Michael Deeds: Another iconic restaurant closes? Um, yeah

mdeeds@idahostatesman.comMay 24, 2013 

Odds and ends from the past week's entertainment notebook:

• If we cared half as much about restaurants being open as we do about them closing, Murphy's Seafood & Steakhouse would be in business. A short article at IdahoStatesman.com about Murphy's shutting down (details, page 24) racked up pages of comments. It was one of the website's most popular stories in days, if not weeks.

It's an interesting phenomenon. Whenever an iconic, longstanding restaurant shutters, you hear Boiseans sobbing, "Oh, man, that's awful. I LOVED that place!"

When where you last there?

"Um ... ."

• Outdoor summer concert season began May 21 in Boise's East End. The sold-out Imagine Dragons show at the beautiful Idaho Botanical Garden created nirvana on the grass (concert photos, page 19).

Of course, it also caused a temporary planes, trains and automobiles scenario in the surrounding neighborhood. (By "planes" and "trains," I actually mean "bicycles.")

Neighbors can take solace in the knowledge that not every concert will be so well-attended. The only other advance sellout so far is Fun on Aug. 28. When the garden began hosting Outlaw Field shows in 2008, its capacity was 2,500. This number was raised to 4,000 somewhere along the way.

Is a little extra East End traffic worth the trade-off? Heck, yeah.

Then again, I don't live nearby.

• Isn't it supposed to take, like, years to flounder through all the construction and red tape required to get a bar or restaurant open around here? Maybe not.

Crooked Fence Brewing is almost ready to open its new brewpub at 5181 Glenwood St. in Garden City. Co-owner Andy Leathers says that he's secured all the necessary licensing and permitting, often among the final hurdles when a new spot opens.

"Can you believe that?" he says.

Unless unforeseen construction snags arise, Crooked Fence Barrelhouse should be open by mid-June, he says. It will be located in the same plaza as the Revolution Center. With pub grub on the menu, Crooked Fence is already in early talks with Revolution management about the possibility of handling catering for bands.

• Here's the scoop on that free Lumineers concert coming to the 2,200-capacity Revolution Center on May 28 as part of the Yahoo! on the Road tour.

At 10 a.m. May 24, a post on my blog and on Yahoo's website will reveal the passcode and Web address for hundreds of tickets to the show.

Tons of other tickets will be distributed through vouchers handed out May 27 at these Boise locations: noon, Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St.; 2:30 p.m., fountain at the Boise Spectrum, 7701 W. Overland Road; 5 p.m., Urban Outfitters, 328 S. 8th St. You'll need a smartphone.

See my blog for more details.

If you miss out, watch the tour's Twitter account: @YahooOntheRoad. It's possible there will be another giveaway May 28.

• Promotional concerts feel like they're popping up more frequently. In addition to The Lumineers gig, JJ Grey & Mofro is heading to the Egyptian Theatre for a free show Aug. 1. It's part of a national Bud Light event with free concerts in all 50 states. To win tickets and other music-related prizes, snag the Bud Light Music First app from the Apple or Android app stores.

• The thing I remember most about my very memorable phone conversation with Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who died this week at 74, is his devil-may-care attitude. (Obituary, page 35.)

Manzarek almost seemed to savor his well-publicized disagreements with drummer John Densmore. He also wasn't worried about purists. Manzarek rolled into Boise in 2005 to perform Doors music with Ian Astbury of The Cult standing in for the late Jim Morrison.

He told me: "Jim would say, 'For God's sake, go play the songs, Ray!' "

Check out the entire interview on my blog.

• Oh, man! I already took the day off for it! Time to reschedule my entire summer. That totally awesome Barry Manilow concert at Taco Bell Arena in June has been moved to July 13.

• I've got five pairs of free tickets to the Lamb of God and Rusko concerts at the Revolution Center this weekend to give away on my blog. Enter until noon May 24.

Michael Deeds' column runs Fridays and Scene and Sundays in Life. (But not this Sunday.) He appears Thursdays on Channel 6 News.

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