Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 26, for the annual end of season Record Exchange Party at Alive After Five with headliner Hayes Carll. This free, all-ages concert on the Grove Plaza in Downtown Boise kicks off at 5 p.m. and will wrap up at 9 p.m. Local artist Matti Sand will open.


Hayes Carll is an odd mix. Wildly literate, utterly slackerly, impossibly romantic, absolutely a slave to the music, the 35-year old Texan is completely committed to the truth and unafraid to skewer pomposity, hypocrisy and small-minded thinking. Last year, “Another Like You,” Carll’s stereotypes attract duet of polar opposites, was American Songwriter’s #1 Song of 2011 – and KMAG YOYO was the Americana Music Association’s #1 Album, as well as making best-of lists for Rolling Stone, SPIN and a New York Times Critics Choice.

But more importantly than the critical acclaim is the way Carll connects with music lovers across genres lines. Playing rock clubs and honkytonks, Bonnaroo, Stones Fest, SXSW and NXNE, he and his band the Gulf Coast Orchestra merge a truculent singer/songwriter take that combines Ray Wylie Hubbard’s lean, freewheeling squalor with Todd Snider’s brazen Gen Y reality and a healthy dose of love amongst unhealthy people.

More information on Hayes Carll: hayescarll.com.

Alive After Five Sponsors include: Bud Light, 94.9 The River, Boise Weekly, Idaho Business Review, KIVI Today’s Channel 6, ACHD Commuteride, Primary Health, Idaho Lottery, VW & Audi Boise, The Downtown Public Parking System, Sysco Food Services of Idaho, Kokanee, 10 Barrell Brewing, Odell Brewing Company, Ultra 19th Hole, BRJ Distributing, Pepsi Bottling Company, The Record Exchange, The Owyhee Plaza, and Boise Office Equipment. Local opening bands are supported by Boise City Dept of Arts & History and Go Listen Boise.

Parking is available in the Downtown Public Parking Garages where the first hour is free. Bring a chair. No coolers or pets allowed in the Grove Plaza during the event. Should the event be cancelled due to bad weather, the band will play from 5-8 p.m. at Liquid, 405 S. 8th St., Boise.

The event is organized by the Downtown Boise Association (DBA) and is a fundraiser for downtown cleaning services, beautification projects and marketing. The Downtown Boise Association mission is to be the steward for the promotion and operation of Downtown Boise as an attractive, safe and vibrant place to work, shop, live and play. Alive After Five is a downtown marquee event that attracts thousands to downtown throughout the summer.

A full schedule of bands with links to the band websites and weekly food vendors can be found online at downtownboise.org.

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