Surprise, surprise. The Bouquet still has live music and some interesting upcoming music at that. On Thursday, Dec. 3, it's The Black Lillies, an Americana/country collective from down in Knoxville, Tenn., whose harmonies and strumming steam ahead faster than a freight train, taking all toe-tapping two-steppers along for the ride. The show is free. On Friday, Dec. 4, Boise rock band Clyde kick things off at 9 p.m. A listen on their Myspace page (myspace.com/therealclyde) reveals a penchant for a little pop and a little hip-hop poetry as well. Taking over at 10 p.m. are the laid-back guitarscapes of a local band named for a little something we could all use: Sunshine and the Valley. This show is also free. At 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, Oregon's Eric Tollefson strums and sing his mellow music on the Bouquet's big beautiful stage. It will cost you a mere three bones to check him out. And finally, on Sunday, Dec. 6, it's open mic night starting at 8 p.m. Details are scarce, but take a chance, take an instrument and just show up.
Fey emo/screamo Dayton, Ohio, band Hawthorne Heights makes a Boise stop on their Never Sleep Again '09 tour on Sunday, Dec. 6, at The Venue.
Hawthorne Heights has suffered a few tragedies in the nearly nine years they've been together. While they were on tour in 2007, the band's 26-year-old guitarist, Casey Calvert, died of an accidental mix of medications. The album that followed Calvert's death didn't chart high and that, combined with legal issues they were having with their label, Victory Records, would have been enough to send a lesser band emo-ing and screamo-ing back to Ohio to look for day jobs. Rather than let that dissolve the band, Hawthorne Heights manned up and continued to rock on. While they're big enough to play a larger venue, it should be a treat for fans to see them in the intimate setting of The Venue. I might even walk over to the bus when they pull up in front (BWHQ and The Venue are in the same building) and say hi myself.