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Built to Spill will play free show at the new Esther Simplot Park

Music on the Water, Boise’s new outdoor concert series, has added some bigger names to its lineup of local bands, including Built to Spill.

Esther Simplot Park, the latest in the city’s Ribbon of Jewels string of parks, will provide the setting, with a stage set on the edge of a river-fed pond and a view of the Boise Foothills.

The three events will offer a selection of local food, beer and wine vendors as well as arts and crafts, face painting, games and more for kids to do.

Kevin Felgate, founder and CEO of Name Brand Promotions, a Boise branding agency, collaborated with event producer and race organizer Keith Hughes of Vertical Endurance. The two met on the board of Onward Shay!, a marathon organized by Hughes that made its debut in Boise last year.

“We wanted to create an event that has music, that’s for families and kids, with an expo atmosphere that celebrates the park,” Felgate says. “With its focus on families, we thought this would be a perfect benefit for the WCA.”

The concerts are free to attend. Donations will be taken at each concert to benefit the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. Felgate also says net proceeds from booth rentals and the like will also go to the WCA.

Music on the Water lineup

▪  2-9 p.m. Friday, June 23: pop violinist Brooke Wilson, folk indie rock trio The Lost Men, Red Light Challenge and Zack Quintana and The Tucks and Built to Spill.

▪  2-9 p.m. Saturday, July 22: pop singer Darian Renee, popular cover band Big Wow Band, alt-rockers Lakoda and jazz fusion group Kevin Kirk and Onomatopoeia.

▪  2-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19: DJ Dr. Fresh, pop/rock trio The Delta, psychedelic alt-rock band Marshall Poole, rock fusion band Lounge on Fire, reggae band Voice of Reason.

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