Giving to charity rocks and nothing beats being able to physically rock out while writing that check.
Maybe thats why Boises annual Concert for Cause and Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza are so popular. Heres the scoop on my two favorite holiday fundraisers in the Treasure Valley.
CONCERT FOR CAUSE
During the last decade, 94.9 FM The Rivers annual Concert for Cause has raised about $170,000.
This years show Wednesday at the Knitting Factory will be headlined by Spokane-raised singer-songwriter Tyrone Wells. Hell be joined by opener Steven McMorran of Los Angeles alt-rock band Satellite.
Four dollars from each ticket sold goes to the Womens and Childrens Alliance, plus proceeds after expenses. Theres also a silent auction before the concert. But the big earner is the live auction, which happens between sets.
Hot auction items include guitars autographed by John Mayer and Fun, a ski package, and a trip to Las Vegas to see Cirque du Soleils The Beatles Love.
The hard-core River-listener highlight is a special compilation CD that includes the years best performances from the stations Listener Lounge, a series of on-air mini-concerts.
Whoever buys that CD gets two seats to every River session we do the following year, program director Tim Johnstone says. Sometimes, thats 30 sessions.
Having witnessed the intimate gig Imagine Dragons did in May, I can attest to the coolness of that.
Silent auction at 6:30 p.m., music at 8, Dec. 18, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $20. TicketWeb.
XTREME HOLIDAY XTRAVAGANZA
The good: The eighth annual Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza raised more than $100,000 last year for homeless shelter Interfaith Sanctuary.
The bad: You likely arent going, unless youve bought a ticket. All three nights are sold out. (You do have one more shot at getting tickets: The Statesman is giving away a pair of tickets to each of the Xtravaganzas three performances. Enter to win at IdahoStatesman.com/contests. The deadline is Dec. 18.)
We need the Egyptian to be three times as big, singer and host Curtis Stigers says.
Thats not going to happen. So Stigers will be grateful, he says, if you instead consider donating to the Adopt-a-Family Giving Program or Avenues for Hope Camp. Find out more at InterfaithSanctuary.org.
Apparently, theyre short on everything this year. We gave $100,000 last year, and still the need is so great, Stigers says. Theyve got so many families there that theyre still pressed.
There are only so many tickets we can sell, unfortunately.
Fans who attend the Xtravaganza will be treated to fun from The Fool Squad, plus holiday joy and unpredictability from an array of musical acts. Some of this years highlights include Eilen Jewell, Emily Braden, Oinkari Basque Dancers and a.k.a. Belle. About 20 acts perform each night.
At fund-raising auctions, concertgoers will be able to bid on private house shows by Stigers and Bill Coffey. Bring your checkbook, Stigers urges. Were happy to do them, but we dont do them for cheap.
7:30 p.m. Dec. 21-23, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise. InterfaithSanctuary.org
TONIGHT IN THE OTHER STUDIO
Its all-over-the-map night for Tim Johnstone and me. Well talk about Boise folk-rock band Hollow Wood, spin new music from Roseanne Cash, and consider new box sets from The Clash, The Beach Boys and more.
The Other Studio airs at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.
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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. Twitter: @IDS_Deeds