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Mountain Home Music Festival

Saturday, Aug. 23


Mountain Home Music Festival has set a high bar for itself.

"We are super excited to present the widest variety of music in one place of any festival in the valley," MHMF owner Mark Bryant wrote in an email to Boise Weekly.

With everything from gospel and bluegrass to rock and country bands on the bill, Bryant may not be far off on his claim.

The inaugural all-ages festival happens in Optimist Park, providing the setting for more than 40 vendors offering a variety of food and crafts, as well as some serious homegrown talent from the likes of Banda Cienega de Zacapu, and Pinto Bennett and the Paul Tillotson Love Trio, featuring Tillotson, bassist Mike Merritt and drummer James "The Worm" Wormworth, both of whom are members of Jimmy Vivino and The Basic Cable Band, Conan's house band. Other bands on the include The B-3 Side, Ben Burdick, The Boise Big Band with Sandon Mayhew, Gayle Chapman, Dan Costello, Michaela French, Green Mountain Smoke, Liberty Christian Fellowship Church, Love Abiding Church, The Neckid Rednecks, Reilly Coyote and Sirah Storm.

Advance tickets are available at Mark Anthony's Bar, 208-587-4533; Monkeyman Music Store, 208-481-0346; or from The B-3 Side frontman Carl Holmes, 208-409-7337.