No one is saying exactly where white supremacists are planning to hold their annual music fest Saturday, Oct. 6. While organizers remain tight-lipped about the location, they are expecting neo-Nazis and Klan sympathizers from across the globe to descend on the Boise area to attend Hammerfest 2012. And that's enough to get the attention of Boise Police.
"There have been skirmishes (at previous events) between people at the venue and people who don't like their racist messages," said Sgt. Jeff Basterrechea of Boise Police Department's Gang Intelligence Unit. "A lot of times, you already have violence in the concerts and then you have people come on board with alcohol or drugs."
Hammerfest, which has seen previous incarnations in Australia, Italy and Wales, is promoted by Dallas-based Hammerskin Nation. According to the Anti-Defamation League, Hammerskin Nation "is the most violent and best organized neo-Nazi skinhead group in the United States."
"I don't even know how many people to expect," Basterrechea told Citydesk. "I don't know why they're having it here, to be honest."
Hammerskin members often congregate via a website called Crew38, with details about the concert location and lodging accommodations available only to vetted members. On that site, one member wrote that people who were interested in attending the show should message "one of the Idaho brothers," saying, "There's no way anyone we don't already know is gettin in."
Law enforcement can't stop the concert unless there's violence, disturbing the peace or other violations.
"I would have parents be very aware. This is not going to be your typical heavy metal concert," said Basterrechea. "It's going to have a message and it's probably a message about trying to recruit you into the skinhead movement."