Say what you will about the Boise Music Festival — if nothing else, it makes us much better at music trivia.
Without the annual outdoor bash at Expo Idaho, when would we ever be forced to recall what year Coolio had his Grammy-winning hit single, “Gangsta’s Paradise”?* Or remember the name of Nelly’s best-selling album?** Or know what season Daughtry’s frontman appeared on “American Idol”?***
Those will be your headliners June 25 — along with pop star Andy Grammer, the most current act on the oft-nostalgic festival’s bill. As usual, there will be several stages and dozens of local bands. And as always, you will hear lots of promotion in the coming months from stations owned by organizer Townsquare Media. Grab tickets here.
You don’t have to be the BMF’s BFF to give credit where credit is due. The festival is a summer staple in the Treasure Valley. Despite the incessant ribbing from music snobs, it does normally offer at least one modern-day headliner. Grammer’s “Honey I’m Good” was one of 2015’s top 10 best-selling songs.
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This year isn’t particularly old-school compared to prior years. Remember when Sir Mix-A-Lot got rumps shaking in 2014? Or when Vanilla Ice rocked the stage in 2013? Speaking of Ice (and Coolio), check out the lineup of the “I Love the 90s Tour.” No word yet on whether that one is coming to Boise. (Come on, Outlaw Field!)
By the way, if you got all those trivia questions right, pat yourself on the back — in the words of Grammer ...
**Come on, man! “Country Grammar”
***Chris Daughtry took fourth on season five.