Best Local Music Venue

Idaho Botanical Garden Outlaw Field

To understand why Outlaw Field won this category, you only need to look at some of the musicians who have played or will play there: Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Allison Krauss, David Gray, Modest Mouse, John Mellencamp, Emmylou Harris, Tony Bennett, Gregg Allman, Steve Earle, Bonnie Raitt, Santana, Michael Franti. Clear enough?

2nd Place: Knitting Factory—The Knitting Factory often pops up in this category, and for good reason. In September 2017 alone, it hosted acts like the Reverend Horton Heat, Thundercat and Spoon and has welcomed the likes of Gojira, Rachael Yamagata, Phantogram, TI, Beats Antique and Social Distortion. Of course BW readers voted for it.

3rd Place: Neurolux—If you're seriously into music and have lived in Boise for two years or more, you probably have at least one story about some amazing show you saw at Neurolux. Countless up-and-comers, critics' darlings and straight-up legends have played there over the years. Want to brag that you saw some group before it got huge? Want to pay $20 or less for a show that would cost you double or more in Portland or Seattle? Keep an eye on this local bar's event calendar.

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