They released their first cassette in 1990 in San Diego (where Steve Fulton formed the band), and their last CD in 1999. During the intervening years, Hoi Polloi's lineup changed but their mission stayed the same: play fun music.
"We played rock, funk, ska and reggae, but the key word has always been fun," said co-founder Steve Fulton. During their run, Hoi Polloi played SXSW, Bumbershoot and the doomed Boise River Festival and released at least six full-length CDs. Even though they haven't played live in nearly 10 years, Boise fans sustained the memory and, in response, Hoi Polloi is having a reunion show (two, actually).
The lineup will include active members of Hoi Polloi during the band's last seven or so years: Fulton, Russ Pfeifer, Jason Roark, Jamie Vink and Chad Waite with special appearances by ex-members Ned Evett and Guy Finley.
Fulton said folks kept telling him they couldn't find any "just plain fun" live music around town. After Fulton's other popular local band The Hi-Tops (who played in the '80s) held a reunion show last year, he said people kept asking when they would get to hear Hoi Polloi live again.
"I have one friend who used to say, 'All I need is a little Hoi Polloi once a week and I'll be fine,'" Fulton said.
That guy should be one happy camper this weekend.
Friday, Aug. 21, and Saturday, Aug. 22, 9 p.m., $12 advance, $15 door. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8291, visualartscollective.com.