OK, we know we're not Austin or Nashville or Seattle, but we do have some amazing musicians lurking among us in Boise. Curtis Stigers is one of them - and a busy one at that. This summer, he'll tour in Europe (including a weeklong stint at the legendary Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London), perform at the Albertsons Boise Open and help plan the concert portion of the Mayor's Sesquicentennial Ball this fall. Then he'll release a new album next spring.
A philanthropist in his spare time, Stigers has created the powerhouse benefit Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza, which raises money for Interfaith Sanctuary homeless shelter each year. His latest project is the McCall Jazz Festival, which he's introducing this summer to benefit the Shepherd's Home, a shelter care facility for children in McCall. He's also working on creating a project to benefit and support professional musicians in the Treasure Valley.
Stigers recently was named International Male Singer of the Year at the German Echo Jazz Awards (again!), but he's still quite honored to top little ol' Best of Treasure Valley. "I'm touched to be recognized by my hometown paper," he said in an email from - where else? - overseas. "I'm proud to be a Boisean and an Idahoan, and to be a member of such a lively, thriving and growing music scene. Vive le Boise!"
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