Outdoor concert guide: Boise, Salt Lake City, The Gorge

mdeeds@idahostatesman.comJune 6, 2014 

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David Crosby and the rest of Crosby, Stills & Nash are no strangers to performing outdoors in the Boise area.

DARIN OSWALD — Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman Buy Photo

Blanket? Check. Suntan lotion? Check. Picnic basket? Check. Meltdown when security takes away your other "fun stuff" at the gate? D'oh! Check.

Life is good. Summer concert season is here. Whether you're in the mood for a show in Boise or a quick road trip to Salt Lake City, here's what's in store ...

IDAHO BOTANICAL GARDEN

2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise

IdahoBotanicalGarden.org

Three last-minute concerts were announced this week for the Garden's Outlaw Field, which is a gorgeous place to experience a show. It appears to be widening its scope this season with acts ranging from Slightly Stoopid to Modest Mouse. Bonus: If you keep your ticket stub from an Outlaw Field show, it will get you into the Botanical Garden free on a regular day.

July

12: Slightly Stoopid w/Stephen Marley

17: Modest Mouse w/Mimicking Birds

August

6: Nickel Creek

22: David Gray

September

11: Crosby, Stills & Nash

18: Michael W. Smith/Amy Grant

FORD IDAHO CENTER AMPHITHEATER

6200 Can-Ada Road, Nampa

IdahoCenter.com

Mayhem Festival is the summer highlight at this amphitheater, which will offer about one show per month.

June

18: Jacksons Country Stomp - Thomas Rhett, Jon Pardi, Lindsay Ell

July

9: Mayhem Festival - Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, more

August

7: Rascal Flatts w/Frankie Ballard

September

3: Boston w/Night Ranger

EAGLE PARK PAVILION AT REID W. MERRILL SR. COMMUNITY PARK

637 E. Shore Drive, Eagle

cttouringid.com

The concerts at this 2,000-capacity location have a later curfew than other outdoor venues - 11 p.m. - so fans can truly rock under the stars.

July

22: Pat Metheny/Bruce Hornsby

24: Trace Adkins

August

7: John Butler Trio

THE GORGE AMPHITHEATRE

Quincy, Wash.

livenation.com

This summer's Fourth of July weekend Sasquatch Festival got axed, but there's still lots happening at this scenic music mecca. It takes about seven hours to drive there.

June

6-7: KUBE 93 Summer Jam

27-28: Paradiso Festival

August

1-3: Watershed Festival

8: Arcade Fire

9: Bruno Mars

15: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers w/Steve Winwood

16: Aerosmith w/Slash

23: Jack Johnson

29-31: Dave Matthews Band

September

13: Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, AFI

27: Zac Brown Band

USANA AMPHITHEATER

Salt Lake City

Usana-Amp.com

Wondering how much smaller the Boise market is than Salt Lake City? Check out this list. Usana Amphitheater gets lots of shows that never stop in Idaho.

June

10: Lionel Richie/Ceelo

14: OneRepublic w/The Script, AX

23: Kiss/Def Leppard

July

3: Michael Franti & Spearhead w/SOJA

16: Goo Goo Dolls/Daughtry w/Plain White T's

17: Journey/Steve Miller Band w/Tower of Power

23: Styx/Foreigner w/Don Felder

25: Tim McGraw w/Kip Moore, Cassadee Pope

August

1: Motley Crue w/Alice Cooper

5: Boston/Doobie Brothers

15: 311 w/Pepper, Dirty Heads, Aer

29: Lynyrd Skynyrd

30: Keith Urban w/Jerrod Neiman, Brett Eldredge

September

13: Alabama

26: Blake Shelton w/The Band Perry, Dan + Shay

27: Australian Pink Floyd Show

RED BUTTE GARDEN

Salt Lake City

RedButteGarden.org

Looking for a BYOB option? You're allowed to bring picnics and coolers to the University of Utah's botanical garden, which has a permanent amphitheater with a capacity of 3,000. The contents are not searched, so "carry-in" beverages are popular.

June

8: Janelle Monae

17: Jason Isbell w/The Lone Bellow

20: The Robert Cray Band/Mavis Staples

24: Natalie Cole

29: Gavin DeGraw/Matt Nathanson w/Mary Lambert

30: Fitz and the Tantrums w/Max Frost, Holychild

July

1: Sarah McLachlan (sold out)

9: Avett Brothers (sold out)

10: Bob Weir and RatDog

21: Pat Metheny Unity Group/Bruce Hornsby w/Sonny Emory

22: Tedeschi Trucks Band

25: Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

27: Gary Clark Jr.

28: Amos Lee w/Desert Noises

29: Santana (sold out)

August

3: John Hiatt and The Combo/Taj Mahal Trio

5: Chris Isaak

6: John Butler Trio w/The Stray Sisters

8: Ray LaMontagne (sold out)

10: Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue/Galactic

12: Michael McDonald/Toto

14: Sheryl Crow

19: Portugal. the Man/Grouplove

21: David Gray (sold out)

24: Brandi Carlile

29: Earth, Wind & Fire (sold out)

September

11: Ben Harper (acoustic, sold out)

14: Conor Oberst

TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES

Pioneer Park, Salt Lake City

TwilightConcertSeries.com

This is sort of like Salt Lake City's version of Alive After Five. Except the bands are bigger. And it costs $5.

July

10: Lauryn Hill w/Thundercat

17: TV on the Radio

24: Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires w/The Budos Band

31: Wu Tang Clan w/Run the Jewels

August

7: Local Natives

14: Beck w/Future Islands

21: De La Soul w/Rhapsody, 9th Wonder

28: The Head and The Heart w/San Fermin

SALT LAKE ETC.

Here are notable outdoor shows at other Salt Lake City venues:

July

11, 12: Salt Lake City Jazz Festival, Gallivan Center, thegallivancenter.com

19: Summer Jam featuring 2 Chainz, Warren G, Far East Movement, more, Gallivan Center, thegallivancenter.com

August

2: Vans Warped Tour, Utah State Fairpark, smithstix.com

Michael Deeds, mdeeds@idahostatesman.com

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