Michael Deeds: Boise Music Festival is back, er, 'Baby Got Back'

mdeeds@idahostatesman.comJune 27, 2014 

Michael Deeds

When Seattle twentysomething Anthony Ray penned the lyrics "I like big butts and I cannot lie" in the early 1990s, there's no way he could have had an inkling that they would define him decades later.

But Ray, aka Sir Mix-A-Lot, has made a career out of his sexually suggestive, tush-worshipping No. 1 smash "Baby Got Back." The song - which he'll revive Saturday, June 28, at the outdoor Boise Music Festival - sold more than 2 million copies in 1992, second only to Whitney Houston's iconic "I Will Always Love You."

Nowadays, "Baby Got Back" feels like a permanent aspect of the American lexicon. Blame J. Lo, Kim Kardashian or Nicki Minaj if you want, but the celebration of bountiful booty has become so deeply sewn into pop culture fabric that the Seattle Symphony even performed "Baby Got Back" three weeks ago. Remember, this is a song once considered so risque that MTV briefly relegated it to night-time-only video status.

If you haven't seen the YouTube video of Sir Mix-A-Lot performing with the Seattle Symphony- it's up to 2.4 million views - go watch it on my blog. You'll die laughing at the sight of 40 women from a symphony-orchestra audience stampeding the stage and gyrating with protruding posteriors. Or maybe you'll die from embarrassment.

Either way, it's a "refined" preview of the potential visual devastation to come at the Boise Music Festival.

When Mix-A-Lot takes the mid-afternoon stage at Expo Idaho and declares that his "anaconda don't want none unless you got buns, hon," it will be like a starter's pistol that unleashes a massive, bent-over ocean of sweaty, jiggling, pasty-white Idaho flesh.

Is Garden City's version of mass twerking something we are prepared to handle?

Word to your eyeballs, Mix-A-Lot: Some things can't be unseen.

Luckily, if the visual potential of "Baby Got Back" terrifies you, it's easy enough to turn the other cheek. You'll find the start times for all the main-stage acts in a quick Boise Music Festival preview on page 18. (Highly recommended: Fitz and the Tantrums at 6:40 p.m.) Plenty of people go in and out of the 12-hour event, although re-entry isn't allowed after 4:30 p.m.

Just be aware: You'll have lots of company, no matter what you decide to do. Last year's turnstile count at Expo Idaho was 83,192 people.

And that was for Vanilla Ice.


• Craft-beer lovers can now fill growlers - aka 64- or 32-ounce glass vessels - at Albertsons on 36th and State streets in Boise.

It's the first Albertsons location to feature a Growler Station. Eight beers are on tap, and the plan is to offer one or two locals and seasonals at all times.

Growler fills are sweeping through the beer-crazy Treasure Valley. In recent months, in-store set-ups from The Growler Station, a California-based company, have appeared in gas stations and other businesses across the state.

New to the growler phenomenon? Albertsons sells empty 64-ounce growlers for the quite-reasonable price of $4.99. Or you can pick up a coupon for a free growler with your first fill on the grocer's Facebook page.

I'll write more about the growler explosion in my "Tapped In" column in next week's Scene.

• Smoke 'em if you got 'em in Garden City. The City Council amended its supposed "smoking ban" this week to allow smoking in bars and bingo halls.

So where exactly is smoking actually going to be banned? Adult video stores? (OK, OK, that was low.)

The proposed ordinance still could be amended before the final stamp of approval, but it looks like good ol' Garden City will continue to be a safe haven for anyone wanting to suck down a pack of non-filter Lucky Strikes in peace.

Crucify me all you want, Smokefree Idaho, but I appreciate the City Council's decision. It's nice to have a small island of freedom inside Boise, even if I almost never set foot in a nightclub where smoking is allowed.

• Headliners have been booked for the annual Hyde Park Street Fair, which will draw tens of thousands to Camel's Back Park in Boise's North End from Sept. 12-14.

They are: Friday - Built To Spill; Saturday - Steve Fulton Music; Sunday - Bill Coffey & His Cash Money Cousins.

Michael Deeds 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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