Bring on the '80s arcades in Boise, Eagle

Let the joystick mashing and beer chugging begin. 

Spacebar Arcade, 200 N. Capitol Blvd., debuts in Boise on Saturday.

Grinkers Grand Palace, 228 E. Plaza Drive in Eagle, plans to open Oct. 5.

Both arcades will target Gen-Xers who remember growing up with quarter-gobbling machines like Battlezone, Star Castle and Tempest. But their size and scope appear to be a little different.

Spacebar is in Downtown Boise where Catacomb bar used to be. It will lure passersby and bargoers with a couple dozen or so 25-cent games and a handful of pinball machines. You can check out the list of games on Spacebar's Facebook page.

Grinkers is more of a destination arcade. It’s larger — 3,700 square feet — and plans to house more than 100 games. Check out the photos.

The big question, of course: Will anyone ever touch George Costanza's "Frogger" score?

Ticket alert: Concerts going on sale Friday

Cirque Dreams Holidaze: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $30, $40 and $50. Select-a-Seat. On sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 21

Zappa Plays Zappa 8:30 p.m. Dec. 19, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $26. Ticketfly. On sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 21

CONTEST OVER: Win Brit Floyd tickets and DVDs

Update: The contest has ended. Congrats to Mark S., Mary H., Tony S. and Gabrielle C., who will be headed to the concert free and with DVDs in hand.

Show details: Doors at 6 p.m, first set from 7-8:15, second set 9-11.

'The Other Studio' 09.16.12

Here's what we played:

-Dwight Yoakam, "A Heart Like Mine"
-RNDM, "Modern Times"
-Bob Mould, "The Descent"
-Patterson Hood, "Disappear"
-Trey Anastasio, "Let Me Lie"
-Diana Krall, "Wide River To Cross"
-Bloc Party, "So He Begins To Lie"
-Diego's Umbrella, "Thrash Mexican Budapest"

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

Five Things You Should Do This Weekend in Boise

Bands? Food? Street performers? Beer? Even old hippies getting shaken down in the dark for puffing the funny stuff behind a tree? (D’oh! I actually witnessed this one year.) There are endless reasons to roll through the North End’s annual Hyde Park Street Fair, which runs tonight through Sunday. It’s fun. It’s classic Boise. And it’s family-friendly. (Yes, even after dark.) Get all the details here.


Tailgating and pre-party options for Jimmy Buffett concert

Jimmy Buffet's Oct. 25 concert goes on sale in less than an hour, and we finally have details about tailgating for those fun-lovin' Parrotheads. Here's the info from Taco Bell Arena, plus a Parrothead-organized pre-party at Chili's:

Perry Farrell: EDM has become 'too predictable'


I spent a few hours this week speaking to Boise promoters from Knitting Factory, Revolution Center, Reef, Fatty's Bar and beyond about electronic dance music (EDM) — specifically, where it stands here. Is Boise catching up to the popularity of EDM in larger markets? Is there a true EDM scene here? Could this town get a Deadmau5 concert?

You'll find their answers in my Scene column tomorrow. Until then, here's a previously unpublished part of my recent conversation with Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction in a Sunday column. Farrell has DJed plenty in the past, including at China Blue in Boise.

I asked Farrell for his thoughts about EDM's popularity explosion in the past couple of years. Here's what Farrell said:

Notebook: No word on tailgating at Jimmy Buffett; concerts going on sale Friday; Brit Floyd moved indoors; Fly2Void returns

Jimmy Buffett’s concert Oct. 25 at Taco Bell Arena goes on sale tomorrow (see below), but the Arena still has not shared any details about the possibility of tailgating, a major aspect of the Parrotheads culture. After I contacted promoter AEG Live hoping to get something (anything!) for Buffett fans, I received an email Wednesday from Taco Bell Arena’s marketing manager: “A concert is outside the FB tailgating program/spots arranged through the BAA/Athletics. We are still working through the details with University Parking and will communicate information as soon as we can. It is a heavy class schedule night, as opposed to most games being on Saturdays, so this requires careful coordination. We will post information on our website,, as soon as we can.”

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Live! My Morning Jacket, Knitting Factory, 09.09.12


If there was any lingering disappointment in the audience about My Morning Jacket being moved from the Idaho Botanical Garden to the Knitting Factory, frontman Jim James made it disappear like a shaman Sunday night.

Five Things You Should Do This Weekend in Boise

Not into art? Come on, look at it this way: You can get your Christmas shopping done in one fell swoop. And enjoy a glass of wine. More than 240 artists will hawk ceramics, furniture, jewelry, metalwork and more at Art in the Park, which runs all weekend at Julia Davis Park. And if you hated last year’s revamped booth layout, don’t sweat it. They’ve gone back to east-west paths again.


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