Tractor Beam is a band of Boise veteran musicians out to have some fun. Our sound is the result of multiple musical influences. Tractor Beam’s music is Idaho roots rock, cosmic country blues and blur grass. Run it all through a blender and serve it up with Thai chili paste.
Having played supporting roles in Boise’s music scene over the years in several bands, the boys have come together with a common mission to play original music (and rare covers of songs they love) in any available alternative venues outside of the regular bar band grind.
Mike Young is a Boise singer songwriter, guitar and mandolin ace. Mike was an original member of the ground breaking Idaho roots country-rock band Spur Tango. Heavily influenced by rhythm and blues, Mike is equally at home playing bluegrass mandolin or rock-a-billy electric guitar. Mike has been writing original songs for over twenty years and provides all the original songs, performed by Tractor Beam. The band just finished recording an album of Mike’s songs, “All the Time,” at the Boise recording studio, Cunningham Audio, with Mike and Don Cunningham doing the mixing and production.
One of Mike’s primary musical cohorts over the years has been bass player Tom Eaton. Together Tom and Mike have played with Spur Tango, The Toasters, Usual Suspects, and Garden City Limits. Tom’s unique musical vision and creativity provides a solid foundation for Mike’s songs and Tractor Beam’s music.
Pat Reid’s drums and percussion are groove and drive behind Tractor Beam’s sound. Pat is another long time musical friend and cohort with a musical resume intertwined with those of Mike and Tom. Good drummers are in great demand and Pat’s talents are also called upon with the Boise band The Blues Addicts and the Like Its.
The most recent addition to this group of musical friends is Kent Beckman on baritone sax. Kent’s spontaneous energy and enthusiasm for musical adventure has added a lyrical and and contagious source of energy to Tractor Beam. His baritone brings melodic depth and texture to Mike’s songs and the band’s sound.
Friday February 3, 2017, 7 to 10 pm Sockeye Grill 3019 N. Cole Rd.
Warm up the winter with early, early springtime vibes from Tractor Beam and friends!
Sockeye Grill 3019 N. Cole Rd. Friday December 9th, 7 to 10 pm.
This will be the Tractor Beam Winter Solstice Holydaze show. Come early and check out the new Sockeye menu!
Sockeye Grill 3019 N. Cole Road Friday November 11th 7 to 10 pm.
Come celebrate Veteran’s Day and the end of the 2016 election campaign.
Count Line Brewing, Saturday September 17th, 7 to 10 pm.
We always look forward to playing at County Line Brewing, one of the best of the indie brewers in the Boise area (and that’s saying something).
County Line is located at 9115 W. Chinden Blvd, on the South side of Chinden near the intersection of Chinden and Maple Grove.
Sockeye Brewing on Fairview Saturday September 3rd 7 to 10 pm 2016
For all the (relatively) sane people who don’t leave town on Labor Day weekend our own Labor Day party! Have fun and you don’t have to leave town, and yes, we’re ready to have some fun!
(Just West of Cloverdale on the North side of Fairview)
Sandbar Patio Bar and Grill July Sunday 17, 2 to 5 pm 2016
Our pick for one of the best patio settings right on the Boise River. You can bet there will be a river theme thread through the music. A mid afternoon delight show.
Sockeye Grill 3019 N. Cole Rd. July 8th 7 to 10 pm 2016
Tractor Beam will be rockin’ the patio for this (still early) summer show!
County Line Brewing Saturday May 21st 6 to 9 pm
County Line Brewing 9115 W. Chinden Blvd. Ste. 107 (near Garrett on the South side of Chinden)
County Line is among the best new breweries in our area run by our friends Laura and Zack (Brewmaster) Kiehl. This place has a lot of soul! Food trucks will be there too.
Sockeye Grill 3019 N. Cole Road Friday February 12, 2016 7 to 10 pm.
Bring your loved ones for an early Valentine date! Dinner, drinks, good friends and music!
Highland Hollow, Wednesday February 3, 2016 2455 Harrison Hollow Blvd. (Bogus Basin Rd.)
6:30 to 9:30 pm. Think of this show as a pre-Valentine warm-up!
^^^ 2016! 2016! 2016! 2016! ^^^
Sockeye Grill 3019 N. Cole Road Friday December 18, 2015 7 to 10 pm
This Sockeye show will be our most festivest show of the holiday season!
Highland Hollow October 21st 2455 Harrison Hollow Blvd. (Bogus Basin Rd.)
Wednesday 6:30 to 9:30
Sockeye Brewing Company 12542 W. Fairview Ave.
Saturday September 5th 8 pm
The Sandbar Patio Bar and Grill Saturday June 27 2 to 5 pm.
The Sand Bar at the Riverside Hotel 2900 E. Chinden Blvd.
Sockeye Grill Friday June 19, 2015 7 to 9pm
3019 N. Cole Road
Boise Bicycle Week Grand Finale Party
Outdoors next to Boise Brewing at 521 Broad St. Saturday May 16, (Late afternoonish, Details later)
Sockeye Grill Friday February 20th 2015
3019 N. Cole Road 8 to 11 pm
Friday December 12th
Sockeye Grill 3019 N. Cole Road 7 to 10 pm
Friday, November 28th 2014
WilliBs 12505 W. Chinden Blvd, sui J/K–from 7 to 10 p.m.
Saturday, May 17
Friday, April 11
Sockeye Grill Friday, July 25 –from 7 to 10 p.m.
Sockeye Grill at 3019 N. Cole Road — from 8 to 11 p.m.
Friday August 8
Friday, September 5
Sockeye Grill at 3019 N. Cole Road — from 8 to 11 p.m.
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In Boise? Our CD “All the Time” is available at The Record Exchange, 1105 West Idaho St.
Tractor Beam Labor Day Weekend 2016
Saturday September 3rd Sockeye Brewing on Fairview 7 to 10 pm.
For all the “sane’ people who don’t leave town on Labor Day weekend, but wanna have some good rockin’ fun closer to home. Yes, we’re ready to have some fun on one of the best patios around!
Sockeye Brewing 12542 W. Fairview Avenue (slightly West of Cloverdale on the North side of Fairview).