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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


 

Cinco de Mayo

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: Faded Leroy

Written by: Aaron, ConcertPhotography208

Faded Leroy  Source: ConcertPhotography208

Faded Leroy

Source: ConcertPhotography208


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

Source: ConcertPhotography208

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

Source: ConcertPhotography208

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

Source: ConcertPhotography208

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

Source: ConcertPhotography208

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

Source: ConcertPhotography208

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LOVE IN THE BOI: Ansley + David

Meet Ansley & David. They may have had class together, but it wasn’t until spending a week on a boat to lead to true love. Here’s their #LOVEINTHEBOI story.

 


 

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How Did You First Meet?

David and I met at BSU! I was in my last year of grad school and he was a senior in his undergrad program. One of my professors convinced him to take a particular grad level class and we ended up in Hyperbaric Physiology together. 16 weeks in the same class and we spoke to each other ONE TIME. But apparently he talked about me to his friends all semester. During this class we learned about how the body works and adapts in environments with high pressure like under water. We had the opportunity to become scuba certified which allowed us to spend a week on a boat in the Bahamas at the end of the semester. I think we connected because it was a very romantic set up, David thinks its because i was stranded on a boat in the middle of the ocean and couldn't escape him. (hahaha) We spent the 2015 NYE watching fireworks from the middle of the Caribbean and stayed up all night talking and falling in love. 

We couldn't love our story more.


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Describe Your First Date

Would you believe me if i said that NEITHER ONE OF US remember our first date? *face palm* Because honestly we don't remember anything...

 

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What Advice Do You Have For Someone Looking for Love in the BOI?

Advice for those looking for love in Boise: there are SO many romantic ways to fall in love. Maybe taking a class at BSU is a good start? All kidding aside, Boise is a picture perfect place to find a sweetheart. If being outside is your niche, don't give that up. Find yourself someone who is willing to try new things and no matter what the adventure is, they simply enjoy your company and learning more about who you are.

I was never an adrenaline junkie, but after marrying a pro jet ski racer, I found myself loving all things motors, fast, and dirty. I have found someone with completely different interests but we teach each other so much. We could be sitting on a bench at the park and have a blast. 

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Name Your Favorite Spots to Explore in Boise:

Our favorite place on the planet is Jackson Hole, Wyoming. After getting engaged at the top of the mountain, its hard not to have love for such a breathtaking spot. The plan is to retire there, but that seems like a pipe dream. Other than that, our second favorite place is wherever family is. And our families are all over the country so traveling is a regular thing for us. When we aren't traveling to see family or to a jet ski race, we are enjoying our Bogus passes or hanging out with friends or with our GSP's at the dog park. Boise is so perfect for us and we love our love for each other and this amazing city.

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Thank you Ansley and David for sharing your #LoveInTheBOI story! Make sure you follow them on Instagram: David: redinger3 and Ansley: anz_make_u_danz


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LOVE IN THE BOI: Cydnee + Lumuli

Distance did not stop Cydnee and Lumuli from falling in love. This is their #LOVEINTHEBOI story

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How did you two meet?

We met in Kenya in 1999 - we were just friends after my 7 week stay in Kenya and he was one of the students who joined us with the program I was with. We wrote snail mail for over three years and then he wrote me and said “Even though you’re the furthest, you’re the closest to my heart”. I mean - how in the world can a girl say no to that? We talked for the first time on the phone over three years after we’d first met. 




Describe Your First Date

First date? Well - that’s a bit difficult since we’d only spent time together on three separate occasions. But the first time I saw him after the initial trip to Kenya, I went to see him in England while he was working with students - while there, we walked to castles, met his friends and host family, toured London, read books, got to know each other - for 2 weeks! We planned for the next 3 week visit six months later in England again, and that’s when we got engaged!




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

   Don’t get stuck on the nuances and habits and ideologies of the person you’re dating. All of that stuff changes. Pay attention to the character - that usually stays the same and will show itself early on in the relationship.


 

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

We are homebodies. We feel blessed to live in a beautiful home with a comfortable bed and a hot tub right outside our bedroom. Give us some wine and Netflix and we’re good to go.




Thank you Cydnee and Lumuli for sharing your #LoveInTheBOI story with me. You can follow Cyndee at @ashkiphoto.



#MusicMonday @Death Proof Coffee


Aaron from @ConcertPhotography208 is back with another #MusicMonday installment. This week, he is featuring Death Proof Coffee. It’s not your typical coffee shop. Checkout his blog below!



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It’s Music Monday! Lets visit a place that is filled with passion, created with local bands in mind, and is quickly becoming a staple venue in Boise, enter, Death Proof Coffee. Mike Verlennich, Nik Verlennich and Izak Izak have created a venue that can bring a professional edge to any garage band. This place is chill coffee house in the front and full-on fog and light show party in the back! The venue attached to Death Proof Coffee provides an environment for all ages to enjoy live music on a professional stage.

Death Proof Coffee and venue has been in the works for a few years and was perfected by the trio who each bring a unique perspective to the venue. Mike has the passion and leadership to guide his son, Nik, to create energy within the venue. Nik speaks about music, the local scene, and the drive to create a space for local bands in a way only an artist can express. The lighting design Izak brings during the shows can only be described as perfection. Not too over the top or too bright, taking photos into their lights was a concert photographers dream.



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From the moment I walked into the venue I knew something was different, there was too much theater design in Death Proof’s venue. There was forethought and planning, this isn’t some slapped together pallet stage. I’m talkin’ perfect straight lines, and complementary color schemes, and finally some balanced sound, someone had theater experience I just knew it. I later found out that Izak has a background in theater lighting which explains all the attention to every detail. His lighting designs were inspired and not once over shadowed the performances. Another amazing aspect to Izak’s design is he does it all while being red/green color blind. Most would think this would be a determent to a lighting designer not being able to see colors “normally.” I will say the exact opposite is true here, Izak is able to create light schemes that many trained lighting professionals only dream of. His lack of being able to see colors makes him extremely unique and another part of Death Proof that makes this venue great.


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Death Proof Coffee was literally created by the hands of Mike, Nik and Izak. These men hand-poured the countertops you see in the coffee lounge and created the sound panels on the walls within the venue. Each contributing their skills from theater, lighting design, and from the knowledge of owning previous businesses. The most impressive piece of this puzzle? The stage. The attention to detail can be seen by the painstakingly created light boxes these men wanted to fill the back area. They hand built the drum lift and worked tirelessly to make sure every line, device, or panel was perfect from the audience perspective.

If you are looking for a local coffee shop that wants everyone there to enjoy themselves and feel welcome this is your place. If you want a venue that wants to breed a diverse culture of creativity and grow the local music scene this is your venue. Finally, if you are a band that wants that next stepping stone, to know what it feels like to play on a raised stage, with technics, and a crew that wants you to succeed; this is your new home.



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Death Proof Coffee is a much-needed addition to the local Boise music scene. I certainly look forward to seeing more shows, taking more photos, and doing many more blogs about Death Proof Coffee and Venue. See you at the next show!


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Death Proof Coffee 
10481 W. Fairview Ave. in Boise, ID 83704

To book an event

https://www.deathproofcoffee.com/contact/
https://www.deathproofcoffee.com/events/

*All photos are owned by ConcertPhotographer208.