This is a very special Music News, for it bridges two years--but you know, it still covers just a week of local music activity. So I'd like to take the time to tell all the Boise Weekly readers who are sick of crappy ol' 2004 Happy New Year! You all look beautiful from over here and I wish you the most rockin', shockin', hippety hoppin' 365 to come!
They have played their instruments all over the world. Even across the icy tundra of north-central Asia. OK, perhaps not. But I bet they would if it wasn't so cold and asteroid laden. Writer and producer Paul O'Neill formed the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in 1996 with the help of a few talented musician friends. Their symphonic rock combines the depth and diversity of an orchestra with the edginess of rock n' roll. The group operates on a musically sophisticated level, crossbreeding musical ideas, sounds and styles for a Christmas Spectacular that is truly a dynamic event.
Wednesday December 29, Idaho Center Arena, 7:30 pm. $29.50 and $39.50 with $1 of the ticket price donated to charity.
raging celtic bluegrass
I spent New Years Eve 2000 in Canada, and it was one of the best nights of my life; Those Canucks can party. Since getting to Canada can be expensive--even in Canadian dollars--stay here and have a taste of our neighbors to the north right here in Boise. Vancouver Irish-bluegrass-rock stars the Clumsy Lovers are teaming up with Celtic rockers the Young Dubliners for a star studded New Years Eve party.
Plus, more special guests include former Calobo frontman David Andrews and DJ Tony Sanchez. Dance your year away and stay for the free champagne toast at midnight.
Friday, December 31, Big Easy Concert House, 8 p.m. $29.50
ringin' it in
NEW YEAR'S EVE ON THE CHEAP
What, you still don't have any plans for New Years Eve? If it is too late for reservations at your honey's favorite restaurant (and by too late I mean too costly), take your sweet pea out on the town for a night of regular clothes fun.
Some suggestions for December 31:
Pengilly's --John Hansen & the Mad Cowboys, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. No cover!
Sockeye Grill and Brewery--Pinto Bennett, 9 p.m.-midnight. No cover!
SATCHEL'S SATURDAY JAMS
Saturdays are really good days for certain things. Cleaning comes to mind. Taking a hike in the foothills, perhaps. Definitely checking out some tunes. And some of Boise's best musicians spend their Saturdays playing at Satchel's Grill's invitational jams, which are held weekly at the health-conscious (baked fries!) downtown restaurant. Killing two birds with one stone over the weekend is the best though, and by checking out Satchel's concert series, you're also supporting community activity. Hoorah!
The event was established to celebrate the joint's one-year anniversary, and "The jams are a great way for Boiseans to check out a mix of some of the best musical talent in Boise," says owner Dominic DeLaquil. "It's a real treat, and always different because it's a different mix of musicians every time."
Every Saturday beginning at 11 a.m., free, 705 W. Bannock, 344-3752, www.satchelsgrill.com.
HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK
• December 30: Two of the four Monkees were born. Hat-wearing guirarist Mike Nesmith (1942) and tambourining singer Davy Jones (1945).
• January 1, 1953: Legendary country singer and heavy drinker Hank Williams ("Hey, Good Lookin'" and "Jambalaya" are just two of his hits) died of a heart attack in the back of a Cadillac taking him to a concert in Ohio. He was 29.
• January 5, 1940: Federal Communications Committee heard the first test of FM radio. But it took a year for radio owners to hear static-free signals.