The Alaska Building is becoming a downtown hotspot. Already home to Radio Boise and Lilly Jane's Cupcakes, the building has a cool new resident: SACA Entertainment.
Owners Justin Buchanan and Nick Maimer are longtime friends and self-described "music nerds" who wanted to provide resources for musicians at any stage in their career
"Our motto is: We're a one-stop shop for artist development," Maimer said. (sacaent.net.)
With some financial help from local business owner Andrew Propst (some might remember him as a Mormon missionary kidnapped in Russia in 1998), Buchanan and Maimer opened SACA, where they offer instruction, recording, mixing, mastering, management, CD printing and promotion—like bringing Seattle-based Grayskul (Friday, Nov. 6) of Rhymesayers with Divide the Poet; and Gift of Gab (Wednesday, Dec. 9) to perform at Reef. Locals Axiom Tha Wyze and Andy O. of music/dance collective Earthlings Entertainment (earthlingsentertainment.com), open for Grayskul. "Andy O." Heikkila, working with local beat maker John Weighn as sole producer, recently released his debut solo—and, technically, the inaugural Earthlings release—I Never Went to Summer Camp (Earthlings Entertainment, 2015), a well-crafted collection of throwback tracks.
"I'm not really into the ... stuff you hear on the radio nowadays about lavish lifestyles. I like to pay homage to old-school [hip-hop] culture," Heikkila said.
In other news of the new, local award-winning artist and Boise State University professor Bill Carman recently released Imagery From the Bird's Home, the Art of Bill Carman (Flesk Publications, 2015), a big beautiful book filled with Carman's sublime, surreal illustrative paintings, drawings, sketches—and his sense of humor—capable of transforming any coffee table into a portal to another world. (billcarman.blogspot.com)
Celebrate late local artist Bob Neal and view around 40 of his previously unseen works at The Modern Bob 20th and 21st Century Art Show and Another Party with Bob on Thursday, Nov. 12 at Visual Arts Collective. Plus, if you own a Bob Neal and want to share it that night, put your name on it and take it to VAC Saturday, Nov. 7 or Monday, Nov. 9, noon-6 p.m.