The lineup for this year's Alive After Five outdoor concert series on The Grove was just announced, and it ain't too shabby.
The series will open Wednesday, June 5, with Portland, Ore., blues singer Curtis Salgado, whose style and image are reputed to have been John Belushi's inspiration for The Blues Brothers characters.
Other standout names include Treefort alumni Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside Wednesday, June 26, and Pickwick Wednesday, July 10, as well as a solo set from Dave Alvin, an original member of The Blasters, Wednesday, July 17.
As always, the series features local openers. This year, those locals are tied to the artists featured on the Boise 150 compilation album as part of the city's sesquicentennial celebration. The 19 artists on the CD include Curtis Stigers, Eilen Jewell, Grandma Kelsey, Pinto Bennett and more, all playing songs inspired by the city. The Boise 150 compilation will be available for download on iTunes and will be for sale in CD format at the Sesqui-Shop and at other local retailers by early July.
The complete lineup for Alive After 5 and the Boise 150 compilation can be seen on Cobweb. All shows start at 5 p.m. and are free.
Moving from local musicians to regional ones who stop by with regularity, Paris-born and Portland, Ore.-based folk singer Eric John Kaiser will swing into The Crux Saturday, May 18, to sing some funny-sounding songs off his latest album, 1+1 = Freedom. The show starts at 8 p.m. and costs $5.
Another act returning to Boise is San Francisco shoegazers and Treefort alumni Couches. Monday, May 20, the band will be at Red Room with Red Hands Black Feet and Revolt Revolt, and Tuesday, May 21, Couches will make their way out to the Flying M Coffeegarage in Nampa to play with Lakefriend and Naked Apes. Both shows start at 8 p.m. and cost $5.
And finally, local punks Little Miss and the No Names just put out another slab of wax, courtesy of Germany's No Balls Records. The self-titled 7-inch features three tunes on clear vinyl with covers featuring real human X-rays, so each is unique and looks wicked-sweet. The only downside is the limited pressing has to be ordered online at no-balls-records.com since the band doesn't have any to vend at shows. If you feel the need to punch a wall in frustration over that development, keep the X-ray. Maybe they'll press you another copy.