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9 bands to see at Alive After Five in June

Alive After Five will kick off its season June 7 at the newly revamped Grove Plaza in Downtown Boise.
Alive After Five will kick off its season June 7 at the newly revamped Grove Plaza in Downtown Boise. Statesman file

Alive After Five is back. After temporarily relocating to The Basque Block last summer to accommodate construction, the free music series will return to the newly renovated Grove Plaza on June 7.

Held on Wednesdays, Alive After Five has been a tradition in Downtown Boise for three decades. The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and features a headlining act and a local opener.

Here’s what the Downtown Boise Association has lined up for us in June.

June 7: Shook Twins

Alive After Five’s opening day is the official coming-out party for the spiffed-up Grove Plaza and its fancy new fountain, shade umbrellas and fresh seating. Because of this, the party starts early and features two opening acts. Guitarist-singer Ned Evett will perform at 4:25 p.m.; singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Steve Fulton will gig at 5:15. The Shook Twins, who were raised in Sandpoint, hit the stage at 6:15 p.m. The Shooks are part folk-pop act, part groove band — and a lot of fun. They’ve headlined Alive After Five before. A blend of beatboxing, rapping and singing, the medley below is basically the Shooks’ “Freebird.”

June 14: Western Centuries

Seattle country band Western Centuries has visited Boise before. The group, which alternates between three lead vocalists, gigged last summer at Neurolux. If you’re into old-school honky-tonk music, this is your ticket. (Somebody book these guys at the Ranch Club when it reopens.) The local opener will be Idyltime.

June 21: Too Slim and The Taildraggers

Fans of slide guitar and rocked-up blues are familiar with Tim “Too Slim” Langford. An award-winning performer, he’s been tearing up the Northwest for 30 years with his backing band, The Taildraggers. The cool thing? Langford recently moved to Eagle, Idaho. Yeah, Too Slim and the Taildraggers can be considered a local band. Opening: Zack Quintana Band.

June 28: Jamie McLean Band

Formerly the guitarist for the New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Jamie McLean branched out on his own in 2006. Now based in New York, the Jamie McLean Band specializes in gritty rock and roll. The group’s sound appeals to the Southern-rock contingent of the jam-band crowd. The Jamie McLean Band has hit the road with acts such as Gov’t Mule, Gregg Allman, Drive-By Truckers and North Mississippi Allstars. Local opener: Tylor and the Train Robbers.

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