Ticket alert: Boise concerts that go on sale tomorrow

Update: Nope, Jimmy Buffett doesn't go on sale until next week. And nope, Parrotheads, I have no information about the possible tailgating scenario. (I've given up and poured a margarita for now.)

But here are shows going on sale Sept. 7:

Diego’s Umbrella
/ Vokab Company: 8 p.m. Oct. 14, Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City. $13 at egyptiantheatre.net, Egyptian box office, The Record Exchange or call 387-1273. $15 at the door. On sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 7

Figure: 8 p.m. Oct. 11, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $15. Ticketfly. $20 day of show.

Reel Big Fish: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $18.50/$35. Ticketfly.

Micky & the Motorcars: 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $26/$100. Ticketfly. Opening: Muzzie Braun

Singer Jimmy Buffett is coming to Boise

Booze/tailgating update: Taco Bell Arena executive director Lisa Cochran emails: "For the Jimmy Buffet concert, alcohol will be available for sale inside the Arena, to include margaritas and LandShark Lager, in addition to our usual beer and wine offerings. We will definitely provide further information once details are finalized."

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No word yet on whether Taco Bell Arena plans to serve margaritas, but you should be able to find a concession-stand cheeseburger in paradise Oct. 25.

Singer and party host Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band will headline at 8 p.m. that night — a Thursday — as part of his Lounging at the Lagoon Tour.

Buffett, who has never performed in Idaho, is known for concerts accompanied by copious amounts of tailgating: Battery-powered blenders concocting tropical drinks, men waltzing about in Hawaiian shirts, everyone wearing zany Parrothead hats — you know the drill.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Select-a-Seat for $49 and $99. There will be a limit of eight tickets per customer.

Buffett, 65, is one of the biggest names in the concert-tour business, despite the fact he’s only had five Top 40 songs. The trick is that pretty much every living being has heard his signature song, “Margaritaville.” Buffett’s other hits — all released in the 1970s — are “Come Monday,” “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and “Fins.”

'The Other Studio' 09.02.12

Here's what we played:

-Hayes Carll, "Another Like You"
-No Doubt, "Push and Shove"
-Benjamin Gibbard, "Teardrop Windows"
-The Heavy, "What Makes a Good Man"
-Eddie Vedder and Natalie Maines, "Golden State"
-Calexico, "Splitter"
-Mark Lanegan, "White Light/White Heat"
-Why?, "Sod and the Seed"
-Muse, "Madness"

"The Other Studio" airs at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM "The River."

Local CD: Revolt Revolt, "Latah Nights" (2.5/4 stars)

Hard-touring acts often seem to have sonic muscle memory, meaning they naturally bring their performance energy to record. With hundreds of out-of-state shows including dates with Built To Spill under his belt, singer-guitarist Chris Bock and his Boise band, Revolt Revolt, are one of those: This is a group facing tours in the day-to-day manner of band practice — something done hard, done often and executed in a spirit of evolution and improvement.

Concert news: My Morning Jacket show moved; AA5 finds final headliner; shows going on sale this weekend

— The Sept. 9 My Morning Jacket concert scheduled for the Idaho Botanical Garden has been moved to the Knitting Factory in Boise — “giving the Garden the opportunity to get an early start on the construction schedule for the 'Children’s Adventure Garden Project,'" according to promoter Knitting Factory. Taking that show indoors is a bummer. No two ways about it. It also tells us two things: That the concert has sold fewer than 999 advance tickets (the Knit’s capacity); and that it now possibly could sell out in advance. So if you want to go, it would be wise to buy those tickets now.

Update: More information just rolled in. Refunds are available at the point of purchase if you are unable to attend the show due to the change in venue. In addition, the start time has been bumped up to 6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. music.

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— The final Alive After Five headliner has been booked for “Record Exchange Night” on Sept. 26. It will be Texas country/Americana singer Hayes Carll.

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—Events going on sale this holiday weekend:

Falling in Reverse: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $17.50. Ticketfly. $20 day of show. Opening: I See Stars, Let Live, Matt Toka. On sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 31

Readings and Conversations with Abraham Verghese: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $37.25, $48 and $58.50. Select-a-Seat. thecabinidaho.org. Note venue change; on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 4

Blood on the Dance Floor: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $17. Ticketfly. $19 day of show. Opening: Jeffree Star, New Year’s Day and Davey Suicide. On sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 31

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater: 2 p.m. Dec. 16, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $14.50 and $29.50. Select-a-Seat. On sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 4

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Garfield Elementary School: A perfect hot air balloon landing spot

Watch video of the landing (and hear very excited children) here.

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“Holy Benadryl!” joked a member of the Coca-Cola hot air balloon’s chase team Thursday morning, chuckling as children dashed in circles squealing and shouting.

Welcome to Garfield Elementary! When the balloon I was in touched down on the grassy area behind the Boise school around 8:15 a.m., it triggered utter kid chaos. Smiling teachers helped herd the thrilled kids, who scattered as two more hot air balloons dropped gently to the field minutes later.

After landing, pilots stayed in their baskets and answered questions. They kept the grounded vessels inflated, unleashing roaring blasts of flaming fuel while kids crowded around and gasped.

“Can you roast a marshmallow in there?” a boy wondered. (Probably, I told him, but it might drip on your head.)

“Do you have any Coke?” asked another. (Oops. We forgot the cooler!)

“Can I get in the basket?” begged one girl. (Um … no, good-natured pilot Laurie Spencer had to answer. With the balloon not tethered to the ground, it's a liability issue, says Spencer, who operates Lighter Than Air America with her husband Scott.)

The second day of the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic was pure fun for pilots, passengers (translation: lucky media members) and folks who just showed up to watch. About 30 balloons rose slowly from Ann Morrison Park — unlike opening day on Wednesday, when the launch was cancelled by event director Scott Spencer because of weather technology problems.

The hot air balloon festival will continue Friday through Sunday, filling the air with color and drifting sailors of the sky.

Photos from last night's Michael Franti concert

About 1,400 fans filled the room at last night's concert by Michael Franti and Ziggy Marley at the new Revolution Center in Garden City. It was the second show at the 2,200-capacity venue, which opened last week.

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Also, the VIP wall got its first signatures.

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UPDATED: Hot air balloons grounded in Ann Morrison Park on opening day of Spirit of Boise Classic

There was no fizzling sound, but you definitely could sense the air being let out of the first day of the annual Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic.

Twenty-seven hot air balloons slated to color the Boise skies Wednesday were grounded at 7 a.m. after technology issues forced event director Scott Spencer to cancel the launch from Ann Morrison Park.

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Standing under an awning on dew-covered grass, Spencer told pilots seated in folding chairs that although weather appeared calm, the automated devices used for up-to-the-minute information had not updated in two hours. With the most recent details showing gusts of 13 to 18 miles per hour in Ontario, Ore., Spencer could not in good conscience send up the pilots and their passengers — members of the media and special guests.

“In 21 years, we lost four days to rain and wind,” he explained moments later. “But this is crazy this morning. It breaks my heart. Everybody’s been planning for six months, and I can’t get the information to put people into the air. ... I can't send these guys into the literal unknown.”

Spencer said he was confident close to 30 hot air balloons would launch Thursday — the second "Media Day." Even more balloons are slated to take to the sky Friday through Sunday, when the Classic kicks into full gear.

After scrolling again for a weather update on an iPad, Spencer admitted that he probably would have sent up the balloons years ago — back when you didn't use an app to check out flying conditions.

“Oh, hell yeah,” he said. “We wouldn’t have thought twice about it. But we’d be out in the desert dragging balloons.”

Back then, Spencer pointed out, they didn’t have balloons that cost a quarter million dollars laid out in the grass of Ann Morrison Park, either.

Although disappointed, pilots inflated balloons and lifted off a short distance from the ground for onlookers for about an hour and 20 minutes.

It wound up being a lot of fun, Spencer said afterward.

"Every little kid on that field got to go for a little tether ride," he said. "The kids had a blast. Who would've thought that something cruddy would've turned into something positive?"

By noon, Spencer had gotten information from the National Weather Service that reinforced his decision not to launch, he said.

Enthusiastically, he was turning his sights to Thursday.

"I think we're over our weather problems now," he said.

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Photo gallery from Wednesday here.

1346276441 UPDATED: Hot air balloons grounded in Ann Morrison Park on opening day of Spirit of Boise Classic Idaho Statesman Copyright 2014 Idaho Statesman . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Contest over: Win tickets to tonight's Michael Franti/Ziggy Marley concert

Update: The contest has ended. Congrats to ticket winners Mark. S. and Alex S.

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We can all use a little inspiration now and then, and nobody dispenses it better than Michael Franti. So in that spirit of positive vibes, I'm giving away two pairs of tickets to tonight's concert with Ziggy Marley at the Revolution Center.

'The Other Studio' 08.26.12

Here's what we played:

-Taylor Swift, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
-Perry Farrell interview
-Jane's Addiction, "Stop!"
-The Darkness, With a Woman," "Street Spirit"
-Foxy Shazam, "Welcome to the Church of Rock & Roll"
-Polyrhythmics, "Pink Wasabi"

"The Other Studio" airs at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM "The River."

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