This is a site dedicated to Old Time Music in and around Boise Idaho.

Monday, February 1, 2016


 Happy February!
Come on out this Friday, February 5th 2016 
to the Mardi Gras Ballroom on 9th street in Boise
dance and listen to the sounds of the
doors will open at 7pm $7 at the door
concert at 7:30, dancing at 8 until 10
All ages, no experience or partner ever neededFull bar with ID and Free parking

Friday, September 4, 2015

3rd Annual Hermit Music Festival!!

 Hermit Music Festival

Workshops at the Boise Hive 3907 Custer Drive, Boise ID 
Free for Weekend Passholders 
non pass holders $10/session
Friday September 4
Hands-down Hands-on Fun!
Old Time Square Dance 
The Mardi Gras 
615 S 9th Street
$7 at the door
Friday September 4th
7pm to 10pm

Hermit Music Festival
Saturday and Sunday
September 5th and 6th
Indian Creek Winery
in Kuna
Exciting Bands
 Beautiful Venue
Check the website for line up, workshop descriptions, prices, and more!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

"Summer at C of I: Understanding the Banjo"

"Summer at C of I: Understanding the Banjo"
A community course taught by Professor Scott Knickerbocker at The College of Idaho (Caldwell)
Cost: $120

We will study the history and evolution of the banjo, from its roots among African slaves to contemporary pickers. We will examine the significance of the banjo in American culture at large as well as specifically within its various genres: minstrel, old-time, Dixieland, bluegrass, newgrass and more. Professor Knickerbocker will supplement lectures and discussion with many audio examples--both recorded and live on his own banjo--as well as visual images and video clips.

The course costs $120 and will occur the three evenings of July 13-15 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) at The College of Idaho in Caldwell, with a culminating concert by Scott at The Bird Stop Coffee House in Caldwell on Saturday, July 18th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. (concert is free). The course is open to all ages, and one need not be currently enrolled at the college. No musical experience is necessary. 

For more info and to register, visit or call 208-459-5074.

If you plan to register for the course, PLEASE DO SO BY JULY 8TH!

Sunday, April 26, 2015


CHARMAINE SLAVEN of THE TALLBOYS calling the dances!!
from Seattle WA

615 S 9th St, Boise, ID 83702
(208) 342-5553
Doors @ 7, Live music @ 7:30, Dancing from 8-10
all dances are taught, no experience or partners needed.
Full bar for those 21 and older with ID

Charmaine will also be teaching a couple of workshops while in town...

Flatfooting/ Buck Dancing/Clogging
Friday, May 1st from 6-7 pm @ Mardi Gras $10

Square Dance Calling
Saturday, May 2nd from 4-6pm @ Boise Hive 
3907 Custer Dr, Boise $10
For those just starting out, building their dance repertoire, or just wanting to dance...

For more information or questions please contact Ava at... 
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    April 2015 Hokum Hoedown!!

    Check out this modern take on the old-time hootenanny, featuring the infectious swing of the Hokum Hi-Flyers. At each Hoedown, the band performs a diverse assortment of traditional folk-dance and string-band tunes while a cast of colorful callers teaches and directs the dances. It's a come-as-you-are, hand-clappin’ good time for all.
    Square dance at Mardi Gras Boise.  Friday April 3rd.  Doors 7:00, music 7:30, $7.

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    2015 Weiser Clawhammer Banjo Camp April 16th-19th

    2015 Clawhammer Banjo Camp at Weiser, Idaho: April 16-19

    Are you just starting out on clawhammer banjo? Are you an intermediate player who has gotten stuck? Are you a more advanced player who wants to firm up his chops? If so, this camp might be for you.

    Join old-time banjo instructors Jason Homey and Scott Knickerbocker for a fun-filled weekend of hands on instruction, concerts, and jamming. Camp opens Thursday afternoon with registration and an informal evening kickoff session. Classes will occur all day Friday and Saturday, with concerts and jamming in the evenings and a wrap up session on Sunday morning.

    Student enrollment will be limited to twenty-five on a first come, first served basis. Tuition is $200. A $50 deposit will hold your space. Please register soon as we expect the student slots to fill rapidly. If you have questions or want to register, please contact Jason Homey (, 208-585-1637). Deposit checks can be sent to Jason Homey, 5145 W Camas Lane, Boise ID, 83705.

    About the instructors:

    Jason Homey has been playing 5-string banjo (both clawhammer and 3 finger style) since 1989. He is a two-time first place winner of the Western Canadian Banjo Championships and a long-term member of the Celtic/Old-Time/Bluegrass/Rock-band 'The Clumsy Lovers'. Since moving to Boise in the Fall of 2011, Jason has kept busy with an increasingly full schedule of banjo, mandolin, and guitar students. He has many years of experience teaching banjo workshops. Since March of 2012, Jason has been leading a well attended weekly beginner jam for the Idaho Bluegrass Association . For samples of Jason's playing (which includes Clawhammer, Scruggs-style and more), check out

    Scott Knickerbocker has played clawhammer banjo for 20 years. He plays banjo, fiddle, and guitar both solo and with the Hokum Hi-Flyers, an old-time string band that performs regularly in Boise and beyond, including their regular "Hokum Hoedown" square dance series. Their album "The Original Hokum Hi-Flyers" is available for sale at The Record Exchange in Boise and at any of their gigs. For more information, see their Facebook page: Scott is Associate Professor of English and Environmental Studies at The College of Idaho. His book Ecopoetics: The Language of Nature, the Nature of Language was published in 2012 by the University of Massachusetts Press, and his essay "Green Banjo: The Ecoformalism of Old-Time Music" was published in The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism in 2014. Scott is currently writing a book about old-time music.


    at our new venue:
    The Mardi Gras Ballroom
    615 S 9th St, Boise, ID 83702

    This month's band will have Jonah Shue on fiddle, Ryan Blizzard on bass, Bernie Reilly on Guitar and Jim Williams on banjo.
    The usual cast of caller will be there to teach every dance.
    No Experience or Partners needed!
    Doors will open at 7, music from 7:30-8:00
    Dancing from 8:00-10:00
    $7 at the door, all ages welcome
    Full bar with ID