Saturday Music Line Up
Sunday Music Line Up
2019 Music Festival Performers
With one foot in traditional country music and another exploring new sonic frontiers, Doug Armento and the Iron Mules are steadily breaking trail with their own gritty brand of what many would label “Outlaw Country”. What originally started out as a father/son duo has quickly morphed into a hard-driving, alternative country band. Bassist, Dane Snow, and veteran drummer, Todd Sprague, have brought their own unique talents to the band, providing a solid rhythm section and excellent backing vocals.
Frontman, Doug Armento, along with his sideman son, Doug Armento Jr., on lead guitar, bring a very dynamic and powerful chemistry to the stage. Doug Sr’s bold, “old school” country vocal style, coupled with Doug Jr’s highly innovative country/rock/blues guitar licks are a combination that give this band their own distinct sound. Doug Sr. says, “ This music has been tattooed deep into my DNA over the years and my son ended up with a double shot of it. He puts his own, unique guitar signature over the top of what I do and there’s a certain magic that happens. There’s nothing more rewarding than working out that chemistry on stage and sharing it with the audience.”
As a performing songwriter, Doug Armento takes his craft seriously. “I grew up in one of the best time periods of Country music. I cut my musical teeth on all the greats; Waylon, Willie, Hank, Merle and Johnny. I watched them perform many times back in the day. There’s no doubt they had a huge musical influence on me. We cover a lot of the classics at our shows and breathe new life into them, but we also have lots of our own material. I’ve been blessed with a burning desire to constantly create, so new music is rolling out all the time. I love to connect with our listeners, share my life stories and expose my soul through song. Having my band firing on all cylinders and making that connection with people is really all I want”.
Doug Armento and the Iron Mules are set to release their debut album in the spring of 2019, sporting thirteen original tunes. Many of the tracks have regional themes including “Salmon River Caveman”, “Mountains of Idaho”, “Damn Desert Town” and “Montello Rose”. One of Doug’s newest compositions, “58 GMC”, is a song about bonding with his youngest son while building a classic truck (which is proudly featured in the band photo). The band can be seen performing regularly at several local Treasure Valley venues such as Pengilly’s Saloon, The Ranch Club and Indian Creek Steakhouse/Saloon.
Melodic, rhythmically diverse,
Rock, high energy, Americana/Roots/ hint of Gypsy Jazz
Michaela French, musician, singer/songwriter
A musician, potter, soap maker, herbalist, chicken wrangler, explorer. Michaela has been playing music for a living over the past thirty years. Her music, both as a song writer and player inspire participation in cultural expression. Originally from Switzerland, residing in he US since 1994 she has played venues all over the Southern Idaho area over the past 15 years. In the Nineties she traveled throughout Europe and the US playing on the streets and in cafes both as a solo performer and in a duo/trio band setting. Recently she had the great honor of opening for Chuck Pyle at his last Boise show.
Traditional early country music and cowboy songs, along w/ high energy barn dance tunes and some hokum rags and vintage Western swing numbers here and there too!
Singer/songwriter from Salmon, Idaho. Playing western / Americana and Cowboy Tunes for anyone that wants to hear'em.
Kit & Sherry
Acoustic * Rhythm * Harmony
Kit and Sherry have been playing music together in a jam group for about 10 years. A couple of years
ago, we branched out to play music around town. We play a variety of music – country, rock, folk –
good music comes in all forms. Our motto is just play fun stuff – which could be Merle Haggard or Tom
Petty, Paul Simon or The Grateful Dead, The Eagles or Willie Nelson.
Music has been a big part of our lives. Kit has been playing guitar since he was 14 and played drums
before that. Sherry started playing piano at the age of 6, started playing flute in school band class, and
started playing guitar 11 years ago.