Everybody likes to party, but what if you could party every night and get paid millions for it?
Thats the reality of Dutch-born DJ, musician and producer Tiësto, who will headline Friday, March 8, at the Revolution Center.
At 43, Tiëstos life consists of holding headphones to one ear and pushing buttons in front of thousands of gyrating, blissful worshippers all to the tune of an average gross of $250,000 a night.
After pulling in $22 million over a 12-month period, he was named the Worlds Highest-Paid DJ in 2012 by Forbes magazine. He finished at No. 84 on the magazines Celebrity 100, a list of the worlds most powerful celebrities.
Playing for 100,000 people is not particularly unusual for Tiësto. Playing a room the size of the Revolution Center sort of is.
Tiësto has more than 1.5 million Twitter followers and 13.5 million Facebook likes. He was the first DJ to perform live on stage at the Olympics, which he did at the 2004 summer games in Athens, Greece.
Tiësto certainly wont make a quarter million bucks during his night in Idaho. Hes downsizing on this Club Life College Invasion Tour.
In other words, hes making stops at intimate spots such as the 20,000-seat Staples Center in Los Angeles before he pops into Garden City.
The bottom line is, he had a day he wanted to fill, and he wanted to play Boise, says Revolution Center owner Creston Thornton. Hes heard really good things about the growing music scene.
Tiësto will bring four semi-trucks of fun along with him, Thornton says.
Before nearby residents panic, they should understand: Tiësto is not the same as Bassnectar, the subwoofer-armed DJ who tried to vaporize the innards of every citizen within 100 miles of the Revolution Center show back in October.
Tiësto plays house, electro house, progressive house and trance music. Its friendlier than bass music.
Along with sound equipment, Tiëstos trucks are packed with video walls, lasers, pyro visually stimulating magic.
Not all of this gear will fit into the 2,200-capacity Revolution Center.
Theyre going to make fit what they can, Thornton says.
It all adds up to a massive bash on a Friday night. This show is expected to last about six hours. Its probably the best chance the Revolution Center has had to sell out since it opened last August.
Tiëstos opening acts will be Tommy Trash, Quintino and a local DJ (to be named later).
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Ticketfly. Five hundred special student tickets will be sold for $35. The rest of the house will cost $45.
Read more and watch video on my Words & Deeds blog.
ALAVITA EATERY SET TO OPEN
Alavita an Italian joint is on track to open Monday, Jan. 21, restaurateur Cameron Lumsden says.
The space at 807 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise formerly Palmer Cash T-shirt store is in the 805 Building, which also holds Lumsdens eatery Fork.
Oh, and a reminder: Last call to dine at Angells Bar and Grill at 9th and Main streets. It will close forever Jan. 31.
BAD DANCERS CLASH
Try not to trip over your own feet racing to Boises Best Bad Dancer 2, a competition for the enthusiastically klutzy.
The event will stumble into Liquid Laughs, 405 S. 8th St., at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18.
Its a wide-open field; neither Napoleon Dynamite nor Elaine Benes are expected to be there.
Admission is $5. Anyone who wants to compete is welcome. Just head to the front of the room, spin a wheel that chooses a song category, then strut your stuff for 90 seconds.
This really is bad dancer-oriented, explains organizer Daniel Shamblin Foster. So were looking for goofy folks who have more spirit than skill. The show is, overall, comedy, and it was a hoot last time!
The inaugural Bad Dancer competition took place in 2010. Foster promises that the sequel will be refined and improved.
Beer will be on the menu. As I recently read at someecards.com, alcohol is the best night-time, speech-slurring, headache-creating, dehydration-having, drink-spilling, charm-killing, so-you-think-you-can-dance medicine.
BOISE MOVIE ON DVD
Psychological thriller 3 of a Kind, which was filmed in the Treasure Valley, is now available for purchase at Amazon.com.
The movie, starring Margot Kidder, made its Boise debut last October at a benefit screening at the Egyptian Theatre.
Its sold in DVD-R form for $22.95. Buy it at Amazon or ThreeofaKind-TheMovie.com.
TONIGHT IN THE OTHER STUDIO
Co-host Tim Johnstone and I will spin music in the second part of our two-week series on the best albums of 2012.
The Other Studio airs at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.
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