Boise & Treasure Valley Winter 2019-20 Concert Preview

Though it has gotten plenty cold outside you’ll find plenty of warmth watching these upcoming sets around town.  A few hours upstairs at The Olympic or right up against the stage at The Neurolux will break even the hardest winter frost.

Here are the upcoming shows I give two shits about… maybe you will, too.

November 27th – Jeffrey Martin – Neurolux

This singer-songwriter has an incredibly melancholy, stripped-down approach that hits you hard. His craftsmanship is quite impressive and I look forward to seeing him in person, for what will be a uniquely quiet Neurolux concert.


December 3rd – Black Mountain – Visual Arts Collective

Yes!  This will be a great night.  Stephen and crew bring classic-rock inspired and synth-heavy guitar music that I find fascinating.  If this isn’t sold out, grab a ticket- and thank me later.


Spoon – December 5th – The Knitting Factory

Britt Daniel and his boys make consistently interesting, sparsely arranged rock songs full of that “it” factor- part cool, part mystery, part straight ahead riffage.  Having seen them twice already, I can promise this will be a really entertaining show.


Mickey & the Motorcars, Jeff Crosby, Tyler & the Trainrobbers – December 31st – The Knitting Factory

Ring in the new near (and the Not So Roaring 20s) with this legendary band and two solid local openers.


Big Head Todd & the Monsters, J.D. Simo – January 12th – Revolution Concert House

The Monsters are greatness, and have been doing it for three decades.  J.D Simo is a funk-blues sensation, at least in my book of 2019 music.


Reverend Horton Heat – January 29th – The Olympic Venue

This guy has been coming to Boise on what seems like a yearly basis since I was a kid, and for some reason I have never really checked out his stuff in any depth even though people have recommended him repeatedly along the way.  I think it’s time to see what the fuss is about.


Courtney Barnett – February 4th – The Knitting Factory

I am not alone in my love for Courtney’s magnificent and direct songwriting, highlighted on her terrific last album and her recent work with Kurt Vile.  This is being advanced as a solo show, which should be a treat.


Fred Eaglesmith – February 13th – The Olympic Venue

This guy is one underappreciated songwriter and I’m glad he is coming to town.  I discovered him when I heard his Tambourine and have considered myself a fan since – his newest, Standard is another good place to start Fred 101.

Oh, never mind – this has been canceled.  Bummer, man…


Atmosphere – February 15th – The Knitting Factory

Missed this Minnesota duo and their crew last year, and thankfully they are returning.  Slug and Ant have been releasing some of the most consistently enjoyable hip-hop music over the last 25 years.


Korn – February 24th – Idaho Center

Remember 1999?  You will on this night.