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Outdoor summer concert guide: From Boise shows to Idaho mountain festivals

Summerfield Concerts at Memorial Stadium is offering five shows this year. In addition to grassy outfield seating, you’ll find lots of free parking.
Summerfield Concerts at Memorial Stadium is offering five shows this year. In addition to grassy outfield seating, you’ll find lots of free parking. Patrick Sweeney

Grab a blanket, a low-back chair and a bottle of sunscreen. Live music will fill the air for the next four months at outdoor concerts, festivals and music series.

Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater

16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa. fordidahocenter.com

Remember a few years back when this 10,500-capacity amphitheater sat empty most of the summer? The Ford Idaho Center’s grassy bowl is back in a big way.

▪  Korn, Stone Sour, Babymetal, Yelawolf, Islander: June 25

▪  God and Country Festival with Mac Powell of Third Day, Ryan Stevenson: June 28

▪  Dirty Heads, SOJA, The Green, Rgdlgrdn: July 7

▪  The Beach Boys: July 9

▪  Train/O.A.R., Natasha Bedingfield: July 13

▪  Blondie/Garbage, John Doe, Exene Cervenka: July 14

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Shirley Manson and her band, Garbage, will perform at the Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater on a bill that includes Blondie. Owen Sweeney Invision/AP

▪  Jacksons Country Stomp with Jake Owen, Cassadee Pope, Neil McCoy: Aug. 4

▪  The Head and the Heart, Gregory Alan Isakov, Blind Pilot: Aug. 11

▪  Avenged Sevenfold, A Day to Remember: Aug. 12

▪  Rancid/Dropkick Murphys, The Selecter, Kevin Seconds: Aug. 13

▪  MercyMe, Matthew West, Jordan Feliz, The Incandescent, others: Aug. 18

▪  The Piano Guys: Aug. 19

▪  Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini, Brett Young: Sept. 1

Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden

2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. idahobotanicalgarden.org

Boise’s best-known outdoor concert spot will start its season next week with some “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.” After that, the 4,000-capacity venue will flesh out its season with everything from emo to jazz. Only five concerts have been announced so far, but Outlaw Field normally hosts eight to 12. “We anticipate to be within that range again this year,” Idaho Botanical Garden executive director Erin Anderson says. “As more dates are confirmed, the artists will be released. We should be making those announcements in the coming weeks.”

▪  John Mellencamp, Emmylou Harris, Carlene Carter: June 7

▪  Santana: June 27 (sold out)

▪  Dashboard Confessional/The All-American Rejects, The Social Animals: July 17

▪  Diana Krall: July 29

▪  Michael Franti and Spearhead: Sept. 14

Summerfield Concerts at Memorial Stadium

5600 N. Glenwood St., Boise. summerfieldconcerts.com

In its second year, this series in the outfield grass got off to an early start. Two of the concerts already have come and gone! If you haven’t checked it out yet, there are still three shows to come. (One in September has not been announced yet.)

▪  Slightly Stoopid, Iration, J Boog, The Movement: July 14

▪  Glass Animals: Sept. 14

▪  Modest Mouse: Sept. 23

More Treasure Valley outdoor music

▪  Alive After Five: 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, June 7-Aug. 30, Grove Plaza, 826 W. Main St., Boise. downtownboise.org. Back in The Grove Plaza, this free series will offer touring bands and local openers each Wednesday. Highlights this summer will include Shook Twins (June 7), Western Centuries (June 14), Too Slim and the Taildraggers (June 21), Jamie McLean Band (June 28), Magic Giant (July 19), Major and the Monbacks (Aug. 2) and Scars on 45 (Aug. 9).

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The Shook Twins open Alive After Five June 7. Jay Blakesberg

▪  Great Garden Escape Concert Series: Thursdays, June 8-Sept. 7, Idaho Botanical Garden, Boise. idahobotanicalgarden.org. Local bands perform in the scenic garden.

▪  Kleiner Park Live Summer Concert Series: Thursdays, June 15-July 27, Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park, 1900 N. Records Ave., Meridian. kleinerparklive.com. Free, family-friendly concerts.

▪  Ste. Chapelle Summer Concert Series: various Sundays, June 18-Sept. 10, Ste. Chapelle Winery, 19348 Lowell Road, Caldwell. stechapelle.com.

▪  Music on the Water concert series featuring Brooke Wilson, The Lost Men, Red Light Challenge, Zack Quintana & The Tucks, Built to Spill (June 23), Darian Renee, Big Wow Band, Lakoda, Kevin Kirk and Onomatopoeia (July 22), DJ Dr. Fresh, The Delta, Marshall Poole, Lounge on Fire, Voice of Reason (Aug. 19): Esther Simplot Park, 614 N. Whitewater Park Blvd., Boise. Free to attend. Donation packages: $15, $25, $40. eventbrite.com.

▪  Boise Music Festival featuring Flo Rida, The Band Perry, Sean Kingston, Hey Violet, Austin Mahone: June 24, Expo Idaho, 5610 N. Glenwood St., Garden City. boisemusicfestival.com.

▪  Songwriters in the Park series: The Paul Tillotson New York Connection, Tylor Ketchum (June 24), Muzzie Braun, Swillbilly (July 16), SIS Fest: Sisters in Songwriting Kate MacLeod with Analog Sisters, Lindsey Hunt (Aug. 13): Lucky Peak Sandy Shores Amphitheatre, 9725 E. Idaho 21, Boise. For Tillotson show: $20 at Brown Paper Tickets, $25 gate. All other concerts free. $5 per vehicle entry fee applies.

▪ Music on the Mountain: Featuring Pimps of Joytime, DJ Lizzie. 1 to 7 p.m. July 1, Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, 2600 N. Bogus Basin Road, Boise. Free.

▪  Rock the Village Concert Series: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays, July 7-Aug. 25, The Village at Meridian, N. Eagle Road and E. Fairview Avenue. thevillageatmeridian.com. Tribute bands are a common theme at this free concert series in the courtyard at The Village. Highlights will include Queen Nation (Queen tribute, July 7), Stone in Love (Journey tribute, July 28), Elton: The Early Years (Aug. 18) and The Long Run (Eagles tribute, Aug. 25).

▪  The Beer Run festival w/Reel Big Fish, The Expendables, The Queers, Tunnel Vision: July 15, Revolution Center, 4983 Glenwood St., Garden City. $25 general ($30 door), $55 VIP. Ticketfly.

▪  Boise Blues Festival featuring Curtis Salgado, Lisa Mann Band, Johnny Rawls w/Smooth Avenue, Leo “Bud” Welch, The Blues Addicts w/Brass Tacks Horns: July 16, Reid Merrill Park, 637 E. Shore Drive, Eagle. boiseblues.org/festival.

▪  Canyon County Fair featuring Marshall Tucker Band, Tylor and The Train Robbers (July 27), Sammy Kershaw, Steve Moakler (July 28), Old Dominion, Brooke Eden (July 29): Canyon County Fairgrounds, 111 22nd Ave., Caldwell. canyoncountyfair.org.

Joan Jett
Put another dime in the jukebox, baby. Joan Jett is coming to the Western Idaho Fair. Andy Kropa Invision/AP

▪  Western Idaho Fair featuring Scotty McCreery (Aug. 22), Huey Lewis and the News (Aug. 23), Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (Aug. 24), Trace Adkins (Aug. 25): Expo Idaho, 5610 N. Glenwood St., Garden City. idahofair.com.

▪  Blues and Bones Festival featuring Dennis Jones Band, Jeramy Norris and The Dangerous Mood, Ben Rice Trio. Aug. 26, Eagle Island State Park, Eagle. bluesandbones.com.

Idaho mountain town festivals

▪  Konnexion Music Festival: July 7-9, Twin Springs (couple hours outside of Boise). Electronic dance music festival with performance artists, workshops, artistic sculptures, more. $160. konnexionmusicfestival.com.

▪  The Rock and Ride Music Festival featuring Puddle of Mudd, Blistered Earth, Sin Circus, others: July 8, Lewiston Roundup, 2100 Tammany Creek Road. Three stages, 16 bands, motorcycle park and show. $25 general, $5.50 children 10 and younger. rockandridemusicfest.com.

▪  Summer Music Festival at Roseberry featuring Martin Sexton, Jeff Crosby & The Refugees, Maggie Koerner, Gipsy Moon, more. July 13-15, Roseberry. thesummermusicfestival.com.

▪  Huckleberry Jam Music Festival featuring moe., Galactic, Lettuce, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, others: July 27-29, Tamarack Resort, 311 Village Drive, Donnelly. thehuckleberryjam.com.

▪  Mountain Home Country Music Festival featuring Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Brett Eldredge, Lee Brice, Eric Paslay, others: July 28-30, Elmore County, 30 minutes outside of Mountain Home. mountainhomefestival.com.

▪  Sawtooth Valley Gathering: July 28-29, Sawtooth Valley Pioneer Park, Stanley. Now in its third year, this festival experienced significant growth last year. Brothers Comatose headline. sawtoothvalleygathering.com.

▪  Yellow Pine Music and Harmonica Festival: People from around the globe converge on this tiny town to celebrate and perform. Aug. 4-6, Yellow Pine. yellowpinefestival.org.

▪  Braun Brothers Reunion Festival: Aug. 10-12, Challis Community Golf Course. Aug. 10: Ned Ledoux, Blue Water Highway Band, Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen, Lee Ann Womack, Micky & The Motorcars. Aug. 11: Parker McCollum, Jeff Crosby & the Refugees, Jaime Lin Wilson, Jack Ingram, Turnpike Troubadors. Aug. 12: The Braun Family & Guitar Pull, The Dirty River Boys, Cody Canada & The Departed, Old 97’s, Reckless Kelly. braunbrothersreunion.com.

Sun Valley Pavilion

300 Dollar Road, Sun Valley. sunvalley.ticketfly.com.

Covered pavilion seating plus open grassy area.

▪  British Rock Royalty: July 6

▪  Galactic, Andy Frasco and the U.N.: July 8

▪  Huey Lewis & The News: Aug. 19

▪  Eddie Money: Aug. 31

▪  Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, Jamestown Revival: Sept. 3

Michelle Jenkins contributed to this article.

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