For close to a year now, I have worked as Boise Weekly's music editor. It's been an amazing experience and I have met some outstanding people. And even though I listen to and write about music from all over the world, my main focus has always been local music. This exploration of music in and around the Treasure Valley is an important part of Boise Weekly's philosophy so this year we're presenting what we hope will become an annual event: the Boise Weekly Local Music Festival 2006.
In the past, our music issue has revolved mainly around music theory and music history. We decided with this issue to cover the practical side of local music. As in past years, here in these recycled-newsprint pages lies a directory to music venues, music promoters and the musicians themselves who make up the local music scene. You will find names, addresses, contact information and short descriptions (when available). But what good is a music issue without music? So, we took the names of the best bands and musicians around town, threw them into a hat, selected 11 of them, and for three days, we will showcase their sounds at Neurolux, the Bouquet and Terrapin Station.
Thursday, May 4
Kris Doty, Kamphire Collective, and DJ Art Hodge set the mood for the weekend.
Doty--who is oft joined by John McMahon on cello, bass and guitar--has the voice of an angel. Albeit a very melancholy angel. Her melodies and lyrics are mesmerizing, sweet and wanting, but there's always a bit of joy in there as well. She's a favored musician among those in the know.
Then it's Kamphire Collective's turn, so be ready to raise the roof. Their fully-instrumented high-energy, joy-filled hip-hop is catchy, infectious and impossible to resist. At a time when their genre is sometimes reduced to repetitive borrowed sound bits and bytes, Kamphire Collective is giving hip-hop a good name.
To bring this first night to a brilliant end, DJ Art Hodge takes the stage last but certainly not least. He's also a stand-out in his field. Beyond the fact that he's an award-winning DJ, he's the kind of performer you'll never get tired of hearing. His sets are always enjoyable from beginning to end and with all of the equipment he has at his fingertips, there's never a dull moment.
Friday, May 5
Cinco de Mayo will be hot, hot, hot at the Bouquet. The night starts off with Brian Wilkinson who showed everyone his amazing singer/songwriter chops at this year's Quest for the Best. He and his band were unknown to a lot of people before that particular performance. Wilkinson not only held his own, but even outshone some of the more seasoned performers.
12th of Never is next up, and don't be surprised to see people pushed right up to the stage well before the set starts. 12th of Never has a very loyal, very vocal fan base, and rightfully so. 12th of Never mixes a number of genres to get their unique alt-rock sound and makes each song an easy one to dance to--especially for energetic bass player Paulie.
Midline plays third that night, and you can be guaranteed a loud, rocking set. Anthony's pipes are as strong and clear as they were 10 years ago, and each time Midline plays, they bring a big dose of excitement to the house. Evologic brings the night to a close as Spencer and the boys give it all they've got. Just watching these guys will make you sweat, the compulsion to dance will be irresistible, and you'll be sorry if you don't stay hydrated.
Saturday, May 6
On Saturday, the show moves to Terrapin Station and the melodic musings of Adison's Ghost start things off. They have some of the coolest guitar riffs, and their heavy, layered melodies somehow manage to cross not only genre lines but demographic ones as well.
After AG comes the highly anticipated PirkQlaters set. This band is always fun and fabulous and with their brand new release The Last Stand available in stores on May 16, we might well be treated to some of the new tunes.
Jeremiah James is up next to remind us all how the story of a broken heart makes for some damn fine country music. James is like a favorite pair of jeans: always comfortable and inviting. Finishing up the night and the festival, the inimitable Rebecca Scott takes center stage. Her signature style and grace have made her one of the most appealing and well-loved musicians this town has ever had. She's the perfect end to what promises to be a perfect weekend. Check out Gig of the Week on page 18 for show cost and times.