Forty-one years ago, the Old Idaho Penitentiary was a functioning prison housing more than 600 inmates. It had solitary confinement cells, a death row and a hanging room. Today, it's open to the public as a preserved glimpse of prison history, and on Friday, Aug. 8, it will be a concert venue.
The Fourth Annual Bars and Ballads features performances from Emily Tipton, Mission 66 and Marshall Poole. Visitors are invited inside the prison walls to set up picnics and low-back chairs in the courtyard and cool off with a beer from Crooked Fence Brewing. Wine will be sold by the Friends of the Historical Museum. Proceeds benefit the Idaho State Historical Society.
Hang out, bring a picnic (no outside alcohol or glass bottles allowed), have a blast and be happy you're there by choice.