The Rolling Stones just announced a nine-city run in North America this spring, and if you guessed Boise wasn't on the itinerary, you're correct.
We had zero chance. The Stones, who blew our minds at Nampa's Idaho Center in 2006, will never return. Once you come to grips with that, you can save yourself the heartache of reading further Stones tour articles.
Or? You can keep believing. After all, the Stones aren't so ancient, right? Mick and Keith aren't even 70 yet. Decades of touring might still lie ahead. Why wouldn't they visit us again? Maybe they'll miss the scent of the sugar beet factory.
Hey, Willie Nelson turns 80 this month and he's still touring.
Ol' Willie will perform Aug. 25 at the Idaho Botanical Garden's Outlaw Field. (See page L8 for details.) It'll probably be 101 degrees out, and he'll gig in the Treasure Valley. Just sayin'.
TREEFORT FESTIVAL NUMBERS
Based on the onslaught of tattooed bodies, it was obvious that the second annual Treefort Music Fest, held March 21-24 in Downtown Boise, was bigger this year.
But how big? Big enough that it will draw increased interest from bands, fans and businesses who want to be involved in 2014.
Final numbers from organizers:
- The festival averaged about 6,000 people on each of the final three days - that includes fans, press, volunteers, sponsors and artists. On Saturday, March 23 - the most-attended day - Treefort drew about 6,500.
- The beer-tasting tent, Alefort, lured about 1,900 bodies through its gate over two days.
- In a statistic proving that Treefort isn't just a local event, 27 percent of ticket sales went to buyers outside Idaho.
BREWPUB TO OPEN IN GARDEN CITY
If you head to the new Revolution Center in Garden City for a concert, nearby pre-funking options are pretty dismal.
(Dear Mom: "Pre-funk" is a term derived from "pre-function," meaning "to party before an event.")
But things will look significantly better when Crooked Fence Barrelhouse opens, just a stone's throw away at 5181 Glenwood St.
The full-scale brewpub is from the owners of Crooked Fence Brewing, 5242 Chinden Blvd.
The Barrelhouse will be in the strip mall north of the RevCenter. The target date for the 7,300-square-foot food-and-beer haven is June.
With Boise Hawks baseball, horse racing and the Western Idaho Fair also in the neighborhood, Crooked Fence Barrelhouse has the potential to thrive.
Garden City is getting cooler by the day. Talk about a revolution.
PARMA MOTOR-VU GOES DIGITAL
Drive-in movie theaters are scarce, but Parma Motor-Vu has no intention of disappearing after six decades.
The drive-in - one mile north of Parma - just installed digital projection equipment.
"It won't exactly change the drive-in experience," explains owner Karen Cornwell.
Hey, that's a good thing.
However, the investment will help keep the Motor-Vu in business. Owners of older cinemas face an immediate hurdle: The movie industry is phasing out 35-millimeter film in favor of digital files. If they don't purchase digital equipment to adapt, they're hosed.
"Hopefully we will see a brighter, clearer picture," Cornwell adds.
- Online: www.parmamotorvu.com
TONIGHT IN 'THE OTHER STUDIO'
Join Tim Johnstone and me for our weekly Sunday-night rock talk, plus music from The Lumineers (who will perform May 28 at the Revolution Center), Jake Bugg, The Replacements, Tech N9ne and more.
"The Other Studio" airs from 9 to 10 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.
IN SCENE ON APRIL 12
- Ballet Idaho takes on the most iconic ballet in the canon: "Swan Lake."
- Food writer Alex Kiesig dines at Ishtar Market and Restaurant.
- "42," the biographical film about the life of baseball player Jackie Robinson, hits movie theaters.
Michael Deeds' column runs Fridays in Scene and Sundays in Life. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @IDS_Deeds