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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. They are lively and unhinged, incorporating elements of rock n roll, beatnik jazz, and Americana.

a.k.a. Belle photo by Jason Sievers

a.k.a. Belle photo by Jason Sievers

a.k.a. Belle Headline Hyde Park Street Fair 2018

a.k.a. Belle at Tonic Rooms Recording Studio - getting ready to launch some new tunes at Hyde Park Street Fair 2018!

a.k.a. Belle at Tonic Rooms Recording Studio - getting ready to launch some new tunes at Hyde Park Street Fair 2018!

We are sooooo excited to headline Hyde Park Street Fair 2018!!!

Please join us at this great event, celebrating one of Boise's oldest neighborhoods (Sam and Catherine grew up in the North End, so it's particularly special for them to be a part of the festival).  We'll be playing some of the new tunes we've been busy recording (our upcoming album should be out sometime this fall), and we will have CD's, tee-shirts and other merch for sale!  Please join us for a rockin' love- filled evening of music.  (September 15th, 2018 at 8pm)

Idaho Press Tribune on a.k.a. Belle's Latest Recording Project

Recording vocal tracks at Audiolab

Recording vocal tracks at Audiolab

We spent some time with Chris Langrill, writer for Idaho Press Tribune (and formerly of Idaho Statesman), who talked with us about our upcoming project, which we have been recording in two different Boise studios, AudioLab and Tonic Room.  Why?  Here's a link to the story: a.k.a. Belle of the Ball

Mike, Sam, John...through the magic door at Tonic Room Recording Studio.

Mike, Sam, John...through the magic door at Tonic Room Recording Studio.

“I think they’re one of the most creative bands I’ve ever recorded,” Fulton said. “They don’t really hold themselves back from anything that they write. So, it’s fun for me to help them realize what’s in their head and make it come through in the recording.””

Steve Fulton, Audiolab Recording Studios

"War On Love" Official Video - watch here!

Here it is! We had such a blast filming this video!  Thanks to our beloved friend and videographer, Ryan Bayne for doing such as incredible job of shooting and editing.

We shot parts of it at The Hive, which back in the day was a recording studio where Paul Revere and the Raiders often recorded.  Now it is a performance/rehearsal space as well as a community outreach center.  We also filmed inside Sam and Catherine's living room and the crowd scenes were on location at the Old Penitentiary in Boise, Idaho.

We live in anxious times, people.  As one of our favorite and dearly missed comedians - Bill Hicks (RIP) - once said, 

"...It's only a choice. ...Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here's what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.”

KEEP ON FIGHTING THE WAR ON LOVE!


 

"War On Love" official video is on its way!

A screengrab from the upcoming video for "War On Love."

A screengrab from the upcoming video for "War On Love."

We are just about ready to release the official video for "War On Love!"  

Ryan Bayne, a local musician/videographer and friend, approached us several months ago, wanting to delve further into the video producing side of music. Having previously collaborated with Ryan on some of his other musical projects, we knew that this would be fun and also a great experience for all of us.

We spent a few weeks mapping out a storyline, which involved a little bit of whiskey and snacks, and then set out to create & build the props we would need; scout out locations for several of the scenes; and round up a bunch of friends who would be willing to stand around in the cold for several hours.

The bulk of the video was filmed in iconic Studio 2, at The Boise HIve, which has a rich history in the Boise music community, where Paul Revere and the Raiders recorded some of their music.  (The Hive is now a rehearsal and venue/performance space, as well as a community center, providing counseling, group classes and workshops that help bolster community involvement, networking, and coping skills for day-to-day struggles.)

Here's a little screen grab of one of the scenes.  We'll tell you more about the video in the next blog!  

 

"War On Love" available now!  Buy as a download only or purchase a physical postcard with download code on the back and we'll send it to you.  Visit our store for details.

"War On Love" available now! Buy as a download only or purchase a physical postcard with download code on the back and we'll send it to you. Visit our store for details.

Limited edition REAL postcard (designed by Boise based artist Grant Olsen) with download code for "War On Love" available now.  We will send it to you!  through the mail!  LIke in the days of old!  Price includes postage.   Visit our store for details.

Limited edition REAL postcard (designed by Boise based artist Grant Olsen) with download code for "War On Love" available now. We will send it to you! through the mail! LIke in the days of old! Price includes postage. Visit our store for details.

"War On Love" is coming!

"War On Love"
The new single from a.k.a. Belle - it will be available as a download on this limited edition postcard designed by Boise artist, Grant Olsen.

"War On Love" The new single from a.k.a. Belle - it will be available as a download on this limited edition postcard designed by Boise artist, Grant Olsen.

We are excited to announce that our newest recording, "War On Love" will be available in February 2018.  We've hooked up with BUMP magazine and stuffed a bunch of the download cards into several issues of the February edition.

BUMP is a relatively new Boise-centric music and arts magazine - we hope you get lucky and find one of the free download postcards (designed by Boise artist Grant Olsen) inside!  Alternatively, the track will also be available here on the website and of course, we will have the postcards at our merch table at all our upcoming shows.

40th Anniversary Covers Live

In October 1977, The Record Exchange opened its doors in Boise.  It has been THE go-to Independent record store in Boise for 40 years - cassette tapes, 8 track tapes, vinyl, CDs, gifts, cards, coffee, apparel - you name it, the RX probably has it or can get it for you.  Best of all, the Record Exchange has provided a meeting space for the creative community in Boise, and a sanctuary for those of us who feel...a little different from the rest of society.  (Thank you RX.  You saved our lives.)

To celebrate 40 years, a stellar bunch of local musicians will be performing songs that were released in 1977 - hits, deep cuts, and all awesome.  We are honored to be a part of this event.

For more details, please visit:

40th Anniversary: 1977 Covers Live!

 

 

 

What will we play?  Come to the event and find out!

What will we play? Come to the event and find out!

Hyde Park Street Fair 2017

Hey!  We are playing at the 2017 Hyde Park Street Fair on September 15th!  We are super excited to take part again in this "end of summer" festival once again.  We hope to see you there. For more details, visit:  Hyde Park Street Fair 2017

a.k.a. Belle, August 2017
L-R:  John "Bongos"  Townsend, Michael P. Waite. Catherine Merrick, Sam Merrick, Mollie Long Williams
Photo by Jason Sievers

a.k.a. Belle, August 2017 L-R: John "Bongos" Townsend, Michael P. Waite. Catherine Merrick, Sam Merrick, Mollie Long Williams Photo by Jason Sievers

Metamorphoses

a.k.a. Belle performing at The Olympic, June 21, 2017.

a.k.a. Belle performing at The Olympic, June 21, 2017.

We've been a little neglectful of updating our website, it's true.  It doesn't mean we've been completely inactive, though - we've actually had a lot going on!

Recently we played at the Visual Arts Collective in Garden City (one of the finest stages in Boise to play on),  It was a benefit show, with proceeds going to The Boise Hive and Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline.  Michael P. Waite (stand up bassist seen regularly with  local stars Hillfolk Noir and El Dopamine) joined us that night and never left! Mike's been a great help to us several times in the past and we finally twisted his arm enough and signed him up full time.  We are honored and excited to have him be part of a.k.a. Belle.

June 21st, we played at The Olympic along with New Transit, who were celebrating the release of their new CD.  New Transit are amazing musicians and songwriters - their latest recording recalls the smooth harmonies of CSN&Y and sends us time traveling back to the '70's - heartfelt folk rock at its best.

June 27th, three members of a.k.a. Belle (Catherine, Sam and Mike) played an acoustic set for the Idaho Songwriters Forum, held at Cinder Wines, and hosted by guitar whiz kid Ned Evett (best known for inventing and playing the fretless glass-necked guitar).  It went surprisingly well, despite no rehearsal for the event - it was definitely quieter, as no amps or pedals were allowed.  We were a bit out of our comfort zone, but we really enjoyed it and hope to play in that configuration again sometime.

We have big plans for the future, which include working on new material and going back into the studio in a few months, as well as more shows.  We promise to be better at keeping you informed here on the website, though if you are a Facebook user, you may find that gets updated a lot more often.  Find us there at a.k.a. Belle  Hope to see you soon!

 

a.k.a. Belle Treefort Music Festival 03/24/17

Catch a.k.a. Belle at Treefort Music Festival 2017 - Friday March 24th at Pengilly's!

Catch a.k.a. Belle at Treefort Music Festival 2017 - Friday March 24th at Pengilly's!

Sticker for "Remembering the Sound" - download code comes with purchase!

Sticker for "Remembering the Sound" - download code comes with purchase!

Always a highlight of our year, the 2017 Treefort Music Festival is now underway.  With over 400 bands playing this year - you never know who or what you are going to discover!  Our performance will include some new material as well as tunes from our CD's and a couple of surprises...let's just say you might not have ever heard Woody Guthrie sound so "electric!'
We sure hope to see you at Pengilly's on Friday, March 24th - we play at 11:30pm!  Pace yourselves!  We'll also have lots of cool merch for you to peruse and purchase.
Also appearing on the Pengilly's stage:
A Mighty Band of Microbes
Spike Coggins Music
Zeb Dewar Band
Porlolo 
eLDopamine
The Still Tide
Brent Cowles

New Release Coming March 22nd!

We are excited to bring to you our latest single, "Remembering the Sound," which features guest appearances from Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer of The Posies!

We recorded this song last November and were lucky enough to twist the arms of Ken and Jon while they were in Boise doing a Pop Up Show...they graciously agreed to take part in the recording session after their fantastically EPIC house show.  We bundled ourselves into the a.k.a. Belle-mobile and headed up to Tonic Room Recording Studio where Jason Ringelstetter (who is a huge Posies fan, as it happens) awaited us at the controls.  Several hours later, we had a sweet sounding song - with Ken on organ and Jon on guitar, respectively.

This track will be released on March 22nd as a downloadable single only - we will have it available here on the website, but it will also be available on a download card with the option of purchasing either a sticker or limited edition screen print by local Boise artist, Ameerah Bader.  These items will be for sale at The Record Exchange or at shows!  

We will be playing Treefort Music Festival on March 24th, so come see us - you can pick one up then!  And say hi!
Catherine performing with The Posies at the 2016 Pop Up Show in Boise.

Catherine performing with The Posies at the 2016 Pop Up Show in Boise.

Limited edition hand screened print by Boise artist Ameerah Bader.

Limited edition hand screened print by Boise artist Ameerah Bader.

"Remembering the Sound" sticker artwork by Boise artist, Ameerah Bader.

"Remembering the Sound" sticker artwork by Boise artist, Ameerah Bader.

Ken Stringfellow, Jason Ringelstetter and Jon Auer at Tonic Room Recording Studio, Boise, during the recording of a.k.a. Belle's "Remembering the Sound."

Ken Stringfellow, Jason Ringelstetter and Jon Auer at Tonic Room Recording Studio, Boise, during the recording of a.k.a. Belle's "Remembering the Sound."

a.k.a. Belle Announced at Treefort 2017

Happy to announce that we will be playing Treefort Music Festival 2017!

Happy to announce that we will be playing Treefort Music Festival 2017!

Boise's Treefort Music Festival have released the schedule for this years amazing line up of international, national, regional and local artists! We are so excited to represent Boise again - it's certain to be one of the biggest events on our calendar - is it on yours, too?!?! 

The vibe in Boise during Treefort is nothing short of magical.  Put together with love, with the intention of creating even more love - Treefort makes our hearts increase in size every year.

For the schedule, please visit https://www.treefortmusicfest.com/treefort-2017-schedule/

For ticket information, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/treefort-music-fest-2017-tickets-23594448631?aff=menu
 

Happy New Year 2017

EP cover

EP cover

a.k.a. Belle playing The Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza at The Egyptian Theatre, December 2016 (photo by Andy Lawless)

a.k.a. Belle playing The Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza at The Egyptian Theatre, December 2016 (photo by Andy Lawless)

a.k.a. Belle's Sam Merrick at Hyde Park Street Fair Mainstage 2016

a.k.a. Belle's Sam Merrick at Hyde Park Street Fair Mainstage 2016

a.k.a. Belle's Catherine Merrick at hyde Park Street Fair Mainstage 2016

a.k.a. Belle's Catherine Merrick at hyde Park Street Fair Mainstage 2016

Promo window at The Record Exchange for the release of "I Hear It Now" EP, June 2016

Promo window at The Record Exchange for the release of "I Hear It Now" EP, June 2016

Hyde Park Street Fair, 2016 (photo by Gregg Mizuta)

Hyde Park Street Fair, 2016 (photo by Gregg Mizuta)

2017 is here!  We have been trying to keep warm in this harsh Idaho winter by writing some new songs and putting some finishing touches on a song we recently recorded with the help of Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer of The Posies; and we have some events coming up that you might want to check out!

First we want to share a short interview Catherine did with Idafolk Records, and thank Sean Samuel Kelly for taking the time to talk and listen to our music.

a.k.a. Belle's Catherine Merrick interviewed by Sean Samuel Kelly:

 

a.k.a. Belle of Boise, Idaho... What is there to say that so many people don't already know about this super group of super people? How would one go about defining them? I asked the Singer/Songwriter and Frontwoman of a.k.a. Belle, Catherine Crooks Merrick, a few questions about being a musician in Idaho, How the songs came about on their latest amazing EP "I HEAR IT NOW" and What is next for a.k.a. Belle...

Idafolk Records: So Where did the songs on I HEAR IT NOW come from? 
Catherine Crooks Merrick: A couple of the songs on "I Hear It Now" are tunes that we'd been working on for a little while, probably started playing them live in early 2015 - "Crooked Path" and "Mustangs." We had a completely different line up when those songs were written. 
And in fact, I think I may have performed "Crooked Path" acoustically (on banjo) - with a side project I'm sometimes involved with, way before it had that rocking ending, so that first section of the song had been around for a a few months before it really morphed into what it is now. 
It's pretty autobiographical - Sam and I have known each other a long time...since we were at Boise High school together; we moved to California in the 80's and were room mates in L.A. 

IR: How has your music been described? How would you describe your sound?
CCM: We often get lumped in under the "Americana" label; which is understandable since our previous releases have a certain folky feel, but personally I don't like that label much. If you listen to our recordings, you'll hear a lot of influences - indie rock, a bit of weird experimental stuff, folk, lounge, Latin and old school '50's jazz. We try to incorporate all those influences into what we do; I don't know if there's a style that we strictly fall into. "Unhinged Beatnik No Wave?!" 
IR: How long have you guys been kicking around in Idaho??? 
CCM: a.k.a. Belle have been together (in Boise) since 2008 - we were originally called Belle of Les Bois which was a moniker I was recording and performing under when I lived in the UK, but after I moved back to Idaho & put a band together here, we changed the name.
IR: Besides the obvious geographical differences, what's it like playing music in the UK versus Boise, Idaho?
CCM: 
Playing music in Boise is a little different than in England...we are a small pond here and there's a stronger sense of community. Manchester is a huge city, thousands of bands and lots of venues, with the largest student (i.e. college/university age) population in Europe. It's a very exciting place. But hard, I think, for bands to rise up to any certain level of "popularity" because there are sooooo many bands, and so many different types of music being made there - lots of individual musical communities, and not a lot of cross over between those groups into other groups. Whereas in Boise, I think you see a lot more musicians who are members of several bands at the same time. There are cliques, here, too, but I think for the most part - because we are still relatively small - Boise musicians are supportive of each other. 

IR: As a Performer in this day and age what would you say is your biggest obstacle?
CCM: For us, personally, our problem is the audience. We don't really know who we appeal to - we sell a lot of records ("I Hear It Now" made it into the Record Exchange's Top 50 Best Sellers of 2016, which is a list that also includes international/major label releases - and in all honesty, I was extremely surprised we made it in) but I don't think those numbers are reflected in show attendance. And that could be our fault, we probably don't promote ourselves well, but also I think people are confused by us - what are we? What the heck is Unhinged Beatnik No Wave? We are older, too - I think the 20-30 year olds maybe see that, and can't decide whether they'd like us or not; and people our own age are hard to drag to shows because work/family etc. So that's our challenge as a band, I guess. We'd like to encourage younger people take a chance on us.
IR: What are your thoughts on the Boise Music Scene in general?What's it doing right? Could it be doing anything Better???
CCM: I came back to visit Boise in early 2008 (from Manchester, England), and I could feel this energy about to burst - it was one of the reasons I was enticed to move back. The Boise I had left in the 80's was not here. There were more venues, more bands, and a ton more forward thinking people working hard to make the arts/music scene here vibrant - people who truly wanted to make it a community that worked together. 
In the time that I have been back (I moved back in August 2008), Radio Boise was born; GoListenBoise was formed; Treefort Music Festival began - so you know, there was that energy from so many people who believed that Boise could be become this viable, creative force on a huge scale making it happen. And there are a lot of different components that I haven't even mentioned yet, like the theatre arts, dance, creative writing, film making, visual & fine arts, etc., and these groups invariably are intertwined with each other. There is a lot we are doing right.
I'm encouraged by the efforts being made to make live music accessible to the under 21 age group - I have a 16 year old son who is an avid music fan and a musician, so it's relevant to me as a parent.
I wish there was a music paper in Boise, though. The Boise Weekly has some coverage, but not enough - that's really not a direct criticism of them - they simply aren't a music specific publication - but I wish there was more coverage of local artists and bands coming through town because there are so many! I think there is enough going on in Boise to warrant a music specific paper, with show reviews, record reviews, previews of upcoming shows, interviews with local and touring bands, of all genres. Not a style/genre specific fanzine. And really made of paper. I'm old fashioned and very tactile; I like something I can hold! Ha ha.

IR: So What's happening next with a.k.a. Belle???
CCM: a.k.a. Belle are putting finishing touches on a new song called "Remembering the Sound," which we hope to release as a single in March. We have guest musicians on this track - Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer from The Posies - they played a 'pop up' show in Boise - at my house - in November, and graciously agreed to be whisked away to Tonic Room Recording studio the same night to contribute to the song, which was an amazing experience. (And we think it sounds pretty cool...) 
Our next show will be January 28th at The Vista Bar, with The Commonauts (it's their record release party), and Lovey
We are currently in the process of writing new songs and will be adding one or two of them to our live sets in the near future.

A little note from Sean at Idafolk Records: Having listened to this album about ten times in the last week I have personally come to love it. The songs, which were recorded at The Tonic Room Studios here in Boise, are rich with creative maturity and deep, earthy melodies. It actually sounds like the band is playing in your living room at times, which is very comforting. From Catherines smooth, powerful vocals to the fun, smart, precision of the music itself, this EP is so easy to relate to. 
On the very fine track,"Crooked Path", Sam Merrick (a.k.a. Belle's guitarist) and Brett Netson (of Brett Netson and Snakes, Built to Spill) perform a lovely dueling electric guitar jam that morphs into an homage of Neil Young's 'You are like a Hurricane'... 
as Catherine admits,
"The homage to Neil Young at the end of "Crooked Path" is quite relevant to our personal relationship - Sam and I are huge Neil fans, and when I moved down to LA, I moved into Sam's apartment [we were just friends at that point]. Not long after I'd moved in, I bought us tickets to a Neil Young 
concert, thinking it was a date. He did not. Go figure. Funny side story, though."

...and as for the name 'Crooked Path'?
"It's pretty autobiographical - Sam and I have known each other a long time...since we were at Boise High school together; we moved to California in the 80's and were room mates in L.A. 
A couple of years later, I decided to go to England; I always figured I'd be back at some point...I didn't really realize how long it would take me to find my way "home;" so that song is about that journey - taking a crooked path to get there. (Seventeen years, actually)"

You can learn more about other Idaho music at Idafolk Records here:  https://www.facebook.com/idafolkrecords/

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

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!

a.k.a. Belle Headline Hyde Park Street Fair 2018 - Saturday Night 

We are so excited to be a part of Hyde Park Street Fair again! 

The Hyde Park Street Fair is an annual neighborhood fundraiser held in Boise’s Camel's Back Park featuring vendor booths, activities for kids, live music, delicious foods, cold beer, community entertainers, and a wine garden for three fun-filled days. One of the best festivals in Boise! All proceeds go back into grants and programs in the North End community.

Sam and Catherine grew up in the North End, so being part of this event is extremely gratifying, and one of our personal favorites to play.  We'll be playing some of the new tunes from our upcoming album - and some you probably know the words to!  Come sing along with us at Hyde Park Street Fair 2018 -- we headline Saturday night!!

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

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Previous events

Hyde Park Street Fair

1200 Heron St, Boise, ID 83702, Camel's Back Park, Boise

The Hyde Park Street Fair is an annual neighborhood fundraiser held in Boise’s Camel's Back Park featuring vendor booths, activities for kids, live music, delicious foods, cold beer, community entertainers, and a wine garden for three fun-filled days. One of the best festivals in Boise! All proceeds go back into grants and programs in the North End community.

a.k.a. Belle, Tylor and the Train Robbers, Ryan Bayne

Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage street, Garden City, Idaho 83714

ONE NIGHT ONLY An eclectic line up of artists from Boise, Idaho, brought together by musician/videographer/scene maker Ryan Bayne, who directed and filmed music videos by each of these bands in 2018. A night of music - three quite different genres - linked by respect for each other, collaborative efforts, friendships, and lifelong ties to Boise - the Athens of the Desert. Videos released by each artist will also be shown!

Thundering Hooves - An Event for Wild Love Preserve

The Sapphire Room/Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Boulevard, Boise

“ Andrea Maki, an artist from the state of Washington, has done the impossible. She has gotten the Bureau of Land Management, the community of Challis and Custer County, the area cattle ranchers and environmentalists to work together with WLP. If this model for mustang management works, it could save the wild mustangs, the environment they live in and bring new money to the tiny town of Challis…. and finally be a solution for wild horse management across the West. — Karole Honas, Ch8/ABC Nightly News, Idaho Falls, May 2014

Come enjoy an evening of live music from a.k.a. Belle, and special guests Eilen Jewell, Thomas Paul, and Ryan Bayne. Learn more about Wild Love Preserve and enjoy the beautiful setting of The Sapphire Room.

Treefort Music Festival

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Downtown , Boise

Treefort Music Fest is a multi-venue music festival in downtown Boise, Idaho featuring hundreds of artists from across the globe. This years line up includes George Clinton and Parliament - Princess Nokia - Andrew W.K. - Pussy Riot - Built To Spill - Galactic - Matthew Dear - Twin Peaks - Jamila Woods - Typhoon - Cindy Wilson - Hanni El Khatib - Antibalas - Magic Sword - U.S. Girls - Yoni Wolf - Land of Talk - Partner - Treepeople - Thunderpussy - a.k.a. Belle - The Districts - Horse Feathers - Mirah - Titus Andronicus - Shook Twins - Lola Marsh - Together Pangea - The Suffers - Christopher Willits - Kelly Lee Owens - ill-ēsha - Um.. - Eliot Lipp - Wild Ones - Low Cut Connie - The Regrettes - SassyBlack - Epic Beardmen - Kweku Collins - The Russ Liquid Test - Big Dipper - The Seshen - Five Alarm Funk - Milk & Bone - Rituals of Mine - Sonny Smith - Mimicking Birds - Helvetia - Michael Rault - Karl Blau - Esme Patterson - Cy Dune - La Misa Negra - Jeff Crosby - Zee Will - Guayaba - Abhi The Nomad - Pujol - Yonatan Gat - De Lux - Mad Zach - Starcrawler - Nnamdi Ogbonnaya - Dark Rooms - Jherek Bischoff - KOLARS - Brett Netson - Hillfolk Noir - AND MANY MANY MORE! https://www.treefortmusicfest.com/

12th Annual Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza

The Egyptian Theatre , 700 W. Main Street, Boise

We are proud to once again take part in the Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza - this is our 9th year as performers! A wonderfully irreverent, inspiring and wacky holiday variety show hosted by Curtis Stigers and Jodi Peterson and featuring local musicians, dancers, comedians and community leaders all donating their time and talents for a great cause.

All proceeds benefit Interfaith Sanctuary Homeless Shelter.

12th Annual Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza

The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W Main St 83702 , Boise

We are proud to once again take part in the Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza. This is our 9th year as performers! A wonderfully irreverent, inspiring and wacky holiday variety show hosted by Curtis Stigers and Jodi Peterson and featuring local musicians, dancers, comedians and community leaders all donating their time and talents for a great cause.

All proceeds benefit Interfaith Sanctuary Homeless Shelter.

40th Anniversay 1977 Covers Live!

Record Exchange, Boise, Idaho

The Record Exchange first opened its doors in October of 1977. To celebrate 40 years of providing the Treasure Vally (and beyond) with tapes, vinyl, cds, posters, gifts, and sanctuary, local artists will be performing songs from 1977 - some hits, some deep cuts, all awesome. a.k.a. Belle are very honored to be a part of this event!! For more details, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/357253084687821/

Sera Cahoone with a.k.a. Belle

THE OLYMPIC VENUE, MAIN STREET, BOISE

Really excited to be supporting Seattle songwriter/singer Sera Cahoone (Band of Horses) here in Boise! She'll be playing with a full band and we will be swinging, singing, swaying and playing our hearts out. See you there!

a.k.a. Belle at Hyde Park Street Fair

Camels Back Park, Boise, Idaho

We are honored to be a part of Hyde Park Street Fair again this year! Looking forward to seeing all your beautiful faces there, dancing in the grass! As always, this huge community festival is free and all ages.

New Transit + a.k.a. Belle + Kelly Lynae

THE OLYMPIC VENUE, MAIN STREET, BOISE

We are celebrating! Our good friends New Transit are throwing a party in honor of their 3rd album release! We'll be bringing our "A" game with our new/old line up featuring John "Bongos" Townsend on drums and Michael P. "Birdman" Waite on upright bass!
Kelly Lynae opens the show!

TREEFORT MUSIC FESTIVAL

Pengilly's, 513 Main Street, Boise

a.k.a. Belle are so excited to represent Boise again - it's certain to be one of the biggest events on our calendar - is it on yours, too?!?!

The vibe in Boise during Treefort is nothing short of magical. Put together with love, with the intention of creating even more love - Treefort makes our hearts increase in size every year.

We are playing Friday, March 24th at Pengilly's with A Mighty Band of Microbes, Spike Coggins, Zeb Dewar Band, Porlolo, our beloved friends El Dopamine (!!!!), The Still Tide, and Brent Cowles!

Radio Boise presents...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."

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/

Roselit Bone, a.k.a. Belle, Bryan John Appleby

THE OLYMPIC VENUE, MAIN STREET, BOISE

Proud to share the stage once more with our friends from Portland, Oregon - ROSELIT BONE! Also on the bill, Bryan John Appleby! Saturday, July 30th is gonna be a fine time.

Wild Freedom 2016 #2 - Boise Hive

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Boise Hive, 3907 West Custer Drive, Boise

All ages event to benefit Wild Love Preserve! Food trucks, raffles, and live music from Bijouxx, Ryan Curtis, Brett Netson, Phonetic, 2x2, Fleet Street Klezmer Band, Tracy Morrison, Idyltime, Three Gunas, Julia and the Jumpscares, and a.k.a. Belle! We are joining together as a collective community to help raise funds for the WLP Land Trust and a permanently protected wild horse expanse in the heart of Idaho wild horse country!

Wild Freedom 2016 #1 - Cinder

Cinder Wines, 107 East 44th, Garden City

Wild Freedom 2016 is a 2 day event to benefit Wild Love Preserve! Featuring music from Eilen Jewell, Jonah Shue, Thomas Paul, Bernie Reilly & Reilly Coyote, as well as a stripped down acoustic set from ourselves. You can help Wild Love Preserve win a grant from the ASPCA with your support! Silent auction, delicious food from 3 Girls Catering, plus beer & wine. No cover. For more information about Wild Love Preserve, please visit www.wildlovepreserve.org

Mantooth + Groggy Bikini + a.k.a. Belle

The Navajo , 4900 Emerald St, Boise

Boise Bench music mischief makers Groggy Bikini and Mantooth invited us to play at this shin dig, and we couldn't say no! Good times guaranteed; no cover! Come get weird with us!