Back when Jason Homey joined The Clumsy Lovers a dozen years ago, he remembers tearing the roof off this town.
The Celtic-laced bluegrass-rock band, which hailed from Vancouver, B.C., would play consecutive, jam-packed nights in a Downtown Boise nightclub. Their female fiddle dynamo would climb onto the bar and explode, sparking crazy dancing, profuse sweating and next-day headaches for beer-guzzling fans.
Times have changed. But Homey, who plays banjo and mandolin, hopes to recapture that Boise magic at the first Clumsy Fest - Feb. 15 and 16 at Humpin' Hannah's, 621 Main St.
"I guess I kind of miss those days," admits Homey, who recently moved to Boise. "I kind of want to see what we can do to bring that back."
Playing in the Clumsy Lovers isn't a full-time job anymore. In its heyday, the band played 300 or more shows a year. In 2012, they were on the road for about 100 days.
The Lovers have gone through lots of lineup changes, too. More members now live in the United States than Canada. Homey moved here in late 2011 because his wife is from Utah. Boise is a nice place to live while staying reasonably close to her family, he explains.
Now that The Clumsys officially are a part-Boise band, they plan to gig here more than the usual once-a-year show at the Knitting Factory.
"I wanted to start it off with a great big bang with this Clumsy Fest," he says.
On Feb. 15, Clumsy Fest will kick off with an old-timey jam. Dozens of local musicians will improvise in a circle on the Hannah's dance floor. After that, it's a local-band showcase on stage: The Giant Leprechauns, Possum Livin, Steve Fulton Music and The Clumsy Lovers.
On Feb. 16, the lineup will be Reilly Coyote, Idyltime, a.k.a. Belle, Thomas Paul & Friends and The Clumsy Lovers.
Homey, also a member of Possum Livin and Reilly Coyote, has been thrilled by the reception he's gotten from Boise musicians. He's hoping Clumsy Fest is a way to give back - this year and for years to come.
"I'm really happy to be doing this," Homey says. "It's a chance to get other people involved in a big event like this."
7 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16. $7 cover.
Remember last month when I wrote "claiming that The Bouquet in Downtown Boise will reopen makes a columnist look suspiciously like the boy who cried wolf"?
Yet I did exactly that. Argh.
The remodeled club, to be called The Ice Bouquet, was supposed to debut by Feb. 14 at the latest. But in recent weeks, my emails to the club's new operator were not answered, the Facebook page has not been updated and - unless some miracle occurred after this column went to press Feb. 14 - it did not open Valentine's Day. I give up.
Downtown Boise drinking institution 10th Street Station, 104 N. 10th St., temporarily closed for several days beginning Feb. 6 because of red tape involving liquor-license transfer to its new owner, Dan Krejci.
The bar reopened Feb. 14.
TREEFORT FLEXES MUSCLES
Is the city of Boise on board with year two of Treefort Music Fest? Like, duh! Mayor Dave Bieter even makes an awesomely nerdy cameo in the fourth, newly released "Road to Treefort" promotional video. (Sporty bike helmet, mayor.)
The quirky, inventive video is Treefort's final lineup announcement (organizers swear!), bringing the artist tally for the March 21-24 festival to more than 240 acts.
Notable names among this last revelation included The Walkmen, Brother Ali, Typhoon and K.Flay, who was a hit at last year's Treefort.
Wake up, Grandpa! Crank that AM radio you hide up in the hay mow! "Oldies 1380" is slated to debut at 3 p.m. Feb. 15.
Also new to Boise radio is "The Austin Hill Show," which launched Feb. 11 on NewsRadio 99.1 KINF-FM and airs weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Hill, who worked at KIDO 580 AM until he was let go in 2012, is a reporter for IdahoReporter.com, an arm of the libertarian lobbying group Idaho Freedom Foundation.
For more on how Hill's arrangement with KINF works, see my "Words & Deeds" blog.
Michael Deeds' column runs Fridays in Scene and Sundays in Life. He also appears Thursdays on Channel 6 News and co-hosts "The Other Studio" at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM "The River."