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On selected Wednesday through Saturday nights, May through August, the Festival presents a mini-concert series preceding the mainstage performance at 7:20 PM featuring various bands and performing artists. To see who is playing each evening please visit our calendar by clicking here and click on each play title for the evening’s performance details.
An alternative to the concert hall in which classically trained local musicians perform in a relaxed atmosphere bringing classical music to the people of Boise. Founded in 2012, Classical Revolution: Boise has collaborated with many Boise institutions, including the Boise Art Museum and Story Story Night. Offering a wide range of musical styles, Classical Revolution: Boise musicians are just as likely to be heard performing with a symphony orchestra as they are at a coffee shop or bar. http://classicalrevolutionboise.com/about
The Frim Fram 4, based in Boise, Idaho, specializes in the classic tunes of the ’30s through the early ’60s. Their original instrumentation reflected that of the Nat King Cole trio, relying on vocals, piano, stand-up bass, and the exciting new sound of the electric guitar. Dr. Andrew Cortens on piano, Jonah Shue on electric guitar and violin, Greg Belzeski on drums and congas, Richard Aguirre on standup bass, and everyone joining in on vocals. (Old-school “gang singing” lives!) Their dedication to the musical style of the period has made them the most universally beloved musical group in Boise. Since 2001, the Frim Fram 4 has been entertaining audiences every Thursday night from 8:45 to midnight at Pengilly’s Saloon. While being the initial launch pad of this Space Age ensemble, Thursday night at Pengilly’s has gained such a following and notoriety that it was chosen as one of the Sexiest Places in the World to take and, yes, plant a smooch on a date by Cosmopolitan Magazine. www.frimfram4.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Kirk creates music that expresses his consistent wonder at the boundless potential of music and his lifelong dedication to artistic growth, which he celebrates in the joyful communication of these discoveries with his audience. Whether performing his original compositions from his six critically-acclaimed CD albums or offering fresh interpretations of jazz and popular standards, and whether collaborating with colleagues from a broad range of traditions or playing solo piano, Kevin continues to explore and expand musical frontiers. Idaho Public TV’s triple award-winning production, Kevin Kirk & Onomatopoeia, Live in Concert is aired regularly throughout the USA and internationally. NPR listeners voted Kevin’s release “Lord, Have Mercy” in the top two for “All Songs Considered.” This song is the cornerstone of his 25 year-long labor of love “Sacred Music ~ A Jazz Prayer” which he has just completed and is now performing. Again this year, Kevin will invite and feature another musical artist to join him for each of his ISF mini-concerts. These artists represent performers whom Kevin is especially excited to showcase and share with Idaho Shakespeare audiences. Find his complete discography on iTunes or go to kevinkirk.com
The Moody Jews of Boise play high-energy klezmer (Eastern European), Jewish-American jazz, Sephardic (Middle Eastern and Spanish) and Israeli tunes. Audience favorites at events like Deli Days: Idaho’s Jewish Festival, World Village Festival, and Hyde Park street fair, the Moody Jews of Boise have entertained and educated listeners about the multi-faceted world of Jewish Music for many years. Violin, voice and clarinet will have you humming along while the rhythm section will have you up and dancing in no time!
Lead by band leader, Lisa Marie Wood, “The Renaissance Players” are a versatile musical project, perfect for quiet venues, concert style settings, or rockin’ uptempo party atmospheres. Based out of Boise, Idaho they have a variety of styles that transcend across many genres. They play it all, and have an extensive song list, from funk, soul, Motown, hip hop, theatrical drama to classical symphonic, and of course, rock ‘n’ roll! Everyone shares lead singing duties, which affords them the ability to have different sounds and styles appropriate to any venue. They especially strive for interesting harmonies and arrangements, and have a full night of original material, as well as current and classic covers. Their focus is to always put on an engaging show. They love what they do! The Players are: Lisa Marie on Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Piano, Percussion, Gregory Winter on Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Jean Cardeno on Vocals, Violin, Guitar, Mandolin, Blair Sutherland on Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Piano, Trumpet, Percussion. http://www.lisamariewood.com/the-renaissance-players
The mother-daughter duo of Ellie and Kiley Ruwe Shaw have been performing together
for 10 years. Together they bring to life the Swingin’ Sounds of the ‘30s and the ‘40s. A
natural musician, Ellie was winning national and state fiddle contests by the age of eight
and branched off into jazz violin a few years later. Her love of movie musicals found her
singing along with Doris Day and Frank Sinatra and it wasn’t long before she was adding her own voice to the genre. Ellie is a graduate of Northwest Nazarene University
and is looking forward to her third and final year of law school. Kiley has her MA in
education and just published her third book on 1950s fashion dolls.