Notes on a Local Scene
A friend who just moved to Portland called and said that the music scene up there is completely different from Boise's. Not just the kind of music that's being played, but how show-goers relate to it all. He said that no matter who's playing, people come out. Even if a band isn't very good, the house might be packed. I don't know if that's sending exactly the right message—like tipping a waitperson after really crappy service—but if we want our own scene to continue to grow, we have to get out to more shows.
Maybe it's just a matter of doing a little research. Check venue and event Web sites, or thumb through the alt-weekly's live music calendar (ahem) and see who's playing. If there's even the slightest interest in what a band is doing, go check them out. Maybe we can start filling venues when a really great—or potentially great—band is playing.
One Boise band adding their own endeavor to the local music lexicon is Uncle Bud. They play a mix of funk and hip-hop—like their predecessors, Kamphire Collective—and just released their debut, self-titled CD. It's 11 tracks, three of which Uncle Bud frontman Jeremy Webster described as "cool little skits with music behind them." The band will celebrate with a release party on July 18 at Knitting Factory and will be joined by local friends Bukkit, Abrupt Edge and Malachi.
July 18, 8 p.m., $6, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., 208-367-1212.
Lyle Would Lovett If You Left Your Car at Home
The Outlaw Field Concert Series at Idaho Botanical Garden is taking it up a notch with a sold-out July 22 appearance of Lyle Lovett. For you lucky-ducks with tickets, the Botanical Garden is offering incentives in the hopes you'll find alternative methods of transportation to the show.
If you pedal yourself out to the venue, IBG promises a secure bike corral and a ticket good for a single admission to any of the remaining Thursday night Great Garden Escape concerts.
Carpoolers with at least three people in the vehicle receive a spot in a reserved parking area. And last, but so not least, a free shuttle transports concert goers from the Boise City Armory at 801 Reserve St., beginning at 5 p.m.
For more information, call 208-343-8649 or visit idahobotanicalgarden.org.