Michael Deeds: Barreling downhill with grunge and soulless food

mdeeds@idahostatesman.comApril 26, 2013 

There's plenty going on - and more to come - so let's plunge right into the notebook:

• BARRELS OF CASH: Here's a one-word review of 10 Barrel Brewing Company, Downtown Boise's newest hot spot: Ka-ching!

The brewpub officially opened April 22 at 9th and Bannock streets.

"It's crazy busy!" business partner Garrett Wales said two days later. "It's been awesome."

Huge brewing tanks loom front and center. The ceiling is sky-high. The large-scale, utilitarian dynamic is unique to the area and sucking in foot traffic.

Think it's popular now? Wait 'til the place REALLY opens. When temperatures rise, 10 Barrel staffers will shove up rows of garage doors that normally act as walls for the building.

"This thing's going to be open air," Wales promises, "as soon as the weather's right."

Does the weekend's 80-degree forecast sound right enough?

Open-air bars are ingenious. The atmosphere makes it impossible to walk past without venturing inside and hunting for, like, a keg cup - anything. What, this isn't a party?

• RECORD STORE HEY: Boise's Record Exchange couldn't have asked for a better Record Store Day on April 20.

When the store allowed the ransacking to begin at 9 a.m., 200 people had lined up to buy exclusives.

"We thought it would be big," said marketing director Chad Dryden. "We didn't think it would be THIS big."

Storewide sales were up 66 percent from the previous year. By the time it was over, it was the third-biggest sales day in Record Exchange history.

Who says nobody buys physical albums anymore?

• SOULLESS FOOD: Julia Davis Park is joining Ann Morrison Park and getting into the festival euthanasia game.

The annual Soul Food Extravaganza, which started in 1993, has been canceled this summer.

Ann Morrison Park has been bleeding festivals in recent years. Rec Fest went belly up. And the Boise Music Festival and Barley Brothers Traveling Beer Show fled for greener pastures.

But let's be honest: The Soul Food Extravaganza had become a bit of a grease fire. Check out the explanation for its demise from the festival's producer (Food Notes, page 21).

It's sad to see something fun end, but the Soul Food Extravaganza felt like it had run its course. As it tried to expand, it lost its original charm.

Could a better soul-food event return in the future? Anything is possible. But maybe organizers should avoid the recent Boise festival curse and do it in Meridian's Julius M. Kleiner Park.

• LAGOON FASHION: Trevor Powers, the man behind Boise band Youth Lagoon, is featured in the new issue of Esquire magazine. There's a photo and a short write-up about the song "Mute."

Powers? In men's fashion purveyor Esquire? Hey, he has style - and it's morphing. Maybe Powers can popularize a new Boise chic: a multi-colored mop of hair, an Idaho arm tattoo, the occasional dashiki ... .

• UPROARIOUS: Prepare to be time-warped back to the late '80s and early '90s.

The Uproar Festival will return to the Idaho Center Amphitheater on Thursday, Sept. 5, with a Gen-X marketing slant this time around.

Grunge act Alice in Chains and art-rockers Jane's Addiction are the big names on the main stage, which also will feature Coheed and Cambria and Circa Survive.

Organizers have crowned Alice in Chains as the top dog; Uproar is billed as "featuring Alice in Chains, also with Jane's Addiction." So even with original frontman Layne Staley dead for more than a decade, Alice in Chains trumps likable eccentric Perry Farrell and fashion guru Dave Navarro? Ouch, Jane's fan.

Jane's Addiction gigged at the Idaho Botanical Garden in 2012. Meanwhile, Alice in Chains has a formulaic new single, which you can hear on my blog.

• ANT ATTACK: "Don't drink? Don't smoke? What do you do?" Adam Ant demanded in 1982. The nonsmoking part is fine nowadays - you can't do it inside the Revolution Center, anyway - but Ant is hoping you'll drink a couple when he performs there Wednesday, Sept. 4. On sale May 3 at Ticketfly.

Michael Deeds' column runs Fridays in Scene and Sundays in Life. He co-hosts "The Other Studio" at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM "The River."

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