Words & Deeds

NO SOUP FOR YOU! (Pack sandwiches at Mellencamp instead)

Boom! (Er, Boomer!) John Mellencamp is headed to Outlaw Field.
Boom! (Er, Boomer!) John Mellencamp is headed to Outlaw Field. Invision/AP

Quiche? Sure. House salad?

Sounds good.

If you win the brunch for two at next month’s Kif Brown Foundation Wine Auction & Gala, feel free to order anything you want at Richard’s restaurant the next day.

Well, almost anything.

You might want to pass on the soup.

Actor Larry Thomas will attend the March 18 wine auction at Telaya Wine Co., 240 E. 32nd St. in Garden City. The next day, he will sit down for Sunday brunch with a silent auction winner and guest. Every person at Downtown Boise’s newly opened Richard’s — waitstaff included — will be grinning and waiting.

Still recognizable as the infamous, mustachioed Soup Nazi from TV’s “Seinfeld,” Thomas simply has to revive his volatile character from the classic 1995 episode for a minute or two, right?


Is there a single one of us who hasn’t barked that line at least once in our lives?

Thomas is a friend of an auction committee member with The Kif Brown Foundation, a Boise nonprofit that provides cancer patients with personalized guidance. His Soup Nazi meal is just one of the intriguing items at the silent auction. Others range from a guitar autographed by Allison Krauss and Jamey Johnson to a rod-and-reel freshwater fishing trip for two anywhere in the contiguous United States.

And, naturally, there will be many notable wines auctioned during the event — 150 of them from Kif Brown’s collection. Brown, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2015, was an enthusiastic wine collector.

Tickets to the auction and gala are $60 at bit.ly/kbfwine2017, where you’ll also find information about the foundation, sponsoring, volunteering or donating an item to the event.

Anybody got a puffy shirt to auction off? It sure would look good at that brunch.

R.O.C.K. in the B.O.I.S.E.

Concert tickets can be painfully spendy.

But paying $75.50 to sit in the grass, enjoy a picnic and watch John Mellencamp in concert?

Hurts so good.

Especially when Emmylou Harris and Carlene Carter will be the opening acts. Especially when you consider that Mellencamp hasn’t performed in Boise since forever ago. (Has he played here since 1992 at the BSU Pavilion, now Taco Bell Arena?)

The concert — Wednesday, June 7, at the Idaho Botanical Garden’s popular Outlaw Field — goes on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 24 at Ticketmaster. Based on the show’s 6:30 p.m. start time, Boise is in for a substantial night of dancing, anthems and memories.

Mellencamp, 65, will have no shortage of ammunition. He’s the quintessential tenacious heartland rocker of the 1980s. Do these tunes make you reminisce? “Jack & Diane,” “Pink Houses,” “Crumblin’ Down,” “Authority Song,” “Cherry Bomb,” “Small Town,” “Lonely Ol’ Night,” “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.” ...

Mellencamp is the third concert confirmed this year at Outlaw Field. The other two are Santana (June 27, sold out) and Diana Krall (July 29).

Chance the Rapper, Tosh.0 concerts

Chicago hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper made history when he won three Grammy Awards last Sunday. Now the 23-year-old has made plans for another first: a Nampa visit.

Chance will perform at 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, at the Ford Idaho Center. Tickets are on sale now at ICTickets for $39.50, and $59.50. The $79.50 seats are sold out.

Chance the Rapper won Best New Artist, Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance at the Grammys. The accomplishment was historic because of Chance’s unusual path to stardom. His award-winning album, “Coloring Book,” is a streaming-only release. He snagged seven Grammy nominations only after The Recording Academy eased its rules in 2016 and allowed streaming services into the mix.

Chance isn’t signed to a record label, and he gives away his music. Bearing that in mind, this is one of those rare times that it seems unfair to grumble about the price of concert tickets.

Chance the Rapper drew about 800 people to the Revolution Center in Garden City in 2013.

▪  Comedian Daniel Tosh will return for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, at Taco Bell Arena. Tosh, who has mocked internet videos on Comedy Central’s “Tosh.0” for nearly a decade, last visited Boise in 2010 when he headlined at the Morrison Center.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for $45, $59.50 and $75 at Ticketmaster or the Taco Bell Arena box office.

▪  The Descendents, a hugely influential punk band, have been booked for an 8 p.m. concert Sunday, Aug. 27, at the Revolution Center in Garden City.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for $29.50 general admission, $59.50 VIP, at Ticketfly.

Michael Deeds: 208-377-6407, @michaeldeeds