Arts & music briefly

Mo Kenney Courtesy Idaho Falls Arts Council

Vince Crofts and Mandi Reid Palmer Courtesy Blackfoot PAC

Shelby Murdock Courtesy Blackfoot PAC

Matthew Kacergis Courtesy BYU-Idaho

Country and folk concert set for Blackfoot

Local musicians Vince Crofts and Mindi Reid Palmer, along with Pocatello fiddler Shelby Murdock, will perform together at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.

Crofts and Palmer teamed up in 2005, with Palmer on vocals, yodels, and bass guitar and Crofts on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and vocals. Murdock will join them for this show to provide unique arrangements of songs of the west along with some down-home humor and stories.

According to a Blackfoot PAC news release, the music of Crofts and Palmer has been featured on the PBS series “Outdoor Idaho,” and they were honored at the Western Music Association Festival in New Mexico as the Harmony Duo of the Year.

This concert will be a Backstage Event where the audience sits on the stage with the performance for a more intimate experience. Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased at, by calling 208-317-5508, or at Music and Families in Blackfoot.

E. Idaho Jazz Society begins monthly jam session

The Eastern Idaho Jazz Society will begin hosting a monthly jazz and blues jam session at City Bagels in downtown Idaho Falls on the third Wednesday of each month. The sessions begin at 7 p.m.

The opening session is Wednesday. The free sessions are open to the public and all musicians are invited.

The existing jam session, held at The Cellar Restaurant on the first Wednesday of each month, will continue. A jazz society news release said the popularity of the first session led to the addition of a second monthly session.

For more information, call Kevin Young at 208-604-2844 or visit

Arts Council announces February show change

The Irving Berlin show “I Love a Piano” scheduled for Feb. 17 at the Colonial Theater, has cancelled its tour. The Idaho Falls Arts Council announced the show will be replaced by “The Golden Age of Broadway” on the same night. Show time is 7:30 p.m. at the Colonial Theater.

According to an Arts Council news release, “The Golden Age of Broadway” will include music from “Guys and Dolls,” “My Fair Lady,” “Music Man” and “West Side Story,” along with classics from Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, and more performed by Broadway performers.

“The community was so excited for ‘I Love a Piano’ that we wanted to find a comparable offering,” Brandi Newton, Executive Director of the Idaho Falls Arts Council, said in the release. “’The Golden Age of Broadway’ is a great show that will include the best of Berlin as well as so many other greats.”

All tickets to “I Love a Piano” will be honored for the new show, and exchanges and refunds will be available to any ticket holders at request.

Carr Gallery Sessions to feature Mo Kenney

Canadian singer-songwriter Mo Kenney will perform at the Idaho Falls Arts Council’s next Carr Gallery Sessions, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Carr Gallery, 498 A St.

An Arts Council release said the Nova Scotia native is known for her clear voice and honest lyrics.

“I saw Mo Kenney perform last year with just her guitar,” Brandi Newton, Executive Director of the Idaho Falls Arts Council, said in a release. “We had already seen a lot of performances that day, but she caught everyone’s attention immediately. I can’t wait to see her again”

The Arts Council said Carr Gallery Sessions are intimate performances by up and coming artists held in the Carr Gallery at the Willard Arts Center. Tickets are $35 and include a complimentary drink. Tickets are available by through the Idaho Falls Arts Council at 208-522-0471 or online at

Singer Matthew Kacergis to perform at BYU-Idaho

Singer Matthew Kacergis will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Barrus Concert Hall at Brigham Young University-Idaho as part of the Center Stage Performing Arts Series.

A BYU-Idaho news release said Kacergis will perform a program entitled “The Songs of Cinema: From Casablanca to La La Land.”

The Seattle native played the role of Prince Eric in last year’s national tour of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” He received his theater training at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Boston Conservatory.

Tickets are $12 and are available at or on school days from the University Store Ticket Office (208-496-3170).