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Celebrate the Season at Boise Contemporary Theater's Summer Block Party

Thursday, June 28


Boise Contemporary Theater is usually associated with the dark confines of its theater on Fulton Street, but even a theater company needs to bust out once in awhile.

The crew at BCT has decided that they not only need to see the light of day, but that they want the rest of the community to join them for a full-out summer block party complete with live music, food and beer.

The BCT Summer Block Party will take over downtown Boise's Basque Block on Thursday, June 28, with local bands filling the performance stage from 7-10 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the theater company, but Managing Director Helene Peterson said the company wanted to keep things affordable so more people could join the fun. Peterson said the party was inspired in equal parts by Alive After Five and the Streets for People, the now-defunct city block party that drew residents downtown in the 1980s.

"We just remembered how fun that was," Peterson said. "We wanted to do our own little thing with some local bands who are our friends."

Those local bands will include Bill Coffey and His Cash Money Cousins, aka Belle, Bindi Bowler, Steve Fulton and Hillfolk Noir, which will be straight off of its tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Pie Hole and the St. Lawrence Gridiron food truck will be selling food and Payette Brewing Company will have beer available for those of legal imbibing age.

Advanced tickets are available on but will also be sold at the gates.