Following a triumphant opening season of music, drama, film festivals and more, Ketchum’s new Argyros Performing Arts Center has started turning its attention to the warmer summer months.
With no better way to usher in summer than with some raucous, dance-inspiring music, the Argyros has enlisted the talents of Seattle’s up-and-coming new alt-rock force Gypsy Temple.
Self-styled as the second coming of the alt-rock subgenre, Gypsy Temple aims to breathe energetic new life into this popular, but static, musical form, emerging with a sound—as a reviewer for Atwood Magazine said—both “charming and impassioned.”
The band minted a couple of well-reviewed EPs and garnered a devout following on the bustling Seattle music scene. This is a city that produced Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, and several of Gypsy Temple’s early critics have drawn favorable comparisons between the new rockers and their predecessors. Gypsy Temple has even opened shows for Pearl Jam, clearly catching the right kinds of attention.
May 17, just one day before the show at the Argyros, will see the release of Gypsy Temple’s first full-length album, “King Youngblood.”
“‘King Youngblood’ is about putting the world on notice that there is an army of dedicated, intelligent, progressive young people coming up,” said Gypsy Temple front man, lead singer and guitarist Cameron Miles Lavi-Jones said. “We are here to dial this [expletive] back.”
The tracks on “King Youngblood” synthesize Gypsy Temple’s unambiguous social commentary and their determination to inspire young people to enact change.
“All of us, the band and the team behind us, are extremely conscious of issues of race and culture,” Lavi-Jones said.
But their songs are as much about achieving musical excellence as they are about encouraging activism.
“Cameron Lavi-Jones offers the best vocals and lyrics of the year,” said Phillip Peterson, the album’s producer. “Paced like the ideal novel, ‘King Youngblood’ folds out in multi-levels inside itself, of revelation, confession and musical extrapolation.”
Politics aside, the four-piece band displays a rollicking command of their music and an infectious onstage energy.
For the Argyros, Gypsy Temple will bring something completely different: their first general-admission, all-ages, standing-room concert. The versatile venue will fold its bleacher-style seating into the back wall, freeing up a wide area ideal for a dancefloor.
Boise-based band St. Terrible will open the show. The experimental folk rock group most recently released “Emptiness and Other Such Places” in April 2018, a follow-up to 2016’s popular LP “The Gospel of Nothingness.”
The concert kicks off at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. Tickets can be purchased online for $10 or at the door night-of for $15. The Argyros Performing Arts Center is at 120 Main St. S. in Ketchum.