Words & Deeds

2 more new outdoor concerts? Yep. The Idaho Center is going the distance this summer.

Ready to go “The Distance,” Boise — meaning, for a 20-minute drive?

Good. Because alt-rock band Cake is coming to Nampa — along with Ben Folds and, for a separate concert, Bryan Adams.

The three acts will headline two newly announced shows at the Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater, which is looking like the place to be for major outdoor concerts this summer.

Alt-rockers Cake and singer-pianist Folds will co-headline at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 19, at ICTickets for $39.50 general-admission lawn, $49.50/$59.50 reserved seat, and $79.50 general-admission pit. Tall Heights will open.

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John McCrea of the band Cake performs at the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival in 2016 in Franklin, Tenn. Laura Roberts Invision/AP

Singer Bryan Adams will crank singalong-friendly pop-rock at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 19, for $39.50 general-admission lawn, $59.50 and $79.50 reserved seat, and $99.50 golden circle reserved.

Cake is known for 1990s-era singles such as “The Distance,” “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” and a cover of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.” The band last performed in Boise in 2011, selling out Outlaw Field. Frontman John McCrea’s deadpan singing style should contrast nicely with Folds, whose endearing vocals powered ‘90s standouts such as “Brick.” In case you’re wondering, the order of acts will be Tall Heights, Ben Folds, Cake. (Organizers plan to bring out a huge disco ball for Cake’s set.)

Adams exploded onto the charts in 1983 with the record “Cuts Like a Knife.” The following year, his “Reckless” album uncorked smash songs “Summer of ‘69” and “Run To You.”

Each concert will attract a big crowd. They’re solid, fun additions to a swelling schedule at the Idaho Center Amphitheater: Billy Currington/Locash on June 14, Sublime/SOJA/Common Kings on June 28, Rockstar Disrupt Festival (The Used/Thrice/Sum 41) on July 24 and Travis Tritt/Charlie Daniels/Love & Theft on Aug. 17.

Better yet? The amphitheater is expected to add at least three more concerts to its summer schedule, ranging from country to punk and rap.

Stay tuned. I expect to have details about those three shows next week.

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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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