Curtis Stigers has nothing against Idahoans enjoying serene evenings on Payette Lake in McCall. But the Boise singer-saxophonist is hoping that for one afternoon and evening Aug. 10, vacationers will leave the comfort of their summer homes and join him for the first McCall Jazz Festival.
"Get off your dock!" he demands, laughing.
The event, which Stigers will host on the grassy grounds of the McCall Golf Club, offers something that doesn't fill the pine-scented air in this town often: world-class jazz. In what has become the Stigers norm, the festival also has a philanthropic dimension - it benefits The Shepherd's Home, a McCall destination for Idaho kids needing foster care.
Stigers and his band will perform, along with friends The Paul Tillotson Trio, guitarist-singer Matt Munisteri and his group, plus John "Scrapper" Sneider with the Matthew Fries Trio. (Sneider is Stigers' trumpet player; Fries is his pianist.)
Stigers says he's been eyeing McCall for a while. He and festival co-producer Jodi Peterson had hoped to create a satellite version their annual, Christmas-time Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza, which raised more than $100,000 for Boise's Interfaith Sanctuary last year.
Exploring options, they visited The Shepherd's Home as a possible beneficiary: "It was really a moving experience," Stigers says, "and we really wanted to make it work. But we couldn't find a concert venue in the winter that would work."
When he was approached this spring about possibly performing at the McCall golf course, everything sort of fell into place: Why not create a full-on summer jazz festival?
Unlike the musicians at the three-night Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza, musicians in McCall will be paid. Asking them to volunteer would be a huge donation of time and travel. "But we will give The Shepherd's Home a nice big check at the end of this," Stigers promises, "And I'm really proud of that."
Socialite-friendly jazz fans can attend a cocktail party and nosh Aug. 9 at Rupert's at Hotel McCall. The Matthew Fries Trio will perform with guests sitting in, including Stigers.
It's all part of a busy summer for Stigers. He just returned from two-and-a-half weeks of shows overseas last month. On July 4, he performed at the Vail Jazz Festival in Colorado. This weekend, he trekked to Tamarack to play a private house gig, one of many he auctioned off at the Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza.
Stigers will perform July 26 at the Albertsons Boise Open, adding a new music component to the event, which raised more than $1 million for charity in 2012.
And he'll head to Germany for gigs in early August - days before the McCall Jazz Festival.
Stigers is hopeful and confident that McCall-area residents will turn out. In his experience, locals in mountain-town Idaho appreciate special events, he says.
"I played up there at Roseberry," Stigers remembers. "We had a massive sold-out show. Just like a sea of people dancing to my jazz band. It was a great thing."
The key to making the McCall festival a ringing success will be getting the big-city folks on vacation to show up, too.
"We're really trying to get to them, drag them off their docks and get them out for an afternoon of fun," he says. "I truly believe that we can do it."
Tickets and information about the McCall Jazz Festival and Rupert's event: CurtisStigers.com
Tickets and information about Stigers' Albertsons Boise Open performance: AlbertsonsBoiseOpen.com
MASSV, MCCALL MUSIC FESTS PLAN RETURN IN 2014
Organizers behind the first McCall Music Festival and second annual MASSV Music & Arts Showcase in Sun Valley say they plan to offer the Fourth of July weekend events again next year.
The McCall shows, which featured acts such as Pat Benatar and Big Head Todd & the Monsters, were attended by about 3,400 fans during two nights at the Manchester Ice & Event Centre.
MASSV, an outdoor electronic and hip-hop music festival held at River Run at the base of Bald Mountain, attracted more than 3,000 fans over a three-day period.
It looks like MASSV may not be quite as wild a party in 2013. From an article in the Idaho Mountain Express: "Ketchum Mayor Randy Hall said that as a result of excessive noise at the event, he will ask the City Council to reduce the allowable noise level in Ketchum, require next year's MASSV event to end earlier than this year's 2 a.m. cutoff, and require speakers next year to point toward Baldy rather than toward town."
These newly announced shows went on sale this weekend:
- Snoop Dog aka Snoop Lion: 8 p.m. Aug. 26, Revolution Center, Garden City. $35 general, $55 VIP. Ticketfly.
- Reckless Kelly: 8 p.m. Sept. 5, Revolution Center, $22.50 general, $42.50 VIP. Ticketfly.
- KMFDM: 8 p.m. Oct. 21, Knitting Factory, Boise. $20, TicketWeb.
- Gaelic Storm: 8:30 p.m. Nov. 5, Knitting Factory. $20. TicketWeb.
- Momix - Botanica: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $29.50, $39.50. Boise State Tickets.
TONIGHT IN 'THE OTHER STUDIO'
Fahd Ismael of Boise hard rock/metal band Fly2Void will stop by the studio. Plus, co-host Tim Johnstone and I will spin music from Pearl Jam, Snoop Lion, Jimmy Eat World and more. "The Other Studio" airs at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.
IN SCENE JULY 19
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Michael Deeds' column runs Fridays in Scene and Sundays in Life. Email: email@example.com. Twitter: @IDS_Deeds