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The Idaho Statesman, Michael Deeds column

May 16, 2014

By Michael Deeds, The Idaho Statesman

May 16--For a minute there, summer concert season was beginning to feel a little grim. But a couple of new announcements -- and a hunch -- suddenly are making things seem a bit brighter.

--Nobody can say that Crosby, Stills & Nash don't show Boise some of their famous flower-child-era love. The folk-rockers will play their third Treasure Valley show in five years when they headline the Idaho Botanical Garden's Outlaw Field on Thursday, Sept. 11. (Stephen Stills just played a solo show three days ago at the Knitting Factory, too.)

General admission tickets for the CSN gig go on sale at 10 a.m.May 16 for $55 at TicketWeb. Seats will not be provided, but lowback chairs and blankets are welcome.

It's the fourth show announced at Outlaw Field. Organizers still need to come up with a few more to match the normal yearly output.

--Also outside? Jam-friendly Australian roots band The John Butler Trio will rock Thursday, Aug. 7, at Eagle Park Pavilion, aka Reid W. Merrill Sr.Community Park, 637 E. Shore Drive.

Tickets go on sale for $29.50 at 10 a.m.May 23 at Ticketfly.

--There's been no formal word, but I have a very good feeling that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are headed here for an August concert.

Sounds like an excellent classic-rock evening under the stars, right?

Well, not exactly. Petty most likely would perform inside -- I'm betting the farm on Taco Bell Arena.

Local noise curfews have all but eliminated evenings under the stars nowadays, anyway, trading them for squinting into the sun until the stars finally do come out and the concert immediately ends.

So enjoy the air conditioning. Petty hasn't visited Idaho since 2002.

--"The Voice" coach Blake Shelton'sSept. 25 concert at Taco Bell Arena sold out quickly -- at least at official vendor Boise State Tickets (despite the "buy now" button still on its website).

Oh, but looky: You can find more than 500 seats available at scalper paradise StubHub for $82 to $691.

There's always a chance that more tickets magically will be released at Boise State Tickets by the dozens or gazillions; it happens all the time in today's consumer-confusing paradigm. But the Shelton gig is "sold out" in Scene's "Plan Ahead" calendar until further notice.


WICKED CASH: Close to 40,000 patrons attended the 24-show run of "Wicked," which ended May 4, according to the Morrison Center.

So, theoretically, attendances averaged somewhere around 1,600 fans. Considering that the venue seats about 2,000, that's pretty impressive. It seems like yesterday that "Wicked" plowed through a sold-out, 16-show run in 2011. Yet it lured more total bodies the second time around.

The Morrison Center sent out a news release claiming that the local economic impact was more than $9 million. Wow. Did every patron travel to the show by plane, stay at a five-star hotel and devour the entire menu at Ruth's Chris? (Oh, wait. Boise has no five-star hotels.)

As Statesman arts writer Dana Oland explained on her blog, the figure is derived from a formula from The Broadway League, an industry trade association.

Obviously, this organization has plenty of reason to make sure its methodology spits out a fat number. But even if you think $9 million feels like smoke and mirrors from the Wizard of Oz himself, there's no question that "Wicked" did plenty of good during its stay.

POP CONTEST: Nineteen-year-old Boise singer Marissa Jerome has more than 64,000 subscribers to her YouTube channel and more than 9 million views, largely because of a "really silly video" posted two years ago of her singing Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend." The Borah High grad now is one of 25 up-and-comers selected to participate in the national iHeartRadio Rising Star Contest.

The competition is judged by online voting at The winner gets to perform at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Being from a small market, Jerome faces stiff competition. So she'll needs lots of votes from Idaho supporters.

ANOTHER SHOT: To update last week's update on Whiskey Bar, 509 Main St. in Downtown Boise: Construction delays have nudged the new bourbon haven's opening to Thursday, May 22. "Locked solid," owner Jason Kovac promises. "Get ready to party."

With about 200 whiskeys behind the bar, that should not be difficult.

Michael Deeds' column runs Fridays in Scene. He co-hosts "The Other Studio" at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.


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