BW Picks

Now It's a Boise Thing • Ripe for the Choosing • Ah, finally, the Basque Festival • Taiko means fat drum in Japanese • Raise Your Voice


23 Wednesday

Now It's a Boise Thing

The store, It's a British Thing, has relocated to Boise from Meridian. The new location very much appealed to the owner Corinne Magee because now she has space for a tearoom.

Shortly before the grand opening, local singer Adam Gottesman from the United Kingdom intends to fill the new space with his Sinatra-like sound. He will sing some songs on Wednesday, July 23. Gottesman frequented the shop when it was located out in the suburbs and thought it would be a good idea if he did a little evening singing at the store. During his performance, enjoy cold drinks and English food. The store sells British fare such as crumpets, pot pies, English sandwiches and scones, and serves up tea with clotted cream. Some of the British goods sold include Branston pickles, jams, English biscuits (cookies to us) and candies. The grand opening is on Saturday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Swing in and enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages.

6 to 8 p.m., FREE, It's a British Thing, 12624 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-855-5080.

24 Thursday – 26 Saturday

Ripe for the Choosing

This weekend, there are music festivals galore, so pack up your low-back chairs, sunscreen and ear plugs and prepare to head out of town with a few destinations in mind. Three distinctly different events are vying for attendees, and the music couldn't be more diverse.

The 11th annual Rock the Mountain festival near Idaho City, Friday, July 25, and Saturday, July 26, is packed with multiple genres of music. For $15 per person, take in some punk, jam, rock and heavy metal. Music on Friday includes Sub*Vert, Final Underground and Malachi, to name a few. On Saturday, enjoy music from Stickerville, Question Authority and Mortal Enemy—again just a small sampling of selections. For info, visit

The Brundage Mountain Jam Festival II, otherwise coined as a big "hippie ball" by organizers, is also Friday and Saturday and includes entertainment and live music in the Brundage Mountain Outdoor Amphitheater. Enjoy food, mountain biking and scenic chairlift rides between acts. The party starts at 6 p.m. on Friday with Play Like Randy, Equaleyes and The Steepwater Band. On Saturday, the music begins at noon and the lineup includes Buckskin Bible Revue, Moon featuring Melvin Seals and Donna Jean and The Tricksters. All-event ticket includes camping fees, $50; Saturday only, $30. For info, visit

Finally, the Sawtooth Music Festival in Pioneer Park at the foot of the Sawtooth Mountains on Saturday has headliner Thao With the Get Down Stay Down, along with FreePeoples and Elephant Revival. The place will be packed with food and craft vendors, beer gardens and picnickers on blankets. Music starts at noon. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the event. Seniors gain access for $20 and children younger than 12 enter free. For info, visit

26 Saturday – 27 Sunday

Ah, finally, the basque festival

The annual San Inazio Basque Festival (Jaialdi is only every five years, so don't go getting them all mixed up), puts Boise into a league of its own. Beyond the actual Basque Country, you'll likely not find a celebration this giant or this much fun. Every summer, the Boise Basque community throws a giant two-day party bringing food, drink, dancing and music into the streets for the entire city to enjoy.

Saturday the fun starts at 11 a.m. with Basque musicians warming up the crowd. Dancers ages 4 to 14 take the stage at noon and folk music follows at 1 p.m. Watch weightlifters strut their stuff in a competition starting at 1:30 p.m. At 2:30 p.m., the Oinkari dancers take the stage for a full hour. The strongmen return at 3:30 p.m, for tug-of-war and weight-carrying contests. Head to the Fronton Building at 4:30 p.m. for the pala (handball) championships, and then take a good, long rest before the evening's street dance, which starts at 9 p.m.

Sunday, it's all about the street dance. Be there at 8 p.m.

The Basque Block is located between Capitol Boulevard and Sixth Street one block south of Main Street in downtown Boise. For more information, visit

27 sunday

Taiko means fat drum in Japanese

On Saturday, families can learn to bang a drum Japanese-style during a performance by the group Kawa Taiko in which multiple drums and rhythms are brought together and arranged into one ensemble with a mighty powerful sound. After the show, members teach participants the history and style of the centuries-old art of keeping the beat. And then after the lesson, the whole clan—newly schooled in drumming—can meander around the garden, which is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

2 p.m., admission: $4 adults; $3 seniors; $2 children (6 to 12), Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., Boise,

29 Tuesday

Raise Your Voice

The Matsiko Children's Choir is an African choir that is part of the International Children's Network. The group has traveled all over the world and now they will perform along the Greenbelt at the Centennial Amphitheatre behind the communications building at Boise State.

Matsiko is the Ugandan word for hope, which is the driving force behind the choir's performances. Through song, dance, drama, testimonies and drumming, the choir educates audiences all over the world about the struggles of at-risk children in Uganda.

Listening to the harmonious voices of 29 children could inspire you to lend support to the choir. You can do that by sponsoring a child during the group's travels or by taking the message home by purchasing some merchandise, including albums of their songs, which will be available at the performance.

6 p.m., FREE, Centennial Amphitheatre,