John Nemeth spent his formative years in the City of Trees, honing his musical talents before striking out and hitting the big time. Nemeth, a tow-headed, baby-faced teen when we first heard him slay on the harmonica, is now a well-respected, internationally adored blues man. Nemeth, who now lives in Memphis, Tenn., returns to Boise from time to time to share whatever new style he has added to his constantly evolving sound, and Saturday, March 29, at 8 p.m., Nemeth brings it on back to the Egyptian Theatre. Not one to come empty handed, he's bringing with him a new album, Memphis Grease (Blue Corn Music; March 25, 2014) and what Nemeth rightly calls "a slew of Memphis heavies," including Percy Wiggins and the Bo-Keys, with whom he recorded Memphis Grease. The album features 11 originals, covers of Otis Rush's "Stop" and Roy Orbison's "Crying," and is a smokin' hot release. Don't get burned: get tickets while you still can. Tickets are $25-$32.50. Visti egyptiantheatre.net for more info and a ticket link.
Marcus Eaton is another musician making it big outside of Boise. His appearance on David Crosby's new album, Croz (Blue Castle Music, January 2014), turned into a recent appearance with Crosby on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Eaton, a talented singer-songwriter, comes from a family of talented folks and his Sunday, March 9, concert at the Sapphire Room is presented by Idaho Songwriters Association, of which his father, Steve Eaton, is a hard-working member. Tickets are $13-$18 and available at ticketbud.com.
In other tour news, taking an old album for a new ride is a popular move--see our interview with Lydia frontman Leighton Antelman on this page--because it can provide fans a joyfully nostalgic experience. Pop-punk '90s band The Ataris has loaded seminal 2003 release So Long, Astoria (Sony) back on the bus, along with the original album lineup of John Collura, Mike Davenport, Chris Knapp and Kristopher Roe, and headed out on a reunion tour. For this one tour only, the band is performing So Long, Astoria in its entirety at every stop. And yes, that includes radio hits "In This Diary," "The Saddest Song" and, of course, The Ataris' cover of the Don Henley hit, "Boys of Summer." See The Ataris, with support from Authority Zero, Drag the River and Versus the World Thursday, March 15, at the Knitting Factory at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $18-35. Visit bo.knittingfactory.com for more info.