Six Boise bands showed Denver what's up last weekend as part of the Underground Music Showcase. A Seasonal Disguise, Atomic Mama, The Dirty Moogs, Finn Riggins, Owlright and Shades all played sets at the multi-day, multi-venue festival.
This is a far cry from previous years when Finn Riggins was Idaho's sole representation at UMS.
When those bands get back, they'll have another big opportunity waiting for them.
Downtown coffee shop The Crux has been a great spot for all-ages shows since the day it opened. With one exception: not so much as a shred of marketing. The place didn't even have a listed phone number. But now that the coffee shop has finished construction on its west wing and sorted out its difficulties with state Alcohol and Beverage Control, it finally started a Facebook page, facebook.com/thecruxcoffeeshop, so you can keep up on goings-on.
Boise's other all-ages hangout, The Venue, recently had a big swing and a miss on the Internet. The Venue launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.com to help fund the Beatnik Cafe inside the performance space, one that its owners were emphatic is crucial The Venue's financial success. The effort fell short.
And despite posting (and then removing) a message on its Facebook wall stating the Venue would close if the goal wasn't met, The Venue announced plans to move forward with private investors and will soon be meeting to rap with the bankstas.
"I have a commercial kitchen. It's waiting; it's paid for," said Venue co-owner Johann Claus. "We're already like three fifths of the way there, and I'm not going to pull the plug until we've exhausted every single resource to get this place up and running."
Caldwell punks Art Fad played The Venue recently as a send-off gig for the band's tour with Moscow's Tim Blood and the Gut Panthers and Clyde Webb. The hot item of the tour will be the band's new album, Banditos, which was released on the Web via Soundcloud last week, and will be available on the tour as a split tape with New York band Mannequin Pussy.
But for those punks stuck in town, there is still rock to be had. Minneapolis band Dear Landlord will terrorize the Shredder Wednesday, Aug. 1, with giant riffs and poppy choruses that will really tell that landlord a thing or two. Also on the bill is Scotland's The Murderburgers and the Boise/Las Vegas hybrid Hotel Chelsea. That show starts at drunk-punk o'clock (8 p.m.) and costs $8 in advance, plus fees, via brownpapertickets.com.