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Hurry, Boise! Tickets to 22 concerts lowered to $20 or less. (Limited quantities.)

How to find concert tickets online from official sellers

Buying concert tickets online can be confusing. Idaho Statesman entertainment writer Michael Deeds offers quick tips on how to search for official sellers and buy tickets at face value, and how to spot reseller sites, where prices often are higher.
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Buying concert tickets online can be confusing. Idaho Statesman entertainment writer Michael Deeds offers quick tips on how to search for official sellers and buy tickets at face value, and how to spot reseller sites, where prices often are higher.

Note: I updated this article at 9 a.m. May 2.

You know summer is near when National Concert Week is here.

Each May, promoter Live Nation unleashes a seven-day, $20 ticket sale. This year, more than 2 million price-dropped tickets will be made available to over 2,800 shows in North America.

In the Boise area, 20 concerts are getting the $20 deal, and two others are even cheaper. The sale starts at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, and lasts until 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 — or until the limited quantities evaporate. The prices are not all-inclusive. Normal ticketing fees apply.

All the $20 tickets are general-admission lawn at the Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater and general-admission at the Revolution Concert House and Event Center. There also are a couple of $13 and $15 shows at Taco Bell Arena. To make it easy, I’ve linked each concert directly to the bargain purchase point.

Some of these shows are half off or more. With others, you only save a few bucks. Either way, everyone loves saving cash. Paying $20 instead of $45 to see Wiz Khalifa? That leaves you a lot of extra beer money.

As these specials sell out, I’ll update the list. Don’t dilly-dally, because some will vanish quickly. This promotion rocks. Literally.

Slushi / Nitti Gritty — May 2, Revolution Concert House (sale is $20 VIPs, May 1 only)

I Prevail — May 4, Revolution Concert House (sale is May 1-3 only)

Dirty Heads — May 13, Revolution Concert House (sold out but 50 more added)

Falling in Reverse — May 17, Revolution Concert House

Elle King — May 18, Revolution Concert House

Adam Calhoun — May 29, Revolution Concert House

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones — June 2, Revolution Concert House

New Kids on the Block — June 4, Taco Bell Arena

Lany — June 12, Revolution Concert House

Anberlin — June 21, Revolution Concert House

▪ Sublime with Rome / SOJA — June 28, Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater

▪ Dwight Yoakam / Ryan Bingham — July 11, Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater

▪ Rockstar Disrupt Festival (The Used, Thrice, Circa Survive, Sum 41, Atreyu, more) — July 24, Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater

George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic — Aug. 7, Revolution Concert House

▪ Wiz Khalifa / French Montana — Aug. 15, Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater (sold out but 100 more added)

▪ Travis Tritt / Charlie Daniels Band — Aug. 17, Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater

Skillet / Sevendust — Aug. 25, Revolution Concert House

▪ Cake / Ben Folds — Sept. 8, Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater (sold out but 100 more added)

▪ Bryan Adams — Sept. 17, Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater (sold out but 100 more added)

▪ Social Distortion / Flogging Molly — Sept. 18, Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater (sold out but 100 more added)

▪ Ghost — Sept. 27, Taco Bell Arena (sold out)

Joshua Radin — Oct. 17, Revolution Concert House

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