Mini-Concert Series

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.

Our 2019 “House Bands”

Classical Revolution: Boise

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.

The Frim Fram 4

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, Linus Enoksson 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.,

Kevin Kirk Presents

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

The Moody Jews

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!  

The Renaissance Players

A versatile group based out of Boise, playing a variety of styles- funk, Motown, soul, theatrical drama and rock ‘n’ roll- making them perfect for quiet venues, concert-style settings or up-tempo party atmospheres!  All players are multi-instrumentalists, affording them the ability to create the sound and style appropriate to the venue.  The band puts on an engaging show, full of vibrant originals or current and classic covers, a show that you are definitely going to enjoy!  They are so excited to be playing this summer on the Robertson Stage. The Players: Lisa Marie- vocals, guitar, piano, bass, percussion. Jean Cardeno- vocals, violin, mandolin, guitar. Gregory Winter- vocals, guitar, bass, percussion.  Occasionally when her schedule permits: Lynn Allison-  background vocalist.

Swingin' with Ellie Shaw

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 8 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 just completed her first year of law school.  Kiley has her MA in education and just published her third book on 1950s Fashion Dolls.