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Submitted by Michael Deeds on Mon, 07/14/2008 - 5:33pm, updated on Tue, 07/15/2008 - 5:01pm
—The Lyle Lovett concert Tuesday, July 22, at the Idaho Botanical Garden is sold out. To account for the larger audience, promoter Knitting Factory is configuring the event a bit differently than some of the other Outlaw Field Series shows; this one was capped at 2,800 fans. It underscores the importance of buying advance tickets rather than waiting. One more update: The Wilco show Aug. 20 at Wood River Cellars in Eagle has sold about 1,400 tickets thus far …
Submitted by Michael Deeds on Fri, 07/11/2008 - 11:20am, updated on Fri, 07/11/2008 - 4:48pm
— There are two outdoor concert choices tonight — Boston and Steve Earle. Obviously, I won't be attending the "Boston" show; I'm looking forward to seeing Earle instead. Earle fans have waited a loooong time for him to visit us. Remember, food and beverages are not allowed into the Winery at Eagle Knoll (now called Wood River Cellars); they'll have them for sale on-site.
Submitted by Michael Deeds on Thu, 07/10/2008 - 11:55am, updated on Thu, 07/10/2008 - 7:10pm
The New York Times published an interesting piece about the Knitting Factory's move from Manhattan to a 300-capacity club in Brooklyn, plus the expansion into Boise and Spokane. An article of this magnitude in the Times certainly underscores the club's role as a distinct part of New York culture.
One particularly intriguing revelation about Knitting Factory's Boise and Spokane locations, as well as its touring division, is that "business in the Northwest brings in about 60 percent of its annual revenues of $19 million, effectively subsidizing the New York and Los Angeles rooms."
Jared Hoffman, president of Knitting Factory, has submitted this Letter to the Editor to the Times:
Submitted by Michael Deeds on Mon, 07/07/2008 - 1:59pm, updated on Mon, 07/07/2008 - 4:30pm
— Alt-weekly the Boston Phoenix recently chose the best music acts in all 50 states, an exercise that simultaneously feels ridiculous yet fun. Idahoans awarded were Built To Spill (all-time best band), Josh Ritter (all-time best solo artist) and The Very Most (best new band). I have no idea how they came up with the selections, but the first two probably won't trigger any fisticuffs. (Curtis Stigers could make a case along with Ritter, sure, but those are about the only two options in that category.)
Submitted by Michael Deeds on Thu, 07/03/2008 - 4:28pm, updated on Wed, 07/09/2008 - 5:12pm
Bring on the Treasure Valley booze bargains!
In this week's Scene, I write about a handful of bars that offer great cheap-drink specials. I'm soliciting reader recommendations for their own favorite deals. Feel free to share the best spots to imbibe inexpensively by posting comments below.
Submitted by Michael Deeds on Thu, 07/03/2008 - 4:23pm, updated on Thu, 07/03/2008 - 4:32pm
Tim Johnstone and I are taking the Fourth of July weekend off, so there won't be an edition of "The Other Studio" this Sunday night on 94.9 FM "The River." But when we return ... oooh, boy. You just wait.
Submitted by Michael Deeds on Wed, 07/02/2008 - 12:48pm, updated on Wed, 07/02/2008 - 3:42pm
During summer, pretty much all we Idahoans wanna do is have some fun. Pop-rock singer Sheryl Crow is happy to oblige. Crow will perform Aug. 27 at the Idaho Center Amphitheater in Nampa.
Known for hits such as "If It Makes You Happy" and "Everyday is a Winding Road," Crow has won multiple Grammy Awards and sold millions of albums. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. July 11 at ICTickets and TicketWeb for $30, $45 and $55.
Submitted by Michael Deeds on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 4:25pm, updated on Tue, 07/01/2008 - 11:59am
--Most of the bands headlining this summer at Alive After Five don’t get significant radio play, but Needtobreathe — gigging July 23 — is an exception. The South Carolina rock group’s single, “More Time” is No. 15 on the Radio & Records Triple A chart and is trending upward. It’s perfect timing; about the only way Alive After Five can afford hot bands is by catching them on the way up.