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Outdoor concert guide: Boise, Salt Lake City and beyond

The Idaho Botanical Garden’s Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series kicks off next week with a sold-out Lindsey Stirling show. Here’s a guide to other major outdoor concerts, whether you hang in Boise or take a road trip adventure:

Treasure Valley

Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater

6200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa,

There’s not a ton of concerts in Nampa, but there’s a nice variety — from country to heavy metal to hip-hop.


17: Jacksons Country Stomp

19: Willie Nelson and Family/Alison Krauss and Union Station


1: Mayhem Festival

31: Wiz Khalifa


8: Brit Floyd

27: Sublime w/Rome

Idaho Botanical Garden’s Outlaw Field

2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise,

Nine concerts are slated this season for the garden’s 4,000-capacity Outlaw Field.


26: Lindsey Stirling w/Melanie Martinez (sold out)


26: Gregg Allman w/Steve Earle and the Dukes


15: The Decemberists w/Calexico

21: Third Eye Blind/Dashboard Confessional

24: Barenaked Ladies w/Violent Femmes, Colin Hay


4: Michael Franti & Spearhead

5: Alabama Shakes w/Chicano Batman

12: Slightly Stoopid w/Dirty Heads, Stick Figure

13: Brandi Carlile/Iron & Wine

Boise Music Festival

June 27, Expo Idaho, 5610 N. Glenwood St.,

This annual event features a diverse array of headliners including Rob Thomas, Nick Jonas, Redfoo, Gloriana, Shaggy, Plain White T’s and The Ting Tings.

Road trips

Ponderosa Paradise Music Festival

June 19 and 20, 19242 Idaho 30, Buhl,

This new natural amphitheater will launch with camping and an EDM-focused festival including headliners Apashe and Big Chocolate.

Mountain Home Country Music Festival

July 31-Aug. 2, 20 miles from Mountain Home up Idaho 20,

With headliners including Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley and Florida Georgia Line, this camping-friendly event is aiming for a huge first year. More than 20 acts, not including locals, are planned.

Cactus Petes Amphitheater

1385 U.S.-93, Jackpot, Nev.,

This 4,000-capacity amphitheater is a relatively quick drive — and a good excuse to get in a little blackjack at the casino.


14: Charlie Daniels Band


12: Hank Williams Jr.

25: Clint Black


19: Grand Funk Railroad (free)

The Gorge Amphitheatre

Quincy, Wash.,


Up for a seven-hour drive? Then you’re up for a trip to the scenic Gorge. Things kick off this weekend with Sasquatch before settling into a groove that finishes strong with Dave Matthews and Foo Fighters.


22-25: Sasquatch! Music Festival


20: Nickelback w/Lifehouse

26, 27: Paradiso Festival


11: Zac Brown Band

25: Train w/The Fray and Matt Nathanson

31-Aug. 2: Watershed Festival


8: Sam Smith


4-6: Dave Matthews Band

12: Foo Fighters w/Gary Clark Jr.

Usana Amphitheater

5150 S. 6055 West, West Valley City, Utah,

Seriously? Van Halen is playing at Usana but not in Boise? (Maybe it’s because this amphitheater holds 20,000.) Gas up the car. We’re heading to Salt Lake City.


20: Willie Nelson/Alison Krauss


5: Nickelback

9: Zac Brown Band

16: Darius Rucker

18: Van Halen

19: Train


25: Toby Keith

29: Lady Antebellum

30: Fall Out Boy, Wiz Khalifa


8: Kelly Clarkson

20: Joe Bonamassa

21: Slipknot

23: Sublime w/Rome

26, 27: Luke Bryan


9: The Australian Pink Floyd Show

12: Tim McGraw

19: Brad Paisley

28: Def Leppard

Red Butte Garden

300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City,

The University of Utah’s botanical garden has a permanent amphitheater that holds 3,000. Better yet? You can BYOB.


22: Passion Pit w/Holychild

26: The Decemberists w/Wartime Blues (sold out)

27: Chromeo/Odesza (sold out)

29: Lindsey Stirling w/Karmin (sold out)


2: Ryan Adams

12: Tedeschi Trucks Band/Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings (sold out)

16: Cooder-White-Skaggs w/Robert Earl Keen

25: Rob Thomas w/Plain White T’s


9: Brian Wilson w/Rodriguez

14: Hank Williams Jr. w/Luke Bell

19: Sweet Harmony Soul feat. Mavis Staples, Patty Griffin w/Amy Helm and the Handsome Strangers

21: Steve Miller Band

22: Harry Connick Jr. (sold out)

26: Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

27: Sugar Ray, Better Than Ezra, Uncle Cracker, Eve 6


4: Alabama Shakes w/Chicano Batman (sold out)

6: Michael Franti and Spearhead (sold out)

7: John Fogerty - 1969 (sold out)

12: Trampled By Turtles/The Devil Makes Three

16: Brandi Carlile w/Anderson East (sold out)

17: Rodrigo y Gabriela

18: Wilco w/Vetiver

24: Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club

25: Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion”

31: Yes/Toto (sold out)


6: Cake (sold out)

15: Mark Knopfler (sold out)

16: Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals (sold out)

Twilight Concert Series

Pioneer Park, Salt Lake City,

This series is sort of like Alive After Five, except advance tickets cost $5 and the acts are bigger names.


16: Death Cab for Cutie, Tune-Yards

23: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Father John Misty

30: Prhyme with Adrian Younge, Bishop Nehru


6: The Kills, Metz

13: The Word, Lee Fields and The Expressions

20: Run the Jewels