The Crux, located on Main street in downtown Boise has become a hub for small touring bands and local acts to gather every night of the week. It’s a great place for music fans to relax and enjoy a beer, wine or a steaming cup of coffee. It is a college student’s dream hangout. The only thing missing is all the college students.
Boise’s music scene has changed drastically in the last few years.
“With The Crux, it feels like there’s a lot more shows for all ages. I used to go to shows when I was in college, but they’d be at the Knitting Factory and stuff — more expensive shows,” said Sara Peyton a staff member at Duck Club Presents, a local promotion outlet.
Almost every day of the week The Crux busts out a show. The style of music varies with each lineup.
“You can see touring artists almost every day of the week. It’s crazy. It’s super cheap, too. Some of it is only donation based,” said Tygan Meyer, staff member at Duck Club Presents. “Bands are pretty willing — since Idaho is pretty sparse — when they come through on tour to stop and play for the sake of playing.”
Duck Club Presents tries to get bands to come through Idaho and play a show on their way to other states.
“The Crux has been around for two years, I think they opened right before Treefort 2012,” said Meyer.
The Crux has proved to be an amazing hangout for those who’ve already checked it out.
“The Crux coffee shop? I’ve heard of it, I just haven’t been there yet,” said sophomore criminal justice major, Jasmine Birk.
The ages of concertgoers varies from show to show, but you can usually expect to run into people ages 18 and older. If a younger band is playing, they’ll invite their friends from school.
“The bands are diverse, too. There’s no certain kind of music played at The Crux,” said Peyton. “There’s a lot of hardcore stuff, indie, indie-punk, rock, folk — there’s even been a few rap shows.”
Every Monday, there is an open mic night at The Crux for those Boiseans who dare try their luck. There’s usually a free concert afterwards, too.
“I’ve always heard great things about (The Crux). I want to try and make it down for a show and for an open mic night sometime,” said freshman athletic training major, Austin Nielsen