After the out-of-the-park success of the inaugural Treefort Music Fest, the team behind it--Eric Gilbert, Drew Lorona and Lori Shandro--decided to continue producing local rock shows to lay the foundation for next year's festival. However, in order not to wear out the name, the power-trio has rebranded themselves as Duck Club Presents. The first show presented under the new moniker was with New Jersey band Screaming Females at The Crux. A second has been booked for Thursday, May 24, at The Linen Building with touring bands Here We Go Magic and Hospitality and honorary Boiseans, San Francisco's Tartufi.
Another local music entity looking for a makeover is downtown bar The Bouquet. The club closed its doors early this year because of logistical issues, and owner Tyson Twilegar began searching for a tenant who could run the bar side of things while he continued to run the music. After several months and at least one false start, Twilegar told Boise Weekly that he may have found a tenant and believes the club could be back open as soon as June. BW will keep you posted on any developments.
Also getting a facelift is the Boise Creative and Improvised Music Festival, or B-CIMF for short. Now in its seventh year the festival is ditching the straight music format and will instead feature live improvised music to match Me and My Shadow, a new play by Heidi Kraay with choreography by Yurek Hansen. The festival will go down Friday, May 11-Saturday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Visual Arts Collective.
In national news, a coalition of musicians, including big names like Pearl Jam, The Roots and Alicia Keys, have signed on to a petition calling for Village Voice Media, which owns and operates more than a dozen alternative weekly newspapers across the country, to put the kibosh on the adult section of its cashcow classified site backpage.com.
"Village Voice Media has a history of being a strong advocate for the arts, reporting extensively on musicians and their work in its 13 weeklies across the country. That musicians are now speaking out against Village Voice Media's refusal to take down the Adult section of backpage.com where pimps advertise the sale of girls for sex is significant and should send a clear message to the company that it needs to take action to ensure no child is sexually exploited through use of its site," wrote Mike Mills of R.E.M. in a press release.
The adult section of the site has come under fire in recent months for numerous instances of sex trafficking of underage girls.