Music’s Ultimate Intimate Setting


By Christy Stansell

If you love live music and concerts but you hate the throbbing ears and headache you endure for hours afterwards, you will be beyond thrilled with this announcement:  There’s a new entertainment experience in town.  Introducing Andy Byron’s Americana Music Series in the Sapphire Room.

Both the performer and listener will tell you, there is no place like it for enjoying a big show in a small venue.  Forget the nosebleed section!  When you take your seat, you’ll feel like you’re in the front row, no matter where you sit.  There’s not a bad seat in the house when it comes to seeing and hearing the show, because you can hear every word and see every expression.  The caliber of musicians who take the stage are worthy of a grandstand, but they choose to sing in the Sapphire Room because of its incredible intimacy with the audience.  You can’t get that – or a nice meal and cocktail – at an arena.

The creation of this new concert concept is a wild story.  Just last fall, singer-songwriter Andy Byron was visiting with his long-time friend and music superstar, Michael Martin Murphey, who was passing through town.  He and Murphey (of “Wildfire” fame) put together a couple of impromptu performances that sold out in the Sapphire Room at The Riverside Hotel in Boise.  After the short-notice success, Murphey suggested Byron book more acts at that venue and call it Andy Byron’s Americana Music Series — and so the vision has come to life.

Check out  who will share their talents in the near future:

  • Suzy Bogguss, Country Singer, known for, “Someday Soon” and “Outbound Plane”  – February 26 & 27
  • Michael Johnson, Country Singer/Soft-Rocker, known for “Bluer Than Blue” and “This Night Won’t Last Forever” – March 12
  • Solas, Irish-American group with a tinge of country –  April 1 & 2
  • Karla Bonoff, Singer-songwriter, known for “Personally” and who wrote Bonnie Raitt’s “Home” and Linda Ronstadt’s “Someone to Lay Down Beside Me” – April 9 & 10

Byron’s Americana Music Series in the Sapphire Room will continue to bring big names in country, acoustic, jazz, blues, folk, and a variety of alternative genres that will satisfy your craving for real music, yet at the same time leave you wanting more.  This acoustically superior venue is a fabulous way for nationally touring artists to showcase their craft for an audience who appreciates the intricacies of a live performance.

For venue details, tickets, dates, times and future series performers, visit

You can also get breaking news on new acts and interact with the creator of the series by liking “Andy Byron’s Americana Music Series” on Facebook.   See you soon in the Sapphire Room!