FoghatBy Jenny Hopkins

POCATELLO — Drummer Roger Earl likes to take it easy.

The co-founder and long time member of the rock band Foghat lives in a former speakeasy turned house boat on the waters of Long Island, New York. And when he’s not on a stage or an airplane he’s an avid fisherman.

“I fish, therefor I am,” he said in a recent telephone interview with the Journal.

Unfortunately he won’t have time to fish any Southeast Idaho waters when Foghat makes a stop in Pocatello next week, they’ll be performing in Beverly Hills the next day.

But the British-born rocker hasn’t lost his enthusiasm for performing — or his accent.


cox-rshupe-sandy2015-bandphoto1-colorRyan Shupe is roaring back with “We Rode On”, his new album coming this fall.  “We Rode On” makes a striking career transition and a meaningful evolution in Shupe’s songwriting, his life, and the band’s sound.  It strongly and deftly combines the rock side of their musical arsenal with the acoustic instruments  and virtuosic jamming the band has become known for in their live shows.

Like a mad musical scientist (and father/husband), Ryan Shupe recorded, arranged and tweaked the band’s newest creation in his personal studio.  “It’s the best album we’ve done and definitely the most rocking!”

The album focuses on themes like family, love and maturity.  The album will be sure to please old and new fans alike.  Being a 5th generation fiddler, an accomplished electric guitar, acoustic guitar and mandolin players, Shupe has been toring extensively across the US since he was 10 years old.  He is no stranger to the national stage and he and the band continue to tour regularly .  They put on a great show that is unique, creative, and entertaining. Playing a wide range of instruments and musical styles, the band appeals to youth and college aged crowds but also maintain a strong appeal to everyone – from the youngest to the oldest fans.   A great date-night or bring the whole family!

The show will be held on Friday, October 9th at 7pm in the Marsh Valley Performing Arts Center in Arimo.  General admission tickets are only $15 /adult and $5 for anyone under 18.  They are available online, by phone, or at any Connections Credit Union Branch.  Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the show.

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IdeationThe award-winning off-Broadway play Ideation will be presented by the Old Town Actors Studio (OTAS) on September 25, 26, 28, and October 1, 2, and 3 at 7:30 p.m. In conjunction with the production, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society at Idaho State University will make Ideation the topic of discussion at the annual Fall Scholarly Lecture on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the Portneuf Valley Brewery.

Ideation is a thought-provoking comedy that raises fundamental questions about the goals of corporate brainstorming. The play, which opened at the San Francisco Playhouse in November of 2014, won the Will Glickman Playwright Award for best new play to premiere in the Bay Area. The Fall Scholarly Lecture will feature an expert panel from ISU who will discuss the themes and implications of the production.

The panel will include John Gribas (Organizational Communication), Jim Skidmore (Ethics), and Ann

Swanson (Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development – and a cast member), with Sherri Dienstfrey-Swanson moderating. The panel will kick off discussion at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29th with light hors d’oeuvres provided by Phi Kappa Phi. The suggested admission “fee” is a donation of a children’s book for underprivileged students in our community.


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By Mary Keating

For the Journal

“They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky … The Addams Family ba da da dum”

Mystique Performing Arts and Events Center in Chubbuck is serving up a cauldron of comedy this fall. Addams Family, New Musical Comedy is overflowing with kooky ancestors, a tango of love, a dash of secrets, a quest to define normal and a pinch of love. The ever famous Morticia, Gomez, Fester, Wednesday, Pugsley, Grandma and Lurch invite audiences to “gather beneath our family tree, to honor the great cycle of life and death…and celebrate what it is to be an Addams.”

On a dark and stormy night, in a creepy mansion in the middle of central park, the Addams family, both living and dead, prepares to meet Wednesday’s normal boyfriend, Lucas, and his square parents, Mal and Alice Beineke. While the gathering of two distinctly dissimilar families is grand fodder for humor, the tale begins when Wednesday confides in her father, Gomez, about her secret engagement to Lucas Beineke. The wheels of lies and deception are set in motion when Wednesday begs her father not to disclose her secret to her mother, Morticia. Alas, we have “a secret in the house, a boy, a girl, a ring.”


Gentri to open Marsh Valley Performing Arts Center season

By Journal Staff

ARIMO — The Marsh Valley Performing Arts Center opens its season Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m., at the center, 12655 S. Old U.S. Highway 91 in Arimo. Tickets are available for $15 adult, $5 children 18 and younger. The tickets are available at, by phone 208-709-3640, or at the door.

Gentri (MVPAC)Gentri — the Gentlemen Trio lives by their motto, “Dress how you want to be seen. Act how you want to be known. And treat others how you want to be remembered.”

Keep this in mind when you attend their performance Saturday at the MVPAC.

Gentri — The Gentlemen Trio was established in June 2014, and is comprised of three highly trained tenors, Brad Robins, Casey Elliott, and Bradley Quinn Lever. Their self-titled, debut album was released March 31 this year and spent 10 consecutive weeks in the top 10 on two different Billboard charts, including three weeks at the No. 2 spot on both the classical and classical crossover charts, according to the group’s press release.

On the heels of their album release, the Gents debuted their first music video to their original single “Dare,” which made international headlines on news outlets around the world including ABC World News, NBC Nightly News, and Inside Edition. Most recently, the group performed alongside Journey at the nation’s largest Fourth of July Firework show, Stadium of Fire, international tenor sensation, Alfie Boe, and will perform with Idina Menzel this fall.


Country music star Gary Morris to perform in Blackfoot

News release:

Gary MorrisThe Blackfoot Performing Arts Center is privileged to have Gary Morris return to the BPAC stage on Saturday, September 26 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available for $20 – $25 and can be purchased online at, by calling the BPAC at 208-317-5508, or at the Music and Families store in Blackfoot.

Morris charted a string of hit songs throughout the 1980’s and is probably best known for his original recording of “Wind Beneath My Wings,” which won both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music Song of the Year Awards. His career in country music began in the early 1980’s when Morris produced twelve albums that generated sixteen Top 10 singles and five No. 1 hits, including “Baby Bye Bye,” “100% Chance Of Rain,” “Leave Me Lonely,” and “Headed for a Heartache.”

At the height of his Nashville recording career, Morris boldly opted to become a more versatile singer, as he took the lead role in the production of Puccini’s opera La Boheme. He later accepted the heroic lead role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, on Broadway where he received resounding critical praise and enjoyed the success of his platinum selling record Bring Him Home.

Beach Boys Movie “Love & Mercy” Plays Sunday at ISU

Acclaimed movie, “Love and Mercy” will be shown this Sunday, Sept. 20, at 3:00, 5:15, and 7:30 p.m. in the Bengal Theater at the ISU Pond Student Union, focusing on the story of the Beach Boys and Brian Wilson, whose struggles with mental illness threatened to overshadow his musical genius. “The film is a miracle, right and riveting in every detail,” writes Rolling Stone Magazine. (Rated R) Admission is $2 for the public, or $1 for ISU students. For more information and trailer, go to