Deeds: Alive After Five’s next location: Your backyard?

mdeeds@idahostatesman.comFebruary 21, 2014 

Last Saturday’s Eighth & Main celebration is history. Main Street has been reopened to traffic. The Gardner Company and the city of Boise can get down to their next tall order of business: Messing with Alive After Five.

For almost three decades, Alive After Five has rocked The Grove plaza each summer. But it’s a stone’s throw away from the planned site of the nine-story Clearwater Building — part of the Gardner Co.’s $70 million City Center Plaza.

Downtown Boise’s free Wednesday concert series will not wind up canceled, promises Karen Sander, executive director of the Downtown Boise Association. But there is a chance Alive After Five could get relocated — either nudged to a different part of the plaza, or booted entirely.

“Until we know what Gardner’s construction schedule is, our plan is to continue to host Alive After Five on the plaza this summer,” Sander says. “We may have to adjust where we set up our infrastructure according to their construction footprint. We are looking into backup locations, just in case the plaza is not an option.”

Here’s a philanthropic suggestion for the Gardner suits: Peel a few bills off that $70 million wad, boys. Donate to Alive After Five. You can afford it. How much did you blow redesigning that spire that looked like a Mormon temple?

If Boiseans are going to be inconvenienced by your rubble the next couple of summers, it sure would be nice to hear a few higher-tier bands at Alive After Five. Your jackhammers hurt our ears. Make them feel better with improved music.

No, I am not talking about the Goo Goo Dolls.

However, since someone asked me this Saturday night: You can bet that the Goo Goos’ price to play for Boise topped Alive After Five’s entire season band budget.


Chilly or not, it was a blast feeling all the energy and smiles at the Eighth & Main bash.

Consequently, wouldn’t it be fun to experience a Saturday-night Downtown Boise party more often? (And in warmer weather?)

Since I’m already on a soapbox, here’s another ingenious idea: Some promoter needs to launch a semi-regular series Saturday nights Downtown. The city needs to bend over backward to cooperate.


We’re on another streak of restaurant closures. If you haven’t already heard about Cafe Ole and Le Cafe De Paris in Boise, now you have. More about that here.

Here’s another retail death that brew aficionados will hate: Beer haven Brewforia in Eagle will have its final day of business March 1: “It’s something we’ve been fighting for a while now,” owner Rick Boyd says, “but the extreme inconsistency in traffic and the mounting monthly losses really left us no choice.”

Boyd hopes to relocate the restaurant part of Brewforia, Grind Modern Burger, to a new space. Brewforia’s Meridian location at 3030 E. Overland Road remains open.


FM station 100.7 KQBL debuted a week ago with a new format: “The Bull.”

We now have four FM country stations in the Boise area.

Is that enough? Ya think?

Actually, it’s not unheard of. Smaller market Billings, Mont., has four FM country stations along with a solid AM competitor. This was pointed out to me by Kevin Godwin, regional vice president for Townsquare Media, which operates Boise’s No. 1 country outfit, Wow 104.3.

Godwin is pragmatic about the appearance of The Bull. Each of the four country stations will do something a little different, he says. It appears that The Bull will target a somewhat older country fan — someone more interested in music from the 1980s through 2000s than, say, the latest Taylor Swift hit.

If you’re like me and rolled your eyes when you heard about The Bull, here’s another thing to remember: Our airwaves are crowded. Unless a station gambles on an unproven, risky new format, there’s not much left to try that can surprise us.


The annual Boise Music Festival — put on at Expo Idaho by Townsquare Media — will happen June 28 this year, earlier than normal. Expect headliner announcements to trickle out soon.


Popular Downtown hangout Taphouse Pub & Eatery, 760 W. Main St., found itself without a liquor license early this year. But it recently got its hands on another one: “We’re officially full go on the booze again,” owner Brian Forde says.

I’ll have a Patron, please.

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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