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Michael Deeds: Huckleberry Jam at Tamarack will debut as top-notch mountain-town music festival

Yes, there will be delicious, thirst-quenching beer Aug. 14 and 15 at Tamarack Resort. Yes, patchouli-oil-scented chicks will be gyrating inside hula hoops. Yes, everyone at the base of the mountain will be in an extra-festive mood.

But try not to get too toasted at The Huckleberry Jam.

You’ll want to appreciate this music festival near Donnelly with all your senses operating at full capacity. It’s the highlight of Idaho’s mountain-town concert scene this year.

With nine acts over two days and festival camping at the Donnelly Airport, it’s a formidable debut from organizer Townsquare Media — you know, the radio-station owner that put on Saturday’s massive Boise Music Festival.

Friday’s bill at The Huckleberry Jam: The Ballroom Thieves, The Motet, North Mississippi Allstars and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. Saturday’s bill: Anders Osborne, Pimps of Joytime, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Brett Dennen and Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals.

A 10th act, Shook Twins, also will perform Thursday at the campground for early arrivals. Camping is free that night, too.

If enough people show up, the Huckleberry Jam should return in 2016. So let’s get this thing off to a strong start.

“We want to try to do it long-term,” says Kevin Godwin, Townsquare’s regional vice president. “This partnership with Tamarack has been a good thing. Everyone that we talk to in the jam band, blues, funk scene (is) really impressed with the lineup.”

No bones about it, this is a neo-hippie festival. It’s sort of like a mini-version of the annual High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, Calif. Except that Tamarack is, like, a two-hour drive instead of a nine-hour drive.

Did you see my column Friday about making a Boise summer bucket list? Add Huckleberry to the top of that list.

Godwin is hoping for about 4,000 festivalgoers each day, he says. That would be an impressive first year.

There will be plenty of food and drink vendors. Shuttles will run between the festival and nearby campgrounds.

A two-day pass is $99. (Kids 8 and under are free.) Find out more at thehuckleberryjam.com.

Can’t make it to Huckleberry? Pick up Scene magazine July 10. I’ll pull together a guide to other Idaho mountain-town concerts this summer.


So here’s the big question about Press & Pony, the new Downtown bar from Boise Fry Co.: Can you order a cocktail and take it into the french fry haven next door, which also shares its space with Guru Donuts?

“Absolutely,” says P&P manager Jordan Krema. “And you can take fries back to the bar.”

This sounds like a healthy relationship. Except for your waistline.

P&P, which opened just over a week ago at 622 W. Idaho St. in the Adelmann Building, is positioning itself as a craft cocktail bar. Only about 25 customers fit into the space. Jazzy music plays over the speakers. But if you check it out from 4 p.m. to midnight daily, you’ll probably discover that it’s far from elitist. The occasional scent of deep-fried goodness should ensure that.

P&P’s press release says the bar will feature “a rotating array of classic, craft cocktails in addition to house-made tonics, shots, beer and champagne cocktails, beer, wine, and a limited selection of common mixers. At least four liquor cocktails and four house-made tonics will be featured on the menu, each of which will be designed to complement and pair with the flavor profiles of the following spirits: whiskey, gin, rum, and tequila.”


Here’s what went on sale this past weekend:


Old 97’s:

8 p.m. Sept. 12, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $20.


. $22 day of show. Opening: Salim Nourallah.


St. Lucia:

8 p.m. Sept. 14, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $15.




Purity Ring:

8 p.m. Oct. 2, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $20.


. $22 day of show.



8 p.m. Oct. 5, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $17.


. $18 day of show. Opening: Chef’s Special.


Cash Cash



8 p.m. Oct. 22, Revolution Center, 4983 Glenwood St., Garden City. $15 first 100 tickets sold, $20 general ($25 at door), $35 VIP.



In Scene magazine July 3

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Michael Deeds’ entertainment column runs Fridays in Scene magazine and every other Sunday in Explore. Twitter: @michael deeds