Your Idaho outdoor concerts guide: From Boise shows to mountain festivals this summer

Get out! Summer concert season is already here. Boise rock band Built To Spill will help start things this weekend at the two-day Music on the Water festival in Esther Simplot Park. Next Wednesday, Alive After Five fires up in the Grove Plaza. The day after that, Boise’s most popular outdoor venue, Outlaw Field, kicks off its summer series with Barenaked Ladies. Grab a low-back chair, a pair of sunglasses and a good planning calendar. It’s time to party all summer.

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Music on the Water

When: Noon to 9 p.m. June 1 and 2, free

Where: Esther Simplot Park, 3206 W. Pleasanton Ave., Boise.

Who: Marshall Poole and Big Wow (June 1); Dan Costello, Patrick Dansereau Band, Red Light Challenge, Generator Saints and Built to Spill (June 2)


Alive After Five

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, June 6-Aug. 29, free

Where: The Grove plaza, 826 W. Main St., Boise

Who: LED, Ryan Peck (June 6), Ivory Deville, Bread & Circus (June 13), Ghost of Paul Revere, Andrew Sheppard (June 20), Greyhounds, The Trees The Trees (June 27), Lounge on Fire, Juice (July 4), Afrosonics, Xabi Aburruzaga Trio (July 11), Stone Foxes, Luke Messimer (July 18) Brad Parsons Band, Innocent Man (July 25), Young Dubliners, Curtis/Sutton and the Scavengers (Aug. 1), Talbott Brothers, Pan Handles (Aug. 8), Jocelyn and Chris Arndt, Luci Kolada (Aug. 15), The Brevet, Nick Delffs (Aug. 22), Ripe, Rippin Brass (Aug. 29)


Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series

When: Various dates

Where: Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise

Who: Barenaked Ladies (June 7), Michael Franti & Spearhead (June 26), Sheryl Crow (July 17), Jackson Browne (July 20) Chris Isaak (July 24), ZZ Top (Aug. 1), Amos Lee (Aug. 8), Steve Miller Band (Aug. 20), Rebelution (Aug. 23), The Avett Brothers (Sept. 20)


Great Garden Escape

When: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 14-Sept. 27 (6 to 9 p.m. August-September)

Where: Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise

Who: Sherpa (June 14), Shy Boys, Thick Business (June 21), Frim Fram Four (June 27, which is a Wednesday), Boise Rock School, Ryan Peck (July 5), Trout Steak Revival (July 12), Old Salt Union (July 19), Hillfolk Noir (July 26), Encore Band (Aug. 2), Blues Brothers Rock ‘N Soul Review (Aug. 9), Tylor and the Train Robbers (Aug. 16), Simple Ruckus (Aug. 30) Karl Blau (Sept. 6), Boise Straight Ahead (Sept. 13), Ryley Walker (Sept. 27)


Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater concerts

When: Various dates

Where: 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa

Who: Jacksons Country Stomp with Kip Moore (June 15), Dirty Heads (June 24), God and Country Festival with Unspoken and Maddie Zahm (June 26, free), Kenny Chesney (July 5), Logic (July 11), G-Eazy (July 24), Niall Horan (July 31), Slayer, Lamb of God, Anthrax, Testament, Napalm Death (Aug. 21), Jason Mraz (Sept. 4)


Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater has lined up a wide variety of concerts this summer.

Mike Miller AM Idaho

Thursday Thunder

When: 6 p.m. Thursdays, June 21-Aug. 30, free

Where: Boise Spectrum, 7609 W. Overland Road, Boise

Who: $oul Purpo$e (June 21), Pilot Error (June 28), Wide Stance (July 12), Simple Ruckus (July 19) Fabulous Chancellors (July 26), Pilot Error (Aug. 2), Big Wow (Aug. 9), $oul Purpo$e (Aug. 16), Emily Stanton Band (Aug. 23), Pilot Error (Aug. 30)


Boise Music Festival

When: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. June 23

Where: Expo Idaho, 5610 N. Glenbwood St., Garden City

Who: Robin Thicke, Granger Smith, Echosmith, Baby Bash, Parmalee, Mat Kearney, more


Fans will pack Expo Idaho for the annual Boise Music Festival.

Katherine Jones Statesman file

Boise Community Band’s Gene Harris Bandshell series

When: 7 to 8:15 p.m. various dates, free

Where: Gene Harris Bandshell, Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise

What: "Tribute to America" (June 27), “Hollywood vs. Broadway” (July 25), “Swinging through the Summer” (Aug. 22)


Music on the Kuna Greenbelt

When: 4 to 10 p.m. June 30, free

Where: Behind Kuna City Hall, 751 W. 4th St.

Who: SUDA featuring Zack Quintana, The Tumbleweeds, Dusty Leigh and The Claim Jumpers

Rock the Village

When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays, July 6-Aug. 17, free

Where: The Village at Meridian, N. Eagle Road and E. Fairview Avenue, Meridian

Who: The Long Run, Bruce Michael Miller (July 6), The Fabulous Chancellors, JR and the Stingrays (July 13), Jukebox Heroes, Nate Botsford (July 20), Radical Revolution, Blaze & Kelly (July 27), Charley Jenkins, Jensen Buck Band (Aug. 3), Fleetwood Mask, Steve Eaton & Friends (Aug. 10), Barracuda, Retreads (Aug. 17)


Canyon County Fair

When: 8 p.m. July 26-28 (free shows with paid fair admission)

Where: Canyon County Fairgrounds, 111 S. 22nd Ave., Caldwell

Who: Sawyer Brown, Ryan Robinette (July 26), Craig Morgan, Jackson Michelson (July 27), Michael Ray, Smithfield (July 28)


Summerfield Concerts at Memorial Stadium

When: Various dates

Where: Memorial Stadium, 5600 Glenwood St., Boise

Who: Death Cab for Cutie (Aug. 3), Slightly Stoopid, Stick Figure, Pepper (Aug. 5)


Western Idaho Fair

When: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21-24 (free shows with paid fair admission)

Where: Expo Idaho, 5610 N. Glenwood St., Garden City.

Who: Bret Michaels (Aug. 21), Styx (Aug. 22), Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias (Aug. 23), Randy Houser (Aug. 24)


Idaho road trips

Konnexion Music Festival

When: May 31-June 3

Where: 155 Jerusalem Road, Horseshoe Bend (roughly 40 minutes outside Boise)

Who: Dirtwire, Frameworks UK, Five Alarm Funk, Longwalkshortdock, more


Weiser River Music Festival

When: June 15 and 16

Where: Weiser, Idaho

Who: Whiskey Shivers, Dead Winter Carpenters, Dirty Revival, Jeff Crosby and The Refugees, more


Sun Valley Pavilion concerts

When: Various dates

Where: 300 Dollar Road, Sun Valley

Who: Citizen Cope, G. Love and Special Sauce (June 16), St. Paul and the Broken Bones, North Mississippi Allstars (June 25), Brett Eldredge, Devin Dawson (Sept. 22)

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Music from Stanley

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Sundays, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, June 17-Sept. 2, free

Where: Redfish Lake Lodge, 401 Redfish Lodge Road, Stanley

Who: Steve Baker (June 17), Pesky Grape Seeds (June 20), Douglas Cameron (June 22), Haywire Hopefuls (June 24), Mark Kroos (June 27), Dewey, Picket & Howe (June 29), Lounge on Fire (July 1), Soul Patch (July 4), Mark Mueller (July 6), New Transit (July 8), Mandy Fer & Dave McGraw (July 11), Mathias (July 13), Brian Ernst (July 15), Muzzie Braun (July 18), Douglas Cameron (July 19, Thursday show), Dewey, Picket & Howe (July 20), Mark Mueller (July 29), Pesky Grape Seeds (Aug. 1), Leigh Guest (Aug. 3), Ben Bedford (Aug. 5), Blaze & Kelly (Aug. 8), Dewey, Picket & Howe (Aug. 10), Country Club (Aug. 12), Sneaky Bones & Sam Weber (Aug. 15), Lee Penn Sky – The Oliphants (Aug. 17), Audio Moonshine (Aug. 19), Douglas Cameron (Aug. 24), other dates TBA


River Run Lodge concerts

When: Various dates

Where: 500 Serenade Lane, Ketchum

Who: Big Head Todd and The Monsters, Shovels and Rope (Aug. 1), Baldygrass Fest with The Infamous Stringdusters, Kuinka, AHI (Aug. 22)


Tamarack Sunset Concert Series

When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturdays, July 7-Aug. 25, free

Where: Tamarack Resort Amphitheater, 311 Village Drive, Donnelly

Who: Tylor and the Train Robbers (July 7), Steve Fulton Music (July 14), Voice of Reason (July 21), Afrosonics (Aug. 4), Audio Moonshine (Aug. 11), Innocent Man (Aug. 18), Emily Stanton Band (Aug. 25)


Mountain Home Country Music Festival

When: July 27-29

Where: Elmore County, 30 minutes from Mountain Home

Who: Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, more


Idahoans will get a little rowdy at the annual Mountain Home Country Music Festival held in Elmore County.

Kyle Green Statesman file

Sawtooth Valley Gathering

When: July 27-28

Where: Sawtooth Valley Pioneer Park, Stanley

Who: Fruition (both nights), MarchFourth, Shook Twins, Lounge on Fire, more


Yellow Pine Music & Harmonica Festival

When: Aug. 3-5

Where: Yellow Pine, Idaho

Who: Spike Coggins, Triple Crown, Guess When, Roby Kap, David Richardson, Moody Jews of Boise, more


Braun Brothers Reunion Festival

When: Aug. 9-11

Where: Challis, Idaho

Who: Micky and the Motorcars, Reckless Kelly, Turnpike Troubadours, Cody Canada and the Departed, Robert Earl Keen, more


Bannock County Bluegrass Festival

When: Aug. 17-19

Where: Bannock County Fairgronds, 10588 Fairground Drive, Pocatello

Who: Ragged Union, The Teton Shadow Band, The Panhandle Polecats, more


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