Summer isnt here yet, but outdoor concert season arrives next week with Feists performance at the Idaho Botanical Gardens Outlaw Field. Expect a few more concerts to be announced in the coming weeks, but heres a good start to planning your summer.
IDAHO BOTANICAL GARDEN
2355 Old Penitentiary Road, BoiseIdahoBotanicalGarden.org
26:Wilco w/ Blitzen Trapper
17:Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group
2:Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Cracker
24:Crosby, Stills & Nash
1:Bonnie Raitt w/Mavis Staples
7:Jake Owens w/Jack Ingram
IDAHO CENTER AMPHITHEATER
6200 Can-Ada Road, NampaIdahoCenter.com
15:Tim Rushlow, Little River Band, Restless Heart
4:Rockstar Mayhem Festival w/Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax, more
EAGLE RIVER PAVILION
827 E. Riverside Drive, EagleCTTConcerts.com
21:Emmylou Harris & Her Red Dirt Boys
18:Boise Philharmonic Picnic at the Pops: The Music of Gershwin
25:Boise Philharmonic Picnic at the Pops: Music of Harry Potter, Wizards & Witches
1:Boise Philharmonic Picnic at the Pops: Patriotic Pops w/ Curtis Stigers and Rebecca Scott
Salt Lake City
Its not The Gorge, but its closer. And theres always a couple of worthy shows that dont make it to Idaho. (Scorps! Maiden!)
20:Def Leppard, Poison
25:Big Time Rush
3:Journey, Neil Giraldo, Loverboy
22:311, Slightly Stoopid, Soja
28:The Australian Pink Floyd
THE GORGE AMPHITHEATRE
The Gorge should be on everyones bucket list, if not do-it-every-summer list. Its about6 1/2 hours from Boise.
25-28: Sasquatch! Music Festival
9:KUBE 93 Summer Jam
23:Paradiso Festival w/ Avicii, Afrojack and others.
28:Journey, Pat Benatar, Loverboy
3-5:Watershed Festival Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, more
31:Dave Matthews Band
1-2:Dave Matthews Band
RED BUTTE GARDEN
Salt Lake City
The University of Utahs botanical garden has a permanent amphitheater with a capacity of about 3,000. Bonus: You can pack your own food and drinks (including beer and wine).
28:The Shins (sold out)
29:Bon Iver (sold out)
3:Sheryl Crow (sold out)
10:American Legacies: Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Del McCoury Band
25:Wilco (sold out)
2:B-52s and Squeeze (sold out)
17:Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band
19:Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers (sold out)
20:Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
29:Los Lobos & Steve Earle and the Dukes w/ Allison Moorer
10:Colbie Caillat & Gavin DeGraw (sold out)
12:Michael Franti & Spearhead (sold out)
17:Dead Can Dance
21:Norah Jones (sold out)
23:Crosby, Stills & Nash (sold out)
26:Huey Lewis & The News
28-29: Bonnie Raitt w/Mavis Staples
2:Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Downtown Salt Lake CityUConcerts.com
23: Chris Young26:Keane w/Mystery Jets
28:The Avett Brothers w/City and Colour
TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES
Pioneer Park, Salt Lake City
Like Alive After Five, except its on Thursdays. They book bigger-name bands, too, and this year are charging $5 at the gate.
5:Beach House, The Walkmen
12:Raphael Saadig, JJ Grey and Mofro
2:My Morning Jacket
9:Passion Pit, Austra
16:Iron and Wine, Kathleen Edwards
23:M. Ward, DeVotchKa
Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington
This music, theater and arts festival draws more than 100,000 fans each year. This years highlights include Janes Addiction, Tony Bennett, Skrillex, Gotye, El Vez and others.
HIGH SIERRA MUSIC FESTIVAL
Highlights of this jam-band festival include Ben Harper, Toots and the Maytals, Built to Spill and David Garza.
WHERE ARE ALL THE IDAHO MOUNTAIN TOWN CONCERTS?
Later in the summer, mostly and still finalizing their lineups. Stay tuned: Scene magazine will put together a guide to mountain town shows and publish it in June.