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4 grandstand concerts coming to the Western Idaho Fair in 2019

Check out the crowds at the Western Idaho Fair with this drone view

Shutter Sky Films shared this video of the view over the Western Idaho Fair on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. "The place was packed! The food was amazing and the people watching was even more excellent," the company said.
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Shutter Sky Films shared this video of the view over the Western Idaho Fair on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. "The place was packed! The food was amazing and the people watching was even more excellent," the company said.

Love to rock, Boise? The Western Idaho Fair wants you at its grandstand concerts this summer. More of a country boy? The fair’s music still has you covered.

Four grandstand entertainers will perform during the annual event, which will be Aug. 16-25, 2019. You don’t need tickets to see the live music. Shows are free with paid fair admission.

Rock band 3 Doors Down will get the ball rolling Tuesday, Aug. 20. The Mississippi-based quintet is probably best known for its 2000 breakout smash, “Kryptonite.” But the group also became a radio favorite behind hits such as “Duck and Run,” “When I’m Gone” and “Here Without You.”

Boise baby boomers will flock to see country-rock group the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on Wednesday, Aug. 21. Formed in Long Beach, California, in 1966, the influential roots band enjoyed hits ranging from a cover of “Mr. Bojangles” in 1970 to “Fishin’ in the Dark” in 1987. The album “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” released in 1972, is considered a classic. Current band members include Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Faden and Bob Carpenter, along with Jaime Hanna, Jim Photoglo and Ross Holmes.

Prefer your country more modern? Singer Dustin Lynch will be the headliner Thursday, Aug. 22. Born in Tennessee, Lynch released his first studio album in 2012. He’s won fans with singles such as “Cowboys and Angels,” “Where It’s At,” “Hell of a Night,” “Mind Reader,” “Seein’ Red” and “Small Town Boy.” The tight-T-shirt-clad singer also has his own clothing line, Stay Country.

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Although REO Speedwagon is associated with the 1970s and 1980s, the group formed in 1967.

Classic rockers REO Speedwagon will keep the fire burnin’ at the grandstands Friday, Aug. 23. Formed in 1967, the band went on to fame after frontman Kevin Cronin joined five years later. REO’s hits include radio staples such as “Ridin’ the Storm Out,” “Keep on Loving You,” “Take It on the Run” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling.”

The Western Idaho Fair is at Expo Idaho, 5610 N. Glenwood St. All grandstand concerts start at 7:30 p.m., but doors open at 6 p.m. (So get in line early if you’re hoping to snag the best seats!)

Advance tickets to the fair are available at idahofair.com for $7 adult, $5 senior 62 and older, $4 child ages 6 to 11. Kids 5 and younger get in free. You can also purchase package deals to save money on admission and carnival wristbands.

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

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