"I had no idea it would be this successful," Fulton said.
Musicians performing other musicians' material isn't novel, but part of the reason WGYC has been popular is because it's more than a night of covers: The featured (covered) artists choose who will cover their songs, audio and video recordings of the shows are available for sale, and proceeds from both tickets and recordings benefit a charity of the featured artist's choice. Plus, WGYC is a great way for fans of the covered and the covering to hear their favorite songs and musicians a little differently.
So far this year, the list of featured artists (in chronological order) has been a who's who of local talent: David Andrews, Eilen Jewell, Rebecca Scott and Steve Eaton. The inaugural year of WGYC goes out with a bang on Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24, with the music of iconic Idahoan Pinto Bennett. Nearly 20 musicians will pay tribute to Bennett, including Andy Byron, Bill Coffey, AKA Belle, Steve Eaton, John Hansen and Rocci Johnson.
"Pinto is so important and has such a huge catalogue of music, we just had to have two nights," Fulton said.
Doors open at 7 p.m., show is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 adv., $18 door both nights. More info at wevegotyoucoveredidaho.com.
Looking for something Halloween-y to do with the kids? On Friday, Oct. 23, local composer Juli Draney's book and rock opera dance musical Henry, Saddara and the Neighborhood heads to the Mountain View High School auditorium. It's the story of Henry, a black cat; Saddara, a young girl's ghost; and the "legendary Halloween night" they spend together. The story will be brought to life by talented dancers and musicians from across the Treasure Valley, and the evening will also include a "zombie apocalypse performance" by local metal band Krystos. Dress like a zombie and get a discount on admission—and an invitation to join the zombie march. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $7 for students, seniors and zombies, $12 for adults. For more info, visit the Halloween: Henry, Saddara and the Neighborhood page on Facebook.