Concert showcases Boise rock ‘n’ roll talent

Marshall Poole

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Editor’s note: This story was not published in Go! magazine’s print version because the original concert venue had to cancel. After Go! was printed, a new venue was found. The details shown here are updated and accurate.

LA GRANDE — Marshall Poole (pictured above) has played eight music festivals in just over five years, and the four-piece rock band from Boise, Idaho, doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

The band, which will be adding a ninth festival to its list of achievements next month, has become adept at time management.

“It’s been a challenge to juggle our schedules, especially because (three) of us are (Boise State University) students,” Melanie Radford said. “We are full-time students and we have jobs in the daytime, so we have to dedicate our evenings to practicing.”

Fortunately, Radford, Michael Hoobery and Rider Soran all live together, and they can practice in their basement.

“It helps to be in close quarters together,” Radford said. “First, because we’re like family, and because we can really get things done and explore our creativity.”

Radford said percussionist Hoobery and vocalist and lead guitarist Soran have played music together since they were kids. She met them at a jazz camp, and when they were looking to form a band, she joined as bass player. Not long after, keyboardist Seth Graham joined.

“We just thought he was the missing link,” Radford said.

The group describes its sound as “quirky and contemplative rock ’n’ roll.” The band’s most recent album, for instance, was created out of “discontent,” Radford said.

“We were all a bit discontented with society and where we were in our lives, so that album was a bit of a negative commentary,” she said. “The one we’re working on right now is not like that. We just don’t feel the same way right now.”

Radford said Marshall Poole has played in La Grande before, and they’re eager to come back to town.

“The community really comes out to support music,” she said. “You might not expect that from a small town, but it’s true.”

Marshall Poole will join Gipsy Moonrise and Lucid Aisle for a Boise Rock ’n’ Roll Showcase in La Grande.

Radford said the three bands will provide the audience with a sampling of Boise’s rock ’n’ roll scene.

The show starts at 8 p.m. March 17 at the home of local musician Gregory Rawlins, 1306 8th St., La Grande. Rawlins said it is a private party, but the public is invited. All ages are welcome.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and there is a suggested donation of $5, which will go toward the touring bands.

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