1. ROCK IN THE GRASS
Sure, there's the Albertsons Boise Open and the Snake River Stampede this weekend. But I'm lookin' to ROCK. With help from the folks behind Treefort Music Fest, Crooked Fence Brewing Co. is throwing an all-day party Saturday at its new, 5-acre Crooked Flats site. The festival will be highlighted by a couple of must-see indie bands: Boise’s own Hollow Wood, a young group on the rise, and Florida-based Roadkill Ghost Choir (pictured above), an ethereal yet roaring act that’s already performed on “Letterman.” See you there.
Itinerary: 2:30 p.m. Edmond Dantes; 4 p.m.: Virgil; 5:30 p.m. Hollow Wood; 7 p.m. Desert Noises; 8:30 p.m. Roadkill Ghost Choir
2. PLAY BALL
Smoke? The only smoke I see is trailing a fastball at Memorial Stadium. The heatwave will break just enough this weekend to make it a perfect time to check out the Boise Hawks, who welcome Spokane on Friday and Salem-Keizer on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. [Tickets]
3. STRAP IT ON
Did you live through the 1990s? Did you like metal back then? Then you and your tinnitus are plenty familiar with Helmet, which will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its 1994 album “Betty” by playing the entire thing Saturday night at Neurolux. [Tickets]
4. GET THE BLUES
Do you enjoy soulful, hot rod guitarists? Then singer and ax slinger Hamilton Loomis is your man. When he last visited Boise, he and his band blew some minds at Jo’s Sunshine Lounge. Now the Texas group will headline Sunday Blues, which also features a bunch of excited Treasure Valley performers. Get ready to dance.
Itinerary — Noon Marshall Hopper and Juke Daddys; 1 p.m. Boise Blues Society Band; 2 p.m. Zack Quintana Band; 3 p.m. JT and Smooth Avenue; 4:30 p.m. Hamilton Loomis Band
5. HANG WITH EMILY
Ex-Boisean Emily Braden is back in Boise for a visit, which means she’s gonna sing. Check her out at 6:30 today at the Village at Meridian’s free weekly Songwriters in the Village series, where she’ll be joined by Kobie Watkins, Justin Nielsen and Dylan Sundstrom. Or join them Sunday night at the Sapphire Room in an Idaho Songwriters Association gig. [Tickets]
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