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5 Things to Do This Weekend in Boise

Sorta can’t blame Kongos for having big heads. Their hit, “Come With Me Now,” has over 66 million views on YouTube.
Sorta can’t blame Kongos for having big heads. Their hit, “Come With Me Now,” has over 66 million views on YouTube.


Take a deep breath, ’cause here we go: Veteran metalheads Testament will thrash Friday at the Revolution Center with openers Sepultura and Prong. Indie-dance group Rubblebucket will get the crowd bouncing Friday at Neurolux with analog-synth locals Dirty Moogs. The Boise Blues Society will celebrate 25 years Saturday at the Mardi Gras. South African bros Kongos will unleash their hit “Come With Me Now” Saturday at Neurolux with opener Mother Mother. SoCal reggae band Fortunate Youth will groove Sunday at the Reef. And Oddisee will rap Sunday night at Neurolux.

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If you’re in a family mood, good on you. There’s a ton of stuff going on, ranging from American Civil War Living History Day at Eagle Island State Park to the fifth annual Idaho Archaeology Fair in Downtown Boise. Click the link for the entire list and all the deets, Dad.

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Oh wait, it’s Mother’s Day — don’t forget that. Here’s a huge list of Boise restaurants serving up special Mother’s Day menus and deals. Or head out winery hopping all weekend on the Sunnyslope Wine Trail.

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Ah, you knew that was comin’, right? Bogus Basin and Payette Brewing are joining forces Friday for an anniversary bash — 75 and 6, respectively — in the outdoor beer garden at Payette. And Mother Earth Brew Co. in Nampa will bust out some rare and special suds for its own anniversary party Saturday. While you’re at it, buy a sixer of new peanut butter beer this weekend.


In case you haven’t heard, Pollo Rey Mexican Rotisserie not only hasn’t closed yet, it’s also the new pop-up music venue for Boise All-ages Movement Project (B-AMP). On Saturday night for a mere $5, check out Los Angeles-based Banny Grove with Kathleen Williams, Magic Hero and Ana Lete. And, yes, over-21 types, you can now order beer again at Pollo Rey.

In this video shot in May 2017, David Roberts, brand manager for Pollo Rey, Bittercreek Alehouse and Red Feather Lounge, talks about the restaurant deciding to delay its closure planned earlier this year -- and then hosting live music this summer.

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