Tacos & Tequila: 10 Cinco de Mayo Events To Cross Off Your #BoiseBucketList

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 Cinco de Mayo: traditionally a date observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico. Basically, a reason to drink some Margaritas, take shots of tequila, and eat lots of tacos.

 


This week, Boiseans have PLENTY to cross off their Bucket List. Here are my top 10 events to explore:

 


Western Collective Cinco de Mayo Weekend Fiesta

May 3rd – May 5th

Pinadas & Margaritas – this will be your place for an entire weekend of craziness. They will also be introducing new beers: Oaxaca Shaka Lime Gose, Boi-Sí Coffee Horchata Dark Lager, and Las Palmas Dark Mexican Lager will all be on tap starting Friday! It will be a weekend party, that’s for SURE. Learn more info HERE

 


Amsterdam Cinco de Mayo Patio Grand Opening

Saturday, May 4th

5pm to 2am

$1 tacos

$6 patron

Music & so much more.

More details HERE


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Cinco de Mayo Street Party

The Matador in Downtown Boise

Sunday 2pm to 10pm

Lots of music, outdoor food and drink specials, games, giveaway, and lots more!

More details HERE


 

Cinco de Mayo on the Plaza

Richards at Inn at 500

Sunday 5pm to 8pm

Enjoy some margaritas, music, and food on the 2nd floor of the Inn at 500

FREE but 21+

More info HERE


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Cinco de Mayo Latin Show/Noche Latin

Lucky Dog Tavern

Enjoy drink specials all night & an incredible show

Doors open at 7:30pm/show starts at 9pm

$10 cover charge

More info HERE


 

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Calle 75 Downtown Boise

Enjoy Mariachi de Mi Tierra’ on Saturday from 1:30pm- 2:30pm. Great Drink specials including Delicious Margaritas, loaded Coronas, Tecate Buckets and more! Chef Tito is also creating some delicious taco specials as well.

Saturday & Sunday

More info HERE


 

Cinco de Mayo Parking Lot Party

Parilla Grill

Sunday, May 5th

2pm to 8pm

Enjoy drink specials, try out their new food truck. 21+ event.

More info HERE


 

Cinco de Mayo Clairovaynt Brewery

Sunday 2pm to 9pm

Come enjoy the release of our limited edition Key Lime Habanero Kolsch, and $1 tamales from Linda's Kitchen 2pm-9pm!

More info HERE


 

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Fatty’s Bar

Saturday, 9pm to 2am

Tequila specials, giveaways, & lots of music. 103.5 KISS FM will be on-site to join in on the party.

More info HERE


 

Cinco de Mayo  at Payette Brewing

Enjoy cervezas, Cinco de Mayo-inspired beer, and food truck on sight.

11am to 10pm

More info HERE









Music Mondays: As Fire Falls

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Source: Concert Photography 208


Music Monday is ready to throw some metal horns up and enjoy AsFireFalls!

Founded by brothers Kris Lindstrom (Lead/Harsh Vocals) and Nic Lindstrom (Drums/Programming/Electronics) back in 2013 with other members who liked writing, and playing for fun. Like most freshman bands the original line up ended up leaving, and only the 2 Lindstorm brothers were left. These 2 men however, would not let this set back keep them from realizing the bands potential. Exploring the deeps of craigslist, they found Nick Gregory (Guitar), for an unrelated reason, and Nick ended up joining the band around 2015. Kris, while working at Jimmy Johns, met Chris Hale (Bass/Harsh Vocals) and he joined soon after the departure of the former bassist around 2016. With lineup changes, random discoveries and meetings at a Jimmy Johns the current lineup of AsFireFalls was made!

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Kris found his love for music by picking up a guitar and learning to sing while playing at church. Nic found his drumming prowess in the same capacity. Nic has also been making dubstep/electronic music since he was 12 years old. He spends a good majority of the day making music! Music Monday believes this is true due to the amazing technicality of each song beat. Nic creates all of the sounds from scratch and this precision song creating makes up one fourth of what it takes to build a song. Nick, the guitarist, was born with the instrument in hand playing and ready for the spotlight. The band states: “He started out learning to play his favorite songs from Disturbed and somehow through that, just practicing, and playing all the time [he] has evolved into what you see and hear now.” Chris, has been in the local scene for a while playing guitar, bass, and screaming in several other bands. Chris is responsible for helping write lyrics, along with Kris, and helping structure the songs.



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Each band member brings their own influence to this fantastic band. Drummer Nic for example, listens to a lot of electronic music and rap/ hip hop. The guitarist Nick likes that kind of music as well, but also listens to a lot of rock, modern metal and Nu-metal. The band takes these influences to give them the inspiration for different aspects of their songs, such as time signatures, chord structures, etc.



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This band takes their music very personally and does not put cookie cutter lyrics or riffs into their music for the hell of it. The band states: “Music has a way of impacting people and they take it personally and sometimes spiritually. We write based on what we want the feeling of the song to have but it’s also up to the listener to determine what the song means to them.”

AsFireFalls is using the 2018 momentum of their west coast tour and their performance at Joshuafest to catapult them into 2019! The band knows that 2019 will be their biggest year yet! The band is extremely proud and excited to announce their new single "Transcendent" will release on March 14th




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Even though I discovered AsFireFalls only a short time ago, at Breakdown Ball , this band is quickly becoming a staple while rocking out in my car. Music Monday highly recommends that you check them out! Your ears and soul will thank you.

Make sure you check out their new single "Transcendent" that came out on March 14 on 100.3 The X with Randy Perkins

Facebook: Facebook.com/asfirefalls
Instagram: @asfirefallsofficial
Twitter: @asfirefallsband

8 Pizza Places to Cross Off Your #BoiseBucketList

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It’s National Pi Day! No, not Pizza Pie — the algorithmic number we all dreaded learning back school (Pi 3.14). Perfect way for me highlight local Boise pizza places to cross off your Boise Bucket List. Grab this list & start exploring!



Idaho Pizza Company

Idaho Pizza Company is a local business that strives to continue supporting the local company, as well as serving the Treasure Valley with some delicious pizza. They also have this incredible lunch buffet (11am to 2pm) where you can get either all you can eat pizza/salad/drink OR just pizza/drink. Either way, you can’t beat all-you-can-eat pizza for under $10. No wonder college kids LOVE this place.

Source: Idaho Pizza Company

Source: Idaho Pizza Company



Get social: @idahopizzacompany



Pie Hole

Let’s not deny Pie Hole MAY have been your go-to place for some late-night pizza. Maybe you enjoyed downtown way too much on a Saturday night, and their pizza hits the spot. Whether it’s the one on Broadway or on 8th Street, Pie Hole is that pizza joint where you go with friends to just EAT. Grab that slice + eat in silence. Slices range from traditional cheese/pepporoni to potato + bacon & whatever unique concoction they come up with. You can get two slices for under $6.

Plus - it’s some fun people-watching too when it’s 2AM and the bars just emptied out. Ha.

Get social: @pieholeboise



Wiseguy Pizza Co.

Wiseguy Pizza is located on Main Street. It’s a local chain that serves creative pizzas, calzones, wings — all in a casual setting. They, too, are a great spot for late-night adventures. They have a great Two slices & soda special for under $10.00. Don’t want pizza? How about a wiseguy cheesesteak? Or an Italian Hoagie? It’s more than pizza. But if you want to stay traditional, you’ll be satisfied.


Source: Idaho Pizza Company

Source: Idaho Pizza Company

Get social: @wiseguypizzaboise




Guidos

Guido’s is about giving Boise some NYC flavor. They serve NY-style pizzas that are large slices with thin crusts. Their fresh garlic baked bread is incredible. So good! It’s in a nice cozy setting that’s perfect for patio weather. Get a slice, enjoy outside, and pretend you have no other worries in the world except eat. It’s located on 5th Street not too far from Flying M.

Get social: guidospizza




Chicago Connection

Chicago Connection is serving Idaho with — yes, you guessed — Chicago-styled deep dish pizza. It was founded in 1982 with its first location on Fairview. You probably seen their delivery fans zipping around Boise getting those hot pizzas delivered (I may have ordered my share for work). They also have a great happy hour from 4 pm to 6pm. You get $1 off all beer and house wine, as well as great appetizer & small meals (Toasted Ravioli, bread-sticks, cheese bread).




Flying Pie

Flying Pie was actually my FIRST place where I got pizza in Boise. I remember the weekend I moved here, my brother and I stopped to get pizza. Their buffet is incredible. But in addition to their standard pizzas, they have Gourmet Night — different themes throughout the week. Each Tuesday Night (Fairview + Meridian) you can try some unusual pizzas. Every week, they serve a large amount of vegetarian pizzas that you’ll enjoy. Each week you can get dessert pizza (who doesn’t like that). They also have Pizza Tours — where you can be in the kitchen preparing pizza with the pizza maker! That’s definitely on my bucket list. How cool is that!

Get social: Flying Pie Pizzeria




The Wylder

Enjoy some handcrafted, slow batch pizza with soul. This place is where you can also enjoy full-service dining, craft cocktails, and supper. I’d suggest the Brono or the Honey Badger (OMG SO GOOD!). They have “red pizza” (made with Bianco DiNapoli organic tomatoes) and “white pizza” (made with Parmesan cream sauce). Don’t want pizza? How about a salad (buttermilk market vegetable) or a the French Picnic? It’s located on West Broad Street near Form + Function.


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Source: The Wylder

Get social: @thewylder





Bonus: Off The Grid Pizza

My favorite pizza food truck has to be mentioned. Off the Grid Pizza is that woodfire pizza that you’ll wait to enjoy that one slice. It comes right out of the woodfire and served to you. I LOVE the OTG (pepperoni) but there are other flavors to enjoy. Plus - it’s a husband/wife team that are lovely & a great addition to the food truck scene.

Get social: @offthegridpizza



Make sure you document your adventures by tagging me on Instagram at @boise_Bucketlist OR using the hashtag #boisebucketlist. Let’s get you crossing these pizza places off your list!














Idaho Hot Springs: Here Are Some Things to Know

Last Sunday, I posted a photo of a natural hot spring for #HotSpringsSunday. I also geotagged the location - which I have done 3 previous times (I posted about hot springs 4 times in my 2 years of running Boise Bucket List). The post wasn’t necessarily well-received. Some were highly expressive with their discontent of my post. Despite it all, it was a valuable lesson about the power of Instagram & utilizing your platform to help educate.

Before you read my guest blog post, make sure to also checkout these resources:

Today is a submission by one of my followers & his suggestions on how to best enjoy the Idaho hot springs. Thanks Charlie for your submission.


Special Guest Submission

By: Charlie S.

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It’s spring!  The days are finally getting warmer, but there’s still a chill in the air.  You know what that means!  It’s hot spring time!  Idaho has most “soakable” hot springs of any state in in the country, and if you haven’t checked one out yet, you’re truly missing out.  There’s nothing like sitting in 102-degree water on a snowy spring day while watching an icy stream rush by only feet away.

Idaho’s hot springs range from developed pools that charge an entrance fee, to natural rock pools just feet away from major state highways, to muddy bottomed pools located a seven-mile hike and two-mile bushwhack from the nearest road.

No matter what kind of hot spring experience you’re looking for, there are some basic rules that everyone should follow when visiting natural hot springs.  Get on board with these basic rules, and you’ll quickly gain the respect of your fellow soakers and start feeling like hot springs are your second home!

 

1.       Broken Glass = Broken Dreams – Yankees and Red Sox fans.   Me and my Ex.  Glass and hot springs.   These are some things that shouldn’t ever be near each other.  It doesn’t matter if you’ve got the fastest reflexes on the planet, a glass bottle balanced on a rock has has an odd propensity to tip over, and often break.  Trust me, the last thing you want in the bottom of a hot spring is glass.  Clear, brown, and green glass have an amazing ability to camouflage with rock on the bottom of hot springs, and a broken bottle generally means draining the spring, removing all the sand/rocks, and then hauling in new sand/rocks – a time consuming and laborious task.  Many a hot spring steward has spent a Saturday morning with a shovel, rehabilitating a hot spring instead of the relaxing soak he or she had dreamt about all week.  You can get wine, beer, and spirits in plastic and aluminum containers nowadays, so there is NO excuse to bring glass.  And if you do, expect to be publicly shamed and told to leave the glass far away from the springs.  Do everyone a favor and leave the glass at home.

 

2.       Pack It In, Pack It Out – This may be the obvious one on this list, but also the most often violated hot spring rule.  If you hauled it to the spring, you had better be hauling it out.  No excuses.  Dropped your towel in the spring?  Wring it out and tie it to the outside of your bag.  Forgot your suit and used your underwear instead?  Don’t leave them on the rocks for someone else to deal with.  Had a couple beers?  Crush those cans and throw them in your bag.  Others shouldn’t have to look at and then deal with your trash because you were too lazy to do it yourself.  Bring some trash bags if you’re worried about wet towels/bathing suits.  And if you happen to notice that others have been disrespectful and left their trash?  Be the bigger person and take it out with you.  The folks behind you will appreciate it.

 

3.       Don’t Trespass – Many of Idaho’s hot springs are on private land.  And many landowners have chosen to allow the public to continue using their private property, contingent on good behavior.  Don’t abuse the privilege.  Many landowners have decided to cut off access to hot springs on their private property after repeated abuses such as drugs, trash, and rowdiness.  If you show up at a hot spring and it’s posted as no trespassing, respect the owner’s decision.  You’re just as likely to find the police waiting at your car as you are to have bullets flying over your head (true story).  Just don’t trespass.  Along these same lines, if you pass through a gate on the way to a hot spring, leave it the way you found it (unless there is signage stating otherwise).   Whether private property or public lands with a grazing lease, the owner/leasee left that gate the way it was for a reason.  Don’t mess with stuff that isn’t yours!

 

4.       Don’t be a Hot Spring Hog – Many of Idaho’s hot springs are on public land.  That means they belong to all of us.  Just because you got to the best pool first doesn’t mean you’re entitled to have it all to yourself for the entire day.  Be prepared to share with others as they show up.  I’ve met so many cool people at hot springs, and there’s nothing like a good conversation with a new friend while soaking in 102-degree water in a snowstorm.  As an added bonus, they might have information about a spring you haven’t heard about yet!

 

5.       Post Those Rad Pics – WITHOUT the Geotag – You made it to the hot spring and have earned the right to make your friends jealous, but for the love of our natural hot springs, leave the geotag out of it!  Do you know who all 1,782 of your Instagram friends are?  Do they all know proper hot spring etiquette?  Do you want one of them ruining a spring with glass, trash, or a raucous party?  If someone wants to know where you took a picture, they can ask, and you can be the judge about if they are trustworthy enough to be let in on the secret!  You’re responsible with your physical footprints at hot springs, right?  Be responsible about your digital footprints too.

 

6.       Going Au Natural – Many of Idaho’s natural hot springs don’t have a dress code, so don’t be surprised to walk around a corner and see body parts that are only allowed uncensored on HBO and the occasional Super Bowl half time show.  As a general rule of thumb, if you don’t see any signs saying nudity is prohibited, then lounging around in your birthday suit is probably ok.  The further the hot spring is from the parking area, the more likely that nudity is ok.  Use your judgement here.  See a family with kids with suits on?  Keep yours on or ask if they are ok with you stripping down.  Others already in the nude?  Go for it, but feel free to keep covered up if you want.  No one is judging you.  And this should go without saying, but if people are enjoying the wonders of nature au natural, respect people’s privacy and put the camera away. 

 

7.       Use The Healing Powers Wisely – This is another one that should go without saying, but if you have open wounds, cuts, or infections of any kind, stay out of the hot springs.  Don’t potentially subject others to your bodily fluids.  I’m sure you would want others to show you the same respect. 

 

8.       Beware of the Dreaded RSM – The Red Spider Mite that is.  It’s present at many hot springs in Idaho and would love to burrow under your skin and lay its eggs.  Yeah, it’s as gross as it sounds.  The worst part is that you won’t know it until it’s too late.  Each one can bite you multiple times, and trust me, you don’t want to go through the aftermath, which involves days of cortisone cream and resisting the urge to itch your skin off.  Red Spider Mites are barely visible to the naked eye and tend to live on the vegetation and rocks around hot springs.  One way to check for RSM’s is to stick your finger into the water and move it all around.  RSM’s will often cling to your finger where you’ll JUST BARELY be able to see them.   Along the same lines, although uncommon, the brain eating amoeba Naegleri fowleri can exist in hot springs.  Keep your head above the water and it’s not an issue.

 


9.       Mind the Vibes – Arrived at the hot spring to find a loud party that everyone is enjoying?  Dive on in!  Find four other people quietly enjoying nature?  Be mindful of that and leave the Bluetooth speaker in the backpack.  Everyone enjoys hot springs differently, so take in the vibe, and do your best to match it.

 

10.   Camping – Many of our natural hot springs are in the backcountry, far from the nearest road, and many people find that the best way to enjoy them is to camp out for a day or two.  This can be a great way to experience hot springs (imagine, a hot bath 5 or 6 times a day!), but you should be mindful of your impacts.  Always camp at least 200’ from the hot spring and try to use a durable surface (rock or gravel) or an area that has been previously impacted. 

 

11.   Hot Springs Are Not Private Bathrooms – These are public pools that everyone should be able to enjoy with all the natural smells that come along with.  No one wants to watch you wash your stinky armpits with Irish Spring, and they surely don’t want to smell it either.  Do us all a favor and keep the soap, shampoo, sunscreen, bug spray, and perfumes out of our hot springs.  And while we’re talking bathroom behavior, do your business at least 200’ from the hot spring and other water sources. Number one can go right on the surface.  Number two should be buried in a 6-8” deep hole.  Used TP?  Pack it out, don’t bury it.  And if you’re thinking about doin’ the deed in the hot spring…. Well, you read the part about Spider Mites, right?  RIGHT??????

 

12.   Dogs – Dogs shouldn’t enter the hot springs for many reasons.  They’ll likely disturb others.  They’ll probably pee in the water.  They could get burned (https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/aug/26/hiker-badly-burned-after-jumping-into-idaho-hot-springs-to-save-dogs).  They could become dehydrated just like we do.  You’re best off leaving the pooch at home for your hot spring adventure.  If you need to take them along, find a nice spot to tie them up somewhere away from the spring and out of the paths of other visitors.  And treat there waste just like your own – pack it out or bury it in a cat hole.

 

13.   Dehydration – Hot springs should come with a warning label just like hot tubs – DO NOT USE FOR MORE THAN 15 MINUTES. Remember, you’re sweating the entire time you’re in the hot spring.  Imbibing in some adult beverages at the same time?  The dehydration effect is amplified.  Throw some water in your backpack and remember to stay hydrated.  If you stand up and feel a little light headed, take a moment to gather yourself, then go chug a Nalgene of water. 

 

Following these basic rules while visiting Idaho’s hot springs is a great way to show your respect for these natural treasures and preserve them for future use.  Many natural hot springs have been closed in the past due to people not following these basic guidelines.  Don’t be the person that gets another one of Idaho’s hot springs closed to the public!










Music Mondays: We Were Giants


This week’s featured local band: We Were Giants.

Written by Aaron of @concertphotography208


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Music Monday is ready to strap in and enjoy the musical experience that is, We Were Giants.

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Source: @concertphotography208

This metal band started back in 2015, they came together because these friends wanted to fulfill one common goal, to create a unique sound and write music that means something to them and to their audience. We Were Giants has fashioned an extremely powerful experience not only for the band members but for the audience as well. Blake Davis, clean vocals, said “I’d describe it for me [as] I’m just being my honest self that I can’t be in every day living. We are all like that but it just works in harmony.” Music Monday could not agree more that the harmony created by Blake and Kenneth Logan Peel, harsh vocals, is something to be sought after. Watching these two fantastic singers bounce off each other like an angel and a demon fighting over control of the stage and is what many bands strive for, saying “Our theatrics match our sound.”


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Source: @concertphotography208


Blake got his start by learning the acoustic guitar he received for his 15th birthday. He took to the guitar like a fish to water learning his first song in 4 days. This was the beginning of a beautiful romance between Blake and music. He started writing music and jamming with his friends to find his style of, and even played at the Boise Venue, may it rest in peace. Kenneth grew up with music, “Growing up I basically had a resonation with music because of the form of expression each song I listened to.” He said. It was in high school that Logan struggled and found a way to express these struggles with his lyrics and music. Logan explained, “Music is my therapy and helps ease my life.” Music Monday can relate to this especially, as music has been a savior for myself as well. Michael Faylor, drums, found his love of the drums at the age of 8 when his father, also a drummer, bought him his first kit. Michael jammed along with the greats such as led Zeppelin and Chicago. Michael’s father taught him the fundamentals of drumming and moved on to teach himself how to paly double bass. As Michael grew older he discovered bands like Korn and Slipknot. Some years later Michael uploaded a drum cover of Ragnarök and We Were Giants asked him to join! Josh Street, Guitar, started music at a young age and stuck with it to eventually find themselves in the line up with We Were Giants

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Source: @concertphotography208


This band considers their music to be a reflection of themselves. They bring different backgrounds of musical styles and different musical influences to the band but as they have a vision for the group they come together to create their unique sound.


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Source: @concertphotography208

As with most bands they have struggled with putting their feeling into their art and creating something that was marketable at the same time saying “trying to navigate through the business aspect and we are definitely no exception to that rule. Our biggest triumph is definitely our fans and the opportunities we have been given such as Vans Warped Tour and multiple sold out shows.”



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Source: @concertphotography208

Music Monday has had the pleasure to see this band perform and was completely blown away by their energy. The bands spirit and sheer ability to connect with the audience was awesome. From the distinguished drumming of Michael, to the amazing guitar skills of Josh and finishing it off is the Blake and Logan duo who bring the experience right to your face. Make sure you see this band perform as you will not be disappointed. This is a crew that wants to lift the mood saying “Spreading a positive message and fighting for positivity is our goal and we feel that the sound we give off does exactly that.” Building that audience connection is something that We Were Giants challenges themselves to do every show and I can honestly say that it really comes through.

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Source: @concertphotography208



Make sure to see these guys live at Deathproof this Wednesday, March 7, with another great local band Forsythia. 

Thank you Aaron for featuring this great local band! Make sure to follow We Were Giants on social Media (Instagram + Facebook) and Aaron (Instagram + Facebook).

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Source: @concertphotography208

LOVE IN THE BOI: Jen + Brian

Meet Jen and Brian.

Their love story started on the first day of college at BSU. Their love continues to thrive and grow since day one.


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My husband and I met on the first day of college in the Chaffee Dorms at BSU.  He was from Spokane Washington and was in Boise to wrestle on scholarship, I was from the Seattle area and we started dating 6 months later—never looking back—and relocating to the Boise area.  Fun facts:  we have spent 24 Valentine’s Days together, we have 3 daughters, and we all train jiu-jitsu together.  Most fun fact:  Brian is fighting on the pro-card for Front Street Fights in Boise on February 1st after a 7 year retirement.  


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She wrote a story about the moment that sealed the deal for them to become more than friends.  It was featured in the Stonecrop Magazine at College of Western Idaho and it encompasses so much charm about Boise, and being kids and about loving the simple things about each other.  Here’s her story:

How We Became Us

I called him that night, Friday. The cold gray walls of my dorm were easy to resist, and when I asked him if he wanted to hang out, he did.

We hopped into his red Nissan pick-up, and over the radio, he asked me if I wanted to drive. I lurched and stalled it so many times that we traded seats. He may have laughed at me—yes, I am sure he did.

My lack of experience was a novelty.

We went up the hills overlooking the City of Trees. The air was cold and crisp, and lighted by Christmas. When we reached the top of the highest hill, the frosted, twinkling city so far below, we teetered there at the edge. Lying before us was some semblance of a road. Darkness on the backside of the hill swallowed up the Nissan’s narrow headlight beams.

"Let's go for it.”

He stepped on the gas and together we slipped down into the night and the mud, away from the city, from finals, cardboard pizza, stale coffee, and the quiet of an all-girls dorm. The engine called it quits when we plunged to a stop at the dark bottom of, what? We couldn't discern anything. The road was not a road at all, but a trap.  Other auto-victims had been here before.

 

Striking a flare and circling around, we spied underbrush for miles upon miles.  Deep scars of tire tread were etched into the ground around us.  An abandoned car.  A side view mirror, broken and half-buried. 

He fumbled with the winch, but sagebrush offers no leverage and when I pointed the flare to the ground, it licked my palm and singed my sleeve and I dropped it with a yelp.

We grasped shovels and flung mud until exhaustion formed blisters and then collapsed into the bed of his truck, tracing constellations in the sky and laughing at the mud smeared on our temples.  Giving in, we planned our escape route on foot. 

We were crushed by darkness and lost feeling in our toes but we were kids with no weight on our shoulders, and getting stranded in the hills was no big thing. Especially when it meant wearing a warm coat that smelled like him, holding hands, and catching the glint of that first-love spark.

But like I said, it was no big thing. Even when the tow truck gave up and the tractor said, "No way." To the tune of $400—all his measly college savings—the Nissan was set free by a CAT. Nothing M&W powdered donuts and orange juice couldn't fix.

What I recall most is that we drove up the hill as friends, and came down as a glimmer of something more. And three years later, on bended knee, a promise was made on the same nameless road. But this time, instead of foolishness, a proclamation of devotion and friendship.

And yes, love.

It’s been twenty-four years and I can say that I still like the way his jacket smells.

Thank you Jen & Brian for sharing your LOVE IN THE BOI story! You may follow them on Instagram at @jenwieber_writer and his is @thesemicolon

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Music Mondays: Faded Leroy

Written by: Aaron, ConcertPhotography208

Faded Leroy  Source: ConcertPhotography208

Faded Leroy

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It’s time for Music Monday to throwdown with the high energy, post-hardcore, band Faded Leroy!

The beginnings of Faded Leroy are rooted within Brendan Nickel, guitar/vocals, and Beau Kolar, drums, playing in various bands for nearly a decade and touring regionally with a local band called Abrupt Edge. In 2012, Brendan found himself between projects but kept up with Beau a few times a week. These jam sessions between the two created an album’s worth of material, but they needed help to further the idea. Brendan and Beau sought the help of Jeremy Cummings, vocals, and after a few bassists the trio put a Craigslist ad out to find their fourth. Brian Lewis answered their call saying “We hit it off immediately.” And from that fateful Craigslist ad, and friends striving to create, the awesome band Faded Leroy was born.




Faded Leroy  Source: ConcertPhotography208

Faded Leroy

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The band brainstormed for a name for quite sometime ending up with a list of hundreds of names! The band had everyone pick 5 names off the list they felt were the best and Faded Leroy was on everyone’s list. “Faded Leroy is a character that time forgot, that people passed by. He may fade into the shadows for a time, but he will eventually have his day. It's a lesson in not underestimating people that presently fade into your background, because you never know when they will come back to haunt you. It's also about not worrying what people think of you and using your hardships to make you stronger.” They said. We all can relate to this message of the character that Faded Leroy represents. Everyone experiences times of hardship where life takes them on a different path but eventually we find ourselves again. Hardships make us stronger, this band’s name and their performance is wonderfully electric, and you can feel it from the audience.

Brian found his connection with the bass while playing with his first band and continues to strive for perfection each time he plays. Jeremy found his love for the harsh vocals by screaming along with his albums. Jeremy staid “…it was something I was arguably good at and I enjoyed writing poetry/lyrics and creating music. Got serious about vocals when I joined a band called Sub*Vert in the early 2000’s.” Brendan grew up in a musical household with a mother who was a concert pianist as well as a piano teacher. Brendan started playing piano at a very young age and backed up his skills by studying music theory. As he grew older he moved from the piano to the guitar and spent hours self-learning the songs of Tool, RATM, and Alice In Chains. Beau started playing the drums at 12 years old and hasn’t stopped since!


Faded Leroy  Source: ConcertPhotography208

Faded Leroy

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Each band member brings their own musical influences to the sound that is Faded Leroy. Influence is drawn from Deftones, RATM, Tool and Sparta. As a group the band tries to create music that fits their world and their thoughts saying “As a group, we have always tried to let our music develop organically and never really set out to write a particular style of music. We really just try to let the music happen naturally.” The band understands that their music may change with the current state of tension in their lives and the lives that surround them. The band members, much like the character that is Faded Leroy, understand that there are dark times in life and they use their music as a healthy expression.

This healthy expression can be found within the band’s lyrics. Bringing the thoughts of frustration, conflict and loss into the feel of their music saying, “the band has become very cathartic and is often a place for us as individuals to work out things that we are witnessing or going through personally.” These guys do not want to sit on their struggles but provide a type of positive message or solution when it comes to facing any type of conflict in life.



Faded Leroy  Source: ConcertPhotography208

Faded Leroy

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In 6 years, the group has written, recorded and produced two full length albums as an independent band, which are awesome! They have had the opportunity to open for great bands and play at some fantastic venues. They love connecting with the different bands and their fans as they play their gigs. They look forward to playing and expanding their fan-base.

The band would like to “…Thank all of our fans, our families, the promoters, dj's, venue owners and all the bands we've played with. We are honored to have the privilege of doing what we love and sharing music with others and we appreciate all the people that help us make that happen.”



Faded Leroy  Source: ConcertPhotography208

Faded Leroy

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Music Monday has been fortunate to see this band play several times! Each time they leave everything on the stage and hold nothing back. If you hear the that Faded Leroy is playing anywhere in the Boise area, make sure you see them. You’ll feel better about life no matter what ales you as this band will allow you to release some tension!


Faded Leroy  Source: ConcertPhotography208

Faded Leroy

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LOVE IN THE BOI: Carlleen + Michael

Cupid did strike Carlleen and Michael when they first met on OK Cupid (dating app). From a first date watching football to enjoying exploring Boise together — this is Carlleen & Michael’s LOVE IN THE BOI story.


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How did you two meet?

We met on a dating app site (okcupid) back in 2014. What made Michael so special compared to any other guy that messaged me was his greeting was hey. No pickup lines, no commenting on my beauty or how tall I was. Just a simple hey. We messaged back and forth for a while, mainly about college math classes (I was good at math, he was not) but we also did the classic get to know each other topics too.


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Describe your first date.

Our first date was the Packer's/Seahawks game on September 4th, 2014. I asked him to watch the game with me. However, we met a few times before the date and Michael showed me around the Treasure Valley because I'm from Wisconsin. He never once made a move on me until he felt comfortable and so did I. Actually, Michael didn't make us official until 2 days after the Packer/Seahawks game. We were hanging out on the tailgate of his best friends truck and I was showing "interest" of him holding my hand. It took so long for Michael to actually hold my hand that his best friend said that if Michael didn't hold my hand that night (because I was showing all of the signs) that he would have kicked his butt and made him hold my hand.


What advice do you have for those looking for love in Boise?

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Act like tourists and see what sights the other person wants to show you! Michael showed me where he worked at, the schools he attend, and some of his hangout spots. Don't be afraid to date someone who's a normal human being! Michael and I are completely different people with different interests but sharing the love with someone you love is the best feeling ever.


Where is your favorite place to go (or thing to do) together as a couple?

If we are eating out at a restaurant/bar our go to for the Boise area is Quinn's on Vista. Our favorite things to do together would be fishing or taking a boat ride in my boat at the lakes around the area.



Go follow this couple at @carlleen13 & @wrxbumm 

Professional photos taken by: 7slottedadventures (https://aubreymilesphotography.com/)  


LOVE IN THE BOI: Michelle + John

Michelle and John moved to Boise 2 years ago. Although they didn’t technically fall in love in the BOI, their love for Boise and their life here has only made their love more adventurous. Here’s their story.

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We are of course in love with each other, married 33 years, but we are also in love with Boise. We moved here 2 1/2 years ago as empty nesters from Ohio. Our kids had moved to Oregon and California and we wanted to be closer to them.


We love everything about Boise. Last year we got a tandem bike to take advantage of the greenbelt and to get out and explore around town. We use our Instagram @TandemBoise to share local businesses, nonprofits and the beauty of Boise. 


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Last year we participated in @BoiseGoatheadfest and dressed as a bride and groom for our costumes. People actually thought we were just married. A woman even gave me the flowers she just bought at farmers market. She must have felt sorry for me with my plastic bouquet. 


We met as sophomores in high school where we worked together at a fast food restaurant. I trained him on his first day. Our first date was dinner on my 16th birthday when I also got to meet his parents.

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Our favorite thing to do in Boise is hop on our tandem bike and explore. Our advice for those looking for love in Boise is to get out and mingle at the many events going on around town and getting involved in an activity such as volunteering for a nonprofit. We’ve met lots of new people by friends introducing us to their friends. There is something and someone for everyone here. 


Michelle’s advice on dating? She suggests a mix of spontaneous and planned activities. Look for new experiences to do together and also learn more about each other’s interests. Make some dates group dates by including friends or family to see more of each other’s personalities and how you both handle different situations.

Most importantly, be yourself.

2018 Boise Goathead Fest

2018 Boise Goathead Fest

Music Mondays: Mains and Monitors

Music Mondays are back with Aaron of ConcertPhotography208. Today’s local band spotlight is Mains and Monitors - a band from Twin Falls, ID. Checkout Aaron’s feature:


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The members of Mains and Monitors have been playing together in one way or another for several years. Originally, they played in a band for Jordan Thornquest but during that time Chase Chandler started his own group with some different members. Unfortunately, due to creative differences between his bandmates, Chase brought in Patrick Henry as the drummer. The original bassist ending up leaving and Eli Stonemets joined the ranks.  After some years of playing together the band asked Jordan, who was working on a solo project at the time, to play lead guitar. With this final addition, the Mains and Monitors line up was formed!

The band originally started out under the name “The Something Somethings” a play on the “The” that many bands use, The Strokes, The White Stripes, The Black Keys, etc however, an underground British punk group apparently already had that name and asked them to ya know, not do that. Fast forward to the band playing at a crappy bar with horrible sound equipment. The band states: “All they had were these two giant main speakers. We told them we needed monitors, so the sound guy takes one of these giant mains, turns it around, and tips it over. It was not a great show. Chase had the idea to write a song called “Mains & Monitors” about this experience, and when we found out we had to change our name, he suggested it, and it stuck.” Amazing how an experience can have such an impact on a band that this one moment happened to give them influence to change their name! A good grassroots reminder of where the band has come from and the heights this band can achieve.


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Patrick started playing the drums during the 5th grade for school where he learned how to read percussion music and began to specialize in the kit. He continued the passion for drums well into high school but took a break until he met Jordan. Patrick is influenced by the funk style and technical ability of Carter Beaufort (Dave Matthews Band). Jordan got his start playing Guitar Hero then he learned to play the real guitar at the age of 14. Jordan bounced between several bands and a solo gig before joining Mains and Monitors. He started off being influenced by the amazing shredders Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, etc. But Jordan found his roots in the kind of music he wanted to write such as, Courtney Barnett, Jeff Rosenstock, and The Strokes. Eli started to play the bass in his youth group when he was 12 years old. Early on Eli was influenced by bands Kings of Leon, and The National. Later in Eli’s musical development he discovered the influences of the rhythmic playing styles of Queens of The Stone Age, LCD Soundsystem, and Spoon. Chase found his love of music from his step-father who introduced Chase to digital recording when he was 11. When he was 12 he started to teach himself the guitar, started writing lyrics and began to sing! Wasn’t until the age of 16 that he became serious about the music world and recorded full songs by using garage band. Chase has been influenced by bands like Car Seat Headrest, Jeff Rosenstock, PUP, and Manchester Orchestra. Chase said, “I’ve always really loved making pop-influenced music, so a lot of catchiness goes into our songwriting as well.”


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Where Mains and Monitors are from, Twin Falls, the band is up against classic rock bands, cover bands and post-grunge bands that focus on the older audience. Mains and Monitors wants to create a completely relatable sound to the younger crowd, saying “Being in your 20’s kind of sucks, and being a teenager kind of sucks, and we like to write about that in a (for the most part) lighthearted way.” The band draws influence from personal experience and just life itself to bring a personal and heartfelt performance to the stage. Another heartfelt example is their song “Kalani” about a relationship the front man Chase went through. The song ties in the process of falling in love, to the eventual rough breakup, and finally to the painful recovery of putting yourself back together. “It’s hard to be vulnerable like that, especially when there are people you know personally that know how true this story is, and how they’re more than “just songs.” We’ve found that the artists we connect with the most share these true, intimate, raw, revealing parts of themselves, and we want to do the same.” They said about “Kalani”. Mains and Monitors is a band that sings their heart out on stage. During their performance at Deathproof Coffee, Music Monday was blown away at the amount of passion and love they left on display.


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The band deals with the constant hardship of living in a town with a limited music scene. “….it can be stifling & discouraging.” They said. The band has also gone through some growing pains, as all freshman bands do, by learning that they must be brutally honest with each other.

They have also had some major triumphs in their musical career as a band! They won their first battle of the bands and they recently hit 20,000 listeners on Spotify!

Music Monday has had the pleasure to see this band perform and was left with the sense of wanting more. Their passion, their drive and their sound is something Twin Falls should be extremely proud to have.

Want to enjoy the show? Well Boise you are in luck! February 23, 2019  Mains and Monitors will be at The Shredder downtown, participating in the locally organized Music for Mental Health Vol. 2 with several other locals, Caefus, Vascate and Soma Stein. 

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