Words & Deeds

Don't risk being shut out of coming Big Easy concerts

From the entertainment notebook:

CONCERT UPDATE: Bust out your moldy money or wind up like the chumps who were too late to get tickets to next week's sold-out Ween and Panic! At The Disco shows.

Big Easy gigs by MxPx (Aug. 17), Ted Nugent (Aug. 28), Mastodon (Sept. 21) and Rob Zombie (Sept. 26) go on sale at 10 a.m. today at TicketWeb.

Will the Nuge ever wear out his welcome? Terrible Ted was just here last August. Look, I get it: Idaho is where Nugent can wave around machine guns on stage, gleefully tout the anniversary of the atomic bombing of "the Japs," or refer to California as a "sinking Hispanic ship." He got cheered doing all of those things last time. And, OK, the guy still shreds on "Stranglehold."

But, still, an annual visit?

"He puts on a great show, and the crowd comes out every single year," said Molly King of promoter Bravo Entertainment.

BAR CRACKDOWN? Over-serving is one of the many issues that a new Downtown Boise Task Force plans to discuss at its first meeting today.

Hammered bar-goers create serious problems. Downtown is right to protect its image.

Educating bar staff seems like a natural first step. Demanding accountability from the minority of bars that produce the majority of super-drunks is next.

But I've also heard wind of a troubling possibility — an ordinance that would target all-you-can-drink and late-night drink specials.

Over-service should be addressed. But an ordinance? No! No! No! Unless, of course, I'm the only person who still values living in a free-market society.

TO AIR IS HUMAN: Craig "Hott Lixx Hulahan" Billmeier, the 2006 U.S. Air Guitar Champion, will visit Boise on Thursday — but not to play air guitar.

Billmeier also plays drums in punk act This is My Fist, which will headline a 7 p.m. gig at Grove Street Concert House that includes Manville and Hummingbird of Death.

No word on whether Billmeier is an air multi-instrumentalist. But if he's able to handle air drums, my college roommate proved repeatedly that Rush's "Tom Sawyer" is top-notch material.

RIVER FUZZ: Ponch and Jon made being a cop look pretty cushy on the late '70s TV sitcom "CHiPs." But cruising on motorcycles is nothing to the Boise Police Department.

Imagine walking into morning roll call and having your sergeant order you to spend the day on the Boise River: "Here's some suntan lotion. Hey — let's be careful out there!"

Boise Police are paddling three catarafts — and riding mountain bikes — to monitor floaters this summer. A few citations have been issued. But most tubers comprehend that brewskies are banned since the city cracked down in 2005. (Or, at least, that innocent-looking Nalgene bottles are a wiser option. Yes, I'm still bitter.)

"Behavior on the river seems to be staying very cordial, very family-friendly," Capt. Jim Kerns said.

Excellent. However, men in blue, if you notice a peaceful protester in an inflatable Captain Morgan yacht firing beer-filled water-balloon cannonballs? Please remember: Ponch and Jon never used their guns.

IT MUST BE 1989: Alt-rockers Camper Van Beethoven have been added to the Cracker concert Aug. 23 at The Big Easy.

ROYAL FLUSH: Here's proof — 80 proof — that the influx of out-of-staters has made Idaho richer. Four years ago, the Idaho State Liquor Dispensary's No. 1-selling 750- milliliter bottle was Black Velvet.

Today? Crown Royal.

The top sellers after Crown (which retails for $24.95): Captain Morgan ($14.95), Jose Cuervo ($18.95), Jagermeister ($21.95), Black Velvet ($8.75).