Words & Deeds

Mom! A new Outlaw Field summer concert! It’s spendy — but he’s ‘absolutely wonderful’

Let it snow, Boise. Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden will melt it with a new summer concert announcement.

Here’s some hot stuff, Mom: Singer Josh Groban is coming to Boise’s favorite outdoor venue Friday, Aug. 30.

It’s unfair to pretend that Groban’s fan base is, like, exclusively mothers. But concert organizers do know that Grobanites possibly lean female and are enthusiastically willing to drop significant moola on tickets. General-admission lawn seats to this 7:30 p.m. concert will cost $75 (plus fees). Want a closer view? More comfort? Reserved seats are $99, $155 and $199. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at Ticketmaster, or call 208-426-1766.

Groban has been wowing fans with his soaring, operatic pop vocals for what seems like decades. The 37-year-old had his own PBS special before he was old enough to buy a glass of wine.

Groban has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. In 2016, he made his debut on Broadway in the musical “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.” Naturally, everyone loved it. The New York Times called him “absolutely wonderful.” I note this not out of cynicism, but out of genuine awe (and, OK, jealousy). Whether Groban’s classical crossover music is your bag or not, you have to admit: He’s a supremely talented dude. He also has a fantastic sense of humor about it all.

Fans should have a fantastic night hearing Groban’s majestic voice outdoors.

Michael Deeds is an entertainment reporter and columnist at the Idaho Statesman, where he also has been a sportswriter, entertainment editor and features editor. Deeds co-hosts “The Other Studio,” a one-hour music show, at 8 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.
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