Dust off the tent, blow up the air mattress and stock up the cooler. Its time for a quick road trip. Nothing beats live music in a gorgeous outdoor setting, and Idahos nearby mountain towns and rural areas offer ample opportunities this summer.
SUN VALLEY SHAKEDOWN
July 7, Festival Meadows, Sun Valley
Time to rage in the meadow. This years Shakedown will feature JJ Grey & Mofro, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and DJ Logic. Food and beverages will be sold on site. DJ Logic will lead the after-party at Whiskey Jacques in Ketchum. Can you bounce up early the next morning for some mountain biking?
SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL AT ROSEBERRY
July 12-14, about a mile east of Donnelly
Coolers are welcome at this modest, family-friendly festival. Three evenings of music are planned, but Saturday is the absolute dont-miss: B-Side Players and Ivan Nevilles Dumpstaphunk will tear. it. up.
MASSV MUSIC AND ARTS SHOWCASE
July 13 and 14
Simplot lot across from the Ketchum Post Office
A two-day music and arts festival in Sun Valley is not just bigits MASSV. Thats the word on the website. The first-ever MASSV festival definitely will be eclectic. Electro-dance act Ghostland Observatory headlines. Other acts include garage-funk powerhouse Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears and dubstep group the Adventure Club. If diverse bands arent enough, there also will be DJs, breakdancers and other wild entertainment. (Lasers! Lasers!) Group camping will be available on the south end of Ketchum. So take your bike.
SAWTOOTH MUSIC FESTIVAL
July 27 and 28, Pioneer Park, Stanley
Indie fans gravitate toward this event, which draws 2,000-plus fans for two days of camping in Pioneer Park (or camp somewhere more remote, if you choose). Acts this year include The Cave Singers, Langhorne Slim, Shovels & Rope, Lucy Michelle & The Velvet Lapelles, Roses Pawn Shop, Ages and Ages, Hollow Wood, Free Peoples, Boise Rock School and more.
IDAHO DOWN MUSIC FESTIVAL
Aug. 3 and 4, Brundage Mountain Resort, McCall
Local band Equaleyes spearheads this annual bash at Brundage Mountains natural amphitheater. It features a couple dozen area and regional acts playing eclectic styles with a jam-band vibe. This is another take your mountain bike situation. McCall has great trails.
NORTHERN ROCKIES FOLK FESTIVAL
Aug. 3 and 4, Hop Porter Park, Hailey
Kick back, enjoy some tunes, take a swim in the Big Wood River or get your face rocked off by former Drive-By Truckers singer-guitarist Jason Isbell. Dont be fooled by the festivals name; there is definitely more than folk happening here.
Aug. 3: Steph Sloan and the Elephant Parade, Olin and the Moon, Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys
Aug. 4: Penny Hens, Izzy Taylor, Gypsy River Haunts, Random Canyon Growlers, Carrie Rodriguez, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
YELLOW PINE MUSIC AND HARMONICA FESTIVAL
Aug. 3-5, Yellow Pine
There will be a big change at the 23rd year of this annual harp blowout in Yeller Pine: No actual contest. The number of contestants has dwindled, so contest has been dropped from the festival name. Now theres more time for harmonica Van Halens to show off in a creative environment and to jam later in the woods. Check out the food and craft vendors in this town of population 35. And dont forget the Saturday night street dance.
BRAUN BROTHERS REUNION FESTIVAL
Aug. 9-11, Challis Community Stage, Challis
This annual Americana and roots-rock bash wont feature as many return acts as in the past. But young rockers such as Seattles Cody Beebe could attract fresh faces to the faithful crowd at Challis golf course.
This year, we just have some new acts, organizer Muzzie Braun says. Some really fun stuff. I think this is going to be good.
Aug. 9: Django Walker, Cody Beebe and the Crooks, Jerry Jeff Walker, Micky and the Motorcars
Aug. 10: Jason Eady, The Original Braun Brothers, Sons of Bill, Joe Ely with Reckless Kelly, Cody Canada and the Departed
Aug. 11: Brian Keane, Jeff Crosby and the Refugees, Family Guitar Pull, Damn Quails, Kelly Willis w/Bruce R, Reckless Kelly
ROCK THE MOUNTAIN
Aug. 10 and 11, Grimes Creek, toward Centerville www.rockthemountain.net
Be sure to wear your black Pantera T-shirt in the hot sun. Otherwise, you might stand out at this annual gathering of local and regional metal bands spearheaded by Question Authority. You can bring your own food and drink; theyre also sold on site. Kids are welcome, but most of the festivalgoers are adults. Camping is available but not mandatory this festival is only an hour from Boise.
CAPTAIN HARRYS OASIS EVENT CENTER
Mountain Home area
This new concert and camping venue will debut with a four-festival series. Camping isnt just an option, its encouraged here.
June 22-24: Summer Solstice Blues & Crab Fest w/Too Slim and the Taildraggers, E.C. Scott, Jason Elmore and Hoodoo Witch, more
July 27-29: Neon Oasis Art & Music Festival (electronic/indie)
Aug. 17-19: Desert Grass Festival (bluegrass/Americana)
Sept. 21-23: Kodiak Drive Celebration Festival
Now this is a mountain-town party. About the only rules enforced at the family-friendly StreetDance now in its second year are behave, no coolers, no dogs. The city of Stanley waives its open container law. Booze and food are sold by local vendors. Bands perform on a covered stage on Ace of Diamonds Avenue with a jaw-dropping view of that classic Sawtooth Mountain Range. Shows run from 5 to 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted and usually feature an opening act.
June 28: Gizzard Stone
July 4: Cherry Bomb Special Black Label, 7 to 11 p.m.
July 5: Whiskey Creek
July 12: Bill Coffey Band
July 19: The Trishas
July 21: StreetGrass bluegrass fest w/Dewey Pickum & Howe, Reilly Coyote, more
July 26: Hell Bound Glory
Aug 2: New Transit
Aug 12: Get Yore Ass Back To Texas Show w/Hoodwink, 4 to 8 p.m., George Devore indoors afterward
Aug. 16: Finn Riggins
MUSIC FROM STANLEY
Redfish Lake Lodge, Stanley
This free Sunday series features a wealth of Idaho musicians interspersed with occasional out-of-state acts. Performances are held on the lawn in front of the lodge from 4 to 7 p.m.
June 24: Steve Baker w/Jon Engelund and Louis McFarland
July 1: The Country Club featuring Jonah Shue and Dave Manion
July 8: Shon Sanders w/Fiona Luray
July 15: Montana Skies
July 22: Reilly Coyote w/Bernie Reilly solo set
July 29: The Ravenna Colt w/Caitlin Canty
Aug. 5: Carrie Rodriguez w/opener
Aug. 12: Andy Byron and Ben Bedford
Aug. 19: Jackalope Saints
Aug. 26: Ned Evett
Sept. 2: Old Death Whisper
SUN VALLEY PAVILION
www.sunvalley.com, http://seats.sunvalley.com, (208) 622-2135
Enjoy the scenery at this outdoor pavilion with nearly 1,500 covered seats. For a full entertainment schedule, check the websites. Here are some concert highlights. (We said concert highlights. Thats why we dont mention the San Francisco Ballet on July 8. Oops.)
June 26: Kenny Loggins, Blue Sky Riders
June 30: American Festival Chorus and Orchestra featuring Alyson Cambridge
Aug. 15: Lonestar
Aug. 28: Creedence Clearwater Revisited
Aug. 30: Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples
RIVER RUN LODGE
Aug. 6: Johnny Clegg & Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Aug. 13: Pink Martini with singer China Forbes