Finn Riggins: Boise, Idaho
Respected as both a dynamic and eclectic staple in the Idaho music scene since 2000, Finn Riggins is a band that hit the road with vibrant live stage shows and made discerning audience throughout the United States rave. Finn Riggins is the serendipitous result of a collaboration between Cameron Bouiss-drums, Eric Gilbert-keyboard and Lisa Simpson-guitar, meeting as fellow music majors at the University of Idaho. The band spent several creative years cultivating their signature “compositionally complex music with an often bright pop sensibility.” While at their Sun Valley, Idaho “helibase,” their secret practice spot/tour launch pad, Finn Riggins grew into a popular national touring act. In 2009, the now Boise based trio released their second full-length album Vs. Wilderness, coupled with (of course) an extensive nationwide tour – in a single year alone, these indie-rock road warriors played over “200 shows in 35 different states, including appearances at esteemed festivals, like Austin's SXSW!”
Go to iTunes to download “Wake (Keep This Town Alive)” and more great tunes from Finn Riggins and visit FinnRiggins.com for their tour schedule and much more!
The Concierge Questionnaire: Eric Gilbert and Lisa Simpson, Keyboardist and Guitarist
What is your favorite word to describe Boise? Young.
What word best reflects the people of Boise? Amiable.
What is your favorite outdoor activity in Boise?
Bicycling, floating the Boise River and playing bocce ball.
Street bike - bicycle commuter. Love riding all over, but the Greenbelt along the river is a highlight for sure.
As for bocce ball, some friends from Colorado got us into "extreme bocce" several years ago... which pretty much entails playing bocce ball wherever and everywhere. On our big US tour this spring we played on lots of beaches. The big parks here in Boise are good spots, or friend’s backyards. There's also a great Frisbee golf course in Ann Morrison Park. Fan of disc golf too and croquet and kubb - love yard games. Bocce goes with us everywhere though, not necessarily isolated to our time in Boise.
Floating the 6-mile designated area of the Boise River is a popular summertime activity for locals and tourists!
Please visit Boise River Float for detailed information!
”The 23-mile Boise River Greenbelt, a paved trail for bikes and pedestrians, is one of Boise's most beloved parks.”
Please visit Boise River Greenbelt for a map and more!
Ann Morrison Disc Golf Course: Ann Morrison Park Dr.
Hours: Daily, sunrise-sunset
What is your favorite indoor activity in Boise?
Rock shows, Church of Craft and seeing movies at The Flicks. Favorite venues in Boise to both play and see shows: Visual Arts Collective. Also like Neurolux, Linen Building, Brawl Studios, The Red Room and looking forward to new all ages venue, Color Cube.
The Flicks Theatre: 646 Fulton Street
Please visit The Flicks Theatre for current show times and more!
What is your favorite sound or noise in Boise?
The animals at the zoo, outdoor concerts or hot air balloons at dawn.
Zoo Boise: 355 Julia Davis Drive
Hours: Daily, 10am-5pm and extended summer hours
What is your favorite smell or taste in Boise?
Pie Hole, Chiang Mai Thai and Los Betos.
Pie Hole: 205 N. 8th St. or 1016 S. Broadway Ave.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-3am, Friday-Saturday 11am-4am and Sunday 11am-1am
Chiang Mai Thai Restaurant: 4898 Emerald Street
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-3pm and 5pm-9:30pm and Sunday 4:30pm-9:30pm
Los Betos: 5220 W. Fairview Ave. or 6906 W. State St.
Hours: Daily, 24 hours via drive-through!
What drink best reflects Boise?
Slurpees, micro brews or coffee. Sockeye Brewery and Salmon River Brewery (technically McCall, but on tap around Boise) are a couple of favorites.
I drink my coffee black or with honey in it or with cream and sugar on special occasions. Lisa doesn't drink coffee. I don't really have a favorite coffee shop, but Big City Coffee and Dawson Taylor Coffee tend to get my business the most.
In 1969, 7-Eleven convenience stores began selling Slurpees - an icy slush drink! Today, Slurpees are served around the globe and even come in regional flavors!
Sockeye Grill and Brewery: 3019 North Cole Road
Hours: Daily, 11am-late
Salmon River Brewery: 300 West Colorado St., McCall
Hours: Summer, Monday-Friday 4pm-close, Saturday 12pm-11pm and Sunday 12pm-8pm
Big City Coffee: 1416 West Grove
Please visit Dawson Taylor Coffee Roasters for a list of Boise locations and more!
What song or type of music best reflects Boise? “Goin' Against Your Mind” by Built To Spill.
If Heaven were Boise, what would God say to a visitor when they arrive at the Pearly Gates? A man's got to believe in something... I believe I'll go fishing.
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