Who we are, what we do, and where we're going

About

After touring nationally with her band Hillfolk Noir and having the opportunity to travel to Austin, Texas, in the spring of 2008 for SXSW, Ali Ward decided that it was due time for a local music collective in Boise.  Geographically, Boise has some challenges – being the most isolated city of its size in the Lower 48 makes careers for our resident professional musicians particularly difficult, because it is not all that easy to travel and play in a wide variety of communities or big cities on a regular basis or “circuit”.  Therefore, our city needed a self-sustaining local music scene if we wanted our musicians to be able to live here and sustain themselves and their families.  In addition, it was time to change our reputation that, at that time, was often communicated among local musicians as well as to touring bands — that Boise was not a music town.  This was simply not true, and Ali felt that it would be a great time to make some changes in our attitudes and the accessibility of music in our community.

Go Listen Boise was formed under the basic premises of generating support and fostering communication between Boise-area musicians, listeners, event planners, and venue owners. Through talking with one another and brainstorming, we identified some of the barriers and issues we were having as an arts community.  In the years to follow, Go Listen Boise began experimenting with hosting special events, presenting shows, and coordinating live music on behalf of other organizations.  Soon after these experiments started came the creation of a website that contains, among other things, a local music calendar and a comprehensive database of active local bands and venue booking information.  After 4 years of establishing partnerships throughout town, the simultaneous and symbiotic creation of Radio Boise, and the many live music events planned and supported by others, it is possible to discern a positive change in our local musical fabric.

The time and honesty with which the committee members have helped mold those initial ideas into action is incredible, and Go Listen Boise will continue to help create a more prosperous, self-sustaining, infectiously positive local music scene in the Boise area for many years to come.  This group has a fiery energy that has been embraced and appreciated by countless people and organizations, working collaboratively with other engaged individuals and businesses to create access to higher quality shows; a more sustainable lifestyle for musicians; better engagement with event planners, venue owners, and promoters; and increased attendance and enthusiasm at shows from the general public.  In the spirit of amplifying our local music scene, “Go Ahead, Get an Earful!”

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President
Stephanie Coyle

Stephanie Coyle

Stephanie Coyle

Stephanie Coyle

President

Stephanie Coyle is an original steering committee member of Go Listen Boise since its conception in 2009. Given that music and community are two of her biggest passions, it makes sense that she leads Go Listen Boise with heart and commitment. In addition to running a busy household of 5, and a successful business as a hairstylist, Stephanie can be seen and heard advocating for local organizations such as Record Exchange and Boise Rock School, and various non-profits. She also gives countless hours to Radio Boise, primarily as a programmer of Mothers Ruin, and as Director of Festival Hospitality for Treefort Music Fest. With an inexhaustible amount of enthusiasm, she strives to strengthen the cohesiveness and vibrancy that the Boise music scene, and community overall, has come to exhibit. With a tremendous amount of pride, she thanks everyone from the bottom of her heart, that has supported her in this mission.

Vice Pres
Ali Ward

Ali Ward

Ali Ward

Ali Ward

Vice Pres

Ali Ward has lived in Boise, ID for the nearly 20 years and at some point in her early 20’s decided to be a singer-songwriter.  Music has been a significant cornerstone of her life from that point forward. Currently, her musical outlet is the band, Hillfolk Noir, the founders of “Junkerdash.”  In her career-life she is a science teacher at Boise High, and she is also the proud mother of three.  As the founder of Go Listen Boise in 2009, she is incredibly humbled by this passionate group of volunteers, and how they have patiently worked and collaborated with many to bring positive change to our musical culture in Boise.

Treasurer
Elizabeth Orcutt

Elizabeth Orcutt

Elizabeth Orcutt

Elizabeth Orcutt

Treasurer

After growing up in Boise and attending the University of Idaho, Elizabeth left to travel the world but soon returned to the only place she could call home, beloved Idaho.   After working in radio at KUOI 89.3 FM and KSAS 103.3 FM, she found a home for her love of local music at KRBX 89.9FM Radio Boise.  There she exposed Boise’s airwaves to many talented local musicians and became involved with Go Listen Boise in 2010 as a result.  Elizabeth is extremely passionate about helping local musicians be heard and valued in the Treasure Valley, and is so grateful to work with incredible team members at Go Listen Boise who share her passion.  She is having a blast raising her son in the wonderful city of  Boise and also enjoys working for Treefort Music Fest, operating her DJ/MC business, attending Boise State, coaching little league t-ball and distance running.

Secretary
Erica Sparlin Dryden

Erica Sparlin Dryden

Erica Sparlin Dryden

Erica Sparlin Dryden

Secretary

Erica Sparlin Dryden is a photographer, artist, dancer, music appreciator, community supporter, wife, friend, mother, lover of creativity and a good time. Co-founder of Bandwagon PR and Photography, Erica creates and curates meaningful communications for clients, manages events and makes connections. Her experience playing with, photographing and marketing musicians provides Go Listen Boise with a beneficial perspective for fostering and amplifying the local music scene. Born in the west, raised in the east and made from stardust.

http://www.ericasparlindryden.com

Graphic Design & Website Management
Patrick Pfeifer

Patrick Pfeifer

Patrick Pfeifer

Patrick Pfeifer

Graphic Design & Website Management

Patrick Pfeifer brings a combination of his marketing talent and musical background to Go Listen Boise.  Patrick is a well seasoned entrepreneur and has been in the graphic design, printing and online web and media business for over twenty five years.  His business talent combined with his love of music is a perfect match for Go Listen Boise.  He performed throughout college at the University of Idaho which literally paid for his education and bachelors degree.  After taking nearly 20 years off from the world of musicianship, Patrick moved back to Idaho in 2005, and has rediscovered the joy of performing and constantly bettering his craft as a guitarist.  Patrick brings to GLB a perspective of being in a local cover band, The Retreads, as well as being in other projects on the original and independent side of the music world.

Graphic Design & Web Development
Dustin Jones

Dustin Jones

Dustin Jones

Dustin Jones

Graphic Design & Web Development

Dustin started his first band at the age of 15 and soon after became obsessed with cultivating a healthy and prosperous local music scene. Growing up in Twin Falls, ID, Dustin started a multimedia comedy production company with Wes Malvini called Evil Wine that continues to promote a creative and flourishing community of creative people. When not building websites or creating irreverent comedy on the Evil Wine Show, Dustin plays in local Boise bands The Hand, Storie Grubb & The Holy Wars, Sneezzbole, GD&J, Associates, and Crowbath as well as the Grammy Award nominated Punk Rock Puppet Show, Green Jello (Green Jelly).

Event Listings Manager
Shayne Waggoner

Shayne Waggoner

Shayne Waggoner

Shayne Waggoner

Event Listings Manager

Shayne Waggoner, owner of Red Amp Productions and bassist for the SweetTarts , was born in Louisiana to the Breaux family. The Breaux family consists of the famous Cajun musicians; Amedee Breaux, Ophy Breaux and Cleoma Breaux-Falcon. Later lived in California where MTV was discovered and after seeing  “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver” by Primus, decided to be a bass player. Music has been an essential part of her life since birth and has enjoyed being an advocate for the music community through Go Listen Boise.