Boise's musical landscape may have two new nonprofit organizations on its horizon.
On the Bench, Boise Hive, which is modeled after Nuci's Space in Athens, Ga., hopes to become "Boise's first musician's resource." The goal of the nonprofit is to "provide access to inexpensive practice space, gear rental and business tools" like recording and training. Founder Gabriel Rudow also aims to create a place where musicians and artists can not only gather but find information and resources for "physical, financial and emotional" assistance. The projected opening date is this summer. Visit boisehive.org for more information.
Also in the works is downtown's Old Boise Music Studios, a "fledgling nonprofit music school and growing arts and cultural institution ... dedicated to building community through music education." OBMS is holding May the Music Be With You, a fundraiser Saturday, May 3, at The Crux to "raise donations for for its 501(c)3 filing fee, to establish a scholarship and instrument donation program and to fix up its studio in order to host classes and community events." Performances include a OBMS student and instructor showcase and headliners The Raven and the Writing Desk. Cost for the fundraiser is a $10 suggested donation, but OBMS instructor Thomas Paul added a reminder that it's optional and wants people to "just be there."
For more info, visit facebook.com/oldboisemusic.
On a more definitive note, the Fred Meyer Broadway in Boise 2014-2015 season promises a stellar follow-up to its current season, which included hits American Idiot and Wicked (which runs through Sunday, May 4). Shows will include Tony Award-winning musical comedy (and enigma) The Book of Mormon from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The season also brings the award-winning Jersey Boys, which tells the true-life story of '60s band The Four Seasons; along with musicals Camelot, Flashdance and Mamma Mia! as well as an evening with Iron Chef Alton Brown. Ticket information available at morrisoncenter.com.