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Opera, meet Rock ‘N Roll: The Well Suited to present radical new genre of music

The Well Suited is set to present Boise with a 14-part rock opera story.

A whole new style of music is going to hit Boise this Hallow’s Eve at the Bouquet.

The Well Suited, a local nine-member band composed of Boise State students and members of the Boise Philharmonic, will present “The Story of James Douglas.”

It’s a Rock Opera, written by the band members themselves. Tom Kershaw, local Boise State sophomore majoring in mass communication-journalism, and Brenton Viertel, a member of the Boise Philharmonic who specializes in upright bass and vocals, are the two frontmen for the band.

“If you like art rock like David Bowie or Radiohead, this is right down your alley,” Viertel said.

“The Story of James Douglas,” which will be opened by Junior Rocket Scientist, is composed of 14 parts, including seven narrative readings and seven songs. The readings, voiced by Kershaw, who plays the guitar and does vocals, come from a book of the same title, “The Story of James Douglas.” There will also be black-and-white photographs projected for audience members to see during each of the 14 segments, done by local photographer Dominique Svamberk. To add to the overall ambiance of the presentation, the band will also be dressed in their own unique fashion styles.

“It is the whole package,” said Svamberk, the contributing photographer. “With art, music and some written art as well.”

The story is about an ordinary Englishman whose girlfriend cheats on him. He gets drunk and disappears from reality for a few days. When he returns to the real world, he finds that everyone is gone. The world is being taken over by creatures and he is left with the responsibility of saving the world.

“It’s really ambitious,” Kershaw said. “I don’t think there is any band in town that does this kind of instrumentation. I think we are all fairly well-educated and experienced musicians. We take it seriously and I think it is just going to be a good show.”


Members of Well Suited (in random order)

*Tom Kershaw (guitar, vocals)

*Pete Thomas (keyboard)

*Chris Cullinan (drums, vocals)

*Molly McCallum (violin)

*Brenton Viertel (bass, vocals)

*Savannah Seaman (violin)

*Amy Tompkins (viola)

*Stephen Mathie (cello)

*Jeffrey Barker (flute)


The Story of James Douglas

When: Oct. 30

Where: The Bouquet, 1010 West Main St. Boise, ID 83702

Time: Show starts 8 p.m.

Cost: $2 at the door

*Show is only available to audience members 21 and older.