Imagine a smoke-free concert at the Neurolux, hmmm, will they pull it off? That's the goal anyway for Wednesday's line-up featuring the finger-styling of London-born guitarist Adrian Legg, voted "Guitarist of the Decade" by Guitarist magazine. Legg is back in the States on an extended tour in support of his latest CD, Inheritance-a blend of contemplative ballads, percussive jams, rock-edged electricity and hints of folk, Irish jig and traditional church music. The CD, released late last year on Favored Nations Acoustic, is his ninth to date and a stark contrast to the minimal production approach of his acoustic-based and rootsy 2003 label debut, Guitar Bones.
"There are guitarists, there are axe-wielding maniacs, and then there are wizards," said the Philadelphia Inquirer. "Adrian Legg is one of the wizards. He has enough technique to do just about anything he wants, but also the sensitivity to honor the contours of a melody."
Despite his recording accomplishments, Legg is most comfortable in front of crowds, captivates audiences with the charm and humor of his storytelling backed by his musical prowess. "Playing live is the whole point," says Legg. "Everyone makes a journey, an effort; we all come together-me, the audience, the people who run the venue-to share this wonderful, universal, human emotional interaction. This is where music lives." As he prefers playing live, catch this musician in his element this Wednesday at the Lux, just remember to ditch your smokes in favor of a drink or two.
8 p.m., $10, Neurolux.
A combination of fire-spinning and fireplay light up the night at the Rose Room with the pyrotechnic talents of Sir Jag and the bravery of the participating models. Fireplay is the term Jag coined to sum up entertaining audiences by playing with fire on nude models set to a program of music and dance in coordination with the flames. According to Jag, if it's done right, the models only feel heat in this completely safe show. The experience of the model is more reminiscent of a relaxing alternative therapy than anything dangerous, but the effect achieved is nothing short of edge-of-your-seat anticipation and fascination of the methods behind the technique. Jag uses a "secret" oil to send cascading flames down the model's body, in addition to creating fire directly on the body with electrical devices, performing "firecupping" and finishing the show by spinning fire around these daring souls. Music in flux with the flames range from Nine Inch Nails to Loreena McKennitt, and it is a "do not try this at home" event. For all those who did take their mother's advice seriously of not playing with fire, live vicariously through Sir Jag this upcoming weekend in his show tailor-made in its uniqueness.
8 p.m., Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., 381-0483, www.flamesofsirjag.com.
The Spencers Theatre of Illusion
Forget Siegfried and Roy, Kevin and Cindy Spencer are coming to town to demonstrate their elusive abilities, mixing magic with charisma in one of the most successful touring illusion shows in the nation. "The audience laughs, cries, feels the suspense and, eventually, falls in love with this magical duet," says Magda de la-Puete of the Tennessee Williams Theatre.
For more than a decade, Kevin and Cindy Spencer have entertained audiences throughout the United States and around the world, earning the reputation as one of the most sought-after illusion teams in the business. Theatre of Illusion is much more than a magic show as the threshold of disbelief is quickly crossed at the opening of the show where artistry and theatre converge. The Spencers have propelled the age-old art of magic into the 21st century through working with some of the leading creators and inventors in the magic industry. If you haven't figured out how they fit a woman into a box 12in. wide by the end of the show, you're not alone. Realists know they're not really defying gravity, discovering an audience member's money in the most unlikely place or escaping from water-filled containers like the legendary Houdini, but the illusion that they are is impressive in itself.
7:30 p.m., $15-$20, $12 children, Morrison Center, 426-1494, www.idahotickets.com/order/step1.cfm?eventid=3505.
The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail
Written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail was first published in New York in 1971 during the Vietnam War as a clear protest against the war, using a related incident from America's history to comment on the situation in Vietnam. In 1846, the writer, Henry David Thoreau, spent a night in jail for not paying his taxes. Thoreau refused to pay money that would support the war currently being waged against Mexico. This incident later provided the basis for Thoreau's popular essay, Civil Disobedience. Lawrence and Lee's immensely popular play, which was deliberately produced in regional theaters as opposed to on or off Broadway, struck a chord with Vietnam-era audiences and Spontaneous Productions is hoping it will strike a chord with today's politics regarding the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. (See page 33 for review)
8 p.m., $10, Spontaneous Productions, 1011 Williams St. (off Boise Ave., in the old fire station), 363-7053, www.sponprod.com.
Best of i48
If it felt like everyone and their dog were running around town this weekend filming everything from each other to you and your dog, relax, you're not about to be featured on Punk'd, you merely witnessed some of the collective chaos caused by the i48 film festival. i48 is one of the quickest festivals around the nation that begins and ends within, aptly enough, 48 hours. Contestants get together in teams (47 teams entered this year) and meet at the Flicks to pick up the prop, character's name and single line of dialogue all teams must use in their individual productions. They're then assigned a various film genre such as Western or horror, and must at least hurl the end result over the threshold of the Flicks' front door 48 hours after collecting the goods. To see the results of this frenzy, screenings of all home-made mini-films will occur throughout Saturday at The Flicks (12, 2 and 4 p.m.), with the best of the fest to follow Sunday at the Egyptian. Following the Best of i48 will be a feature film by a group of students from Fruitland High School calling themselves the Apt Pupils.
7 p.m., The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St, 345-0454.
Kings of Leon
It's a family affair every time the Kings of Leon step onstage. Though these band members probably prefer to be acknowledged first by their garage punk sound filtered through Southern classic rock before receiving flack about their freak-schtick relations, it's almost impossible to find any mention of them devoid of the family aspect. These Billy Rays are actually the sons (and nephew) of a preacher named after his own father-Leon Followhill. Apparently daddy/uncle Leon forbade the boys from listening to rock and roll to no avail, as the Followhills now embody Lynard Skynard meets the Ramones-style rock in their already successful band.
Americans may have no recollection of who the Nashville-natives are, but ask anyone traipsing around Boise with a British accent and they've likely heard a few of their tunes. Aiming to change that through a nation-wide tour, Nathan Followhill recently described being on the road to MTV News as a way of "becoming a much stronger, better band. When we first started, we weren't that good of a band. But when you're playing, like, 180 shows a year, you can't help but get more confident in what you're doing."
Though the Kings of Leon have improved their musical abilities in their new album Aha Shake Heartbreak, it still gives the impression they're coming to terms with who and what they are, but aren't we all? Perhaps this is what happens when you spend your childhood living out of a car roaming the Bible belt and listening to classic rock. Either way, since so many have predicted a future classic to come out of these guys soon (due to the quality on Aha Shake Heartbreak), check out how they fare live this Monday at the Big Easy.
8 p.m., $17.50, Big Easy.