Infamous Stringdusters to help clean up Boise River

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Yo, Barenaked Ladies: Time to step up your game.

The Canadian pop-rock band famously likes to float the Boise River whenever it visits the Treasure Valley, but Virginia bluegrass-rockers the Infamous Stringdusters are upping the ante. That group plans to float the river and pick up trash before its concert Wednesday night at the Knitting Factory.

Here’s the press release from Idaho Rivers United:

When:  Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 12pm-4pm
Where: Barber Park put-in to Ann Morrison Park take-out

Drifting down the Boise River on a sunny Saturday afternoon, tubers might notice light glinting off aluminum cans, deflated rafts caught in branches, or coke bottles swirling around eddies. With the help of Idaho Rivers United, popular bluegrass band the Infamous Stringdusters plans to do something about this.
The staff of Idaho Rivers United will take the five-person band from Charlottesville, VA, down the Boise River in rafts, armed with trash bags.  They’ll pick up trash along the popular floater stretch from Barber Park to Ann Morrison on August 7.
The band will be cleaned up and playing at the Knitting Factory Concert House by 9pm Wednesday night.
The Infamous Stringdusters are currently on their American Rivers Tour, where a percentage of their ticket sales go to American Rivers, a national non-profit conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring America’s rivers.
Idaho Rivers United is the state’s largest non-profit river conservation group with 3,500 members statewide.When Winter Wildlands Alliance heard about the float, they too decided to jump in on the clean-up effort.  Between IRU, WWA, the Stringdusters, and other volunteers, at least 20 people will turn out on Wednesday afternoon to pick up trash along the Boise River.

Unfamiliar with the Stringdusters? Check out this video of the band covering the Police:

Michael Deeds is the Idaho Statesman’s entertainment columnist and Scene magazine editor. His column runs Fridays and Sundays. He appears on the 6 p.m. broadcast of "Today's 6 News" on Thursdays and hosts a music show, "The Other Studio," from 9-10 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.

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