Deeds: Free concert equals big crowd for Eighth & Main

mdeeds@idahostatesman.comJanuary 17, 2014 

Ready to go gaga over Idaho’s tallest building — or at least Goo Goo?

If you’re not doing cartwheels about the Goo Goo Dolls headlining Feb. 15 in Downtown Boise to celebrate the Eighth & Main building’s grand opening, you’re in the minority, buddy.

Boise loves a free party. We clawed our way over fences to see Bret Michaels and the Backstreet Boys at the annual Boise Music Festival. We braved frigid temperatures to witness an elongated potato/doggie-doo sculpture get lowered by a crane on New Year’s Eve.

Do you really think half the state won’t turn out to hear the Goo Goo Dolls perform ’90s rock radio hits “Name” and “Iris”?

Let’s cut presenter Zions Bank some slack. Let’s assume that Hootie and The Blowfish were busy that day. Justin Bieber probably would have been a bad idea, too, even if it would have been fascinating to see how high he could chuck eggs up that skyscraper.

But was a band named the Goo Goo Dolls truly the most fitting choice?

What about Tower of Power?

(That band would have been great — if organizers wanted a few hundred people to show up.)

No, the Goo Goo Dolls are just middle-of-the-road enough to be irresistible to the sought-after masses — and a too-easy target for a cynical, buzz-killing music snob.

In other words, Goo Goo rah rah! This band was the perfect choice.

Assuming that the Spin Doctors, Creed, Nickelback and Hanson weren’t available.

MORE BEER! MORE BEER!

Savor the moment.

We’re sipping our way through a beautiful, innocent era in the Valley’s craft beer scene. Despite the ongoing explosion of breweries, there’s more camaraderie than competition. By summer, there will be so many craft breweries in the Treasure Valley that we will fill our swimming pools with magnificent, Boise-brewed IPA.

The latest brewery to bubble up: Woodland Empire Ale Craft, which opened its tasting room Tuesday at 11th and Front streets.

With as many as 10 additional breweries eventually slated to open in the Valley, will all these beer purveyors remain drinking buddies? Or is it destined for drive-by keg shootings and Molotov-cocktail growlers hurled through windows?

No idea. But it’s a great topic to discuss with a stranger on the nearest brewery bar stool.

FORD IDAHO CENTER?

Now that the Idaho Center has a corporate sponsor, the pressing question is: What should citizens call it? I’m not talking about Ford Idaho Center versus Idaho Center. We smarty-pants types need a silly venue moniker — you know, like Taco Ballerina.

“Bored” instead of Ford? Weak sauce. I’ve also been stumped by CenturyLink Arena since it flipped names again.

Take it from a kid called Dirty Deeds since sixth grade or so: Anything and anyone is fair game in the city of Snarkville. But concert arenas seem particularly popular. See how it goes over with the dude in the security shirt when you gleefully blurt “Yarn Barn” at the Knitting Factory.

It’s also an American tradition that all local media have a nickname, if I’m not mistakesman.

KISS FM RULES RADIO RATINGS

The Arbitron ratings, which measure radio station listener share, were released this week for fall 2013.

The winner: Top 40 station Kiss 103.5 FM, which spanked competitors with a 9.6 share among listeners 12 and older between 6 a.m. and midnight. Country station Wow 104.3 came in second with a 7.1. Mix 106 took third with a 6.7.

In the 25- to 54-year-old demographic, which advertisers watch, Mix 106 FM tied Kiss FM for No. 1 with an 8.7, followed by Wow’s 7.6.

Find complete ratings on my blog. It wasn’t pretty for a few stations.

LAUGH FESTIVAL TAKES OFF

The ambitious Idaho Laugh Festival, which promised 16 shows in five Boise venues last weekend, actually pulled it off.

Better yet, patrons showed up.

Liquid Laughs owner Jeremy Aevermann, who admitted to having his doubts beforehand, called the festival “freakin’ awesome.”

Not to steer you toward the blog again, but you’ll find much more on the Laugh Fest aftermath there.

Michael Deeds’ column runs Fridays in Scene and Sundays in Life.

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