Sasquatch and the Sick-A-Billys, July 19, The Bouquet
An unknown band has to play Boise three times before we really start to take notice. The first time, the band may play to a single-digit crowd. The second time, they may woo upward of 20 people. The third time, they could potentially play a packed house. Such is the case for Rhode Island-spawned Sasquatch and the Sick-A-Billys who are about to descend on Boise like a runaway train.
Touring in support of their June release, Storming the Gates (the follow-up to Burning Miles of Sin), Sasquatch and the Sick-A-Billys is guitarist/vocalist Sasquatch, a.k.a. Dave Caetano, Brettbot on doghouse bass and Lil' Dave Hemingway on drums. But it's Caetano—his ideologies, morals, values, ethics, voice—who is the driving force behind the music: gritty rockabilly brought up from the depths of hellfire and damnation and spewed across the country with each tour. And it's brilliant.
Since that first Boise performance on a Thursday night in the summer of '05 when the dozen of us who made up the crowd at the Bouquet (including members of the opening band Wilson St. Pub and Sluthouse Band, without whom Sasquatch won't play a Boise show) listened and watched in awe, I couldn't wait for their return. Last summer, I even skipped a vacation to see them perform when they came through town. But if you're looking for me this Thursday night, I might be a little harder to find. Not because I won't be at the Bouquet (oh, I'll be there), but because if I'm right, there's going to be one hell of a crowd.
July 19, 9 p.m., $5, with Wilson St. Pub & Sluthouse Band and the Econolines. The Bouquet, 1010 W. Main St., www.thebouquet.net.