Actor “Dexter” Michael. C. Hall brings a group to Boise, ID


Actor Michael C. Hall, center, handles vocals for Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum.

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When actors moonlight as musicians, most of us have an inherent tendency to react with skepticism, even cynicism.

But let’s not grind the axes with Michael C. Hall just yet.

At least not the ones he could grab and use to decapitate us.

Known for his role as serial killer Dexter Morgan in Showtime’s gory “Dexter,” Hall is also the leader of a group. It’s called Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum. And it’s happening in the Boise market — more specifically, Garden City.

The princess goes to the butterfly museum will headline an 8 p.m. concert on Tuesday, March 29 at the Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St. Tickets are $20 at

This group hasn’t been around for long. It formed in 2018. But with a self-titled EP and full-length album, “Thanks for Coming,” Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum has garnered attention from media outlets ranging from Billboard to The Associated Press.

Without a doubt, Hall can to sing. If you’re a fan of transcendent synth-pop, Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum might be right up your alley.

A December 2021 report from a small venue show in England praised Hall’s “stunning, flawless voice” which “soared through the room”.

“The music was exciting,” wrote reviewer for online publication Louder Than War, “with an electronic dance feel, certainly not written in a mainstream song format. A variety of influences could be chosen, ranging from electro, metal, dance, new wave and disco from the 70s/80s. There were dark goth-rock goosebumps inducing moments. It was mesmerizing, the incredible sounds pumping and seeming to vibrate through the bodies of audience members like an electrical charge.

Here is some additional marketing information from the band’s biography: “Princess Goes To The Butterfly Museum is a trio consisting of vocalist, lyricist, musician and actor Michael C. Hall (“Dexter” , “Six Feet Under”, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”), keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen (Blondie) and drummer Peter Yanowitz (The Wallflowers, Morningwood). A theatrical sensibility is part of the trio’s DNA, including in live performances, having met several years ago on Broadway during the production of ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’.

“Powered by synthesizers and drums,” adds a press release, “Princess Goes To The Butterfly Museum is a whirlwind of glam, experimental and ambient music from David Bowie, 70s disco productions from Giorgio Moroder for Donna Summer, 80s new wave dance music and contemporary electronic dance acts like Justice.

However, the group is led by an actor.

As a result, stunned “Dexter” fans would sometimes lose their minds at concerts, shouting nonsense such as “Kill me!” in Halle.

If you go to the show in Garden City, maybe try to control yourself? With “Dexter” on stage, the least cool way to die would be embarrassment.

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Entertainment writer and opinion columnist Michael Deeds chronicles the good life in Boise: restaurants, concerts, culture, cool stuff. Acts materialized at the Idaho Statesman as an intern in 1991 before taking on roles such as sportswriter, editor and music critic. Over the years, his freelance work has spanned from writing album reviews for the Washington Post to hyping Boise in that airline magazine you left on the plane. Deeds holds a bachelor’s degree in editorial journalism from the University of Nebraska.

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