Summer is fast approaching and announcements about all the live music it will bring with it are rolling in like drunk college students at the Los Betos drive-thru at 3 a.m.
First off, local openers have been announced for the Alive After Five free Wednesday concert series on The Grove. Highlights include old faves like Thomas Paul on Wednesday, Aug. 22, and Lee Penn Sky on Wednesday, July 18, as well as up-and-comers like Sun Blood Stories on Wednesday, Aug. 8, and Workin' on Fire on Wednesday, June 6. A complete list can be found at boiseweekly.com.
Idaho Botanical Garden is also gearing up for the Great Garden Escape Thursday night series, which will feature a variety of local jazz, blues and classic rock acts, as well as special appearances by critically acclaimed blues harmonica player John Nemeth on Thursday, July 26, and The Blues Brothers Rock 'N' Soul Revue on Thursday, Sept. 20. The full schedule for that can also be found at boiseweekly.com.
Moving from established series to independent upstarts, two new outdoor festivals are launching this summer.
The first is the Neon Oasis festival, which will run Friday, July 27-Sunday, July 29, in the town of Oasis, and feature a lineup of DJs and electronic artists like Meat Katie, Freddy Todd and Arsenal FX, as well as a variety of art and dance workshops. Tickets for this Burner-ama are on sale now and run $30-$50.
Also launching this summer is the MASSV music and arts festival, which will go down Friday, July 13-Saturday, July 14, in Ketchum. Headliners include hip-hop artist Brother Ali, electronic group Beats Antique and Austin, Texas' laser-riffic Ghostland Observatory. BW has been told by festival organizers that tickets and the full lineup for MASSV will be available soon.
And finally, Eric Gilbert's annual community shindig, Ranchfest, has announced its line-up, which includes headliners like Tartufi, Birds and Batteries, Atomic Mama and Mozam. The fest runs Friday, May 25-Sunday, May 27, but just like a hot springs or a house show, BW ain't going to spill the beans on where it is. If you want to make it to Ranchfest, you've got to find it on your own.