Call of the Wild

Whether you know the members of Phantazmagoria or not you have probably seen them around the Boise valley performing for various projects or gigs.  But what sets Phantazmagoria apart is that these funk/jazz/soul musicians have come together to create Boise’s very own 12-piece big band.  Aside from their live performances there are some unique accomplishments within the group.

Rob Walker can be heard playing “Call To The Post” on NBC’s coverage of horse racing’s Triple Crow.  Walker has also been heard in 11 major motion pictures as well as 35 network televisions shows.

Ken Harris is one of the local blues legends that people talk about but may not know his name.  He was behind a venue that is now just a piece of Boise’s music history.  Harris was one of the individuals to help start the Blues Bouquet.  Famous for their “Bucket of Blues” the building remains without much success to new ventures moving in.

Jon Bonine began his professional musical career in Los Angeles, where he enjoyed 20 years of performing as a featured trombonist in concerts with artists including everyone from The Temptations, Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Burt Bacharach & Dionne Warwick, The Who, Boyz to Men, Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls, The O’Jays, The Commodores, Harry Connick Jr., Luther Vandross and Whitney Houston. Jon also enjoyed his orchestra work with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Beverly Hills Symphony and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Television was a fun and lucrative way to use his talents and he played on shows such as The Commish, Murder She Wrote, Magnum P.I., Walker Texas Ranger and The American Music Awards. Film work included An Officer and a Gentleman, Divine Madness [Bette Midler LIve] and Hunt for Red October.

Troy Oppie has had the opportunity to play around the world in part of an invention at an early age.  He invented special coat-tail gripping gloves.  The success allowed him to be able to play on stage at Lincoln Center in NYC, the Montreaux Jazz Festival (Switzerland) and North Sea Jazz festival (Netherlands) among many others.

Members include:

Rodney Zuroveste – Alto Saxophone

Rob Walker – Trumpet

Mike Trail – Guitar

Scott Reusser – Drums

Kent Persons – Vocals, Percussion

Troy Oppie – Trombone

Sandon Mayhew – Baritone saxophone

Christian Koppenhafer – Lead vocalist

Jim Kloss – Trumpet

Dean Jennings – Tenor saxophone

Ken Harris – Keys

Jon Bonine – Bass

The super group released “Call of the Wild” online this year and plans on playing festivals next year.  In the meantime they are booking for private events or local fundraisers.  Along with originals they also play songs such as “Boogie On Reggae Woman” – Stevie Wonder, “Late In the Evening” – Paul Simon, “Celebration” – Kool and the Gang, “Have I told you Lately” – Van Morrison, “Smooth” – Rob Thomas and Santana.


Take a Bite in the News

courtesy: Patrick Sweeney
courtesy: Patrick Sweeney

Still yet to be discovered by a bigger scene in the local community; Uintahs isn’t new they were just hiding out and recording an album.  After releasing their album “Parts” they relocated to Boise, ID from their hometown in Emmett, ID, found a new practice space and were asked for an interview with Boise Weekly.

Read the full article here: Boise Weekly

Uintahs’ sound as “moody and spacey like Morphine,Jason Ringelstetter, co-owner of Tonic Room Studios

Parts is a nice compliment to the fall season; the singer’s voice and the album’s overall warm production are akin to a nice heavy blanket for your ears.- Matt Hopper, musician

The members of Uintahs may not be able to define their sound or agree on the genre but we can say according to their management Defendu who encourages the roster to work with multiple genres there is some punk rock influence on the album but very subtle.   Recorded and produced by lead/frontman Marcus Youngberg the album was mastered at Bill Stevenson’s studio- The Blasting Room in Ft. Collins, CO.  Marcus is also featured on compilation album to be released by Defendu in 2014 with frontman Michael Amend from CatsMelvin(NE).

Enter to win Uintah’s new album “Parts”

Final Album Cover

There has been a long anticipation for Uintah’s to release music.  After spending a year to record, produce and create album artwork they have released “Parts” as their first album with Defendu.  We are giving fans an opportunity to win a copy of the album by helping get the word out.  How?

It’s easy:

1.)  “Like” our ORRiginal Promotions Facebook Fan Page

2.) If you already “like” our page and/or want 3 MORE entries to win, “invite” your friends to like the page.  For every friend you invite that “likes” the page you will get 3 more entries.

Follow this link to enter: I want “Parts”

How are winners selected?

Contest ends September 30th, 2013. A random winner will be selected and announced on our Facebook page October 1st, 2013.  The more entries you have the greater your chances are to win.  Who knows if you have a ridiculous amount of entries we might just throw something extra in just for you…

Electric New Year’s Eve




An all-ages New Year’s Eve celebrating the release of Darian Renee’s new album “Only the Beginning”, The Getaway Car’s new single “Holes” and the debut of Boise’s supergroup Freedom Machine(members of Black Bolt, Demoni and Gernika).





Marshall Poole- punk/surf/metal

Jimmy Sinn- folk/punk

Demoni Surfing to Tour


A lot is happening for Boise’s very own psychobilly/surf/punk band Demoni in the last 6 months including recording, tour planning and expanding their distribution.  They have recently signed a record deal with 1332 Records to release their next album dedicated to surf with influence from The Ventures.  The official album release date has yet to be announced.

Demoni7In January, Demoni will join other Defendu artists including Nebraska based band Catsmelvin and Glimpse Trio from Oakland, CA on tour. The three bands will be promoting the release of their new music including Catsmelvin’s first album after their “Wrong Side”  release with Rock Band 3.  Glimpse Trio is currently finishing up their sophmore album with the help of Grammy Award Winning engineers Oz Fritz(Tom Waits, Primus) and Doug Sax(The Who, Pink Floyd, The Eagles, Kenny Rogers, Barbara Streisand, Neil Diamond, Earth , Wind and Fire, Anita Baker, The Rolling Stones).

Defendu presents: Cabin Fever Tour 2013

January 26th- 8pm

The Shredder in Boise, ID.


The Bare Bones



Glimpse Trio

For more information on Demoni check out their website.