The vintage rhythms of the Blues Brothers Rock 'N' Soul Revue is the final musical act performing as part of the Great Garden Escape Concert series. Backed by the beauty of the Idaho Botanical Garden, the band members sport lamb chop facial hair, don the black suits, hats and sunglasses, and take on the personas of Jake and Elwood from the Blues Brothers movie. Temperatures are cooling down and the garden is a good place to bring a picnic, or purchase food and drinks from local eateries Kanak Attack and TableRock Brewpub. Delicious fun.
6-9 p.m., $10 nonmembers; $8 members; $6 children (ages 4-12), Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Rd., Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
Look Straight into the Lens
Dominique Svamberk's "Visual Harmony" photography exhibit showcases the mugs of local bands. Born in Prague, Czech Republic, and raised in Germany, Svamberk has been surrounded by artists and art her whole life. Immersing herself in subjects that interested her, she started a rock band early in life and began working with photography, shooting still life, portrait and performance photos. The artist has captured images of local Boise musicians including Ned Evett, Jeremiah James and Low-Fi, as well as national acts. Combining her passions for music and art, Svamberk wanted her show at Visual Arts Collective to both feature her work and honor local musicians. Live music by Red Machine, Lucid Aisle and Mend makes the artist's vision a reality. Samples of her work can be seen at fieldzofview.weebly.com.
9 p.m., $5, Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208- 424-8297, visualartscollective.com.
29 Friday - 31 Sunday
Music, Market and Art
Fall For Boise, a two-month celebration of arts and community, kicks off Labor Day weekend with a cornucopia of City Harvest events. On Friday, Aug. 29, the Grove Plaza fills with American Roots music performed by eight vocalists playing 14 different instruments. Rock 'n' roll, blues and country covers, and original tunes come courtesy of Jimmy Bivens, Kayleigh Jack, Kevin Sam, Tracy Underwood and an all-star rhythm section including Brian Palmer, Troy Nickell, Jef Torp and Jason Graesa. Local food, wine and beer will be available for purchase.
A fancy City Harvest Dinner on Saturday night benefits the Friends of the Market and includes premium seating for the festivities. Dinner is prepared onstage by area chefs using local ingredients and for $100, visitors can enjoy six courses with wine pairings (or pay $50 for three courses and buy your own beverages). The Ben Burdick Trio plays jazz during dinner and guests can bid in a silent auction full of the best of the market's offerings. Call 208-433-5675 for tickets.
The expanded City Harvest Market on Saturday, Aug. 30, from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 31, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. takes over not only the Eighth Street corridor but also spills onto the Basque Block and Grove Plaza with ripe and ready local produce, art and live entertainment. Saturday's acts include the Full Tilt Belly Dance, the Korean Dancers and music by The Mark Levine Quartet. On Sunday, Dan Costello and The Middle Income Household Band rock the Plaza.
More information at fallforboise.com.
Organizers of the Hot August Salsa Dance nights at the Knitting Factory Concert House say the events are very popular. Dancers who show up to salsa have a grand time dancing in the wide open space of one of Boise's largest dance floors. The state-of-the-art sound system, lighting and a full bar make for one fun night with a laid-back atmosphere. Beginner lessons are included so everyone can participate. Watch or join in all the action by switching partners, which is customary during Salsa Nights. All the dancing is backed by tropical-style salsa spun by DJ Giovanni. Dances taught include merengue, bachata and salsa. Free tickets are available at Moon's Kitchen Cafe.
9 p.m., $5, Knitting Factory Concert House, 416 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-367-1212, bo.knittingfactory.com.
30 Saturday – 1 Monday
Weekend Recreation on the mountain
During summer, the skiable acres at Bogus are crawling with mountain bikers, hikers and disc golfers. Hang out on the lawn at Simplot Lodge over Labor Day weekend. The chair lifts are not in operation, but check out the new Bogus Basin trail system perfect for intermediate to advanced hikes. Or take the family for a stroll around the free Shafer Butte trail system suitable for beginners. Amenities such as a barbecue menu with burgers and hot dogs, as well as sweet and refreshing treats like candy bars, soda and bottled beer are available for purchase.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., FREE, Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, Bogus Basin Rd., Boise, 208-342-2100, bogusbasin.org.