Review: Bostyx at Nampa Civic Center

By Michael Strickland

As we ponder our 123idaho message of great thoughts and great causes, what could be a better cause than bringing people together with music that has inspired generations?

I’d have given about anything for tickets to a Boston or Styx show some 40 years ago. That’s why nostalgic chills went through my spine when I learned that Bostyx featuring David Victor formerly of Boston was going to play in my home town of Nampa, Idaho. When it comes to classic rock, the songs of Boston and Styx and are legendary. Their music survives despite constantly changing musical trends.

Boston One

Victor brought an array of world-class musicians  to the Nampa Civic Center on Nov. 18.  Helping to handle the distinctive lead vocals of Styx co-founder Dennis DeYoung was multi-talented drummer and lead vocalist, Glenn Jost.  With the accompaniment of guitarist/vocalist Roby Duron, bassist Manny Aguirre and keyboardist/vocalist Victor Bender, the band reproduced Boston’s soaring guitar harmonies and lightning-fast keyboard runs. They also added the lush vocals and theatrical style of Styx, while the bassist provided a steady groove to all those thump-heavy rockers.

Bostyx opened the show with the Star Spangled Banner and an array of richly harmonized riffs. They moved into Rock and Roll Band, one of several Boston songs with the theme of making music and how music makes them feel. Then they broke into the boogie groove that persists throughout the song “Smokin.’”

Victor, who lived a “Rock Star” dream being plucked from a tribute band into the namesake band, the multi-platinum Boston; had a strong night on vocals. He adeptly handled the sounds of one of the finest rock tenors of all-time, Boston’s Brad Delp. Victor’s performance included “Don’t Look Back,” the hard rock masterpiece from Boston’s second album.

Every Bostyx band member helped provide the soaring harmonies that made those classic  anthems stand out in pop music history.  Their Styx tunes melded the power of a hard-rock guitar balanced with acoustic guitar, drums and keyboards.

The band’s set came packed with memorable Styx morsels, from 70s favorites “Grand Illusion,” “Blue Collar Man,” “Come Sail Away”, “Lady” and “Renegade,” to “Foolin’ Yourself,” “Too Much Time on My Hands,” and other hits. The 1981 Billboard top ten Styx anthem “Best of Times” was followed by Boston’s mega-hit, the exceedingly high-pitched mainstay “More Than A Feelin.’” From the first notes to the final falsetto cries, Victor impressively handled this very difficult vocal.

BostyxMore Boston followed. The self-explanatory choice “Party” began with a short, slow introduction before a surprising change of pace to the fast, harder sound that persists throughout the rest of the song. “Feelin Satisfied,” an upbeat, affectionate tribute to the power of music, was the opener after intermission, filled with clear singing and fresh sounds.

The crowd would not let the band leave without an encore. The band obliged with “Foreplay”  a progressive instrumental prelude. Bender nailed the rapid triplet keyboard arpeggios, while the band joined with synthesizer-like swoops, complex bass and drums, and lead guitar at the end. The song flowed naturally into “Long Time,” with its three epic guitar solos. Their “Foreplay/Long Time” treatment was a perfect marriage of electric and acoustic sounds.

The Nampa Civic center manages to offer a mixture of close-community and  arena feel inside a space with a several hundred seats.  This night of power, grace and precision from Bostyx was convincing. With fluid expertise and the swagger of a national act, Bostyx is a must-see for anyone who wants to be transported back to the magic of Boston and Styx.


Come See Mary Poppins: The Musical at Centennial High School Performing Arts Center

Mary+Poppins++Original+London+Cast+marypoppinsWhen: Thu., Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Price: $10

Join the students from the Meridian School District as they present Mary Poppins. Using a combination of magic and common sense, Mary teaches the Banks family how to value each other again. This production is family friendly for all ages.

Centennial High School Performing Arts Center

Mary Poppins is the title character of a series of eight children’s books written by P. L. Travers. Throughout the Mary Poppins series, which was published over the period 1934 to 1988, Mary Shepard was the illustrator. The books centre on a magical English nanny, Mary Poppins. She is blown by the East wind to Number Seventeen Cherry Tree Lane, London, and into the Banks’ household to care for their children. Encounters with chimney sweeps, shopkeepers and various adventures follow until Mary Poppins abruptly leaves, i.e., “pops-out”. Only the first three of the eight books feature Mary Poppins arriving and leaving. The later five books recount previously unrecorded adventures from her original three visits. As P. L. Travers explains in her introduction to Mary Poppins in the Park, “She cannot forever arrive and depart.”

The books were adapted by Walt Disney in 1964 into a musical film titled Mary Poppins, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. In 2004, Disney Theatrical produced a stage musical also called Mary Poppins in the West End theatre. The stage musical was transferred to Broadway in 2006, where it ran until its closing on March 3, 2013. In 2013 the film Saving Mr. Banks depicted the making of the 1964 film.

JUKEBOX JUNCTION Revue with The Diamonds & Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra to Play Morrison Center, 1/4/2014

Come see  The Diamonds with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and the Jukebox Junction Revue at the MorrisonCenter Saturday, January 4, 2014 2:00PM. says: Get “In The Mood” with a night of nostalgia featuring The Diamonds with The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra in the revueJukebox Junction. Featuring musical hits of four decades of America’s favorite music — from the greatest big band hits to doo-wop and rock and roll classics — each band performs separately and together with a show-stopping finale! Hits include: Why Do Fools Fall In Love, Little Darlin, Splish Splash, Stroll, Silhouettes, Green Eyes, I’m Glad There is You and many more!

Sponsored by Dorsey Music Media partner KOOL Oldies 99.5FM Ticket
Prices (service fees not included): $39.50 Orchestra Pit Rows A – C;
Floor Rows AA – C ‘Gold Circle’ $29.50 Floor Rows D – O $22.50 Floor
Rows P – V $19.50 Floor Rows W – Z Group discount: Save 10 percent off
the ticket price for parties of 10 or more – contact the Morrison Center
Box Office 208.426.1110.

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International EDM superstar Tiësto to perform in Boise

by Michael Deeds

Are you ready to party, Boise? Better be. Tiësto is coming to teach you.

On a Friday night, no less.

The Dutch musician, DJ and producer — the world’s highest-paid DJ at an average gross of $250,000 per night — will headline the Revolution Center on Friday, March 8.

The openers will be Tommy Trash, Quintino and a local DJ (to be named later).

For electronic dance music fans, this is major. With recent shows by Pretty Lights and Bassnectar, the ante keeps getting upped in Boise.

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2011 Eugene Emerson Award presented to the Boise Philharmonic

Northwest Nazarene University honored the Boise Philharmonic with the 2011 Eugene Emerson Award. Each year NNU recognizes an organization that  shares its goals of enriching and educating the local community.

Although the Boise Philharmonic is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this season, its roots in the community extend far beyond those 50 years. The Boise Philharmonic Society first began performing in the 1880’s when Boise’s population was less than 2,000. The group changed names, venues and size over the next 80 years, but never its vision, which is to encourage appreciation appreciation of the arts and provide a new cultural awareness.

It was in 1961 that the Boise Philharmonic was established under the direction of Jacques Brourman. At that time, regular concerts were being held at Boise High School. Today, the Philharmonic is directed by Robert Franz and their Boise concerts are performed at the Ann Morrison Center.

In the fall of 1998, through the leadership of Ken Harward from the City of Nampa, the Boise Philharmonic moved its Nampa performances from the Civic Center to NNU’s new Swayne Auditorium in the John and Orah Brandt Fine Arts and Convocation Center. The partnership between NNU and the Boise Philharmonic has been key in helping the University realize its goal of using the Brandt Center as a community resource.

President Emeritus Richard Hagood remembers the partnership saying, “Bringing the Boise Philharmonic to the campus soon after the opening of the Brandt Center affirmed the growing spirit of cooperation between our university and our community.  It gave us a chance to showcase a marvelous auditorium and practice hospitality with our neighbors. The Boise Philharmonic has had a significant role in building bridges between NNU, the community of Nampa and beyond.”

This relationship has benefited both the University and the surrounding community in countless ways. Members of the NNU’s women’s choir and mixed ensembles have had the opportunity to join the Boise Philharmonic on stage in large choral works. Students have had the opportunity to learn directly from members of the Philharmonic who have offered private instruction on campus. And, NNU faculty, staff and students have been able to attend concerts without charge.

“We are humbled by this tremendous honor from Dr. Alexander and NNU,” said Boise Philharmonic Music Director Robert Franz.  “We are grateful for this relationship to serve more of the Treasure Valley with our concerts.  Receiving the Eugene Emerson Award from NNU is an incredible testament to our collaboration.”

The Eugene Emerson Award was established in 1985 to acknowledge the spirit of cooperation that exists between the Treasure Valley and the University. The award was named for NNU founder Eugene Emerson, a Nampa businessman who also established a lumber company and later sold it to Windsor Lloyd of Lloyd Lumber Company. The award honors those who have contributed significantly to fostering that cooperation, and by so doing, draw attention to the mutual benefit gained by both the community and the University.

Limited Number of Tickets Released to Early Snoop Dogg Show on Jan. 21

According to Amy Atkins of the Boise Weekly:

The Knitting Factory just announced that they have released a limited number of tickets to Snoop Dogg’s previously sold out all-ages early show on Friday, Jan. 21. Tickets are $30-$70 and can be purchased through

As part of his Get Wet Tour 2011, Mr. Dogg will perform twice in Boise that Friday: at an early show at 8:30 p.m. and a special late show at 11:55 p.m. Tickets for the late show, which is 18 and older only, are also still available.

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