Half-Gig Sessions

stock-illustration-19542328-punk-rock-cropped.jpgAttention Local Musicians!

Boise Public Library is launching a new series called Half-Gig Sessions, inspired by NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series. Over the past several months, we worked with local musicians to record seven performances. You can find them on the Library's YouTube channel, and we'll be promoting them via our website and social media channels.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of music was the Library looking for?

We looked for acts of one or two people with minimal equipment. We hoped to feature a variety of styles and approaches, including rock, classical, rap, R&B, folk, and everything in between.

What went on during the recordings?

We met with the musicians and took them up to the Main Library’s fourth-floor recording studio. The musicians set up their equipment, and we did a quick test to make sure everything was working. We recorded both audio and video while the musicians played for 15-45 minutes.

What were the selection criteria?

We looked for solid performances by musicians (18 and over) who were comfortable playing in front of a camera. Originality, musical skill, and stage-readiness were all pluses.

Who decided?

A panel of four: two employees from the Boise Public Library, a representative from Go Listen Boise, and an under-21 representative who’s active in Boise’s music scene.

What does it mean if I wasn't chosen?

It means it’s very hard to choose a small handful of applicants out of a large pool of talent! We'd love to continue working with local musicians, and we hope you'll keep an eye on our website and social media pages for information about future music-related projects.

Contact Us

Phone: (208) 972-8200
Telecirc: (208) 384-4450
TTY: 1-800-377-3529

Director: Kevin Booe

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