Words & Deeds

3 new Boise concerts: Tool to perform indoors, Michael Franti outdoors

Michael Franti will headline at Outlaw Field at the end of summer.
Michael Franti will headline at Outlaw Field at the end of summer. AP

Three new concerts in the Boise area were revealed this morning, including one that organizers think might sell out a major arena.

▪  Tool is coming. This is a big deal. The Grammy-winning band hasn’t been here since 2007, when it blew about 6,500 minds with its Pink Floyd-like visuals and thinking-man’s metal at the Idaho Center. That’s exactly where Tool will play again when the band rocks Nampa at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 18.

There’s reason to suspect that Tool’s return visit will draw a significantly larger audience. Why? Because this tour is selling out pretty much everywhere. The night before Tool performs in Canyon County, the group will headline the Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington. The Gorge holds more than 20,000 people, and that show sold out immediately when it went on sale.

Tickets to the Tool concert at Ford Idaho Center go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at ICTickets for $69.50 and $89.50. There will be no presale.

▪  Summer is getting closer, which means Outlaw Field is trickling out its schedule. The latest announcement: Michael Franti & Spearhead will return for a concert Thursday, Sept. 14. The towering rocker played Outlaw Field in 2015. I saw him last summer at the Huckleberry Jam at Tamarack Resort, where he delivered an uplifting, high-energy party.

Tickets to the 7 p.m. concert at Outlaw Field go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for $36.50 at Ticketmaster. There is a presale for Idaho Botanical Garden members, who also pay $5 less.

▪  Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot also is headed back to Boise. He’s been booked for a concert Saturday, June 10, at the Egyptian Theatre. There will only be 720 tickets for that show, which starts at 8 p.m. and includes two sets with an intermission.

The Lightfoot concert goes on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for $45, $75 and $100 at Ticketfly.