Words & Deeds

Boise band plays surprise street gig and gets shut down by police

Update: You gotta love it when the police department rocks.


Original post: For an ambitious up-and-coming band, generating buzz takes more than Facebook likes or a positive album review.

If you're inventive like Boise electro-rockers Magic Sword, it means getting out and gigging — and creating a mini-spectacle in the process.

On Halloween night, the group pulled up outside Neurolux with a mobile stage. Surprised fans exiting the packed Wooden Indian Burial Ground concert flooded onto the patio, sidewalk and street. Magic Sword's guerilla performance quickly attracted the attention of Boise Police, which shut things down toward the end of the first song, ostensibly for noise ordinance and traffic issues. But not before Magic Sword had left its mark.

It's not the first time Magic Sword has taken the fog machine and light show on portable tour. The band drove around MusicfestNW in Portland this summer, generating impromptu dance-frenzy responses.

Interested in seeing a full show? Magic Sword performs Dec. 5 at Neurolux — indoors this time. Cover will be $10.