The six weeks of preliminaries and semi finals for Boise’s Got Talent saw a bevy of very talented — and some not so talented — performers on stage at Jerry’s State Court Café, 6767 W. Fairview Ave.,
The finals on July 17 drew several hundred people to the café’s parking lot for the al fresco performance. The audience voted on their favorites and the judges — myself, Mona Morrison of Dunkley’s Music and Amy Atkins of Trey McIntyre Project and former arts writer and editor of the Boise Weekly — determined the final order. This was the fifth Boise's Got Talent, that formerly happened at Donnie Mac's Trailer Park Cuisine in the Linen District.
Here are the winners:
First place, winner of $500 donated by Key Bank of Idaho and a River Session broadcast on the River 94.9 FM: Andrew Coba and the Lost Boys, a newly formed band of students from ArtsWest’s jazz program wowed the crowd and the judges with their highly finessed, layered reinventions of peppy ’80s pop tunes such as Psychedelic Furs “Ghost in You” and Blondie’s “Heart of Glass.”
Second place and winner of $50 gift certificate at Dunkley’s Music:
Sarah Mae Hart, a 17-year-old Centennial High School student with a crystal clear voice, sweet delivery and deep well of beautiful original songs.
Third place and winner of a $25 certificate at Dunkley’s:
Singer and songwriter Joanna Richards moved to Boise a few years ago and has been steadily making her mark on the areas music scene. Her sweet demeanor, lovely presence and flexible voice delighted the audience as she performed her original tunes.
The other finalists were Hollywood Hotel a rocking youth band from Boise Rock School; Amog and Nick from School of Rock in Eagle;
Levi Maliwauki — who channels Billy Joel and Michael Buble, guitarist and singer Musa and young singer Xondra.
Check out Coba and the Lost Boys performance of "Heart of Glass":