Go Listen Boise, in partnership with The Boise Weekly, Linen Building and The Record Exchange, will launch Grand Ol’ Time, a monthly old-time music series and square dance, at 6 p.m. Friday, May 14, at the Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St. in Downtown Boise’s Linen District. $5 per person, $20 per family. All ages, full bar (I.D. required).
READ ABOUT GRAND OL’ TIME IN THE CURRENT ISSUE OF BOISE WEEKLY HERE.
Grand Ol’ Time is an old-time series with the intent of introducing our community to this thriving music genre. String bands and acoustic acts are exciting audiences worldwide, and we think that the Boise music scene is ready for an introduction to this style of music. Hokum Hi-Flyers have come forward to host the square dance portion of the event, complete with experienced dance calling and a wide variety of traditional folk dance and string band tunes.
Each evening in this six-month series will feature a variety of two acoustic acts, followed by the Hokum Hi-Flyers, who will put on a full-tilt square dance. The May 14 lineup is comprised of Jonathan Warren and the Billygoats, Bill Coffey and the Hokum Hi-Flyers. Honorary Member of Hokum, Dorothy Shue, will call the square dances while the boys pluck and saw. Shue used to call dances regularly at The Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, Calif., and we are honored that she will call for us.
ABOUT JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS: Progressive PsychoBilly FolkGrass, what is it? It’s a goat chewing on a can, it’s a dog scratching at your door, it’s a monkey beatin’ on a log, it’s foot-stomping music that makes you want to eat a biscuit. Melodies you wake up humming the next morning. It will rattle your teeth loose, and stick to your bones like peach cobbler. It’s new-timey, post-retro, pre-apocalyptic, southern Appalachian, gypsy-porch swing. It combines cello, guitar, mandolin, harmonica and cajon. It’s a unique, eclectic acoustic mix guaranteed to satisfy any audience. myspace.com/jonathanwarrenmusic.com
ABOUT BILL COFFEY: Bill Coffey has been compared to John Prine, Gram Parsons, Townes Van Zandt and Bruce Springsteen. He’s a low-fi, high-energy, roots-rock and retro-country singer, songwriter and guitar player whose twangy, sometimes-twisted songs swerve from upbeat, jangly country pop to the darker, lonesomer side of Americana and tell the stories of the real West. Coffey’s vocals are direct and set against instrumentation firmly rooted in the traditions of American music – folk, country, bluegrass, rock and everything in between. myspace.com/billcoffey
ABOUT HOKUM HI-FLYERS: The Hokum Hi-Flyers play Appalachian old-time mountain music, as well as other forms of unplugged 1920s/30s American roots music (Cajun, swing, traditional country). High-energy fiddle tunes will get you on your feet and hollerin’ at the rafters. Come chase away recession-era blues at our monthly concerts and square dances at the Linen Building in Downtown Boise’s Linen District. Of course, you will find us at the Weiser Fiddle Festival every June as well. We serve up hokum and we serve it hot! facebook.com/pages/Hokum-Hi-Flyers/191935855850#!/pages/Hokum-Hi-Flyers/191935855850?v=wall
The Hokum Hi-Flyers are:
Dave Daley: fiddle, vocals
Jonah Shue: fiddle, guitar, mandolin, vocals
Scott Knickerbocker: banjo, guitar, vocals
Gary Shue: guitar, mandolin
Patrick Harren: harmonica
Travis Ward: upright bass, guitar, vocals
Honorary Member Dorothy Shue: Square Dance Caller
ABOUT GO LISTEN BOISE: Go Listen Boise (golistenboise.org) is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer organization with the mission of fostering a vibrant and diverse musical culture in the Boise area. Our mission is to encourage Boiseans of all ages to “Go Ahead, Get an Earful!” – in other words, be an active participant in the live music experience. Go Listen Boise believes that local live music improves the lifestyle of Boiseans, and the time is right to grow Boise’s music culture. Go Listen Boise volunteers will be on hand at the event for anyone who is interested in learning more about the organization or who’d like to sign up for our local music weekly e-blasts.