Diamondz Bar Gives Bands A Place To Play


By Jay Michaels

Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Music has the power to reach all of us, regardless of what language the words are in. While Magic Valley doesn't have a thriving music scene like many big cities do, there are some outlets for artists who want to share the sounds they create.

In the last two years, Diamondz Bar and Grill in Jerome has managed to draw national bands including Jack Russell's Great White, Phil Lewis of LA Guns, and Royal Bliss. They've also hosted Salt Lake City, Utah's Werewolf Afro, Half The World from Boise, and local bands like One Dead Crow, Dogs on the Lam, and Mindspank.

Greg Dodson, owner of Diamondz, says, "Since we're a couple hours from Idaho Falls, an hour from Boise, and close to Salt Lake, a lot of bands travel through this area. So we can snag them usually pretty easily, because they either need a place to play or a place to sleep."

Dodson says Diamondz is trying to specialize in regional acts who are trying to entertain instead making a business out of their music. Overall, it works out well for the bands and for the bar in getting people to come out and listen to the music.

Dodson says, "There isn't another place for these guys to play. Unfortunately in this area, the music scene has pretty much died. We're kind of the last bastion of music."

Many other Magic Valley bars feature country and classic rock bands. The Sun Valley Pavilion regularly books big name acts like Kenny Loggins, Huey Lewis and the news, Alison Krauss & Union Station, and Don Felder of the Eagles.

For local musical presentations, community concert series like "Arts on Tour" bring everything from music to acrobats and dancers to the College of Southern Idaho. And there are more local arts organizations, too.

Carolyn White, Program Director of the Magic Valley Arts Council, says, "The Magic Valley Chorale, the Magic Valley Symphony, JuMP Company, Dilletantes, Magic Valley School for Performing Arts, the Twin Falls Municipal Band."

There's also Twin Falls Tonight's downtown summer concert series and "Jazz in the Canyon," as well as the College of Southern Idaho 's extensive music program.

Coming up at Diamondz, Royal Bliss and Half the World will be playing on Saturday, February 23rd. The Pat Travers Band may be coming in April, and 1980's glam metal band Trixter is scheduled to play Diamondz in August of this year.

You can buy tickets for any of these events at jerometickets.com .

Feb. 7, 2013.

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