For some, summer doesn't really start until baseball season opens.
Baseball is a catalyst for such summer staples as beer sloshing in translucent plastic cups and hot dogs wrapped in that uncategorizable foil/paper hybrid. In Boise, the baseball team of choice is Chicago Cubs affiliate the Boise Hawks, and the team's season opener is Monday, June 17.
For those who can't wait to plant their tushes in those folding Hawks Memorial Stadium seats, there's Blues, Brews and Barbecue, which takes at the stadium Saturday, June 1. The name says it all: Expect some sultry cusp-of-summer tunes, more beer than you can shake a bat at and more meat than an Atkins Diet convention.
The party lasts from 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., so there's plenty of time to listen, guzzle and nosh. Bands performing include Next in Line, The Marshall Poole Band, Lori B! & the Dudes Deluxe and more. The thirsty can take their picks of brews from some of Idaho's finest breweries, including Payette Brewing Co., Grand Teton and Highlands Hollow. 'Cue masters are Idaho BBQ, Rolling Hawg Smokers and Brown Shuga Soul Food.
Blues, Brews and Barbecue benefits the Idaho Humane Society and the Pet Food Pantry, so bring a bag of cat litter or pet food and exchange it for two extra beer tickets.
Sometimes it seems like summer can't come to Boise quickly enough, but this is a chance to ease the transition with a full-on party.