We spent 3 days in Boise, relaxing, shopping, and enjoying the warm, sunny climate. It is a cool city with a vibe similar to Austin. Large enough to have everything yet unique. There's a lot to see and do in Boise but it seemed like the time there was much too short.
|North of Stanley, ID|
Thursday was the first day of the 2013 Braun Brothers Reunion. Being the music fanatic I am, we were there as soon as the gates opened each day. The first day kicked off with Muzzie Braun and the party went on through the night's last and best performance, Micky & The Motorcars. In between there were shows from Suzy Bogguss and Dale Watson. Being in the midst of the standing room only crowd near the stage for the Motorcars was pretty exciting on our first night at the festival.
Saturday was the biggest day jam packed full of music all afternoon and deep into the night. The music kicked off at 1:00 p.m. with Tom Nazz and Jay Nazz followed by Gary and Cindy Braun and rocked all the way to the 9:15 headliner Reckless Kelly. A very special portion of the event is the Braun family guitar pull. All of the Braun brothers, Muzzie and his brothers along with his 4 sons jammed together on stage.
Classics are sung, stories are told, and this is really the heart of the festival. Saturday's events also meant meet and greets and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet and get autographs and pictures from The Departed, Micky & The Motorcars, and Reckless Kelly. After those euphoric moments, it was time for more music from Wade Bowen.
Reckless Kelly came out of the chutes with "Real Cool Hand," a song from their new album "Long Night Moon" and rocked out all the way to the all-star closer of "Six Days On The Road." Having a close view of the stage provided amazing photographs and the ability to watch the impressive musicians work their magic. The mix of the hometown crowd and those of us who came hundreds of miles to attend were treated to a fantastic last blowout show of the 3 day festival. RK blasted through many of their hits, a couple new songs, and a few remakes.
|Micky Braun, Willy Braun|
|Todd Snider, Reckless Kelly, Wade Bowen, Micky & The Motorcars|
|Willy Braun, Muzzie Braun, Micky Braun|
Sunday morning we departed Challis for the 500+ mile trek back to central Wyoming. Leaving the valley behind, miles and miles of mountains (including Idaho's highest, Borah Peak) gave way to lava fields, valleys, and more mountains. Before entering Wyoming, Idaho leaves us with beautiful Swan Valley and Victor.
The trip to Idaho and the Braun Brothers Reunion was relaxing, exhilarating, and epic. I highly recommend this music festival due to its location, beauty, and unparalleled acts BBR draws every year.