From Idaho Statesman – January 31, 2014
It’s 7:20 on Monday night, and Jo’s Sunshine Lounge is partying like there’s no tomorrow — or at least like everyone will be home by 9:30. Texas soul-rocker Hamilton Loomis flashes a cocky smile, uncorks a thick, bluesy guitar lick, then struts across the stage like a banty rooster. Directly below him, Boise Blues Society president Ken Harris waves a beer pitcher stuffed with cash, enticing fans to kick in a few bucks for the band. A tray-balancing waitress dashes between tables like a running back avoiding tackles.
Less than a month into 2014, it feels like a potential breakout evening for the Boise Blues Society, the city’s small but dedicated non-profit for blues diehards.
Introducing Loomis earlier, Harris had informed the packed room how this show came to be: Loomis and his three-piece backing band were planning to travel through town on a tour eventually headed home to Houston, so his manager phoned ahead: Would the Boise Blues Society be willing to arrange a couple of hotel rooms in exchange for a free concert?
Two weeks later, the group is rocking the Rodeway Inn’s nightclub, cranking meticulously rehearsed originals to 150 grooving listeners. READ THE ENTIRE STORY HERE!
Want more info? Go to www.boiseblues.org.
Michael Deeds’ column runs Fridays in Scene and Sundays in Life. He co-hosts “The Other Studio” at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River and appears Thursdays on Channel 6 News.