Here at BW, we love a music festival, but man, are they a lot of work. So we have joined with our friends Underground Uncovered and are proud to present Promenade Music Festival, the first of which is scheduled for October 2010. Based on Austin's SXSW model and Portland's MusicFestNW, Promenade will feature local and out-of-town acts in eight venues during three days, as well as discussion panels and more. Go Listen Boise is on board to help with the entertainment and expert selection process. We'll keep you updated, of course, but for more information, visit promenadeboise.com.
Curtis Stigers' Fourth Annual Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza at the Egyptian Theatre, presented by Idaho Mountain Touring and Boise State Radio, is a rare opportunity to see the musician here in his hometown. If you don't have tickets, you'll have to wait until next year; the show is sold out and it's too late for you. Or is it?
Other than a plea on craigslist.com, you have one more opportunity to snag two pair of passes to the show hosted by Stigers and The Fool Squad and including a slew of fine local talent, like Rob Paper, winner of this year's Boise's Got Talent competition. At curtisstigers.com, he of the silver hair and the velvet voice is auctioning off four front-row tickets and dinner at Red Feather. Proceeds from the show benefit the Interfaith Sanctuary.
Whether you love the holidays or spend winter wishing for the warm months of summer, a glass of good scotch and local band The Blues Addicts can help you while away the time or celebrate at O'Michael's Pub (2433 Bogus Basin Road) Saturday, Dec. 19, as they trot out tunes from the catalogs of Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers, Muddy Waters and more. If you aren't familiar with the Addicts, Saturday's show will be a good way to see what they're all about before their upcoming show at the Linen Building in January.
In used-to-be-famous person news, former Elton John guitarist Caleb Quaye will be in Boise as a guest evangelist at New Heights Christian Fellowship on Saturday, Dec. 19, and Sunday, Dec. 20. In his rock-and-roll heyday, Quaye played not only with Sir Elton, but also with the likes of Pete Townshend, Mick Jagger and Daryl Hall. Maybe that's why he embraced Christianity. Just sayin'. New Heights Christian is at 9950 W. Ustick Road. For more information, call 208-322-5025 or visit nhcf.com.