Deeds: Oiled-up bodybuilders to do the ‘Wild Thing’?

mdeeds@idahostatesman.comNovember 1, 2013 

If you’re a shades-wearing rapper from the ’80s, how do you flex your musical muscle in 2013?

By performing at a bodybuilding competition, of course.

Gravel-voiced Tone Loc will rock the after-party of the NPC Idaho Cup on Nov. 9 at the Revolution Center in Garden City ($20, Ticketfly).

Olivia Newton-John must have been unavailable.

Just imagine the scene: Greased-up dudes in tiny bikini briefs gyrating to “Wild Thing” on stage. Better yet, don’t. That’s not actually the plan. (Thank. You. Lord.)

Here’s the deal: After the clenched buttocks and spray tans have left the stage, Tone Loc will bust out an 11 p.m. set featuring his entire catalog of recognizable classics. (“Funky Cold Medina” was his other hit.)

It’s hard to fathom how Tone Loc will keep eyes in the room from wandering away from the stage and toward the nearest mirror. Either way, give the man credit for adapting to his current bread-winning scenario.

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While Tone Loc is beefing things up, other “oldies” acts are toning things down.

A co-worker recently reacted in shock that ’90s alt-rock band Meat Puppets would play a venue as small as Neurolux ($10, TicketWeb, Nov. 24).

Careers wane. That’s just reality. Should they be playing bodybuilding competitions instead?

Modern-rockers Third Eye Blind sold millions of albums behind hits such as the perky “Semi-Charmed Life.” In 2000, the group still had enough momentum to headline what is now called CenturyLink Arena.

On Dec. 17, Third Eye Blind will play the Knitting Factory ($35, TicketWeb).

Think of it this way: Fans will be close enough to see guitar strings and wedding rings — and whether Stephan Jenkins, the only original member with the exception of the drummer, is still a hunk at 49.

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A surprise hit at Treefort Music Fest last March came at the El Korah Shrine Center in Downtown Boise. With its dated, kitschy interior, the 600-capacity, all-ages space felt like a time-warped room about to be headlined by the Brady Bunch.

The Shriners, who sold beer to festivalgoers, were enthused by the music experiment. Consequently, local promoter Duck Club Presents is starting to use El Korah more often.

Oregon band Typhoon played in September. Boise’s own Magic Sword gigged there a couple of weeks ago. Athens, Ga., rockers Of Montreal — who played the Treefort main stage in 2012 — will perform Nov. 5 ($15, theduckclub.com).

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An acoustically well-designed room means little without quality audio equipment. So nobody should blink an eye about the fact that the Velma V. Morrison Center just installed a new d&b audiotechnik V-series system with a cost of about $300,000.

It was time.

“The old one was really old,” Morrison Center executive director James Patrick says.

The new equipment — underwritten by the Morrison Center Endowment Foundation — will help the center continue to try to appeal to a wider range of Idahoans, Patrick says.

Like that Kenny Rogers concert Feb. 23, 2014. (Yeah, baby, crank it! I want to hear “Coward of the County” at 120 decibels!)

A state-of-the-art system also made sense as a long-term investment. The center, which promotes many of its own shows nowadays, no longer will have to bring in an outside system to meet modern needs. It also can offer to rent its in-house system to performers.

Fans at last weekend’s Trey McIntyre Project fall show were the first to hear it. The music of rock band Queen boomed in the 2,037-seat venue. People stomped and clapped along to “We Will Rock You.”

The sound system “really rocked the house,” Patrick says. “It was awesome.”

You know what this all means, of course. We are now free to complain endlessly about the sound systems at every other venue in town.

Michael Deeds’ column runs Fridays in Scene and Sundays in Life. He co-hosts “The Other Studio” at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River and appears Thursdays on Channel 6 News.

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