Hi-Tops, arguably the most popular Boise party band of all time, reunites for two special concerts at Visual Arts Collective (VaC) on August 30th and 31st. Tickets are $20 in advance while they last, available online at Brown Paper Tickets or in person at Visual Arts Collective and The Record Exchange. Doors open at 8 pm and the show begins at 9 pm. VaC is located at 3638 Osage Street behind the Woman of Steel Gallery on Chinden Blvd. in Garden City. VaC is a 21-and-older venue; valid IDs required.
The original members of the Hi-Tops return to VaC’s stage for the first time since 2010, when they reunited to play sold-out shows to an audience of over 770 fans. Hi-Tops formed in the mid-1980s in Boise, becoming the band that Curtis Stigers and Steve Fulton grew up in. The group recorded two albums in the mid and late 80s and moved to San Diego together in 1988.
The original members performing include John Laufenburger, lead singer; Craig Sofaly, lead guitar and vocals; Sandon Mayhew, saxophone, lyricon and vocals; Ancel Schoberg, bass guitar; Steve Fulton, keyboards, guitar, and vocals. Guest Tim Willis will fill in on drums for the original drummer Dave Browne, who can’t make the reunion.
“We decided it was time for Hi-Tops to get together again, especially after finding out we could get the Swiveltones to play with us!” says Steve Fulton, owner of Audio Lab recording studios and original member of Hi-Tops. “Swiveltones, a super fun, high energy group, used to come home from University of Idaho for Christmas break and play each night for a week with Hi Tops at the Bouquet! We always felt like ‘we better be on our game, these kids are GREAT!’ We formed a great friendship with them and are now finally able to share the stage again with them! Led by Steve Smart and Drew Kirk, ALL the original members will be there!
Visual Arts Collective, recent recipient of The Rauschenberg Foundation Grant, is an innovative venue located in Garden City’s Live Work Create district with year-round live music, arts exhibitions, theater from Alley Repertory Theater, and special events. Stay tuned at visualartscollective.com.