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Music on the Water in Esther Simplot Park Brings Boise Music and Community Together


Music on the Water benefited both concert goers and the Women's and Children's Alliance. - SAVANNAH CARDON
  • Savannah Cardon
  • Music on the Water benefited both concert goers and the Women's and Children's Alliance.

Despite the summer heat, Esther Simplot Park was full of food vendors, booths and people on July 22, all there for the second of the new three-concert series, Music on the Water. With performances by locals Darian Renee, Big Wow Band, Lakoda and headliners Kevin Kirk and Onomatopoeia, the event benefited the Women’s and Children’s Alliance.

“Any opportunity to build awareness about not only the issue of domestic abuse in our community and the prevalence of it and the services we offer, we’re grateful for that opportunity, but the generosity of the organizers of the concert who came together and put this together to benefit the WCA, we’re truly grateful for that,” said Christine Davis, WCA communications manager.

Some concert goers found relief from the heat in the shade of tents and umbrellas, others danced in the sun, and everyone seemed to enjoy the sense of community along with the music.

“Even though it’s still a growing community, there’s still so much character and art,” said Justin Tam.

He was also there to support a few of his musician friends, including opener Darian Renee, who was accompanied on stage by dancers from local company, F.U.S.E. As an advocate for nonprofits in Boise, Renee said having played shows that benefited the WCA before made the decision to be part of the Music on the Water concert an easy one.

“I think it’s so important to support [the WCA],” said Renee.

Providing an essential element of outdoor summer concerts, Payette Brewing was on hand with a variety of its craft beers and was happy to support the WCA.

“We’re stoked to help and to be involved with the community," said Payette Taproom Assistant Manager Cary Richelieu. "Boise first."

The final concert in the Music on the Water series happens on Saturday, Aug. 19, and features local acts Dr. Fresh, The Delta, Marshall Poole, Lounge on Fire and headliners, Voice of Reason.

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