Garden City's Revolution Center is revving up Thursdays beginning Feb. 13 with out-of-state DJs, an intimate new stage setup and laser-fueled dance parties.
Partnering with Kiss 103.5 FM, the concert house will launch "Club Rev," a Top 40/dance/electronic/ hip-hop series. It's free to anyone 21 and older. If you're 18 to 20, it will cost $5. Nobody younger than 18 will be admitted. If you're older than 30, your brain will explode, raining gray matter onto the crowd along with the confetti.
"The overall concept is that we're fully adding all this sound, lights, new side stage, cutting down the room, adding lasers, confetti, CO2 cannons, and bringing in major talents," RevCenter owner Creston Thornton says. "We'll have national DJs from Vegas, L.A., New York."
"Club Rev" will be hosted by Kiss FM personality Lucky Tha DJ, who will broadcast live from the event.
Here's the schedule so far. Party starts at 9 p.m. sharp:
Feb. 13: Candyland
Feb. 20: Coyote Kisses
Feb. 27: TWRK (Guess how that one's pronounced, Miley?)
March 6: Tory Lanez
March 13: Rock-it! Scientists
March 20: Caked Up
March 27: Willy Joy
April 3: Grandtheft
Anyone who's been to the RevCenter in the past will get their mind twisted by the room's layout, which will be rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise. A new stage will be on the left wall of the room. The back half of the building will be curtained off, including the regular stage, creating a smaller, sweatier atmosphere. The same setup will be used for coming gigs by T-Mills and Pegboard Nerds and possibly other concerts that might have been considered exclusively Knitting Factory-sized before.
"A lot of stuff has been coming across our plate that would be great for 500, 600, 700 people," Thornton says, "and in our 2,200-capacity room, it just didn't work. It's just a cooler setup, so if there's 600 people there, it's going to be nice and full."
The Revolution Center, which opened in August of 2012, tried to launch a dance series in 2013. But Thornton says there wasn't the right energy to make it succeed long-term. This time will be different, he says.
"We didn't have a radio station behind it," he explains, pointing out that Kiss FM was No. 1 in the most recent Arbitron radio ratings. "And we didn't have a huge production. I think a year later, it's a really different vibe."
IMAGINE A LARGE CROWD
If you are going to Saturday night's Imagine Dragons concert at Taco Bell Arena, plan for traffic.
The show is sold out, meaning there will be at least twice as many fans as there were in May 2013, when the group played the sold-out, 4,000-capacity Idaho Botanical Garden.
BREAK A LEG, SCREECH
It is difficult to perform stand-up when you cannot stand up.
Consequently, Dustin Diamond aka Screech, the resident geek on the defunct sitcom "Saved By the Bell" is not fulfilling his four-day run of planned appearances this week at Liquid Laughs in Boise. At least not for a few months.
Screech phoned me Wednesday to say he was wearing a large cast, making it difficult to move.
No, that stupid jock Slater didn't beat him up. A day earlier, Diamond stepped out of his car at home, slipped on a patch of Wisconsin ice and broke his lower right leg, he said.
Yo, Screech: Is there a scientific name for the bone you broke? Let me rephrase that: Are you smart enough to know the scientific name?
"I should be," he said. "I spent 10 years in high school. But I'm not."
Let's hope it wasn't his funny bone. Diamond, 37, promises to "go the extra mile" during make up dates May 1-4 at Liquid Laughs. If you bought tickets to the postponed shows, you can go to a free gig from replacement headliner Sean Peabody this weekend. And call (208) 941-2459 to reschedule your Diamond show for May or get a refund.
BOISE BANDS TO REUNITE
Quick, '80s/'90s music historians: Can you remember all these local acts? Caustic Resin, Graveltruck, Haggis, El Dopamine, MC Shake, The Melting, Splinter.
They'll perform at a special "History of Boise Rock Showcase" March 19 at El Korah Shrine as part of Treefort Music Fest. Wear flannel.
Michael Deeds' column runs Fridays in Scene and Sundays in Life.