Michael Deeds: Summer concert season is shaping up fast

mdeeds@idahostatesman.comApril 4, 2014 

Bam! ... Bam! Hear that noise? It's the not-so-distant sound of port-a-potty doors slamming.

Music to your ears, right? (Or at least your bladder.) Outdoor concert season is starting to take shape. Let's rub a squirt of sanitizer on our hands and do a quick overview of potential great times on the horizon:

• Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny and singer-keyboardist Bruce Hornsby are slated to kick off a new "Music in the Park" series with a co-headlining show July 22 produced by CTTouring. (When is the last time Metheny played here? At the Morrison Center in 1992?)

The concerts will happen at the 2,000-capacity Eagle Park Pavilion at Reid W. Merrill Sr. Community Park, 637 E. Shore Drive.

Watch my "Words & Deeds" blog for ticket details (that goes for everything mentioned in this column) and more "Music in the Park" announcements, including at least one country performer.

• Classic-rock act Boston will return to Nampa for a Sept. 3 gig at the Idaho Center's Ford Amphitheater. Ticket prices aren't available yet.

Country group Rascal Flatts will perform there Aug. 7. Tickets went on sale last week.

For the fifth year, Rockstar Mayhem Festival will unleash a day of headbanging in Nampa. The big names on the 19-band bill July 9 are Avenged Sevenfold and Korn.

The one that jumps out at me, though, is crossover rap/metal act Body Count featuring rapper Ice-T. What is this, 1992? Or did NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" get canceled? (I actually did see Ice and Body Count at the Mardi Gras in Boise in '92.)

MayhemFest tickets go on sale April 4 in "early-bird" discount tiers.

• During its six seasons, the Idaho Botanical Garden's Outlaw Field series has established itself as Boise's premier outdoor concert destination. Readers voted the garden as "Best Music Venue" in last year's Best of Treasure Valley poll.

Two Outlaw Field gigs have been announced so far by promoter Knitting Factory Entertainment: The Fray on June 4, and Slightly Stoopid on July 12. Tickets go on sale April 4. You should expect about eight concerts there this summer, including classic rock, indie, folk/reggae, adult contemporary and country.

Hosting Slightly Stoopid feels like turning over a rockin' new leaf for the Botanical Garden. Not so long ago, that band's feel-good/party-hearty fans might have frightened the board of directors.

Someone at the garden must have figured out that stoners urinating in flowerbeds really just amounts to free fertilizer.

• Alive After Five hasn't released its schedule, but that weekly Wednesday party begins in June. Bands include Royal Southern Brotherhood and Shinyribs, according to Pollstar. Royal Southern Brotherhood, which includes Gregg Allman's son Devon and singer-percussionist Cyril Neville, would be a pretty smokin' pickup for AA5.

• The Village at Meridian is collaborating with the Idaho Songwriters Association to launch its own free local music series.

"Songwriters in the Village" will happen Friday evenings in June.

"Rock the Village" will take place Friday nights in July and August.

"Fridays by the Fire" will happen in September and October.

I'll share a few more details about these shows Sunday in the Idaho Statesman's Life section.

LOCAL TV'S 'BOISE SONG TALK'

With musicians and fans still buzzing with pride about 140 or so local bands performing at Treefort Music Fest, "Boise Song Talk" feels particularly timely and relevant.

Season three of the show, hosted by singer-songwriter James Coberly Smith, launches April 4 on Treasure Valley Community Television's channel 11. It airs at 8 p.m. Fridays, but you can watch the entire season now at boisesongtalk.com.

Smith picks the brains of local musicians, who also usually perform during the half-hour show. It's a cool portal into songwriters' diverse methods. It's also a good way to get to know familiar Boise faces better.

Schedule: April 4, Pinto Bennett (part one); April 11, Annika Klein and Levi Kaup; April 18, Ned Evett; April 25, Paul Tillotson; May 2, Steve Eaton; May 9, Kayleigh Jack; May 16, Steve Fulton; May 23, Lee Penn Sky, May 30, Jack Loyd Gish and Tony Grange; June 6, Pinto Bennett (part two).

Michael Deeds' column runs Fridays in Scene and every other Sunday in Life. He appears Thursdays on Channel 6 News.

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