Big Head Todd and the Monsters
I always thought there was something narcissistic and perverted about Big Head Todd and the Monsters. But according to them, the Colorado-based rockers chose their band name as homage to blues hero Eddie "Clean Head" Vinson. Suuure. In any case, guitarist Todd Park Mohr (OK, now make your assumptions), drummer Brian Nevin and bassist Rob Squires have evolved musically and professionally since they first jammed together at Colorado's Columbine High School. The most popular of their collection of albums was platinum-selling Sister Sweetly, and they now aim to outdo it with the release of Crimes of Passion. The Willie Waldman Project was recently added to open the show. Horn player extraordinaire Waldman is often called the next Miles Davis when he trumpets out his freeform jazz that has just a touch of Latin beat behind it.
Thursday, August 19, 8 p.m., first 100 tickets $10, $22.50 after, Big Easy.
George Thorogood and the Destroyers
Move it on over, because you don't want to miss the one band that has been bad to the bone for 30 years, George Thorogood and the Destroyers. That's a horseshoe crab life span for a band, especially when you consider that these hardworking rockers have been crisscrossing the country for just about their entire career. What can you say, they're loyal to the kids that support them. "We'd never be in this position if it weren't for our fans," Thorogood says. "They're the real reason we keep going, and as long as they want us, we'll be there."
Friday, August 20, 8 p.m. $33.50, Big Easy.
Jyemo and the Extended Family
Jyemo and the Extended Family's sound has been described as Peter Tosh meets Steely Dan. I gotta admit I have fallen asleep to Steely Dan more than Dan or even Steely would like to hear, but at least it's not John Tesh. These cats are actually more high-energy rootsadelic rock with pleasantly reggae-like uplifting messages. The band has shared the stage with a crazy-diverse selection of musicians from Sublime to the String Cheese Incident to Julian Marley. And now Jyemo and The Extended Family have released their first full-length studio disc, This is a Groundation Declaration, and on their celebratory tour, they invite everyone to spread a positive message of unity and consciousness, mon.
Friday August 20, 10 p.m., Tom Grainey's.
If you want to take a date dancing, but the thought of asking, "Hey, wanna dance with me?" brings back bad memories of a middle school gym, go see Tony Furtado. The man gets bodies moving with his masterful slide guitar, no asking needed. The Furtado Band, based in Boulder, Colorado, fuses technical expertise with modern beats and rhythms, all rooted in acoustic beauty. The resulting sound is a hootenanny of musical elements. Furtado himself is notorious for not staying still, so even if his tunes can't get your date kicking it on the floor, his snappy two-step will offer some contingency inspiration.
Saturday, August 21, Big Easy, 7:30 p.m. $10.
I always liked the Misfits because they made creepy music that felt like Hallowe-ee-een. And I liked Kiss mostly because they wore painted faces. Seeing the Necro Tonz is kinda like satisfying the wonder about what a crossbred kid would be like with a jack-o-lantern full of candy. Their shtick is a death lounge/ghoul jazz quintet. They revisit the long-dead days of jazz and cocktail music by channeling bands of yore. Yeah, but popular bands of yore. It's a show for all you crazy ghouls and boys. (Insert menacing laugh.)
Tuesday, August 24, Neurolux.
The Orgy Show rescheduled
The Orgy Show originally scheduled for Wednesday, August 18 has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 9 at 8 p.m. All original tickets will be honored.
There's something delightful about hometown heroes. It's the bragging rights. So brag about Boise-bred Jake Stigers, even though he's now living in and blowing up the scene in New York City. Actually, he's in heavy rotation on a lot of Manhattan's radio stations, including the show "Out of the Box" on WQ104.3 FM, NYC's number one rock station, which features the best new music and undiscovered artists. But there's no place like home ... so Stigers is giving a special solo acoustic show where he'll perform ditties from his latest CD Comin' Back Again. This is Stiger's only Idaho appearance, so make a date to see the man Time Out NY describes as "rock without apologies, seamless songs with undeniably catchy choruses." P.S. Jake is the brother of well-known Boise musician Curtis Stigers. Brag about him too, while you're at it.
Tuesday, August 24, 6 p.m., FREE, The Record Exchange.
Boise Local Music Group Showcase
There's a new consortium of local musicians in town named the Boise Local Music Group (BLMG). The group (currently comprised of 17 bands) will present its first showcase this Sunday, August 22 at Lakeview Park in Nampa. Featured bands include PaylFace, Recipe for Disaster, Catering to Venus and Uncontrolled Substance. The show is both free and all ages. For more information about this new organization and its goals and services, visit www.blmg.org.
Rock the Vote with Carole King
Fabulous singer/songwriter Carole King has been speaking and singing her way across the state in support of presidential candidate John Kerry (see News story on page 9). At this appearance, the outspoken and charming King will team up with local musicians Bill Coffey and Ned Evett to present one helluva free show.
Monday, August 23, 6:30-10 p.m. FREE (pie/ice cream is $5), Lakeview Park Amphitheater, Nampa. :