Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Art & Ale Wrap-Up

Since our inception, one of our goals here at The C.O.T. has been to facilitate events that help up and coming local artists and bands get their names out there, in venues that foster connections and collaborations throughout the community. This last Saturday marked the first - of hopefully many – of these events.

The beer flowed as per usual at Payette Brewing Co. on Saturday night as throngs of people circulated throughout a vast garage bay – typically reserved for cornhole and foosball – now transformed into a makeshift gallery. The current of friends, art-lovers, and beer drinkers pooled and eddied in corners and around tables to view original artwork by three of Boise’s most talented young visual artists, Tony Caprai, Emily Konkol, and Tori Servatius. The soundtrack - supplied by musicians Jac Sound, Nando Flores, Ryan Emry, and Sun Blood Stories - kept thirsty revelers in the party mood throughout the evening. In addition to tipsy times being had by all, over $150 was raised for TRICA (TReasure valley Institute for Childrens Arts). 

Thanks to all the artists (visual and sonic), The Payette Brewing Co., and everyone else who came out to support art and culture here in the City Of Trees. We hope to do it again real soon.

Below is a slideshow of photos from the event

Created with flickr slideshow.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Video: 2 from Finn Riggins

Here's a pair of new videos featuring Finn Riggins.  The first vid comes all the way from Chi-town where FR's song "Blackrock" is used in an add for "Da Bulls!"  Yes that's the NBA's Chicago Bulls who you may or may not have heard of.  The second video comes courtesy of Louie Bash of Boise band Shades.  The video was filmed by Bash on a recent mini-tour in which Shades joined Finn Riggins.  The song is "Benchwarmers," and from what we gather, the performance took place in a barn in Le Grande, OR.  Along with each video, we've attached the full version of the song just in case you were left wanting more.  Finn Riggins will be playing at The Manor in Caldwell w/ Art Fad and First Borns 2/27.

Listen to the full version of "Blackrock" via Bandcamp
Finn Riggins from Louie Bash on Vimeo.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Tracks of the Week

Every Sunday of every week The C.O.T. will be posting a pair of local tracks that we think you need to hear.  They may be new, they may be older, but either way they are going to be awesome!  We figured at this point we should probably post a track from Boise's golden boy Trevor Powers (Youth Lagoon).  We chose "Bobby," which is actually a bonus track off of YL's debut album "The Year of Hibernation."  It is, in our humble opinion, the better of the two bonus tracks and a possible preview of what's to come from Powers.  The second track is a demo track from Sun Blood Stories.  As the title suggests, it's a sappy love song, which must make us suckers for sappy love songs because we love it.  Enjoy and have a good week.
Youth Lagoon - Bobby (Bonus Track) - The Year Of Hibernation

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Art & Ale: Preview

With Saturday's Art & Ale at Payette Brewing Co. approaching fast, we wanted to give you a preview of what to expect from the event.  Along with artists Emily Konkol, Tony Caprai, and Tony Servatius, live music will be going on all night.  Music includes Jac Sound and two new bands consisting of former members of the bands "Clyde," and "Sunshine and the Valley."  So new in fact, they have yet to commit to any concrete names, but just be assured that they are all crazy talented.  In addition, we, The C.O.T. will be selling our original merchandise, inspired by The City of Trees at 25% off.  We also recently launched our online store, where you can purchase or view items to be sold at the Art & Ale event.  Food will be provided by Big Daddy BBQ and of course Boise's best craft beer will be on tap from Payette Brewing Co.  The event is 21 and up, but no cover. Below we have posted some images from the artists and links to where to go to see more.  We hope to see you down at the Brewery from 4 to 10 PM.  It's going to be a ton of fun and a great way to spend your Saturday supporting local art, music, and culture.

This guitar, designed by Emily Konkol, will be auctioned off with all of the money going to The Treasure Valley Institute for Children's Arts (TRICA)
Guitar has been donated by musician Ryan Emry, who will be playing with the guitar at the event
Painting by Emily Konkol
Oil painting by Tony Caprai  
Oil Painting by Tony Caprai
In Addition, we are very excited to announce the opening of our online store, where all of our original merchandise will be available for online purchase with FREE SHIPPING!
However, at Art & Ale, all merchandise will be sold at 25% off of the online store price.
Skyline Tee available at Art & Ale for $15 ($20 online)

Join the event on Facebook

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Tracks of the Week

Every Sunday of every week The C.O.T. will be posting a pair of local tracks that we think you need to hear.  They may be new, they may be older, but either way they are going to be awesome!  This week we are rockin' out to the oldies.  Okay, so not that old, but because both of these bands have E.P.s coming pretty soon, we wanted share two of our favorite tracks by Owlright and Finn Riggins.

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Green Zoo

Here's a little treat for your presidents day weekend...The Green Zoo.  A Boise-area indie-rock band with a truly unique sound and some smooth vocals.  Below you can listen to three Green Zoo tracks courtesy of their Soundcloud page.  For more info check out their Facebook page.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Art & Ale

 Art & Ale is an art show, concert, and party all in one. Not only that, but The C.O.T. will be selling it's original merchandise, inspired by the City of Trees for 25% off. The Big Daddy BBQ food truck will be on site serving up some tasty food and of course the craft beer brewed right there will be flowing like the salmon of Capistrano.

Pieces from Boise artists Emily Konkol, Tony Caprai, and Tori Servatius will be on display. Bands to be announced ASAP. In addition, a fender guitar, refinished with an original design by Emily Konkol will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to charity (TBD)

Guitar will be assembled of course and actually used during a performance during the event

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Artsy Fartsy Tuesdays: Julia Green

So far The C.O.T. has been focused pretty heavily on music.  Since we claim to promote "art, music, and culture in The City of Trees," we figured we should probably step up our game in the art department, hence the newest addition to our site...Artsy Fartsy Tuesdays!  (Almost) Every Tuesday we will be sharing a new artist or something that has to do with art in our beloved city.
(if you are a artist in the Boise area and would like to share your art get at us at thecotboise@gmail.com)
This week we are excited to share the art of:
"Illustrator, lover of beards, furry animals, and all things cute"
"Chief Foxy"

More From Julia Green

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Tracks of the Week

Every Sunday of every week The C.O.T. will be posting a pair of local tracks that we think you need to hear.  They may be new, they may be older, but either way they are going to be awesome!  This week we have one of our favorite jams by local emcee Arthur Maddox off of his 2011 release "White Rap."  The track is also featuring MCMD of the Dedicated Servers.  The second track is from the new project by David Wood of the Band TEENS called Old Earz.  This stuff is probably a little bit more accessible to most listeners than TEENS and equally as awesome.  Enjoy!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Killer Show In The 2C, Feb. 15

Poster by Justin Kleine
@Flying M in Nampa.  The Lotus Vellum (SEA), Brother Dan (Dan of Atomic Mama), and Sun Blood Stories (BOI).  Starts at 8pm, $3, all ages. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Ducks of Nova Scotia?

Oh wait, "Waterfowl Of Eastern Canada," is the name of local indie-rock band A Seasonal Disguise's album coming March 6th (see poster below for info on the release party).  With less than a month to go, we are happy to give you a little preview via the band's Soundcloud page.  Kudos to Julia Green for the artwork as well.  Very nice! ASD has a bunch of other good stuff up on Soundcloud so check it out.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Introducing "The C.O.T. Tracks of the Week"

Every Sunday of every week The C.O.T. will be posting a pair of local tracks that we think you need to hear.  They may be new, they may be older, but either way they are going to be awesome!
This week we have one of our favorite songs by Shades off of their new album "Clear Motions."  Also, for the first time on our site we have a song by Grand Falconer, one of the local bands who will be playing at Treefort Music Fest.  Looking forward to hearing more from them.  Enjoy!