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How to not have a horrible time at a summer concert

Wow, this looks like an awful time, doesn’t it? A scene from Paul Simon’s sold-out show May 23 at Outlaw Field in Boise.
Wow, this looks like an awful time, doesn’t it? A scene from Paul Simon’s sold-out show May 23 at Outlaw Field in Boise.

Although I did not attend Paul Simon’s recent show at Outlaw Field, I’m what you’d call an expert concertgoer. With hundreds, if not thousands, of live events under my belt, I like to think I’ve seen it all. Except, the truth is, I have not.

A complaint-filled Letter to the Editor afterward enlightened me to the fact that it is possible to emerge from the flowery Idaho Botanical Garden holding your nose. That’s pretty incredible. Especially when you consider that the Garden’s grassy area outside the Old Idaho Penitentiary is voted Best Music Venue every year in the Idaho Statesman’s Best of Treasure Valley readers’ poll.

“My most vivid memories are: lines, lines, lines, lines, lines ...,” Jack Stevens of Boise wrote. “Too bad the ‘planners’ of this fiasco were not incarcerated in the penitentiary for fraud — pretending it was a well-planned event.”

Michael Deeds: 208-377-6407, @michaeldeeds

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