Great Garden Escape
We’ve partnered with the folks at Duck Club to bring you another amazing season of Great Garden Escape! Bring your blanket and folding chair to sit and enjoy music in the oasis of the Meditation Garden. Masks are still required while not at your seat, to continue to keep everyone safe.
This year’s GGE features:
Gates @ 5 pm
Show from 6 pm – 9 pm
🌱 6/24 Afrosonics
🌱 7/1 Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
🌱 7/8 Eilen Jewell
🌱 7/15 Grateful
🌱 7/22 Hillfolk Noir
🌱 7/29 Damien Jurado
🌱 8/5 Amuma Says No
🌱 8/12 The Shivas
Gates @ 4:30 pm
Show from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
🌱 8/19 Deep Sea Diver w/ Blood Lemon
🌱 8/26 Boise Straight Ahead Big Band
🌱 9/2 The Brothers Comatose
$12 – Members
$15 – $20 –Nonmembers
Free – Kiddos 3 and Under
** Tickets are available in advance only and must be purchased online. Tickets will be available to purchase online until sold out, or until the start of the show.
** E-tickets (delivered in a separate e-mail) can be taken straight to the gate to be taken the night of. When purchasing tickets, members receive their discount at the check-out screen once they sign in or register with the online sales program.
Seating is limited in the Meditation Garden. In order to keep guests safe and to maintain social-distancing we encourage you to explore our many acres and spread out into the various garden spaces.
Member Presale – May 3 @ 10 am (Link in your email)
Tickets Open to Public – May 7 @ 10 am
Food & Drink
Visitors are welcome to bring in their own food and non-alcoholic beverages. Lost Grove Brewing will be onsite serving beer, canned cocktails, and canned wine from Split Rail Winery. Tasty bites will be available from Willowcreek!
Afrosonics – 6/24
Afrosonics creates music featuring a collective of musicians from the Middle East, Europe, Africa, South America and the United States. At the heart of the group’s progression, the band has conscientiously integrated new American musicians (former refugees from war torn areas of the world) into the collective that is Afrosonics. The genre twist deepens with the infusion Idaho musicians into the collective with roots in country, rock, jazz and opera. Every nation voices bring many paths together in one musical destination.
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio – 7/1
Soul-jazz groove-machine Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio—or as it is sometimes referred to, DLO3—never would have happened without years and years of crummy gigs, and Delvon’s staunchly supportive wife, Amy Novo.
The story goes that Hammond b3 organist Delvon would regularly lug his 400-pound instrument from venue to venue barely breaking even to play other people’s music, and Amy just got tired of it. She fiercely believed in Delvon’s talents, and, eventually, she made an offer he couldn’t refuse: If Delvon picked the musicians, she would take care of all the business surrounding it.
“I was watching an amazing talent being marginalized. He would be getting paid like $75 a gig and be spending $60 in gas to cart around his instrument, sometimes even renting a U-Haul. It wasn’t fair,” says the self-made music mogul who may be the first person to legally own a band. “For years, Amy had been telling me to step out from being a sideman. This was a natural move. Now, I can just play music and not worry—it’s been a welcome relief,” Delvon says.
Eilen Jewell – 7/8
American Songwriter describes Eilen Jewell as one of America’s most intriguing, creative and idiosyncratic voices. The Boise, Idaho songwriter leads a tight quartet that blends influences of surf-noir, early blues, classic country, folk, and 1960s era rock ’n’ roll. For well over a decade, they’ve toured relentlessly for legions of fans from Boston to Boise and Madrid to Melbourne, playing large festivals, theaters, rock clubs, and coffeehouses. The group has shared stages with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Loretta Lynn, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, and Blind Boys of Alabama. Eilen’s fans have marveled at her warmth and onstage humor alongside her beautiful songs and fiery performances. In addition to six of her own full-length albums, Jewell has released two albums with her country-gospel side-project, the Sacred Shakers; a tribute album to Loretta Lynn titled Butcher Holler; and a recent album of rare blues covers, Down Hearted Blues.
The Los Angeles Daily News said, “Sometimes as darkly damaged as Lucinda Williams, at others as defiant and teasing as prime Peggy Lee and always authentically Americana in the Gillian Welch tradition … She’s mighty good.”
Grateful – 7/15
GRATEFUL is a Boise-based tribute band paying respect to the legacy of the Grateful Dead. Each performance is arranged with the intent to capture the natural authenticity of the Grateful Dead’s live performance, and “perfectly flawed” delivery in sound, style, and feel. No set list is the same, and no song is played the same way twice. Each member of GRATEFUL recreate the persona of a band that meant so much to so many.
Hillfolk Noir – 7/22
Grab a drink, sit down, take a breath, have a listen for a
moment, an hour, a night, because here they come with their
earnest musical narratives of the back alleys, the open range,
the hollow, the front porch, the lives behind the love, want,
fear and fracture of a world that despite all adversity remains,
within their songs, hopeful, thoughtful, jubilant.
The band deems their sound Junkerdash – part folk, part
bluegrass, part string-band blues, part punk, and most certainly
wholly kickass. Bourbon and the Western Swing are a recommended
pairing with Hillfolk’s Junkerdash, we’re told, which seems
Fronted by multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, Travis
Ward, this trio of neo-traditionalists includes Alison Ward on
musical saw, washboard, banjo, and purely gorgeous vocals, as
well as Mike Waite keeping the heartbeat, rhythm and flow alive
on double bass.
John Doe (X, the Knitters), patron saint of the American Dream,
once said, “If John Steinbeck owned a speakeasy, Hillfolk Noir
would be the house band.”
See you at the show, on the dance floor, in the throes of
another broke-down and beautiful Saturday night.
– CW, 2018
Damien Jurado – 7/29
On The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania, Damien Jurado gathers up ten stories of people determined not to be broken by their dire circumstances. “The world is a liar, the stars are a must,” he sings over brushed drums, a circling bassline, and acoustic guitar on “Helena,” which opens his 17th album, the first release from Damien’s own Maraqopa Records. Dire circumstances have long been fixtures of Jurado’s songs, which are filled with ghosts, killers, cruel lovers, and the occasional UFO cult or false messiah. But here, the scenes are earthy, drawn from ordinary but no less immense calamities: hurricanes moving toward town, strained connections, amnesiacs in the front yard. On The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania, Jurado pulls the curtains shut, blocking out “the light now embarrassed and afraid of the dark,” as he sings on “Tom,” one of the album’s haunting numbers, only to throw them open the exact moment sunshine needs to come flooding in.
Amuma Says No – 8/5
Kaixo! Amuma Says No represents the heart and soul of Basque music in America today. The band brings together the best of traditional trikitixa–a duo of accordion and tambourine–with a modern rhythm section and songs sung in euskara. Based in Boise, home of one of the largest communities of Basques outside their home provinces along the French and Spanish Pyrenees, Amuma Says No’s sound is energetic, exciting, contemporary and unique, like the Basques.
Jill Aldape, Dan Ansotegui, Sean Uranga Aucutt and Spencer Basterrechea Martin (Now the Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Idaho), the founders, are second and third generation Amerikanuak. They grew up dancing with the Oinkari Basque Dancers and listening to Basque artists like Jimmy Jausoro and Domingo Ansotegui. Joined by Rod Wray, Micah Deffries, and David Gluck Amuma Says No carries on this timeless traditional repertory by presenting it with a touch of twenty-first century rock, pop and jazz.
Be ready to hit the dance floor with Amuma Says No, a band of Basque dancers/musicians who merge tradition with innovation and can make anyone rock to a jota. Aupa!
The Shivas – 8/12
“For The Shivas, the show has always been the thing. That thing being a bombastic, explosive and thoroughly communal live rock and roll experience where barriers between the performers and their audience seem to dissolve into the sweat and sound. The band just released its fifth album, Dark Thoughts (Tender Loving Empire), but it’s the stage—or the basement, or the living room—that’s The Shivas’ true element. It’s their raison d’etre. It’s the show that keeps them coming back after over 1,000 performances spread over 25 countries in 13 years.
In those 13 years, The Shivas have grown tight-knit as a group. Guitarist/singer Jared Molyneux, bassist Eric Shanafelt and drummer/singer Kristin Leonard have all been with the band since its earliest days; guitarist Jeff Boyardee joined in 2017. Together they’ve learned to thread a seemingly impossible needle: They’ve honed and tightened their performances without sacrificing the element of surprise that makes each show special.”
Deep Sea Diver w/ Blood Lemon – 8/19
Jessica Dobson is the fearless multi-instrumentalist, singer and band leader for Deep Sea Diver. Cutting her teeth at a young age playing lead guitar for artists such as Beck and James Mercer (The Shins) Jessica learned a thing or two about writing a song and putting on a show. In late 2013, Dobson put in her notice to former Shins boss, in order to give full attention to her own musical vision. Mercer agreed, saying “I’ll miss you, but I give you my full support. You’ve gotta pursue Deep Sea Diver”. “Good thing too,” noted Stereogum, “because Jessica is an incredible front woman.”
Deep Sea Diver, urgently and deliberately move you from rock experimentation to dreamy soundscapes, Kraut-esque drum and bass grooves to angular danci-ness, and full fledged orchestration to bare bones simplicity. Dobson has the voice and authority to tie it all together, and turn it into a cohesive unit that soars yet remains beautifully delicate and intimate. Live, the band has received acclaim for their festival-ready power and presence, Jessica’s larger than life guitar hooks, and their cascading layers that build upon each other until they reach their explosive peak.
Boise Straight Ahead Big Band – 8/26
Boise Straight Ahead is a jazz big band made up of volunteer musicians. This band seeks to rehearse and perform big band jazz music in the SW Idaho/Treasure Valley area. We have been an ensemble since late 1996 and Hewlett Packard has allowed us facilities use (for rehearsals and equipment storage) for much of that time. In addition to the camaraderie and the fun of playing this music, we seek to keep this sound alive and raise money through the contribution of our performance fees, for various local non-profit organizations. In the past, this has included United Way, Meals on Wheels, the Boys & Girls Club, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Multiple Sclerosis Society, among others.
Our mission includes both the music and our charitable contributions. We do not take or keep any of the donated funds. We consciously seek to avoid competing with the professional musicians in the Treasure Valley and will decline higher paying engagements and ask those hosts to consider these local pros instead. In short, we look to play community shows where the hosts could not otherwise afford to hire a professional band. We have participated in many charitable auctions where our services were bid on by private individuals in support of different community organizations. Funds from these auctions have directly benefitted United Way, Boys & Girls Clubs, Riverstone International School, and the Idaho Botanical Gardens. To date, the band has donated, in cash or with in-kind donations, over $75,000 to these organizations.
The Brothers Comatose – 9/2
Whether traveling to gigs on horseback or by tour bus, Americana mavens The Brothers Comatose forge their own path with raucous West Coast renderings of traditional bluegrass, country and rock ‘n’ roll music. The five-piece string band is anything but a traditional acoustic outfit with their fierce musicianship and rowdy, rock concert-like shows.
The Brothers Comatose is comprised of brothers Ben Morrison (guitar, vocals) and Alex Morrison (banjo, vocals), Scott Padden (bass, vocals), Philip Brezina (violin), and Greg Fleischut (mandolin). When they’re not headlining The Fillmore for a sold-out show or appearing at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the band is out on the road performing across America, Canada, Australia, and hosting their very own music festival, Comatopia, in the Sierra foothills.
April of this year is finding the band touring Latvia and Lithuania as cultural ambassadors for American Music Abroad, which is run by the US State Department with the goal of sending American artists all over the world as a cultural exchange program. The band toured China in 2018 under the same program.
The remainder of 2019 will see the Brothers Comatose hitting the studio to record on their fifth studio album to be released on AntiFragile Records.