The 33rd annual Hyde Park Street Fair will offer a laid-back, North End-style of entertainment next weekend: food trucks, a parade, crafts and jewelry, street performers — even a new mountain bike for one lucky rider.
But the festival highlight will be the live tunes.
Repeat performer Built To Spill — Idaho’s best-known musical export — has an open invitation but isn’t able to play this year. (I’d keep my fingers crossed for them in 2013.)
Still, 19 other local acts will be showcased Sept. 14-16 in Camel’s Back Park.
Carl Scheider, event coordinator for organizer Gruntwerks, believes that’s the most ever.
“I think we set a record this year,” he says.
These aren’t just random Boise garage bands, either. Several represent the upper echelon of Treasure Valley groups, whether it’s indie-rock spasms from Finn Riggins (7 p.m. Friday), alt-country harmonies from New Transit (3 p.m. Saturday) or singer-songwriter riffs from Bill Coffey and His Cash Money Cousins (4:30 p.m. Sunday.)
Considering that it’s free, outdoors and family-friendly, this is a great opportunity for bar-eschewing Boiseans to catch up on the local music scene.
Traditionally, the Street Fair conflicts with a Boise State football game. That will be the case again Saturday afternoon. To combat this clash, TVs will be set up next to the main beer garden, Scheider says.
Bronco fans who normally would be at home watching the game now have a Hyde Park option.
“They can come down and watch the game and listen to the music and have the best of both worlds,” Scheider says, “and have a beer.”
You’ll find a guide to the Street Fair, including the entire music schedule, in Scene magazine on Sept. 14.
BUFFETT: FAST SELLOUT?
Æ First-day sellouts for concerts have become somewhat of a rarity. But blowing through every single ticket in the initial 24 hours seems like the only reasonable measure of slam-dunk success for the Jimmy Buffett gig Oct. 25 at Boise State’s Taco Bell Arena.
Even worst case scenario, the show, which goes on sale Sept. 14 at Select-a-Seat, has to sell out at some point.
Buffett is one of the elite ticket-dispensing forces of the touring industry. He’s never played here. The show is priced within reason at $49 and $99. Fans will come from hundreds of miles away. From other states. If not continents.
It doesn’t seem possible that BSU’s arena won’t be 100 percent packed by the time the sound of steel drums is pouring from the stage and margaritas are pouring into cups.
Of course, nowadays, as any honest promoter will admit, you just never know.
BRAUN NEW YEAR’S EVE
Æ Cody and Willy Braun and their country-rock band, Reckless Kelly, may be done gigging at Boise’s Knitting Factory (as noted in my Aug. 17 Scene column.)
But the rest of the Braun clan still seems to be cool with the place.
Micky Braun and his country group, the Motorcars, will headline New Year’s Eve at the Knit, as usual. Tickets went on sale Sept. 7 at Ticketfly. The Brauns’ father, Muzzie, will open the show.
GOODBYE, FALCON TAVERN?
New owners have swooped in on the Falcon Tavern at 705 W. Bannock St. in Boise.
Things haven’t changed much, but menu items will be added to reflect the new owners’ Irish and Finnish heritage.
Plans are to rename the place the Redheaded Finn by St. Patrick’s Day. (Sheesh, that’s like five months from now, an eternity in restaurant years.)
Find out more in Food Notes in Scene on Sept. 14.
METAL AT THE PEN
If you attended the explosive Rage Against the Machine concert inside the walls of the Old Idaho Penitentiary back in 1899, you’re still bragging about the experience.
(OK, it was 1999. It just feels that distant — and historically significant.)
“Metal 4 the Mountains,” a Sept. 21 charity concert featuring four local bands, might not be quite that epic.
But it’s the first metal blowout at the Pen since Rage. And it’s for a good cause: nonprofit Growing Change Inc., which helps provide clean water to rural and developing communities.
The heavy-metal groups performing are Karin Comes Killing, Ripchain, Villainous and Kilmer.
“It’s the charity that brings us all together,” Ripchain frontman David Sean Ford explains via email. “It shines a light on the fact that metal heads aren’t all a--holes. We care, too.”
Shucks, that makes me feel so warm and fuzzy that I might need to get a tattoo of the Snuggle fabric softener bear.
Find more details about “Music 4 the Mountains” on Ripchain’s Facebook page.
Michael Deeds’ column runs Fridays in Scene and Sundays in Life. Email: mdeeds@ idahostatesman.com. Twitter: @IDS_Deeds