Michael Deeds: M-80s, Sasquatch, and Barenaked Ladies in the river

mdeeds@idahostatesman.comJune 30, 2013 

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Blues- and soul-loving Robert Cray is returning for a show at the Egyptian Theatre. Get tickets at egyptiantheatre.net.

I don't care how many "greatest place to live" lists this city makes. For a kid simply wanting to blow stuff up, Boise is a terrible place to be.

Get caught with small sack of M-80s around July 4? Might as well be crack cocaine.

Shooting bottle rockets? Do you want prison time, boy?

Look, I get it. Fire is a problem here in the Sahara Desert. But three years ago, I had one of my hourly awesome ideas: We designate Ann Morrison Park as a legal fireworks zone, surround it with fire trucks, then let our kids go nuts for a week or two around the Fourth of July.

I proposed this idea to Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan. He sounded rather incredulous, but to my surprise, it was not because of my obvious brilliance.

"It's not just about starting fires. It's about being injured," he told me. "So you want to put them all together and (have kids) fire them off ... in one area?"

Come on. It would be fun!

"We go to medical calls all the time because of fireworks," Doan said, all buzzkill-like and stuff.

Needless to say, that spark of genius got doused. (For the time being. Don't worry, kids, I will never stop fighting for our cause.)

Fortunately, Boise does have one July 4 perk that many of us never got to enjoy as children, and it's probably safer: the annual fireworks display at Ann Morrison Park.

The party lasts all day. The Idaho Statesman Chalk Art Festival kicks off at 8 a.m. Live bands will rock the stage starting at 3 p.m. The pyro gets unleashed at 10:15, accompanied by a soundtrack. The fireworks will be broadcast live on KIVI Channel 6 and simulcast on 107.1 FM K-Hits.

Amid all the predictable song choices, you will notice French electronic duo Daft Punk's latest single, "Get Lucky," played during part of the display.

Boise is far from progressive about its fireworks laws, but at least we're taking small steps forward with the theme music.

CONCERT UPDATE

- Coming to the Egyptian Theatre in Boise: Robert Cray Band, Aug. 18; The Waterboys, Oct. 12.

- Coming to the Knitting Factory in Boise: Los Lonely Boys, Sept. 8; Anathema, Sept. 26; Zedd, Oct. 1; Beats Antique, Oct. 4; Blue October, Oct. 5.

- The Kenny Loggins show slated for July 16 at the Revolution Center has been canceled because of that popular excuse known as "scheduling conflicts."

LADIES IN THE WATER

Pop-rockers Barenaked Ladies aren't just paying lip service on stage when they tell fans that they love this city.

The group, which visited Boise for the third time in four years when it performed Friday at the Idaho Botanical Garden, knows that Boise is a cool place.

It's a tradition for the Ladies to float the Boise River when performing here. So the day before their show, the stylish-hat-wearing, sun-safe Canadians let KIVI Channel 6 film them when they took the plunge with their inner tubes.

"Actually," frontman Ed Robertson said, "the first time we said Boise was one of our favorite cities in America, we got a bunch of skeptical emails. 'Like, dude why are you making fun of Boise?' We're like, no, we were being serious, Boise. We love it here!"

SASQUATCH EXPANDS

Heading to Washington for the Sasquatch Music Festival is an annual Memorial Day weekend journey for many Boiseans.

Now it could be a Fourth of July road trip, too.

The Gorge Amphitheatre event, which began as one day more than a decade ago, eventually grew to four. Next year, it will split into two three-day festivals with separate lineups: May 23-25 and July 4-6.

Considering that this year's festival sold out in 90 minutes, it's an outstanding idea. More information: sasquatchfestival.com.

TONIGHT IN 'THE OTHER STUDIO'

Your hosts, Tim Johnstone and I, will be all over the map and having a blast, as always. You'll hear new music from Jason Isbell, The Pixies, Franz Ferdinand, Mavis Staples, John Fogerty and more. My personal fave: "Ill Submarine," the mash-up of The Beatles and Beastie Boys from DJ BC that reportedly sent the RIAA into a tizzy last week.

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

COMING IN SCENE

- Blood will spill! Idaho Shakespeare Festival opens "Sweeney Todd."

- "The Lone Ranger" hits movie theaters.

- Restaurant review: Eagle's new German-food mecca, Schnitzel Garten.

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

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