Anyone who braved chilly evening temperatures at the main stage of this weekend's Treefort Music Fest knows that summer is not around the corner quite yet.
Nevertheless, promoters and concert venues are having trouble keeping their shorts and Tevas in the closet. Last week brought news of a (sort of) new outdoor venue, plus another slew of summer music announcements. Oh, and you can also bid farewell to a summer music site in Eagle ...
IDAHO CENTER GOES 'INTIMATE'
When the Idaho Center dug a massive crater outside in 1998, everyone was stoked about the fact this new amphitheater had a capacity of 11,000 fans. (Jam-packed Shania Twain show! Yee-haw!)
Times have changed. Nowadays, few acts can sell that many tickets.
So the Idaho Center, in cooperation with local promoter CT Touring, has created a second option at the venue: the Idaho Center Outdoor Pavilion. It's the same space, but rebranded and configured to hold a maximum of 5,000 fans. The adjustment makes the vibe more personal for concertgoers, and more attractive to musicians who don't enjoy feeling like an ant in an empty bathtub.
"It's going to make it a lot more intimate and nice," says Idaho Center general manager Craig Baltzer. "I'm pumped about it."
The Idaho Center and CT Touring experimented with the idea at a Lynyrd Skynyrd show in 2012.
CT Touring now has an exclusive agreement to do shows at the Pavilion setup. The plan is to bring up to 10 concerts this summer. The Steve Miller Band is the first announced (Aug. 8, $39.50, $59.50, ICTickets).
Certain concerts still will be held at the Idaho Center Amphitheater (large setup). Others will be at the Idaho Center Outdoor Pavilion (small setup). Pay attention to the language, and you'll know what to expect.
IT WAS FUN, EAGLE RIVER PAVILION
With CT Touring focusing on the Idaho Center Outdoor Pavilion, concerts no longer will be held at Eagle River Pavilion.
That venue was never intended to be a permanent concert site.
But it did have some memorable evenings. The Flaming Lips and Australian Pink Floyd both put on dazzling night shows.
WESTERN IDAHO FAIR TIME ALREADY?
The fair released its grandstand entertainment.
The shows are free with paid admission to the fair. Consequently, we shouldn't be overly demanding.
Still, it would be nice to see the fair inch a toe outside the box some year.
- Foreigner, Aug. 20
- The Guess Who, Aug. 21
- Brantley Gilbert, Aug. 22
- Clay Walker, Aug. 23
BARENAKED AND OUTDOORS
Canadian pop-rockers Barenaked Ladies will return for the second straight year - third time in four years - headlining another Last Summer on Earth Tour at the Idaho Botanical Garden's Outlaw Field.
The Friday, June 28, show also will include Ben Folds Five and Guster. It's $57 at TicketWeb.
ESPN3 COMES TO ISP
If you subscribe to Cable One Internet service, you just got a fresh perk: ESPN3.
Go to home.cableone.net, and you'll be authenticated for free access to ESPN3 on your computer.
Cable One calls it ESPN's multiscreen sports network and the 24/7 online home for live sports, delivering thousands of global sports events annually."
TONIGHT ON 'THE OTHER STUDIO'
Tim Johnstone and I will spin new music from Natalie Maines, Vampire Weekend, Depeche Mode and more tonight.
"The Other Studio" airs at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.
IN SCENE MARCH 29
- How did it go? Looking back at year two of Treefort Music Fest.
- A dining review of Gramercy Park Pizza & Grill in Meridian.
Michael Deeds' column runs Fridays in Scene and Sundays in Life. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @IDS_Deeds