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Concert(s) For Cause

Dec. 7 and Dec. 14


Donating to charity does two things: First, and most important, it helps the beneficiary Second, the donor gets a good feeling and, sometimes, a little--or a lot--extra.

Each year, KRVB 94.9 The River's annual Concert for Cause brings in a big-name performer to help raise funds for the Women's and Children's Alliance. This year, The River had a chance to bring in two big acts, and program director Tim Johnstone didn't have to think twice.

When Johnstone learned both Texas rock band Spoon and rock legend Billy Idol were available to perform, he jumped at the opportunity to book them both--and got more than he expected.

"Originally it was going to be Billy Idol and his longtime guitarist Steve Stevens, but Billy decided he didn't want to do an acoustic set," Johnstone said. "He wanted to bring his whole band. So there's no opener. We'll do the silent auction, live auction and then Billy Idol is on at 8:30 p.m."

As a guy who has been in the music industry for years, Johnstone is just as excited about hot Austin indie rockers Spoon.

"Spoon has a No. 1 song in our format [Adult Alternative Album] and haven't been to Boise in, like, 15 years,"Johnstone said.

Both shows are at the Knitting Factory and although tickets for the Billy Idol show are sold-out, there is still a win or two available. The Record Exchange is holding a silent auction through Monday, Dec. 8, with cool stuff like a private acoustic concert with British indie-rockers Scars on 45, a Head and the Heart autographed guitar, and two sweet packages: Spoon tickets, a meet-and-greet and an autographed guitar; and dinner, a hotel stay and tickets to Billy Idol. The River will also have an online-only auction on Monday, Dec. 8, with more cool items, like a Goo Goo Dolls autographed guitar. Get more info at

Let's tally this: Billy Idol live + Spoon live + awesome auctions + helping others = win-win-win-win. Looks like a sure bet.