Jim Teeter has endured just about enough of todays exorbitant ticket prices for outdoor concerts and festivals with on-site camping.
I used to pay $5 to spend a weekend with the Grateful Dead, says the hippie-turned-events-coordinator.
So Teeter is helping create a Treasure Valley option for concertgoers looking for a weekend of live music and camping that wont bust their budgets.
This month, Captain Harrys Oasis Event Center near Mountain Home will open and charge $33.50 in advance or $40 at the gate for a combination, full-weekend camping and concert pass. Parents can bring their children 12 and younger for free. Four festivals are planned; the Oasis hopes to host 11 in 2013.
Those are pretty good prices for the quality of music and camping, Teeter brags.
Teeter runs Gruntwerks LLC, which produces the Hyde Park Street Fair and is organizing most of the shows at Captain Harrys Oasis. Harry Lewis aka Captain Big Dad on season five of the Discovery Channels Deadliest Catch owns the 10-acre site, which is surrounded by about 400 acres of family land, Teeter says.
The Oasis Event Center is hoping for a crabby reaction from the public when it opens June 22-24. Thats when some of Captain Harrys fishing buddies from Deadliest Catch will bring eats for the Summer Solstice Blues & Crab Fest, featuring acts such as Too Slim & the Taildraggers, E.C. Scott and Jason Elmore and Hoodoo Witch.
People will be able to buy plates of crab up there, Teeter says.
The idea is that if you create a unique, nearby spot for affordable high-desert camping and tunes, the masses will come. But not too many. No more than 3,000 passes ever will be sold to a show. Teeter likes things intimate yet roomy.
Concertgoers wont be allowed to bring alcohol, but beer and wine will be sold on-site. Alaskan Brewing Company is a sponsor.
Lewis is building a covered stage from 100-year-old timber that formerly housed mining equipment for J.R. Simplot, Teeter says. Theres water on the site. Lewis has planted trees. Best of all, its private property less than an hour from Boise a quick escape from urban reality.
Its pretty isolated, Teeter says.
Other festivals on this summers schedule are the Neon Oasis Art & Music Festival July 27-29 (electronic music), Desert Grass Festival Aug. 10-12 (bluegrass, Americana) and the Kodiak Drive Celebration Festival Sept. 21-23 (eclectic).
Teeter, who has produced events in the Boise area for 20 years, is optimistic that with care and patience, the Oasis will succeed.
Harrys in this for the long term, he says, adding, Im not trying to make a million dollars overnight.
Im really excited about it, Teeter says. Its something that Ive been working on building for a long time. And lets face it, Harrys quite the character.
Just dont expect to see huge-name acts like the Grateful Dead at the Oasis especially for $5. Not that I entirely believe that Teeter ever spent the weekend with the Dead for $5, either ...
You gotta remember, I did live with Ken Kesey in his commune, so I did have an in, Teeter explains.
That was 1969!
I go back a ways, Teeter says with a laugh.
For tickets and more information about Captain Harrys Oasis, go to www.oasiseventcenter.com.
JOURNEY: Facts to note when considering any Journey concert:
1) Original singer Steve Perry is no longer in the band.
2) Based on healthy ticket sales, nobody cares that hes no longer in the band.
Journey will headline Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Idaho Center Amphitheater with wait for it Loverboy. Yeeeeeeeees! Tickets go on sale June 15 at ICTickets.
WANT A NICKEL BACK? This is how they remind you of what they really are: Nickelbacks June 13 concert at the Idaho Center was the daily deal on Groupon earlier this week. It was still available at press time.
ETC.: My Morning Jackets show Sept. 9 at the Idaho Botanical Garden goes on sale June 8 at Ticketfly ... The weekly Splash Bash pool party from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays at the Owyhee Plaza Hotel in Boise has begun. The Amy Weber Quartet performs June 13.
Michael Deeds columns run Friday in Scene and Sunday in Life. He co-hosts The Other Studio from 9-10 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.