideshow of all the awesome facial hair that fans were sporting in honor of the famously bearded band, visit boiseweekly.com.
And speaking of classic rockers, Joe Walsh of the Eagles christened the new Revolution Concert House and Event Center with a performance Aug. 22. According to Boise Weekly's Andrew Crisp, though the 2,200-capacity space featured an array of red sconces and guitars adorning the walls, it largely retained a department store feel.
"For all of Revolution Concert House's well-executed attempts to class up the space, the adjacent environment lacks downtown Boise's other city amenities," wrote Crisp. "Near only fast-food vendors, a crumbling Stinker Station and Chinden Boulevard, the Revolution may prove a tough sell for walk-ups and last-minute concert-goers."
Down the street in Garden City, BW's Josh Gross stopped by Alley Rep's new play, Levi Middlebrooks: Back 2 Boyzee, which opened Aug. 22 at Visual Arts Collective.
"The show chronicles the comeback of Levi Middlebrooks ... member of fictional boy band Kinect4, who after a breakdown is attempting to make it in the world of Christian rock. But there are two big problems: The first is that people only want to hear 'the hits,' not the new stuff. And second, Middlebrooks wasn't exactly the talent of the group," Gross said.
The play is Middlebrooks' entire comeback concert, with the plot conveyed through original songs and between-song banter. Gross called it "deeply uncomfortable to watch--in the best possible way." The play continues through Saturday, Sept. 1.
Moving from boy bands to dinosaurs, Red Room hosted a screening of the classic '90s film Jurassic Park Aug. 24, with live performances by bands Memphibians, Andrew Felts and Cerberus Rex. Though there were a handful of costumed patrons, Crisp said that the crowd failed to materialize.
And speaking of classic movies, the second installment of Boise Philharmonic's Picnic at the Pops series featured music of witchcraft and wizardry from Harry Potter, like John Williams' "Hedwig's Theme."
"Younger audience members sat in rapture as Franz conducted six songs from the Harry Potter movies," wrote Crisp. "Just before launching into 'Nimbus 2000,' Franz pulled out a special contribution to the evening--a large push broom. 'This is a Nimbus 200,' he said, holding up the broom."