The Devil Makes Three‘s Boise show on Monday, May 9, has been moved from The Bouquet to Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City. Everything else is the same: 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m., show, $10 advance tickets/$12 at the door. Advance tickets are available at The Record Exchange (that’s us!), Egyptian Theatre box office and egyptiantheatre.net. 21 and older; beer and wine. Hillfolk Noir opens. If you already bought tickets or you’re planning on buying tickets, don’t freak out when you notice the tickets say “The Bouquet” on them — just bring ’em to the VaC and they’ll let you in no problem.
The Devil Makes Three quite possibly is the best band that you have never heard of. They have been constantly on tour, selling out dates across the country and in their neck of the woods on the West Coast, drawing nearly capacity crowds nightly. This is all word of mouth. For the past seven years, the Devil Makes Three has garnered fans the old school way, playing a city, making friends, conquering fans and moving on. When they hit the next town, venues are packed with folks that heard from a friend in a city that they’d been before.
Laced with elements of ragtime, country, folk and rockabilly, the critically praised, drummer-less trio — consisting of guitarist/frontman Pete Bernhard, stand-up bassist Lucia Turino and guitarist Cooper McBean — brings forth a genuine approach to acoustic music that is deeply steeped in rhythm and alive with three-part harmonies, which is pleasingly dissimilar to most other bands in modern music.
The Devil Makes Three had the goal of being “an acoustic band but to play our shows like a rock show,” and in the process changed notions of what acoustic music could be. Mixing styles from the ragtime and country music of the ’20s and ’30s to the rock ‘n’ roll and punk music of their adolescence, The Devil Makes Three pushes the boundaries of acoustic music. Citing influences as varied as Steve Earle, the Reverend Gary Davis, Memphis Jug Band and Django Reinhardt, the band combines tight vocal harmonies with idiot-savant finger-style guitar to create an exciting and original sound. The end result is genuine blues music that thrives as much in a live setting as it does on record.
Fronted by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Travis Ward, Hillfolk Noir (petometz.com) has been described as a dark, country-tinged, swampy-swingin’, hillbilly-delta-blues-ragtime word machine. The band calls it Junkerdash, but no matter the descriptor, you’ll find Hillfolk Noir’s psychedelic swamp-shack rags equally spooky and toe-tapping. Hillfolk Noir released a pair of critically-acclaimed albums, Live at the Old Idaho Penitentiary and Skinny Mammy’s Revenge, in 2010.