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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Contact: Adam Park
208-384-4402 | apark@cityofboise.org

Two special events will showcase Boise's rich music history

The City of Boise and the Musicians’ Fund of Boise today announced two events, the 150Fest and the Bieter Ball, that will embrace, highlight, and celebrate Boise’s musical talents of the past and future.

The 150Fest will be a free, daytime celebration featuring local musicians playing throughout the day. The Bieter Ball will be a ticketed dinner event featuring a variety-show style concert hosted by Curtis Stigers.

Both events will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2013 in downtown Boise. The events are produced by Curtis Stigers and Jodi Peterson in support of the Musicians’ Fund of Boise, and are sponsored by Stigers-Peterson Productions, the City of Boise, and the Boise Centre.

“The 150Fest and the Bieter Ball will be the musical crescendo of our year-long celebration of Boise’s 150th anniversary,” Mayor David H. Bieter said. “The talent and energy on display at these twin events will be unmatched in recent memory. This will be a day – and a night – to remember.”

“I’m thrilled and honored that Mayor Bieter has asked me to help him celebrate some of the wonderful music from the past 150 years in Boise. It won’t by any means be an exhaustive or complete survey, but I guarantee it will be entertaining, fun, and full of variety,” said Curtis Stigers, Musical Director of The Bieter Ball 2013. “Boise is truly a music city.”

ABOUT THE 150FEST

The 150Fest, produced by Jodi Peterson and Steve Fulton, is free and open to the public in the Grove Plaza at Boise Centre from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2013. All artists performing are featured on In Our Town: Songs for Boise 150, a CD compilation produced by the City’s Department of Arts & History. The CD, along with local food and beverages, will be available for sale in the Grove Plaza during the event. CCDC will offer free parking at all six of its garages between 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Visit www.ccdcboise.com/ParkingDowntown/GarageInformation.aspx for garage locations.)

ABOUT THE BIETER BALL – CELEBRATING 150 YEARS OF MUSIC IN BOISE

The Bieter Ball is a ticketed event and will be held at the Boise Centre from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2013. The evening will include a no-host cocktail reception, seated dinner with special wines, and the variety-show style concert is a Stigers-Peterson production hosted by Curtis Stigers and featuring an all-star cast of Idaho musical artists celebrating the rich and diverse history of music in Boise over the past 150 years.

Many of Boise’s most renowned artists will perform at the Bieter Ball. Artists confirmed to date include: Belinda Bowler, Bill Coffey, the Boise Philharmonic, the Braun Brothers, Cherie Buckner-Webb, Dan Ansotegui & the Oinkari Basque Dancers, the Frim Fram Four, members of Opera Idaho, and Paul Tillotson.

The Bieter Ball is black tie optional. Tickets are now for sale online at bieterball.brownpapertickets.com. Individual tickets are $100. Reserved tables of ten are $1,200, including recognition in the event program and on table placard. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Musicians’ Fund of Boise.

ABOUT THE MUSICIANS’ FUND OF BOISE

The Musician’s Fund of Boise (MFOB) is an Idaho non-profit corporation designed to support and sustain our local musicians through several different channels. MFOB plans to provide free business guidance and legal services through developing partnerships with Boise State University and Concordia University School of Law. The Fund will work to create more affordable health care options and discount provider services for its members. MFOB will also have an emergency fund to provide financial assistance to professional musicians overtaken by misfortune. The Musicians' Fund of Boise will help to foster and improve the conditions and social welfare of professional musicians in Boise and to provide aid and assistance to them and their families when in need.

To learn more or to purchase tickets to the Bieter Ball, visit bieterball.brownpapertickets.com. Questions may be emailed to rsvp@cityofboise.org.