Michael Deeds: Can't smile without you, Boise

May 5, 2013 

When I was a kid, I trailed behind my mom in a store one day when we passed a Barry Manilow T-shirt hanging on a rack.

Without warning, her hand darted out and pinched Manilow's nose.

She never paused. Just kept walking.

Although I am deeply indebted to Mom for that wordless teaching moment, this isn't a week-early Mother's Day tribute.

It's just a snapshot of Manilow's career. Over the decades, there's never been a middle ground about his cheesy musical approach.

Some people love him.

Others are compelled to spontaneously attack his schnoz at Kmart.

Granted, he's basked in plenty of love over the decades. As the story goes, Manilow was even hugged at a party by Bob Dylan, who supposedly told him, "Don't stop what you're doing, man. We're all inspired by you."


Manilow, who will turn 70 next month, is headed to Taco Bell Arena on June 8 to sing his hits for adoring fans: "Mandy," "I Write the Songs," "Copacabana (at the Copa)" ...

The list, and my lifelong allergic reaction to "Can't Smile Without You," goes on. Tickets: Select-a-Seat.

- In other music-snob horrifying news, the Boise Music Festival has announced its lineup.

Vanilla Ice is on the bill.

I am not making this up.

Other entertainers at the annual, all-day party July 27 at Expo Idaho: Carly Rae Jepsen ("Call Me Maybe"), Candlebox, Hinder, DJ Pauly D ("Jersey Shore"), Jason Derulo and Dakota Bradley. Oh, and 56 local acts also are expected to perform.

Tickets are free. Visit boisemusicfestival.com for details.


KINF 730 AM, aka ESPN Boise, has turned up the heat on competitor KTIK 93.1 FM/1350 AM, the former home of ESPN.

Well, sorta.

ESPN Boise recently began simulcasting on the FM frequency - at 96.5. The reception ain't so great everywhere. The signal is coming from a low-wattage translator. Call it a bloop single, I guess.

ESPN Boise also added a new local sports show that airs weekdays from 2 to 4 p.m.: "The Ballgame Show with Rick and Johnny."

Sports-radio junkies will notice that "The Ballgame Show" airs before the three-hour "Idaho Sports Talk" on KTIK, overlapping it by one hour. So even though it is competition, KINF is avoiding entirely direct competition. Maybe this is sort of like radio intramurals.


The Bouquet, 1010 Main St., is making noise again about returning after what feels like years of remodeling.

Now called The Ice Bouquet, it has produced a flier on Facebook for a supposed May 18 grand opening.

"Turn your radio to Wild 101 Idaho's Party Station!" proclaims another post. "The ICE Bouquet's GRAND OPENING countdown begins." There's one of those winking smileys, too. Is that to insinuate this is another false alarm?

Whatever the case, the promotional ties with Wild 101 give you an idea of the vibe that The Ice Bouquet might be aiming for - assuming it is reincarnated.

Among the entertainment at the grand opening: "the beautiful art of pole dancing," the flier promises.


As you've probably heard, folk-rockers The Lumineers will perform a free concert May 28 to the Revolution Center. The question is: How badly do you want to go? Yahoo, the sponsor, isn't exactly making it simple. You'll need to watch the Yahoo on the Road website, Facebook page and Twitter feed, then be prepared to jump through a hoop or two on or around the day of the show. That's when it looks like most of the vouchers for tickets will be handed out.

Check my May 3 Scene column for more insight.


Join Tim Johnstone and I as we play classic music from Son Volt and Primus, new music from Fleetwood Mac and The Hold Steady, and talk about the latest in Treasure Valley music news.

"The Other Studio" airs at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.


- 10 Barrel Brewing Co. has been jam-packed since it opened. But how's the food? We nosh and report.

- After "Iron Man 3," summer-movie season shifts into cruise control with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire in "The Great Gatsby."

Michael Deeds' column runs Fridays in Scene and Sundays in Life. Email: mdeeds@ idahostatesman.com. Twitter: @IDS_Deeds

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