boise live music
After our Washington shows, and a few days spent exploring Seattle, we traveled to Boise, Idaho. We drove straight to our show at a place called Bouquet that was on the main drag in downtown Boise. We walked in to the bar and what did we see? Another band playing on stage! Apparently, there had been a mix-up with the booking and the show we thought we had no longer existed (this is probably the worst thing we could have heard after driving 8 hours). This is just one example of the day-to-day music industry based struggles our band goes through. Each show is booked in advance, but little things like set time, pay, and set length are often times up in the air until we get to the bar. There is a certain bit of anxiety before arriving at the club because of this uncertainty, and on this particular occasion it looked like we were hosed. Jordan had in fact booked the show for that date, only the booker had fumbled the date and accidentally forgot to put it on the calendar: it just slipped through the cracks.
Luckily for us we had 3 key things going for us. First, we didn’t have a show booked for the next day which allowed us to seek a new show, secondly after some finagling we managed to get the venue to book us for the next day, and third, our couch-surfing hostess Michelle was kind of enough to extend our stay with her for one more day. So with a new show on the books, we spent our day working in a coffee shop and doing some grassroots style promotion for the show that night. We actually managed to get some people we met during the day to come out, and the show went fairly well. I have to give it to Bouquet: even though they messed up our original show, they more than made up for it with the show the next day.
We enjoyed Boise and made some new friends via couch surfing.