They Didn't Take a Co-Pilot?
On Saturday, Portland, Ore., indie rockers Blind Pilot make two stops in Boise. They play a Record Exchange in-store at 4 p.m. followed by an 8 p.m. show at Neurolux. For many a band, having two shows so close together not chronologically but geographically would be a treat. Unloading amps, guitars, drums and mics only to reload them, schlep everything across town and unload again a few hours later might be a real bummer. But Blind Pilot's Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski probably wouldn't care and might see it as the norm. They recently finished up a two-month West Coast tour from Bellingham, Wash., to Los Angeles in which they traveled sans a van. The trip was human powered as they trekked through the Western states on bikes, their second such tour.
If you catch either show, you may get to see what are probably very impressive calf muscles.
Saturday, March 7, 4 p.m., FREE, Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., 208-344-8010; 8 p.m. with Kris Doty, $5, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886.
Go Listen to Boise
Go Listen Boise is a new organization that aims to foster collaborative relationships among musicians, promoters and music venues in order to enrich Boise's music culture. Totally in line with their mission, the group is working with the Downtown Boise Association to have local musicians open for the national bands playing at Alive After Five.
A local act will perform a half-hour set every night of the 2009 AAF season, and Go Listen Boise is currently looking for those acts. The submission deadline is March 21 for solo acts, duos or trios (no drum kits, please) and those accepted will be notified by April 15. If interested, visit golistenboise.org for more information and to register. You'll not only be entered as a possible AAF opener, but will also be eligible to play other events in the Boise area. Note: Artists in more than one band or who also play solo need to register each project separately to avoid confusion.