Merry Musical Christmas!

Happy holidays to all you music-lovers out there! The month of December is passing quickly, but this upcoming week is surely going to ramp things up right until Christmas Eve!

This Friday the 20th I’ll be fiddling at the Linen Building for the Second Chance Square Dance. Here’s what the Hokum Hi-flyers email had to say on it:

“Second Chance Square Dance this Friday December 20th
at
the Linen Building at 7 P.M.
1402 W. Grove St. in Downtown Boise’s Linen District.
$7 general admission

All ages, full bar (I.D. required). Plenty of free, off-street parking is available at the Linen Building.

Modeled after the popular Hokum Hoedown and featuring many familiar faces, the Second Chance Square Dance is a modern take on the old-time hootenanny featuring the infectious swing of an authentic acoustic string band. Providing music for the dance will be the Second Chance Band (Dave Daley, Tate Mason, Jason Homey, Renee Homey, Jim Williams and Rachel Dunn).

At each dance, a live band performs a diverse assortment of traditional folk-dance and string-band tunes while a cast of colorful callers directs the dances. In addition to square dancing, the event features some good old-fashioned, swingin’, two-steppin’ western dancing. Young and old, couples and families, tattooed hipsters and ten-gallon cowboys … the Second Chance Square Dance is a come-as-you-are, hand-clappin’ hootenanny for all.”

The fun doesn’t stop there. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (the 21st through the 23rd) the Giant Leprechauns will be opening the Curtis Stigers’ 8th Annual Xtreme Xtravaganza at the Egyptian Theater! Local musicians and bands fill the evening from 6:50 to 10:00 each night with an eclectic array of genres and personalities and proceeds benefit the Interfaith Sanctuary for homeless people and families. The Leprechauns will be first on the stage at 6:50 and last on the stage at 10:00 for the big finale. What a great way to lead up to Christmas!

I hope that you all have joyous music to fill your holidays and a very merry Christmas!

Dances and Sessions, Death and the Domino Effect

It’s shaping up to be a busy month! In six days from now I’ll be joining Bernie Reilly, Jason and Renee Homey, and Beth Mason in the Second Chance Band once again to play for the Second Chance Square Dance at the Linen Building! That’s Friday the 20th, doors open at 7:00. I can’t wait to see all you fancy dancers there!
Boise Events: Second Chance Square Dance, Friday the 20th, 2013

The Ha’Penny sessions will be kicking into full swing on September the 22nd and all your favorite local Irish musicians are going to be there! As always, musicians are welcome to bring their instruments and join the session. If you haven’t been to a session at the Ha’Penny yet, go ahead and google “Ha’Penny Groupons” for a little extra incentive (or click on the link provided for as long as it’s available). There are often coupons for 50% off their delicious food — you won’t regret it!
Ha’Penny Food: 50% off

On a more sobering note, the Giant Leprechauns will be playing at the Domino Effect Benefit and Silent Auction on Thursday the 26th to help support the wife and family of Taylor Wood. Taylor died in a tragic swimming accident just a month after his marriage. He was a compassionate and generous man who inspired goodness and joy in everyone he met. You can read more about him in his obituary, here: Taylor Wood, 1989 – 2013. Proceeds from this event will go towards helping the family with the costs of his passing. The event will be held at Rocci Johnson’s establishment in downtown Boise; please view her Facebook Event for more information.
The Domino Effect Benefit and Silent Auction

The RDNaturally Calendar is all up to date for September in case you don’t want to remember all these random dates. There’s great music all around Boise this month, so get out there and make the most of these remaining warm days!

(Featured photo is by Anna Lisa Yoder. Check out her portfolio of gorgeous work! Anna Lisa Yoder)

Slow down, it’s a hoedown!


Short notice? Probably, but the Second Chance Square Dance at the Linen Building in downtown Boise is not something to be missed! The hoedown series has been going on for a while now thanks to the many people who come to enjoy live, local music and the-real-deal square dancing. The beauty of this style of dance is that you don’t even have to think, you just do what the caller tells you to do!

As many of you know, I’m pretty fond of dancing and therefore have always enjoyed coming to these hoedowns, but this time it’s going to be a bit more special for me. If you go to this hoedown on May 3, you’ll see little ol’ RDNaturally up on stage with Idyltime, helping provide the tunes for all those swingin’ dancers out there! Beth and Tate Mason of Coos County, OR, moved to Idaho a few years ago and recently joined up with the versatile Boisean fiddler, Dave Daley, and talented guitarist, Ava Honey, to create Idyltime. I’m looking forward to fiddling with these fantastic musicians, for sure. See you there!

Boise Events: Second Chance Square Dance at The Linen Building
1402 W. Grove St., Boise ID
Doors open at 7:00, Idyltime performs at 7:30, dancing starts at 8:00
$7 per person or $20 per family (up to six people)