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Idaho Ho Ho: Celebrate the Holidays

Moxie Java, in collaboration with The Idaho Foodbank, is pleased to announce the release of the seventh-anniversary album in its annual Idaho Ho Ho: Celebrate the Holidays with Idaho’s Best Musicians series. Over the past seven years, over 100 recording artists with Idaho ties have participated in the Idaho Ho Ho recordings, with local musician Steve Fulton serving as producer throughout the series. The album has topped the best-seller list at Boise’s The Record Exchange each of the last six years.

As in the past, the album serves up a uniquely Idahoan take on Christmas music, showcases established and upcoming local musicians, covers a variety of musical genres, and includes both original holiday songs and unique ‘covers’ of holiday favorites. The 2016 album once again also celebrates Idaho’s visual arts community. This year’s cover art is by renowned Idaho artist Ward Hooper.

Since 2010, the Idaho Ho Ho program has generated funds which have enabled The Idaho Foodbank to provide the food for the equivalent of nearly 200,000 meals to Idahoans in need throughout the state. “For seven years, Moxie Java has been synonymous with the holidays and the efforts to solve hunger in our communities,” said Karen Vauk, President and CEO of The Idaho Foodbank. “Buying this album will no doubt bring holiday cheer to not only those who buy it, but also the thousands in need in our state.”

Ken Stokes, president of Moxie Java, commented “Moxie Java has always been committed to celebrating what is unique in the Idaho experience, and there are few initiatives that are as near and dear to us as a company as our long-time collaboration with Idaho musicians and The Idaho Foodbank. We at Moxie Java once again would like to thank the many musicians, artists, individuals and businesses who generously donated their time and talents to this very worthy cause, and, of course, we offer our sincere gratitude to the residents of Idaho for their continued and enthusiastic support of this program and The Idaho Foodbank.”

CD’s will be on sale at The Idaho Foodbank’s Annual Empty Bowls event at Boise’s newly reopened Grove Plaza on Black Friday, November Nov. 25, as well as at participating Moxie Java locations, and The Record Exchange from Nov. 25 through Dec. 31.

Musicians and Titles:

Emily Stanton Tonight’s Gonna Be Alright
Korby Lenker Christmas Rain
Steve Fulton First Fall of Snow
Pat Folkner In Love with Mrs. Santa Claus
Ben N. Fletcher Stuck On a Plane
Music Box Band I Go High
Fool Squad Fools Parade
The Divas of Boise Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Todd Sprague On Christmas Day
Michaela French Some Kind of Light
Afrosonics Sonic Night
Davey Jones and Spiders from Bars Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy
Popsicle Ave Maria (Schubert)

Idaho Ho Ho Concerts

Live performances of songs from this year’s Idaho Ho Ho album will be featured in two holiday concerts in the Boise area:

Thursday December 1, 6- 7 PM
First Thursday
Boise: The Record Exchange

In celebration of the seventh installment of the popular Idaho Ho Ho holiday benefit CD series, musicians from this year’s album will perform mini-sets on The Record Exchange stage as a preview of the Idaho Ho Ho Benefit Concert Dec. 3 at Visual Arts Collective. Idaho Ho Ho CDs will be available for purchase at the event. Proceeds from sales of the CDs benefit The Idaho Foodbank. Scheduled performers include SFM-Steve Fulton Music, Davey Jones and the Spiders from Bars and The Divas of Boise.

Saturday December 3, 7-10 PM
Visual Arts Collective
3638 Osage Street, Garden City

We are celebrating Idaho Ho Ho’s seventh album with a holiday concert chalked full of Idaho’s finest musicians that is sure to warm your heart and rock your soul. All proceeds will benefit The Idaho Foodbank. Tim Johnstone will be your host for the evening, Franz Witte Landscaping will be decking the halls into a winter wonderland and The Record Exchange will be on hand to send you home with as many CD’s as you would like. This one of a kind Christmas show is sure to start your season off right!

Moxie Java

Established in 1988, Moxie Java is Idaho’s oldest and largest chain of coffeehouses in Idaho. As part of the company’s mission to celebrate the Idaho lifestyle and Idaho communities, Moxie Java has been committed to supporting Idaho charities; in addition to The Idaho Foodbank, the company has supported numerous local charitable organizations including the Boys and Girls Clubs, St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, Idaho Special Olympics, Make-a-Wish Idaho, and Susan G. Komen, to name a few.

The Idaho Foodbank

The Idaho Foodbank is an independent, donor-supported, non-profit organization founded in 1984, and is the largest distributor of free food assistance in Idaho. From warehouses in Boise, Lewiston and Pocatello, The Idaho Foodbank has distributed more than 16 million pounds of food to Idaho families in the past year through a network of more than 230 community-based partners. These include rescue missions, church pantries, emergency shelters and community kitchens. The Idaho Foodbank also operates direct-service programs that promote healthy families and communities through good nutrition.

About the Musicians

Afrosonics has chosen the universal language of music to bring people with diverse musical influences together in the creation of an original music style. Audiences experience new vibes through a fusion of guitars, drums, percussion, keyboards, electronic soundscapes, vocals, dance and chants. Although most of the rhythms are of African and American origin, it’s tough to put a label on their sound. Afrosonics incorporates music from all over the world and the root of each member intermingles to create something both classic and unique. In addition to their own music, the group draws an influence from other musical genres i.e. South American, The Caribbean, Funk, Southern American Jazz, Blues, Rock and others that capture the true essence of the African, American or Universal spirit.

The members of the group have come to Boise from different points on the African and American maps, each with a deep respect for their heritage and a special contribution from their respective culture. Since their inception in the summer of 2013, Afrosonics has performed at venues such as the Treefort Fest, World Refugee Day, Art in the Park, Boise 150th Celebration, Hyde Park Street Fair Festival and other social gatherings. Their eclectic blend of influences will surly help others appreciate the rich tapestry of world culture through the magic of music.

Ben N Fletcher is an Idaho singer songwriter bringing you the traditional and the tuneful. He took being asked to be on Idaho ho ho as a challenge and the result is a fantastic Ben N Fletcher original tune.

Davey Jones and The Spiders from Bars The Bowie project was meant as a “one-off,” said Tyler Walker, a “musician’s challenge among friends.” The band learned 15 Bowie songs over a couple months and played one show at Neurolux the day after Thanksgiving, 2015. The being called upon unexpectedly to play The Record Exchange’s in-store David Bowie tribute. Walker plays guitar in Davey Jones and the Spiders from Bars (David Jones was Bowie’s real name. Spiders from Mars was one of Bowie’s backup bands from the early 70s). The other band members all play in other Boise bands, including Lounge on Fire and Buckskin Bible Review.

Hearing Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel” as a kid was the inspiration that made Walker want to pick up a guitar, he said. When Bowie died, people sent condolences, “like a family member had died.”

When the band first got together last summer to start rehearsing, members made a list of “must play” Bowie songs. That initial list would have filled more than two hours. Band members managed to distill the playlist down to about 40 minutes for The Record Exchange show, a mix of classics, but also a few surprises, said Walker. They got together again when asked to play David Bowie and Bing Crosby’s iconic Christmas song for Idaho Ho Ho. They will also be joining the lineup for Idaho Ho Ho’s in store at The Record Exchange on 12/1 and The Idaho Ho Ho Benefit concert at The Visual Arts Collective on 12/3.

The Divas of Boise are a group of talented female singers/musicians started by Rocci Johnson in the mid-90s to showcase their skills and lend a helping hand where they think it will be most beneficial. This time, Idaho ho ho has the luck of their generosity. The Divas appearing on Idaho ho ho are: Rocci Johnson, Mary Magill, Kathy Miller, Dana Oland, Debbie Sager, Rebecca Scott, Margret Stigers & Sirah Storm.

Emily StantonWait to you hear this girl’s voice.” This seems to be the common mantra heard after seeing this show and club owners agree. Emily is now filling a niche in the Boise music scene which has had a long-standing gap in the soul/r&b genres. Backed by a band of some of the finest musicians in the Northwest, this is a show you’ll want to experience!

Emily is an American soul/R&B vocalist, composer, lyricist and performer. Born in Boise, Idaho, she first became interested in music at an early age singing/playing the violin at age 6. Growing up, Stanton sang in choirs and played multiple instruments. At age 16, Emily was offered a job in a local cover band playing bars/clubs. “I remember having to take my breaks outside because I wasn’t old enough to stay in the bar.” Her fascination with live music just grew. “I’m so grateful to be pursuing my dream of writing, recording and sharing the stage with such an amazing band, I’m really looking forward to creating more funky, soulful tunes for the future.”

Patricia Folkner, of Boise, Idaho, is an accomplished guitarist/singer. She blends jazz and folk into her own unique style and sound – a sound that keeps listeners engrossed.

The Fool Squad got their start as producers of the comic “Greenshows” at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. In the 1993 season of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Tom Willmorth and Joe Golden wrote and performed their first Greenshow (a 15-minute comedy presented for audiences waiting for the evening’s play to begin). The audience response was so enthusiastic that the Fool Squad’s Greenshows – filled with local, political, business, and cultural humor – became a legendary part of the ISF theater-going experience.

Soon, Tom and Joe started getting requests for private shows. An idea was born and for more than fifteen years, The Fool Squad has entertained groups both big and small with their unique brand of custom-written humor. Tom and Joe also wrote the script for “open Idaho,” “Saved By The Bill,” and “Life in the Fast Lane,” three award-winning videos, produced by Idaho Public Television.They received the 2009 Boise Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Arts Education Idaho.

Michaela French is a singer songwriter living in Boise Idaho. Original, melodic, dynamic, rhythmically diverse. Rock, Americana/Roots/ hint of Gypsy Jazz.

Steve Fulton Steve is an American singer/songwriter from Boise, Idaho who performs under the stage name, SFM-Steve Fulton Music. He has performed all over the country for the last 20 years touring with his band and as a solo artist. In 2016, SFM-Steve Fulton Music released “Eponym,” the first new album in 11 years. Available at The Record Exchange in Boise Idaho, CD Baby, Itunes and Spotify. He is also the mastermind behind Idaho Ho Ho.

Korby Lenker is a sneaky-good songwriter. And singer. And author. An abbreviated list of Lenker’s achievements so far includes: a significant amount of airplay on the legendary Seattle indie rock station KEXP; a BBC 2 interview with Bob Harris, which is only about the highest honor a rootsy singer-songwriter touring the UK can get; opening slots for acts ranging from Willie Nelson to Ray LaMontagne, Nickel Creek, Keith Urban, Susan Tedeschi, and Tristan Prettyman; and wins in the Merlefest folk songwriting contest as well as the Kerrville Folk Festival’s elite New Folk songwriting competition. Lenker was raised in Twin Falls Idaho.

Music Box (Ned Evett and Kim Philley) met in Idaho, and before too long were busy singing, writing songs, and performing together. In the year they have been a band they have performed over 100 shows all over the west.

Popsicle Boise’s 80s new wave dance band has made an original, straight out of the 80’s version of Ava Maria for Idaho Ho Ho. J Todd Dunnigan and Leta Neustaedter both have individual projects in Boise Idaho as well.

Todd Sprague is an Idaho singer songwriter and also a drummer in multiple bands.

12 Drinks of Christmas

12-drinks-newsOn the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a Peppermint Chip Chocoloxie!
Let’s face it, why would anybody want a partridge in a pear tree when you could have one of Moxie Java’s 12 Drinks of Christmas? We’ve got a dozen reasons for you to drop by Moxie Java this holiday season, so whether you’re a fan of caramel, gingerbread, egg nog, chocolate, mint or… well, just about any flavor, we’ve got the perfect Christmas concoction for you!

Bronco Blenders!

bronco-baristas-bsu-2016-2Meet the new crew at BSU! Drop by the BSU SUB or the MPCB and take a moment to Moxie!

Another autumn’s here, and that means another school year is starting at Boise State. For almost twenty years, that’s also meant a new crew of bight-eyed Moxie Java baristas are on hand at the SUB and MPCB to help students, faculty, staff and visitors wake up and get through the day. Drop by, grab a bev and meet our new crew!

Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic

What better way to wake up than a with a hot cup of Moxie Java Bronco Blend in your hand and dozens of hot air balloons overhead. Join us in Boise’s Ann Morrison Park for sunrise lift-offs and Friday’s Nite Glow festivities (where we’ll have plenty of Cold Brew and iced Mochas).

Moxie Java Drops in for The Huckleberry Jam

Moxie Java, Coffee with Jam, Huckleberry JamThe Huckleberry Jam returns to Donnelly, Idaho this August! This two-day music festival takes over Tamarack Resort on August 12 and 13 and the lineup for this year’s show has arrived.

Not only will artists perform in a beautiful alpine setting at the base of the mountain at Tamarack, some will perform an exclusive set at the Heritage Campsite on the night of August 11 to kick off the festival.

For more information about the 2016 Huckleberry Jam, as well as lodging, camping, shuttles and activities in the area surrounding Tamarack, visit the Huckleberry Jam website.

Welcome Home to the 124th Idaho Air National Guard from your local Moxie Java

124th ID Air National Guard, Moxie JavaMoxie Java is proud to supply coffee to more than 200 men and women in the Idaho Air National Guard’s 124th Fighter Wing which is was deployed in late spring 2016 to support combat operations in the Middle East.
They represent “the main body of the deployment,” which over the next few months will have sent more than 500 Idaho Air Guard members overseas, spokesman Maj. Chris Borders said. That’s the Idaho Air Guard’s largest deployment since 2008, when Idaho troops went to Afghanistan. Moxie Java also supplied our troops with coffee during the 2008 deployment.

Red Apple Smoothie

Hot Apple Cider, Moxie Java InternationalNothing beats the August heat better than an MJ Smoothie. And now you can take a slice out of the heat with Moxie Java’s new Red Apple Smoothie. Made from 100% real crushed fruit, it’s the coolest way to get through the dog days of summer.

Kiwanis 4th of July Breakfast

7-21-KiwanisFor the third year in a row, Moxie Java was delighted to provide coffee to the Gem State Kiwanis Club’s 52nd Annual 4th of July breakfast in Boise’s Julia Davis Park. Over 1000 people got into the patriotic spirit while benefiting many Kiwanis’ charities.

Meridian Wing-Off

wing-offOnce again, Moxie Java’s River Runner Blend got cooks fired up in advance of the 15th annual Wing-Off competition in Julius Kleiner Park, with dozens of cooks vying for the title of best chicken wings in the Treasure Valley. Proceeds benefited the Meridian Kiwanis Club.

Cold Brew

cold-brew-backgroundThe hottest thing in coffee these days (especially on those really hot days!) is cold brew. Steeped over time with nary any hot water in sight, cold brew makes for an extremely bold but extremely smooth chilled coffee that got a an extra caffeine kick. Not your mother’s iced coffee, that’s for sure. This stuff might make you give up hot coffee for good (or until fall, anyway).

I love coffee. It’s one of my favorite things in the world, and I love tasting different coffees.

Max Schneider