Wave Your Hands in the Air

People say a lot of things about Boise Weekly, but no one can ever say we don't throw a great party.

This year's Best of Boise party is bigger and better than ever. Usually, we gather in a need-to-know location to honor the winners of our little competition—a little food, a little drink, a little music. But this year, we're inviting the rest of Boise to join us in celebrating the best of what this city has to offer.

We're throwing open the doors of the Knitting Factory Concert House to the public on Saturday, Sept. 27, to honor both the 2008 Best of Boise winners and our readers. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. and all are welcome to partake of a night of music and fun; and best of all, it's free.

That's right, it will cost you zero, bunko, zilch and nada to catch DJ Art Hodge as well as The Need, the winner of the first-ever Best of Boise Cover Band Contest. That's right, we asked you, dear readers, to vote for your favorite local cover band, and The Need—a last-minute addition to the voting—smashed the competition. If you want to know a little more about what you're in for, check out Listen Here on page 86 to learn more about the Boise band.

Since we're always looking out for our readers, there will be chances to win some impressive booty—prizes, that is—in the form of gift certificates from Boise establishments such as Goldy's Breakfast Bistro, Bogus Basin Mountain Resort, Humpin' Hannah's and Foxtrot Style for Living, as well as goodies from Newt and Harold's and The River 94.9-FM. The Treasure Valley Roller Girls will be on hand to liven things up, there will be on-site glass blowing demonstrations by Boise Art Glass and a no-host bar.

One-half of Boise's favorite disc jockey team, Tim Johnstone, will be emceeing the whole event, and winners will be on hand to revel in the glory that is the Best of Boise. Come on down and say hello to the BW staffers, dance to live music beginning at 9 p.m. and honor the best of what makes Boise unique.

—Deanna Darr

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