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Boise Music Festival forecast: Diverse performers, excellent weather

The Boise Music Festival draws tens of thousands of fans to Expo Idaho each year.
The Boise Music Festival draws tens of thousands of fans to Expo Idaho each year. Statesman file

Gangsta’s paradise? Rapper Coolio will have that one covered Saturday. But if you’re looking for shorts-and-T-shirt paradise, the Boise Music Festival is your headlining act in 2016. After the last couple of years’ scorching temperatures, the seventh annual event should be a pleasantly warm 79 degrees at Expo Idaho. And with a lineup of diverse, radio-friendly main-stage acts, nearly 50 local acts on five local stages, and tons of food and drink vendors, the party undoubtedly will draw a huge crowd.

Main stage

▪  Ryan Robinette, 1:30 p.m.: The up-and-coming Nashville singer-songwriter’s new single is “For Awhile.”

▪  Andy Grammer, 2:40 p.m.: The pop singer’s irresistible “Honey I’m Good” was one of 2015’s top 10 best-selling songs.

▪  Coolio, 4 p.m.: Hello, 1995! The rapper will bust out his hits “Gangsta’s Paradise” and “Fantastic Voyage.”

▪  Spencer’s Own, 5:30 p.m.: The five Twin Falls natives are brothers — and a country vocal group now calling Nashville home.

▪  Nelly, 6:40 p.m.: It’s getting “Hot in Herre” — but not above 80 or 85 degrees, OK? The singer-rapper also will likely deliver favorites such as “Country Grammar” and “Ride Wit Me.”

▪  Daughtry, 8:10 p.m.: Time to rock with a former “American Idol” star. Frontman Chris Daughtry will bring guitar crunch to the otherwise pop-and-country-heavy main stage. Hits include “Home” and “It’s Not Over.”

When, where, etc.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Expo Idaho, 5610 N. Glenwood St., Garden City. Parking is free.


Tickets are $29 (plus fees) general admission, $85 (plus fees) Cool Zone, $125 (plus fees) pit pass. Buy online at Kids 12 and under get in free.


You’ll find 12 to 15 rides offering everything from white-knuckle experiences to kid-friendly stuff. You can get an all-day carnival wristband for $25 (plus fees) online until midnight June 24. After that, it will cost you $35. Another sweet deal: A carnival wristband/general-admission festival ticket combo for $40, again until midnight June 24.