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Here’s who’s at Alive After Five next week — and the rest of the summer

If you haven’t made it down to Alive After Five yet, don’t panic. The Grove Plaza concert series, which heads into its fourth week on Wednesday, is just getting started.

Gritty singer-guitarist Jamie McLean and his band will headline the free event with opener Tylor & The Train Robbers, but there’s plenty more music to come in July and August. (And a solid adult-beverage selection, too.)

The Downtown Boise Association just released the rest of the season’s concert lineup. Information from the press release, including descriptions of the acts, is below.


Headliner: JEFF CROSBY

Opener: Thistledown

Born and raised in Idaho, Jeff Crosby has been sharing his unique perspective of Americana throughout the U.S. and beyond for the past decade. Crosby has now returned to his band, The Refugees, full time and moved to Nashville where he’s finishing a new album.



Opener: Red Light Challenge

The Riffbrokers, a Northwest power-pop twang outfit, formed in 1999 in Boise. Band nucleus Nick and Heather Millward moved to Seattle the following year. They’ve traveled the country since and released over five full-length albums on their homemade label Unsmashable Records.


Headliner: MAGIC GIANT

Opener: Pure Ivy

Just before Magic Giant began their road tour last year, their single “Set on Fire” began heating up. Independently released, it went from their studio to #4 on Spotify’s U.S. Viral 50, eventually amassing nearly 4 million streams in less than a year. Billboard claimed, “With a joyful live show the band is inspiring mass dance-alongs,” while NPR wrote, “Magic Giant captures the energy and spirit of the past few waves of upbeat, passionate indie-folk.”



Opener: Jonathan Warren and The Billy Goats

Hailing from North Lake Tahoe, California, Americana band Dead Winter Carpenters has built a reputation for pouring their heart and soul into each performance. Dead Winter Carpenters harmoniously blends refined musical ability with a scarcely restrained tendency to let it all hang out. The result is a controlled burn, a riveting sound, and a connection with fans that sells out shows.

AUG. 2


Opener: Haywire Hopefuls

A throwback to the horn-tinged rock of the ’60s and ’70s, Super Doppler is melodic and rootsy. Originally formed as Major and the Monbacks in Norfolk, Virginia, the group’s 2015 self-titled debut album was well received, garnering online and alt-press attention, which helped raise the band’s profile. In June of 2017, Major and the Monbacks changed their name to Super Doppler and independently released “Moonlight Anthems.”

AUG. 9

Headliner: SCARS ON 45

Opener: Know Reaction

An English Indie-Rock band, Scars on 45 gained notoriety when their song “Beauty’s Running Wild” was featured in an episode of CSI New York. The band’s single, “Heart on Fire” was selected as the lead song for the eighth season soundtrack for ABC’s top rated hospital drama, Grey’s Anatomy. The band released “Scars on 45,” their first full-length studio album in April, 2012. The album was selected by the editors at Amazon.com as number 7 out of 50 “Best Albums of 2012.”

AUG. 16

Headliner: JUKE DADDYS

Opener: Blues Addicts and Brass Tacks

About Juke Daddy’s: From their hometown in Idaho City, the Juke Daddys are a hard hitting Rockabilly Blues trio. Searing guitar and a rock solid rhythm section sets a blues groove ranging from good old Delta stylings to hard rocking Texas blues and all points in between. The band has performed throughout the Northwest and represented the Boise Blues Society at the 2013 International Blues Challenge.

AUG. 23


Opener: Rebecca Scott Band

Electronic reggae-dub jam band innovators, Jon Wayne and The Pain have been mesmerizing fans for nearly a decade with their signature blend of electronic beats fused with upbeat roots-reggae music and psychedelic funk.

AUG. 30


Opener: Low-Fi

Stagger is a Canadian alternative country singer-songwriter. He released his debut independent EP, “Six Tales of Danger,” in 2002. Stagger’s 11th studio recording, “Love Versus,” was just released in spring.

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