Go Listen Boise, in partnership with The Boise Weekly, Linen Building and The Record Exchange, returns with Grand Ol’ Time, a monthly old-time music series and square dance, at 6 p.m. Friday, June 11, 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).
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.
By encompassing two other acts in addition to the square dance, Grand Ol’ Time hopes to draw a wide variety of people (young, old, families, hipsters, live music fans, folk dancers) and expose audiences to a wide variety of live and local entertainment. Hokum Hi-Flyers will once again host the square dance, complete with experienced dance calling and a diverse set list of traditional folk dance and string band tunes.
Each evening in this six-month series features a variety of two acoustic acts, followed by the Hokum Hi-Flyers, who will put on a full-tilt square dance. The first Grand Ol’ Time (May 14, featuring Jonathan Warren and the Billygoats, Bill Coffey and Hokum Hi-Flyers) kicked off the series with a bang. The event was well attended by people of all ages, and the audience enthusiastically learned and danced to five different types of group dancing, the fifth being an “encore” dance, as the audience just wasn’t ready to stop.
The June 11 lineup is comprised of Black Jack Moonshiners, The Jacks 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. We are anticipating another night of exuberant music and dancing.
ABOUT BLACK JACK MOONSHINERS: Black Jack Moonshiners, a bluegrass trio that’s not afraid to experiment, is all about putting the songs first – the lyrics out in front, the instruments warm and supportive. Fronted by fiddle player and vocalist Kayleigh Jack, Black Jack Moonshiners also features Scott Harrison Tyler and Jason Griesa, who add their vocals, guitar, mandolin and bass to create a sweet mix of old styles and youthful artistry. http://www.sonicbids.com/blackjackmoonshiners
ABOUT THE JACKS: The Jacks are a post-folk band, putting their own spin on the traditional blues, folk and country genres that influence them. The Jacks have been playing around Boise and McCall for three years. Justin Nelson sings and plays guitar and harmonica, while Jay Nelson sings and plays mandolin and guitar. Mike Rundle has recently been joining the band on percussion. The Jacks are sure to tell a story you’ll understand. http://www.myspace.com/thejacksband2009
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.