The Boise Foothills above the Old Idaho Penitentiary are a popular destination for locals. But in the hours before one of the Knitting Factory's Outlaw Field Concerts at the Idaho Botanical Garden, they're a makeshift party place as fans rush to carve out a section of what they call the "cheap seats."
It's a problem not unique to Idaho. When security guards armed with flashlights failed to stop freeloaders in Los Angeles, officials at the Hollywood Bowl erected a large chain-link fence, topped with a curlicue of barbed wire.
And last year, The University of Utah employed a more natural version of that tactic on the hillside above the Red Butte Garden amphitheater. It put a fence in place, but plans to remove it after 10 years—when newly planted oak and maple saplings have grown large enough to block the hill's sightline.
“The best way for us to keep bringing great shows to Boise is for people to support those shows by purchasing tickets,” said Greg Marchant, Knitting Factory's senior vice president for development and expansion.
In the Wednesday, Aug. 15, issue of Boise Weekly, we talk to the people on the hill, as well as the series' promoters, who wish the "hill people" would come inside the gates. Check the video out below.