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First Thursday: Hermit Music Festival Demo at Record Exchange

Idyltime plays at 6 p.m.

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The Hermit Music Festival, set for Sept. 4-6, could be described as old-time bluegrass with a mix of Irish, Basque, Hispanic, honky-tonk and some singer-songwriter-y stuff in there. Thanks to the Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.), music lovers can hear what that sounds like without waiting for this year's festival. The Record Exchange is hosting a Hermit Music Festival showcase at 6 p.m., with free beer from Payette Brewing Co. and local bluegrass band Idyltime at the in-store stage. Tickets to HMF, which goes down at the Indian Creek Winery, will be available for sale and a handful of weekend passes will be given away during the show.

"It's a cool festival, if you're into good old-fashioned, old-timey music and the fringe roots scene going on here in Boise. It's got a lot of great local and regional acts," said Record Exchange Marketing and Promotions Director Chad Dryden.