Boise’s claim-to-prime-time fame, “The Grinder,” will survive its (Fred) savage ratings for a few more weeks.
Despite plummeting viewership, Fox recently ordered six more scripts for the legal comedy, which is set in Boise and stars Fred Savage and Rob Lowe. It debuted Sept. 29.
Analysis at TV.com notes that because Fox has nothing else to stick in its time slot, “The Grinder” might actually last a full season. After that, it’s hard to imagine producers plea-bargaining their way out of the inevitable death sentence.
Sorry, Idaho, back to reality — as in TV. Or wait, has our embarrassing truTV outfitters show, “Way Out West,” been mercifully axed, too?
Treefort gets certified
Joining internationally known companies such as Ben & Jerry’s and Patagonia, Boise’s Treefort Music Fest recently received B Corp certification.
If you’re like most Americans, you have no idea what this means. Yet, as a Treefort fan, you inherently grasp what a post-rock sadcore chamber-pop band is?
Know this: Treefort is the first music festival to achieve B Corp status.
B Corp certification is a third-party stamp of social do-gooder approval from B Lab, a global nonprofit with multinational offices. It’s not easy to attain. “B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk,” the organization’s website explains, adding that B Corps are certified “to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.”
Basically, it’s a way for Treefort Music Fest to tell the world that it’s a different kind of music festival that plans to hold itself to a higher standard.
Be proud, Boise.
And, no, I don’t know who the headliners will be at next year’s Treefort, which is March 23-27.
Youth Lagoon covers ... The Sundays?
When Trevor Powers, aka Boise musician Youth Lagoon, told me this summer that he was a major fan of The Sundays’ classic 1990 song “Here’s Where the Story Ends,” I thought he was goofing.
The Sundays are jangly alt-rock Brits from the 1990s. Powers is a 26-year-old synth scientist who puts Boise on the indie map with millennials in the 2010s.
Powers’ interpretation is bold. He transforms the track into alien-tinged, futuristic nostalgia.
The airy elegance of Harriet Wheeler’s voice isn’t something Powers attempts to duplicate. And the song’s organic, free spirit is replaced by machine-driven urgency and interstellar dynamics.
Into it? Me, too. But Youth Lagoon does not plan to release a studio version.
Hoptober goes big
The second annual Hoptober Freshtival from Boise Brewing was blessed with mostly excellent weather Oct. 17 — and a larger turnout in its sophomore year. Check out photos here.
Broad Street between 5th and 6th streets was stuffed with more than 2,000 beer enthusiasts, up from about 1,500 in 2014. The reasonably priced celebration of fresh-hop beers was a heck of a deal and offered a lot of palate joy.
Bottom line: Cool, harvest-season theme for a brew festival.
The only widespread gripe? A forehead-thwacking porta-potty shortage, certainly baffling for any brew festival in year two.
Hoptober Freshtival’s biggest hurdle might be its own success. Could a new location be in its future?
For more beer news, see my Tapped In column on page 22.
Boise loves NYC
The first-ever “Boise and Friends” showcase at CMJ Music Marathon in New York City might be the start of an annual tradition.
Eric Gilbert, who organized the Oct. 14 performance, says it went so well that it’s likely he’ll put together another one in 2016. Boise’s own Magic Sword, Street Fever, Sun Blood Stories and Foul Weather participated, as well as three acts culled from the West.
Boise and Friends took place at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn. That might change next year. “A couple of different options came out of the woodwork while we were there,” says Gilbert, co-founder of Treefort Music Fest.
Michael Deeds entertainment column runs Fridays in Scene and alternating Sundays in Explore. He co-hosts “The Other Studio” at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.