a.k.a. Belle at HYDE PARK STREET FAIR (BOISE) 2016

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We are excited to play at the 37th annual Hyde Park Street Fair on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH AT 7PM...ON THE MAIN STAGE!
Please join us at this FREE & ALL AGES festival located in Boise's historic North End. We positively encourage you to dance, sing along, wave your hands in the air, etc. (please don't throw yer underpants though).
See you there!

Hyde Park Street Fair

a.k.a. Belle's Catherine Merrick sings with The Posies

a.k.a. Belle's Catherine Merrick will be lending her versatile vocals to The Posie's for their return to Boise on November 18th, 2016!  Catherine was chosen from a handful of talented Boise vocalists last spring to perform with the band on the first round of their 2016 tour, and was lucky enough to be asked back for a 2nd time.  

"I was incredibly honored to be asked to sing with them the first time 'round - a little nervous, but really excited, mostly, to have the opportunity to work with them," says Catherine.  "And to have the chance to sing with them again is wonderful.  The experience was - and may well be again -  a little surreal, but they are totally delightful folks and made me feel very welcome."

She adds, "For them to trust that I can sing their songs proficiently is a huge compliment in itself."

The Posie's are continuing with their Pop Up Show Tour, following the release of "Solid States" - their 9th album. The Posies are doing a series of pop up shows in secret locations across North America this fall, similar to their spring US tour, with drummer Frankie Siragusa. Most of these shows will not be in clubs or bars; instead, each will be in a unique alternative venue in the city listed. The actual address of the shows will be released only to ticket holders not more than 24 hours in advance of the show. All shows are on sale now, and tickets are very limited!

For the uninformed, The Posies are an American power pop group, who formed in Bellingham, Washington in the late '80's, featuring two forces of nature, Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow.  Auer is a solo artist, with several releases of his own, and also a record producer. He has worked with bands such as You Am IMonostereoCheap StarLove BatteryRedd KrossTruly, The Melismatics, and Tad (who, as many Idahoan's know, have their roots in Boise).

In 2003, Auer and Ken Stringfellow released Private Sides, a six-song split EP (Arena Rock Recording Co./Rykodisc). Auer played guitar on the 2004 William Shatner record Has Been which was produced and arranged by Ben Folds.  Notably, in 1993, Stringfellow and Auer were recruited to join Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens for a Big Star reunion; Stringfellow and Auer performed and recorded with Big Star until Alex Chilton's death in 2010. Ken continues to perform in projects related to Big Star, including the ongoing series of "Big Star's Third" concerts.  In 1997 Stringfellow began a long association with R.E.M.. He performed with the band on world tours in 1999, 2003, 2004, and 2005, and appears on several R.E.M. records, including the Man on the Moon soundtrack, Reveal, and Around the Sun.

For more details about the show and ticket information, please click here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/106972949717023/

a.k.a. Belle's Catherine Merrick, singing with The Posies, spring tour 2016

a.k.a. Belle's Catherine Merrick, singing with The Posies, spring tour 2016

"I Hear It Now" AVAILABLE NOW!

New EP featuring "I Hear It Now," "Crooked Path," "Mustangs'" and "I'm Not Asleep" available now!
You can purchase it at The Record Exchange in downtown Boise, or buy it from us in person at a show!

New EP featuring "I Hear It Now," "Crooked Path," "Mustangs'" and "I'm Not Asleep" available now! You can purchase it at The Record Exchange in downtown Boise, or buy it from us in person at a show!

Welcome

a.k.a. Belle ride fiercely in a no mans land where intimate vocals sneak into bed with wild guitar serenades and wrestle with beats of a by gone era.  It is lively and unhinged, incorporating elements of rock n roll, beatnik jazz, and Americana.

a.k.a. Belle @Hyde Park Street Fair! 

We are excited to be playing the Hyde Park Street Fair this year!  We will be playing on the Main Stage at 7pm on Friday, September 16th - and we have a special foot- stompin'- smile - inducin' set planned for all you festival goers.
The Hyde Park Street Fair is held at Camel's Back Park in Boise's historic North End - it is FREE and family friendly.
For more info, please visit their website:

http://www.northendboise.org/hyde-park-street-fair-2016

Or check out their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/HydeParkStreetFair/

See you there!



 

a.k.a. Belle's Catherine Merrick sings with The Posies Fall Pop Up Show Tour 2016 

a.k.a. Belle's Catherine Merrick will be lending her versatile vocals to The Posie's for their return to Boise on November 18th, 2016!  Catherine was chosen from a handful of talented Boise vocalists last spring to perform with the band on the first round of their 2016 tour, and was lucky enough to be asked back for a 2nd time.   

"I was incredibly honored to be asked to sing with them the first time 'round - a little nervous, but really excited, mostly, to have the opportunity to work with them," says Catherine.  "And to have the chance to sing with them again is wonderful.  The experience was - and may well be again -  a little surreal, but they are totally delightful folks and made me feel very welcome." 

She adds, "For them to trust that I can sing their songs proficiently is a huge compliment in itself." 

The Posie's are continuing with their Pop Up Show Tour, following the release of "Solid States" - their 9th album. The Posies are doing a series of pop up shows in secret locations across North America this fall, similar to their spring US tour, with drummer Frankie Siragusa. Most of these shows will not be in clubs or bars; instead, each will be in a unique alternative venue in the city listed. The actual address of the shows will be released only to ticket holders not more than 24 hours in advance of the show. All shows are on sale now, and tickets are very limited! 

For the uninformed, The Posies are an American power pop group, who formed in Bellingham, Washington in the late '80's, featuring two forces of nature, Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow.  Auer is a solo artist, with several releases of his own, and also a record producer. He has worked with bands such as You Am I, Monostereo, Cheap Star, Love Battery, Redd Kross, Truly, The Melismatics, and Tad (who, as many Idahoan's know, have their roots in Boise). 

In 2003, Auer and Ken Stringfellow released Private Sides, a six-song split EP (Arena Rock Recording Co./Rykodisc). Auer played guitar on the 2004 William Shatner record Has Been which was produced and arranged by Ben Folds.  Notably, in 1993, Stringfellow and Auer were recruited to join Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens for a Big Star reunion; Stringfellow and Auer performed and recorded with Big Star until Alex Chilton's death in 2010. Ken continues to perform in projects related to Big Star, including the ongoing series of "Big Star's Third" concerts.  In 1997 Stringfellow began a long association with R.E.M.. He performed with the band on world tours in 1999, 2003, 2004, and 2005, and appears on several R.E.M. records, including the Man on the Moon soundtrack, Reveal, and Around the Sun. 

For more details about the show and ticket information, please click here: 

https://www.facebook.com/events/106972949717023/

a.k.a. Belle added to JOHN DOE show July 3rd @The Olympic 

Super excited to announce a last minute show this weekend, supporting punk/alt folk legend John Doe (X, The Flesheaters, The Knitters) at The Olympic Venue in Boise!

This is not the first time we have crossed paths with John Doe - we were very honored to take part in a pilot documentary series called American Music several years ago, which was filmed in Boise, the theme of which was focused on 'small town' music communities.  As part of this documentary, a.k.a. Belle performed a few songs with John (as his backing band) and Catherine sang an acoustic duet with him, as well.  It was an amazing experience for us, especially Catherine, who will tell you that X was her favorite band back in the day (and probably still is now).

Here's a link to a promo for the pilot (which sadly was never aired), where you can see a.k.a. Belle's Sam and Catherine, as well as many other Boise artists who took part (Ali and Travis Ward from Hillfolk Noir; Curtis Stigers; Johnny Shoes and more!):

http://wideeye.tv/work/john-doe-american-music-teaser/

We are really looking forward to seeing John again and hope you'll join us!  

John Doe/Jesse Dayton/a.k.a. Belle
The Olympic Venue
Main Street
Boise

SUNDAY JULY 3RD
https://www.facebook.com/theolympicboise/

"I Hear It Now" EP Release Party - June 23rd 

This Thursday - June 23rd - we will be performing a special set on the Record Exchange stage to celebrate the release of our new EP, "I Hear It Now."

The road to this point has been full of adversity, truly a "Crooked Path" --  and we look forward to sharing our story as well as our songs with you.  Please join us at 6:30pm for a heartfelt performance live on the Record Exchange stage.  Copies of the EP will be available for purchase.

Payette Brewing Co. will be serving free beer from 6pm for those 21+, but the event is free and all ages are welcome.

"I Hear It Now" NOW! 

We are pleased to announce that our new EP, "I Hear It Now" will be released on June 23rd, 2016!!  

We will be celebrating its arrival with a big, bad ass party at our favorite record store, The Record Exchange, on Thursday, June 23rd, starting at 6:30.  There'll be free Payette Brewing Company beer (ID required) from 6pm, but the show is free and all ages! We will be playing live on the Record Exchange stage, and this is the only release party we will be having, so please join us and welcome our new baby into the world.

And check out that cover art by local artist, Will Spearman!  

 

akaBelle Release Party at Record Exchange

The Posies, "I Hear It Now" EP update 

Last week our Catherine was asked to sing backing vocals with The Posies, a very high honor indeed, as the band are known for their perfect harmonies and cleverly written power pop songs.  

The Posies are currently finishing up a national tour, during which they played 'secret shows' - the locations were kept under wraps until 24 hours before the events,  and ended up being house shows, held in photography studios and other small, unique venues that held between 50 - 100 people.  (Boise's secret show was a house show, played to an intimate crowd of approximately 50 eager Posies fans.)  

Catherine sang two songs with them, "Licenses to Hide" and "The Glitter Prize," both tracks from The Posies "Blood Candy" LP - and had a great time meeting Ken Stringfellow, Jon Auer and their new drummer, Frankie Siragusa.

For more information on The Posies, please visit here:

http://theposies.net/

We are edging closer to our EP release - the finishing touches are currently being put on the artwork, which we think is going to be amazing, since we enlisted the talents of Boise's Will Spearman to create a piece for the  "I Hear It Now" cover.  We will be having a special release party at The Record Exchange in early-mid June.  Stay tuned for the date and other details!

 

Purple Reign - a Celebration of the Music of Prince 

It seems incredible that we will take to the stage again so soon to celebrate the music of yet another prolific, talented musician who sadly left us unexpectedly.

Prince.


a.k.a. Belle's Catherine:  "Early Prince albums were introduced to me by my first real love, who was a huge fan; so tracks from "Dirty Mind," and "Prince" in particular, bring back extremely strong memories of falling in love for the first time.  I feel like I lived some of those songs - such was the nature of that particular relationship, very physical, a little destructive and desperate.  It's amazing how years later,  just hearing a certain song can bring up all those emotions again. That's how powerful music is."

River Boise presents Purple Reign: A Celebration of the Music of Prince Live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise) at 6pm Thursday, May 19. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Also scheduled to perform:

Gayle Chapman (former Prince keyboardist) 
Edmond Dantès 
Todd Dunnigan 
Ned Evett 
Gipsy Moon Rise 
G 1 R L C R 3 W 
Lounge On Fire 
MostlyMuff 
Leta Neustaedter 
Thomas Paul 
Phantahex 
Curtis Stigers 
Sun Blood Stories

NOTE: Due to anticipated attendance, the Record Exchange will be distributing admission wristbands beginning Thursday, May 12. Should they reach capacity, the wristband will guarantee your admission to the event; if they don’t reach capacity, you’ll simply look cool wearing your new accessory. NOTE: ONE WRISTBAND PER PERSON; YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PICK UP MULTIPLE WRISTBANDS FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, ETC.

PLEASE WEAR PURPLE.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1022725074441924/

"The Three Neighborhoods in Three Nights Tour" 

Upcoming shows!  
April 22nd at The Navajo (Central Rim - next to Emerald Lanes) with Groggy Bikini and Mantooth 
April 23rd at Cinder Winery (Garden City) for the 1st night of Wild Freedom 2016, with Eilen Jewell, Jonah Shue, Thomas Paul and Bernie Reilly/Reilly Coyote
April 24th at The Boise Hive (Boise Bench) for the 2nd day of Wild Freedom 2016, with Phonetic, Bijouxx, 2x2, Fleet Street Klezmer Band, Tracy Morrison, Idyltime, Brett Netson, Ryan Curtis +more...!
For more information about Wild Freedom 2016, please go here:

http://www.wildlovepreserve.org/wild-freedom-2016

The Willamette Week Mention a.k.a. Belle - "Best of Everything Else" - Treefort Music Festival 2016 

Many thanks to Matthew Singer from Willamette Week (www.wweek.com) for mentioning a.k.a. Belle in his coverage of Treefort Music Festival 2016.  It's a real honor to be included especially since the majority of bands he covered in the article are Portland or Seattle area bands.  Thank you for listening, Matthew.  It inspires us to continue on our path.  
See the full article here:
http://www.wweek.com/2016/03/29/400-bands-a-giant-neon-spider-and-not-many-rappers-a-treefort-2016-recap/

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The Posies Pop Up Show, with guest vocalist a.k.a. Belle's Catherine Merrick

Pop Up Show Secret Location, Boise

a.k.a. Belle's Catherine Merrick will be lending her versatile vocals to The Posie's for their return to Boise on November 18th, 2016!  Catherine was chosen from a handful of talented Boise vocalists last spring to perform with the band on the first round of their 2016 tour, and was lucky enough to be asked back for a 2nd time.  

"I was incredibly honored to be asked to sing with them the first time 'round - a little nervous, but really excited, mostly, to have the opportunity to work with them," says Catherine.  "And to have the chance to sing with them again is wonderful.  The experience was - and may well be again -  a little surreal, but they are totally delightful folks and made me feel very welcome."

She adds, "For them to trust that I can sing their songs proficiently is a huge compliment in itself."

The Posie's are continuing with their Pop Up Show Tour, following the release of "Solid States" - their 9th album. The Posies are doing a series of pop up shows in secret locations across North America this fall, similar to their spring US tour, with drummer Frankie Siragusa. Most of these shows will not be in clubs or bars; instead, each will be in a unique alternative venue in the city listed. The actual address of the shows will be released only to ticket holders not more than 24 hours in advance of the show. All shows are on sale now, and tickets are very limited!

For the uninformed, The Posies are an American power pop group, who formed in Bellingham, Washington in the late '80's, featuring two forces of nature, Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow.  Auer is a solo artist, with several releases of his own, and also a record producer. He has worked with bands such as You Am I, Monostereo, Cheap Star, Love Battery, Redd Kross, Truly, The Melismatics, and Tad (who, as many Idahoan's know, have their roots in Boise). In 2003, Auer and Ken Stringfellow released Private Sides, a six-song split EP (Arena Rock Recording Co./Rykodisc). Auer played guitar on the 2004 William Shatner record Has Been which was produced and arranged by Ben Folds.  Notably, in 1993, Stringfellow and Auer were recruited to join Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens for a Big Star reunion; Stringfellow and Auer performed and recorded with Big Star until Alex Chilton's death in 2010. Ken continues to perform in projects related to Big Star, including the ongoing series of "Big Star's Third" concerts.  In 1997 Stringfellow began a long association with R.E.M.. He performed with the band on world tours in 1999, 2003, 2004, and 2005, and appears on several R.E.M. records, including the Man on the Moon soundtrack, Reveal, and Around the Sun.

For more details about the show and ticket information, please click here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/106972949717023/

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