Newsflash: Im out of vacation. There will be no more missing Scene columns. Im back to reality. (But barely.) Lets do this.
TRAVIS: Can we cool it already with the holier-than-thou Randy Travis jokes? Who among us hasnt woken up naked on a road after crashing our 98 Trans Am?
Everyone from TMZ to sports-radio talk show hosts are making light of the country singers second drunken arrest of 2012. Sure, its funny. But wait no, really, its not. The dude needs help. It could have come from friends or loved ones. Looks like it will come from a judge.
Even George Jones used a riding lawn mower to try to make a liquor run once. Granted, he was clothed at the time.
YOU MISSED IT: Speaking of drinking with purpose, dedicated bargoers saw something special last Sunday night at Neurolux. (Thats how life works. If youre not hardcore and hitting the bar on Sundays, you miss all the magic.)
A free, spontaneous midnight jam Aug. 5 featured Counting Crows guitarist David Immerglück (in town to gig Aug. 6 with the Crows at the Idaho Botanical Garden), Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit (who had headlined earlier at Visual Arts Collective) and Kasey Anderson and the Honkies (who are touring with Counting Crows).
Rotating on and off the stage, the musicians cranked up Neil Youngs Like a Hurricane, the Rolling Stones Satisfaction and plenty more into the wee hours. Isbell described Immerglück as the coolest afterward on Twitter, adding: Always wanted to play w/ that guy.
And, no, I wasnt there. Argh.
BUH-BYE, OUTDOORS: Unless a promoter gets silly and puts on an outdoor show in October, it looks like we have a bookend for the season. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Shooter Jennings and the Texas Hippie Coalition will perform at the Idaho Center Amphitheater on Friday, Sept. 28. Tickets go on sale Aug. 10 at ICTickets.
Skynyrd hasnt been to the Treasure Valley in more than a decade. Something tells me that plenty of party-thirsty fans will turn out for an end-of-season Southern-rock blowout on a Friday night if for no other reason than the opportunity to scream Free Bird! with zero irony. (And guzzle Budweiser, of course.)
TV FLOYD: Still on the fence about Pink Floyd tribute act Brit Floyd, who will perform Friday, Sept. 21, at the Eagle River Pavilion?
Get a sneak peek of the groups live performance on Idaho Public Television in a concert special at 9 p.m. Aug. 14 and 10 p.m. Aug. 19.
BIG ALS: Meridian took another step this week toward kicking Boises rear end all over the entertainment map by opening Big Als.
The modern, 42-lane bowling center debuted Aug. 6 at The Village at Meridian, located at the intersection of Eagle Road and Fairview Avenue. Thats adjacent to the new Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park you know, the new park thats swiping Boises annual beer festival this summer.
Big Als is a gargantuan place, with a stadium-style sports bar and tons of arcade games.
BUT is it cooler than Dave & Busters, which appears to be coming to the former Circuit City space near Boise Towne Square?
If youre an adult and dont live your life to rent bowling shoes, possibly not. But its hard to tell. Actually, its hard to tell much of anything about Dave & Busters plans in Boise. Their corporate office hasnt been particularly responsive to Idaho Statesman queries. As in weve been speaking to a brick wall so far.
MAHER: Liberal political comedian Bill Maher, host of HBOs Real Time with Bill Maher, says hes looking forward to visiting Idaho.
Ive been asking my agent to book me there for the longest time, Maher said earlier this week.
Are his intentions good or evil for our lil red state? Check out my column in the Life section of Sundays Statesman for a Q&A with Maher. He performs Aug. 18 at the Morrison Center. Tickets are available at Select-a-Seat.
FREE EDM TICKETS: Kaskade, Americas Best DJ in 2011 (see page 20), will crank the bass Aug. 13 at the Knitting Factory. Tickets are $40, or you can try to win freebies.
Im giving away two pairs Aug. 10: One pair via an email that day, and one during the noon hour on Twitter. See my blog for details.
Michael Deeds column runs Friday in Scene and Sunday in Life. He hosts The Other Studio at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River and appears Thursdays on Channel 6 News.