The Boise-based band Equaleyes has been together since 2006, playing original music steeped in rock 'n' roll tradition with a jam band influence.
"We're doing music and it's working," said Jeff Crosby, the band's lead guitarist. "It's why we're so busy. We're making a living doing it."
Crosby, drummer Will Prescott, bassist Brian Louderbough and keyboardist Daniel Blumenfeld make up the four-member band. In addition, Crosby and Blumenfeld are also a duo—Jeff Crosby and the Refugees.
Equaleyes will play Whiskey Jacques' on Friday, April 15, at 10 p.m. and Jeff Crosby and the Refugees will play an Apple's street party on Saturday, April 16, at 4 p.m. The band will also play at Apple's for a party celebrating the end of the winter season on Baldy on Sunday, April 24.
Crosby said Equaleyes will record an album in the upcoming months as well as organize the third Idaho-Down music festival on Aug. 5-6 at Brundage Mountain in McCall, Idaho.
The Idaho-inspired rock, blues, funk and Americana music have been making Equaleyes a popular band at festivals, clubs and a variety of venues. The band has toured Idaho, the Pacific Northwest and the West Coast.
"We've not played in Whiskey's in over a year," Crosby said. "We love coming to Ketchum."
The band has produced three albums and Crosby will have a solo album out in June. In addition, Crosby has produced a solo EP album. He said sales are good for everything.
"Equaleyes has a lot of musical influences," he said. "We are influenced by a lots of '70s rock and our keyboard player has an electronica element, which is great. We play original music and throw in a few covers every once in awhile."
The band has its own style and will often don vintage clothing to enhance their shows. Crosby said thanks to his fellow band mate Blumenfeld, who is a clothes collector—they have lots of outfits to choose from.
"He has a closet of clothes," Crosby said. "It's good style."
Equaleyes will tour all summer and return to the valley for the tour. The Idaho-Down in McCall will include Olin and the Moon, a favorite of the Northern Rockies Folk Festival and whose band members are Wood River Valley natives.
For a complete listing of music events in the valley, see the Music, Dance and Theater section of the Calendar on Page C5.
—Sabina Dana Plasse