This summer, the Downtown Boise Alive After Five Summer Concert Series celebrates 24 years of providing Boise with fun and music. The event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday on the Grove Plaza in downtown Boise now through Sept. 29 (Record Exchange Day featuring BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet). This free summer concert series is a community favorite in downtown Boise.

The DBA is excited to offer an exciting lineup of bands on the Bud Light Stage for this season. This week’s headliner is The Budos Band — you don’t want to miss this one! Local band A Seasonal Disguise opens.

Having scalded listeners’ ears with sonic lava on Budos I and stung them with venomous frequencies on Budos II, The Budos Band delivers on their promise to spread the epidemic of “Budos Fever” far and wide with the release of The Budos Band III, available for sale at Alive After Five at The Record Exchange booth!

The sound of The Budos may be challenging for some to describe, but to the band, “Staten Island instrumental afro-soul” means internalizing such seemingly disparate influences as the Cairo Jazz Band, J.C. Davis, Mulatu Astatke and Black Sabbath and coming together to form a mind-bending combination of rhythm and melody.  The unique and signature sound of The Budos has become a favorite for music supervisors to use in TV, film and video games, as well as producers who have sampled The Budos on numerous hip-hop tracks.

The strength of the group’s bond and its music has allowed The Budos Band to accomplish feats rarely attained by instrumental groups.  With collective sales of over 30,000 albums and tours that have spanned the United States, Canada and Europe, playing rock clubs and large festival stages, The Budos have developed a rabid fan base that spans genres and ages. At any given Budos show, one might see b-boys break dancing to the band’s funk and hip-hop beats; record junkies nodding their heads to the soul-infused melodies; metal heads thrashing to the dark and ominous guitar and bass riffs; and general music lovers who eagerly attend Budos shows and smile approvingly at the melting pot of music that takes place. Simply put, The Budos kill the live show and with each record, their ability to put the energy, sweat, and passion of the live experience to wax increases.

Go Listen Boise organizes the lineup of local openers for Alive After Five, pairing some of Boise’s best musicians with the headliners each week. GLB also maintains an information booth at AA5 so you can learn more about the organization and when and where you can see local music.

For the full summer lineup, click HERE. You can also read Idaho Statesman music critic Michael Deeds’ annual AA5 preview, which includes band descriptions and other useful information such as what you’ll be able to eat each week.

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