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Outlaw Field Concert Series, Loudon Wainwright III, Gem State Jam

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Knitting Factory's popular Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series out at Idaho Botanical Garden brings a host of heavy hitters to the gorgeous outdoor setting this year. Tickets sell out fast, so get out your calendar and plan ahead for the following dates: Thursday, May 6, is Merle Haggard; Friday, May 21, brings the Barenaked Ladies with Serena Ryder; Monday, June 21, join Jewel and Brandi Carlile with Radney Foster; Thursday, July 3, wig out with Widespread Panic; Thursday, July 22, catch Kevin Kirk and Onomatopoeia with Idaho Collegiate Chamber of Orchestra Players; Monday, Aug. 2, jam out with Jackson Browne with David Lindley; and on Wednesday, Aug. 11, crank it up with Chris Isaak.

For the most part, general admission tickets are $35 and preferred general admission tickets are $50. However, it will cost a little more to see Jackson Browne: $46 general, $68 preferred.

For tickets or more information, visit idahobotanicalgarden.org.

Singer/songwriter/actor Loudon Wainwright III makes a stop in Boise at Boise Contemporary Theater on Saturday, May 8. The Grammy Award-winning folk singer's new release, 10 Songs for the New Depression, speaks to the current climate of political unrest and apathy as well as more universal human issues. On his website, Wainwright offers a brief synopsis of each track, even if it's just a personal message. On "Times Is Hard," Wainwright explains, "This song was written following the 2009 Inaugural and asks or perhaps begs the question: 'Can nihilism be used as a tool to remedy social ills?' I suspect Pete Seeger would reject this premise, though I'd like to think that Will Rogers and Woody Guthrie might dig the concept." Curtis Stigers hosts the show and Idaho's own folk icon, Rosalie Sorrels, opens. Tickets are going fast, so if you want to get your folk on, you best get yours.

Visit bctheater.org for more information.

The Gem State Jam is back on this year, on Saturday, June 19, out at the Old Pen. Promoter Darren Goldberg from GSquare Productions said the solar-powered music fest promises big bang for the buck: Early tickets are only $10 and 10 acts are already penned in with more expected. Along with a slew of locals, Wendy Darling, Jerry Joseph and Johnny Cash tribute band Cash'd Out are among the names on the docket. For more information, visit gemstatejam.com.

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