Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Back Alley Parties

Musical friends raising money for good causes

Express Staff Writer

Heidi Albrecht and The Tribe would make a great band name, but this group of music lovers is behind the scenes.

Albrecht and her three kids, Thomas, 21, Forrest, 19, and Teal Torres, 16, are half of the team at FiggLeaf Productions and HeidiGlyphics that bring together music, families and local charities for Back Alley Parties on Wednesday nights at the Wicked Spud in Hailey. The first concert is tonight, June 20, with Hoodwink.

The event was the brainchild of Albrecht and writer Dana DuGan, who decided over a bottle of wine a few years back that Hailey needed a music scene. They got the Spud to donate the electricity and relied on T-shirts and a money jar to pull off the parties in the dirt behind the joint.

"It was such a simple idea," Albrecht said. "It was so grassroots. I'm proud of that. It's a wonderful community event. Now it's over the top and we have trouble meeting all the requests for those who want to play and charities who would like to benefit."

She said they now draw charities from a hat each year.

"With the shortage of summer months, there are way too many to accommodate. For such a simple idea, it works so very well."

All funds raised go to the band and the charities, and come from raffles and T-shirt sales. Sponsors like Hayden Beverage and U.S. Bank make up the difference.

"Good music for good causes," she said. "It's like a mini-festival every Wednesday. It's a very happy thing."


When: Wednesday nights starting tonight, June 20, 6-9:30 p.m.

Where: In the "spark" next to Wicked Spud in Hailey

With whom, for whom: Hoodwink, FiggLeaf Productions, HeidiGlyphics and Blaine County Museum, June 20; Hangar 17 and Str8Up, Sun Valley Adaptive Sports and Wood River Ability Program, June 27; King Louie and the Chaperones and Captain Dano, The Rest House and Crisis Hotline, July 11; Lower Broadford Boys and Old Death Whisper, Northern Rockies Folk Festival, July 18; Paddy Wagon and Slow Children Playing, Expedition Inspiration, July 25; Stonewheat reunion, Camp Rainbow Gold, Aug. 1; Dr. Scott's Electric Hairbrush and All Night Diner, The Hunger Coalition with food drive, Aug. 8; BackPedal and 812, Senior Connection, Aug. 15; Hat Trick and Up a Creek, Wood River Fire & Rescue, Aug. 22; CakeFaceJane, Papoose Club, Aug. 29.

*Bands are subject to change but dates and slated charities are not. The Wicked Spud is merely the location. Please do not contact the restaurant about the series. For information, call 788-7827.

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