Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Live music for all tastes

Country, folk, rock and techno bands coming to the valley this month

The alternative pop band Lavoy will play at Whiskey Jacques’ in Ketchum at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10.
Courtesy photo

For the Express

    The Sheep Bridge Jumpers, The Dirty Moogs, Lavoy, and Old Death Whisper are ready to make the Wood River Valley dance. All of the bands are scheduled to play in the coming weeks.
Sheep Bridge Jumpers
    Local favorite the Sheep Bridge Jumpers will headline at Whiskey Jacques’ in Ketchum on Friday, Oct. 3. The show will start at 9 p.m. and the cover will be $5.  
    The folk-rock band, which refers to themselves as a “collective,” describes their music as, “high-energy, foot-stompin’ tuneage.” The group can range anywhere from four to nine members at any given show and layers “many instruments, sounds, styles and talents” together to create a range of tunes and harmonies, said fiddler Connor Wade.
    “Most of our songs tell stories that illustrate life in the Wood River Valley and the Idaho wilderness experience,” Wade said. “We look to connect to a down-home kind of audience, looking to have a good time and tear up the dance floor.”
    The group has expressed appreciation for other Idaho groups who have welcomed them into the Idaho music community: Old Death Whisper, Up A Creek, Stone Seed, Hillfolk Noir and Finn Riggins.
Dirty Moogs
    Ketchum also has a dance party coming to town, led by the Dirty Moogs. Their show Saturday, Oct. 4, at Whiskey Jacques’ starts at 9 p.m. and the cover charge is $5.
    The Boise-based synthesizer trio specializes in creating electronic beats made for dancing. Band member Brenton Viertel hopes to make Ketchum dance.
    “We hope audiences will take blisters away on their feet from making huge dancing times,” he said.
    The group’s music is inspired by the German electronic band Kraftwerk, video game soundtracks and Mozart. Their lyrics are fun and amusing and are what set them apart from other synthesizer bands. The band states: “While some of the tones are nostalgic, dancing is timeless, and the Moogs share the best of traits with their pioneering predecessors; memorable melodies and good songs.”
    Above all, The Dirty Moogs aim to “make major party times” for wherever they play.
    Alaskan alternative pop band Lavoy will play at Whiskey Jacques’ at 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10—the cover charge is $5. Band members draw from the charm of the Talking Heads, Jai Paul, Tanlines and Modern English to create an “alternative dance synth indie pop” show with hipster chic style. Singer-songwriter Tyrell L. Tompkins believes Lavoy’s music is unique because it is the band’s life purpose.
    “When music has a purpose about it, the audience can feel that and we’re proud of it. I feel like we convey that well in a live setting.”

Old Death Whisper will play in Stanley on Saturday, Oct. 4.
Courtesy photo

    The band really wants to leave the crowd with something more. Tompkins said.
    “We hope that when our audience leaves the Lavoy show they just attended, after experiencing the freedom of a dance party in a changed atmosphere, that they would truthfully ponder the great question, ‘What is my purpose?’… and dig below the surface to answer it.”
Old Death Whisper
    Valley rock ‘n’ roll group Old Death Whisper will play the Mountain Village in Stanley on Saturday, Oct. 4, and Pengilly’s Saloon in Boise Oct. 10-11. The band’s website describes their music as “a cocktail of dirty Western roots music and country-tinged parlor tunes.”
    Sea shanties, railroad songs, noir and punk are among their many influences. Old Death Whisper has spent the last couple years touring the U.S. and Europe to hone their music.
    “It’s really all about having fun,” said guitarist Rico Hood. “We ain’t out looking for record deals or publicists or managers or whatever. We’re doing it for the sake of rock-n-roll.”

In the South
Fans of live music in the southern Wood River Valley can look forward to two shows coming up at the Silver Dollar Saloon in Bellevue. The Kim Stocking Band will play country and rock at the Silver Dollar on Friday, Oct. 3. The band Poke, which plays high-energy country music, hillbilly and rock, will play Friday, Oct. 10, with special guest Tylor Bushman.


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