Sunday, January 30, 2011
When our favorite bands announce tours and leave Salt Lake City off the list, we have no choice but to leave town. A lot. This time we took a quick flight up to our favorite little city, Boise, Idaho. We flew up last Saturday afternoon and walked over to TableRock Brewery for dinner with some friends, good food, and really good beer. I've recently discovered how much I love a nut brown ale and they brew one that's really tasty. After dinner, we walked a couple blocks to the Knitting Factory (a great venue) to see Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. It was our sixth GPN show and it was awesome. We've been fans since we saw them open for Big Head Todd & the Monsters at Red Rocks in 2006. I bought their CD at the show and Grace signed it. Since then, we've seen them at the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco and at the Targhee Festival in Driggs, Idaho, and twice in Utah, although it's been a few years.
We spent less than 24 hours in Boise, but it was so fun and very comfortable. I don't even need a map to get around any more! It was my fourth trip in seven months, but the first that wasn't for work, which was nice. We had breakfast at the local bagel shop downtown, then walked around so I could waste some film before we had to be back to the airport. When we turned in our rental car, we didn't even have to put gas in it! Hopefully another of our favorite bands will announce a Boise stop soon because we're already wishing for another trip back.