Music of Idaho


Music of Idaho
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Idaho has produced a number of musicians and bands, including pop star Paul Revere and Doug Martsch of Built to Spill. Nikki Sixx (bassist of glam metal band Mötley Crüe) grew up in Jerome, Idaho. Moscow, Idaho is also the home town of modern folk/country/indie songwriter Josh Ritter. Rosalie Sorrels is also a renowned folk singer as well as Lee Penn Sky, and Norm Weinstein is a prominent critic known in the jazz world.

The town of Weiser has held fiddling contests since the 1890s, when the instrument arrived in Idaho on the Oregon Trail. Since the early 1950s, Weiser has been home to the National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest, held in June and hosting more than 20,000 people a year. There is also a National Oldtime Fiddlers' Hall of Fame [1].

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Music venues and institutions

There is an Idaho Symphony Orchestra, Idaho Falls Symphony Orchestra, Coeur d'Alene Symphony Orchestra (founded in 1981), Idaho State Civic Symphony, Magic Valley Symphony and a Washington Idaho Symphony. The Idaho State Civic Symphony is the oldest in the state, having been founded in the early 1900s [2].

Notably, every year Boise State University holds the annual Gene Harris Jazz Festival, in which schools from all over the nation, as well as famous musicians, come to celebrate Jazz as an art form. A similar event is held at the University of Idaho, called the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival.

Major music venues include the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center at Idaho State University in Pocatello. Idaho State University's Department of Music is among the most important institutions of musical education in the state.[citation needed]

Small and large venues exist throughout downtown Boise, though the former consists of mostly bars and coffee shops (i.e. the Neurolux), and the larger remain concert halls and arenas (i.e. Taco Bell Arena and Quest Arena). Perhaps the most popular concert house is the Knitting Factory (formerly the Big Easy), as well as The Venue, which caters to the hardcore/local music scene, as well as mostly younger audiences. Although many famous artists and musicians play in Boise, it can be the case that larger acts will pass up Boise in favor of venues in Salt Lake City, Utah and Portland, Oregon.

Idaho Falls is home to a very small number of venues that house the small local music scene (though many local shows are played in basements and at private residences).

Rexburg, Idaho also has a budding local music scene, with many of the bands being formed by students at BYU-Idaho. The most notable (and one of the only) venue(s) in Rexburg is Club Stratta

Marcus Eaton is a self taught lyricist and musician from the mountains of Idaho. His unique flavor of indie/folk music has influences of mainstream pop, rock, flamenco, reggae, jazz and classical. Marcus currently lives in Boise, Idaho and is the son of Boise blues musician Steve Eaton.

Curtis Stigers is a jazz vocalist and saxophonist with several top ten singles and acclaimed albums. He is featured on the Bodyguard soundtrack and his 2003 album "You Inspire Me" was named top jazz album by The Times. Curtis is an avid mountain biker living in Boise, Idaho.

Notes

  1. ^ Byron, pg. 59
  2. ^ Idaho State Civic Symphony and the Coeur d'Alene Symphony Orchestra

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