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

Going to a Ford Idaho Center concert? Here’s what you need to know.

Andrew Luther, general manager at the Ford Idaho Center, offers advice on getting tickets, and entering the arena and amphitheater smoothly.
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Andrew Luther, general manager at the Ford Idaho Center, offers advice on getting tickets, and entering the arena and amphitheater smoothly.

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 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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