Ah, Fridays. Whether you kick it jeans-and-T-shirt casual or end the week with a cold brew in hand, Fridays are the working (wo)man's exhale. And thanks to Boise City Department of Arts and History and Capital City Development Corporation, you can now be even less productive on Fridays. Through Friday, Aug. 27, you can grab your sack lunch and duck out of the office from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for free Friday Summer Lunch Jams on the Grove Plaza. On June 18, catch Jack Brown, and on June 25, jam out to Lee Penn Sky. Check boiseweekly.com for upcoming acts.
If you want to cut loose b-boy-style, be sure to check out MTTheory's breakdance battle on Saturday, June 26, at 9 p.m. at Neurolux. The event features two-on-two battles to the beats of DJ Rock Robb with members from the MTTheory breakdance crew and other competitors from the Northwest region competing for a $200 cash prize. Other performers include Eleven, Timbuk2 (from Kamphire Collective) and the Dedicated Servers.
If college party noise punk is more your style, don't miss Chicago's Prizzy Prizzy Please on Wednesday, June 16, at Red Room. Singer and saxophonist Mark Pallman, keyboardist Ted Wells, bassist Bob Allen and drummer Scott McNiece recently released Chroma Cannon on Joyful Noise Recordings. Americana UK's Ian Fildes described the band in the following way:
"Proudly sporting no guitarist, PPP instead fill out these high energy juggernauts of noise-pop with apoplectic rumbles of propulsive bass, bubbling keyboard textures and squawks of saxophone from lead howler/saxophonist Mark Pallman, who possesses one potent set of pipes."
Catch Prizzy Prizzy Please with Ooh Barracuda and locals Microbabies and Vagerfly for $5.
And for you local music makers, a reminder: Before you load up the van and head out on the road to share your talents with the rest of the country, send A&E editor Amy Atkins an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and she'll get you all set up so that you can contribute to the boiseweekly.com band blog, Tour Mode. Whether you're doing shows in Twin Falls or the Twin Cities, it's a great way to let your friends and fans back here at home keep tabs on you, Big Brother style.