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You want to help the tsunami-sacked region of the world? That's not so much a question as it is a strong suggestion. Here's how: International CommUNITY Center of Idaho, a new, local nonprofit organization, is hosting an open-mic fundraiser for South Asia disaster relief. The program features local musicians and other artists, and collected funds will be sent as a gift from the Treasure Valley community to South Asia for disaster relief and medical aid in the aftermath of the devastating tsunami. Bring a lawn chair and minimum donation of $10. To pledge donations, perform or get more information, visit

Wednesday, January 5, 6-10 p.m., $10 donation, Boise Bomb Shelter Event Hall, 600 W. Curling off Bogus Basin Rd., across from Simplot Hill



If you're like most Americans, when you hear a Chinese telephone ringing you answer and utter a warm "nee haow!" If you are an American listening to the ringing guitars of Milwaukee-based pop-punksters Chinese Telephones, you don't need to brush up on your Mandarin, you just need the liner notes to sing along. Opening for the Telephones are two fun outfits: yeehaw-punk styled Wilson St. Pub and Slut House Band and just plain punkass Manville.

Thursday, January 6, 9 p.m., $3, The Bouquet, 1010 Main St.

foot-stomping fun


What, you thought all the holiday celebration was over? Boy, were you wrong! Oh, what a joyous occasion befalls us. Celebrate the 190th anniversary of Andrew Jackson's victory at the Battle of New Orleans with the Boise Contra Dance Society. The group will host its regular second-Saturday dance for the festivities and live tunes will be supplied by Contraband. Don't hold me to it, but I doubt it will be reminiscent of Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras. Probably more like East Boise on a weekend. Beginners are welcome, there's instruction available and it's cool if you go without a partner ... to the dance, not to New Orleans, because you don't want to get lost alone in the Garden District.

Saturday January 8, 7:30 p.m., $7 adults, $1 for kids high school and younger, Broadway Dance Studio, 893 E. Boise Ave.

tunes among the tomes


Three things that go horribly together (in theory) are hot coffee, danceable music and quiet libraries, but in practice they work remarkably well, as exhibited by The Library Coffeehouse Music program, which is cool and fun. The Meridian venue is a 1930s-style home remodeled to fit 4,000 books and lots of coffee and tea. Check out the local art all over the walls or juice up your nerdiness with your laptop and wireless Internet.

On Friday, January 7, folks can enjoy the young and clear-voiced Nicole Peoples hammering out tunes on her six-string.

On Saturday, January 8, check out the musical stylings of Abby Moorehouse.

8 p.m., FREE, The Library Coffeehouse, 141 E. Carlton Ave., Meridian

serious punk


Smooth and heavy punk rockers Bridging States have a new demo set out for your ears, and they are teaming up with hardcore/metal bands from east and west. Costars include Ambrose Falls from Rupert, Idaho, Tony Danza Project from Payette and Ontario, Oregon, and affinityprocess, who hail from an undisclosed region of somewhere.

Saturday, January 8, 7 p.m., $5, The Venue, 523 Broad St.

musical education


Picture Boise circa 1915. It's cold, everything is in black and white and there are no Fred Meyers. In came a mission to colorize and warm the city by promoting the musical arts. That mission was led by the Boise Tuesday Musicale, an organization that is part of a National Federation of Music Clubs. The local chapter was organized in 1915 to provide financial assistance to student musicians and composers. Still pumping the community with music, the Musicale invites everyone to the monthly Music at Midday program, "A Passion for Percussion" directed by Kelley Smith, percussionist in the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra. It's a discussion of African and Mexican keyboard instruments that demonstrates the evolution of keyboard percussion and solo and orchestral keyboard instruments. Peggy Purdy accompanies on piano. Learning is fun, and free refreshments are fun too!

Tuesday, January 11, noon-1 p.m., FREE, Esther Simplot Academy, 516 S. 9th St.

Boise crooner


When Boise jazz star John Nemeth left the Treasure Valley for rainier pastures, he handed the torch off to another native Boise jazzster. Jeff Baker is the man in charge now, and he's good! Baker recently worked hard recording his new CD in Seattle, and now Monologue is complete. It's hitting stores nationwide on January 25, which is just in time for Valentine's Day (note to boyfriend: That's Monday, February 14). And everyone knows that a jazz album, a bottle of Shiraz, candles and some chocolate-dipped strawberries are the fast track cliché to the heart of your loved one. That's fine if you're trying to be romantic, in the early stages, for example. However, some girls are cool with a medium cheese pie, a lava lamp and a one-carat emerald-cut diamond in a platinum setting, size 4.5. Yeah, and Baker's CD in the background is fine too.

Music News protocol: Local musicians, did you: release a new CD in need of a review? schedule some gigs? form a new band or reform an old one? Send your tunes and tidbits to Cynthia Sewell via e-mail to or via post to 109 S. 4th St., Boise 83702.