Though we have teased about Built To Spill's benefit propensity in the past (Hoffburgers, anyone?), in all honesty, we feel pretty strongly about their charity. It's a win/win situation: We get to see them play, and we get to do something good for someone else.
On Friday, April 30, we'll have a chance to enjoy one of those wins: Built To Spill, A Seasonal Disguise and the Boise High School orchestra will put on a benefit in which 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Partners In Health and the work they are doing in Haiti.
Built To Spill frontman Doug Martsch said the inclusion of the orchestras stemmed from watching his own son during the years he's participated in his school orchestras.
"I've been watching my son play in the orchestra for years now, and I really enjoy it," Martsch said. "I've never been much into classical music or seen many orchestra performances, and I really enjoyed it."
A few years ago, Martsch received an e-mail from someone telling him about a series of concerts at which rock bands had played with orchestras and how well those performances were received. Martsch borrowed the idea and started putting this show together.
Prior to the hour-or-so of Built To Spill's set that will finish out the night, local indie rockers A Seasonal Disguise will perform a regular set, with plans to don their troubadour hats and perform among the audience between the orchestra's sets. Word is that because of funding issues, the orchestra won't be participating in Music Week this year, so this is a great opportunity for them to perform before a live and very excited audience. This benefit really is win/win/win.
Friday, April 30, 8 p.m., $18, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454, egyptiantheatre.net.