Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Summer starts at the Back Alley Party

Weekly live music event benefits community


By SABINA DANA PLASSE
Express Staff Writer

The Back Alley Party, which takes place at the Wicked Spud in Hailey, is a family-friendly, free live music event, which benefits valley-wide nonprofit organizations every Wednesday June 22-Aug. 31 from 6-9:30 p.m. Photo by David N. Seelig

     For the past eight years, the Back Alley Party has provided live music with WoodRiverValley musicians on Wednesday evenings at the Wicked Spud in Hailey. The concerts, organized by Figg/Glyph Productions in association with Heidi Albrecht’s Heidiglyphics and Dana DuGan’s Figgleaf Productions, are free live music concerts, which benefit WoodRiverValley nonprofits.

     They begin this evening, June 22, from 6:30-9 p.m. Tonight’s show will include opening band Cow Says Moo for All Nite Diner to benefit the BlaineCountyMuseum.

     “This is a happy, free, fun event,” Albrecht said. “I believe it’s the only event in this valley that is a weekly fundraiser.”

      DuGan said the Back Alley Party gives back to the community monetarily with entertainment. Beneficiaries include the EnvironmentalResourceCenter, Sun Valley Adaptive Sports, Northern Rockies Folk Festival and several other well-known WoodRiverValley nonprofits.

     “It’s a yard-sale raffle,” Albrecht said. “The raffles and beer and wine sales boost the donations from the event we can give to the valley nonprofits. We are separate from the Wicked Spud. The Spud gives us the venue to have our event.”

     The concerts will continue every Wednesday, through Aug. 31. A raffle will take place every week. Raffle tickets are $1 or 6 for $5, 12 for $10 and 25 for $20. Donations for raffle items can be dropped off at the Wicked Spud for Albrecht.

     “I’ve said this before,” DuGan said. “Singly we could not donate as much money for these causes, but together we can. It shows what we can do as a community—helping together and supporting these organizations.”

     Proceeds from the Wednesday evening event have been as much as $3,000 a year for local nonprofits. The Back Alley Party is a family-friendly event and children are welcome.

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Concert and beneficiary schedule

· June 22 will benefit the BlaineCountyMuseum with music by Cow Says Moo opening for All Nite Diner.

· June 29 will benefit the EnvironmentalResourceCenter with music by Good JuJu’s opening for Hanger 17.

· July 6 will benefit Sun Valley Adaptive Sports and the Blaine County Education Foundation with music by Hoodwink.

· July 20 will benefit the Northern Rockies Folk Festival with music by the Kim Stocking Band.

· July 27 will benefit the Wood River Land Trust with music by Finn Riggins.

· Aug. 3 will benefit Camp Rainbow Gold with music by Johnny V and the Wingmen.

· Aug. 10 will benefit Idaho’s Bounty and Souper Supper with music by Hat Trick opening for Slow Children Playing.

· Aug. 17 will benefit the Wood River Hospice with music by King Louis and the Chaperones.

· Aug. 24 will benefit Mountain Rides and the season end of the Smart Moves program with music by Tom Archie opening for Str8Up.

· Aug 31 will benefit Wood River Fire & Rescue with music by Back Pedal opening for the 812 Band.

Sabina Dana Plasse: splasse@mtexpress.com




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