With the economy in the tubes, the concert industry is taking a big hit. Pollstar reported last month that concert sales, including festivals, are down as much as 17 percent from the first half of last year. Taking an even bigger hit are the people who can't afford to attend these high-priced events.
Thankfully, the good people from Idahoans for Music and the Environment are putting on the second annual Idaho-Down, and the best thing about it is it won't cost you an arm and a leg to get in. Just $15 a day or $25 for the whole weekend gets you two stages of continuous live music and space to camp under the trees at Brundage Mountain Resort in McCall.
The jam-centric lineup features reggae artist Joseph Israel, Denver funksters Yamn and local jammers Equaleyes, as well as Holden Young Trio, The Shook Twins, Voice of Reason, Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats, Gizzard Stone, AlpenFlow, Corn Mash, The Prairie Sky Pilots and more.
The festival promises to be sustainable and interactive, with an LED light show, art installations, late-night performances, a large natural amphitheater and on-site vendors. There'll be plenty to do and plenty of live music to feed your weary soul.