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Rapper with 8 billion YouTube views to lead Boise’s ‘biggest hip-hop festival’ of summer

Promoter Live Nation describes it as “summer 2019’s biggest hip-hop festival” and as “Wiz’s Wild Summer Party.”

Whatever you call it, a rap-fueled concert coming to the Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater will be a popular Boise ticket.

Backed by “a huge tour production,” Wiz Khalifa, French Montana, Chevy Woods, DJ Drama and guests will perform Thursday, Aug. 15. Doors open at 5 p.m.; music starts at 6 p.m.

Tickets to the outdoor show go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 26, at ICTickets, for $45 lawn (or $120 limited four-pack), $65 reserved seat and $85 golden pit pass.

Khalifa has more than 8 billion YouTube views and 33 million Twitter followers. His video for “See You Again,” a tribute to late actor Paul Walker featuring singer Charlie Puth, has racked up 4 billion views alone.

Khalifa drew about 4,500 fans when he headlined a 2015 show at the Idaho Center Amphitheater. This will be bigger.

Montana, a Moroccan-American hip-hop performer is a YouTube star in his own right. He has nearly 2 billion views. Montana’s “Unforgettable” video has racked up over 901 million.

The Idaho Center Amphitheater is located at 16200 N. Idaho Center Blvd. in Nampa. Online: fordidahocenter.com.

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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.