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Boise Hawks’ stadium to host big rock festival. Free beer in ticket price? Cheers, punk

Memorial Stadium probably won’t get THIS packed for Rancid, pictured. But The Bash festival should still provide plenty of fun.
Memorial Stadium probably won’t get THIS packed for Rancid, pictured. But The Bash festival should still provide plenty of fun. Rancid/Facebook

When you’re on a baseball field, is it called “slamming” a beer or “grand slamming” it?

This is one of the questions that will get answered Saturday, June 8, at Memorial Stadium. The home of the Boise Hawks will host The Bash, an all-day music and beer festival including Rancid, Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies, L7 and other punk-edged bands. More than 100 different craft beers will be poured. Concertgoers will enjoy complimentary beer tastings until 4 p.m.

Yes, free beer. For hours. (Well, free if you’ve purchased a concert ticket.)

Although The Bash calls itself “a brand-new music and craft beer festival,” it’s modeled after last year’s Scallywag! Festival, which came to CenturyLink Arena. (Pennywise headlined that one.) It’s also similar to the Punk in Drublic tour, which visited the Idaho Center Amphitheater in 2017. (NOFX topped that bill.)

Tickets to the Bash at Memorial Stadium go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 22 at thebashfestival.com. Prices vary depending on how early you want to start crushing beers. Tickets start at $39.50 for general admission (1 p.m. entry) and $99.50 for VIP (noon entry plus perks). You must be 21 or older to attend before 4 p.m. After that, The Bash is all-ages. A separate ticket will be available for concertgoers under 21, but pricing has not been released.

Michael Deeds is a columnist and entertainment writer at the Statesman, where he chronicles the Boise good life. Deeds invaded the newsroom as an intern in 1991.

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