As a little side-note, if you haven't checked this place out in BoDo, you must! I have a friend who says to me, "quit saying BoDo," 'cuz it drives her nuts. BoDo, BoDo, BODO! There. Now, get to Bonefish and let them spoil you. This is where MARC BROUSSARD eats every time he performs in Boise. Most of the original waitstaff still works there, how many places can you say that about? If you're a foodie, this is the place you've been searching for. Bonefish uses fresh, local produce. Their creative staff can concoct specialty drinks, custom meals, and vegetarian dishes by request. Bang Bang shrimp appetizers are something you'll be addicted to after the first bite. Take a friend and share a bowl Ceviche. Chilled tender bay scallops, shrimp and fresh fish come together with avocado, peppers, citrus and cilantro, served with warm tortilla chips. They have perfected barbecuing fish on planks of soaked cedar wood, the smoked flavor is amazing! They have so much more than fish, too. Fontina chicken, Kobe beef burgers, fillet mignon, and an ever-changing specials menu so you can go often and try different things. I'd suggest a couple hours set aside for proper dining at Bonefish, not a quick "grab and go" before the movie or concert around the corner at the Knitting Factory. Settle in, be present, and enjoy every flavor they have invented for you. Ready for this? THEY TAKE RESERVATIONS! That is a rarity in Boise. Get to Bonefish and mention you heard about them on The River. 855 W Broad St, call 433-1234. Now, just take a peak at the Bonefish Menu.
This was somehow my first time finally seeing the Avett Brothers, I'd heard so much about them for years. These guys from North Carolina showed up with more equipment than we'd been told, which made engineer Rocky and I nervous at first because that sometimes comes with an attitude from an accompanying stage manager. It ended up being nothing but pleasant, no egos or demands from this band. If anything, they just couldn't wait to have fun. People from North Carolina are cool, just ask my friend from North Carolina-she'll be the first to tell you! Songs were sung, guitar strings were broken, the cello player got so excited that his glasses flew off onto the floor. He was even MORE excited when he saw we had salt vinegar potato chips with the sandwiches provided at the session! They talked about songwriting on computers being misleading, since you write in fragments and think you're done with something but instead walk away from several unfinished songs. They coined the word "anti-productive," which they loved then using several times during the interview. The show at the Knitting Factory was packed, people danced when they watched, danced when they ordered, danced when they served... they danced. The Avett Brothers humor and genuine lyrics seemed to touch everyone. They often sing of spirituality, the crowd reacting with great feedback when they sang about the bible and said "What's right for me may not be right for you," then admit they use curse words when they pray. They write a lot of songs about "Pretty girls in..." (fill in the blank), here is their song about Pretty Girls in San Diego. You can hear a guitar string break, be replaced, and rejoin in the sloppy, offbeat, drunken middle break of the tune. The video below captures the softer side of the Avett Brothers, if you've not seen them yet make a point to next time and bring some friends, because no one left early!
Mat is one of several artists to break the ice with listeners by joking about our Bronco football team, "that blue field, and all that weirdness." His music life is finally becoming more focus, he spoke of having 2 years in a row where he did 250 shows EACH year! He said he hoped to never repeat such a schedule, but at least now has a tour bus instead of a van, and can actually sleep while on tour.
This band surprised us with many instruments. They had drums, electric bass, guitar, melodica, xylophone, violin, mandolin, and...SAW! They mentioned being compared a bit to Talking Heads, you can hear it vocally and he did remind me a bit of Andrew Bird.
This band graced us with performing when they had no local show scheduled! The've been touring out of a van for a year, but we have a feeling things are about to change for One Eskimo. Catch them live St. Patrick's Day on the "Ellen" show!
Michael Franti is a peaceful warrior. He takes his love from city to city, barefoot. He took his shoes off at the airport one day, and decided that felt like freedom. He has rarely worn shoes ever since!
When the band Harper Blynn set up for Greg Laswell, I spoke with Pete Harper during soundcheck. He said our conference room reminded him of the cheesy record store showcases they do. "Showcase?" I thought. If this band is already signed, why are they still doing showcases for the guys in suits? I asked him what those are like. He said it's a conference room of about 20 people, they have to play 1-3 songs and just leave the room. Any interaction with the record label people is bizarre. They are label VIP's, A&R people, and they are NOT allowed to show emotion or interact with the band and tell them how they did in any way.