BW Picks

Snake River Stampede - American Roots Music Festival - Strange Noize Tour - H2Overload - Twilight Criterium

18 wednesday - 21 saturday

Cowboy stand-off

The annual Snake River Stampede rodeo opened Tuesday night with all seven Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-approved events. The fun is just beginning on Wednesday with the rodeo's Tough Enough for Pink night. Wear your pink shirt to show your support for competitors riding to raise money for breast cancer awareness and prevention. Thursday is Patriot Night in honor of the men and women of the armed forces; Friday is Extreme Rodeo night; Saturday hosts a matinee Family Day with the annual calf scramble for kids; and Sunday hosts the finals, when rodeo stars compete for $400,000 in prize money.

Doors open nightly at 6:30 p.m., the show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday's matinee starts at 12:30 p.m., with doors opening at 11 a.m. Mutton busting starts 30 minutes prior to the start of each show. $9.50-$30. Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd, 208-468-1000. Tickets at For more information on the Stampede, visit

18 wednesday & 21 saturday

American Roots Music Festival

As part of the Idaho Humanities Council's weeklong "New Harmonies: Exploring American Roots Music," an institute for Idaho's educators called at Albertson College of Idaho, several of the week's featured musicians will perform two shows in Boise. On Wed., July 18, button accordionist David Romtvedt performs an "informative" street concert on the Basque Block. In a show that will be part performance and part educational presentation, the Buffalo, Wyo., musician will demonstrate the differences between Basque, Tejano and Cajun accordion styles and instruments before being joined by a handful of local musicians for an extended performance.

7:30 p.m., FREE, The Basque Block.

The week's activities culminate in a performance of traditional and improvised American roots music on Sat., July 21. Taking the stage are Idaho folksinger Rosalie Sorrels, Cowboy Poetry Gathering director and guitarist Hal Cannon, former Library of Congress music folklorist and fiddler Alan Jabbou, and More's Creek String Band fiddler Dave Daley. For more information, visit

8 p.m., $10, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Center, 516 S. 9th St., 208-345-9116.

19 thursday

What's That Sound?

Finally! Management and record companies are realizing that Boise is more than just a spot on a map between Salt Lake City and Seattle. It's a great place to book their bands when tours include a West Coast leg. The bands discover that not only is Boise a nice town, but that we appreciate kickass concerts.

The Strange Noize Tour makes a stop in our humble hamlet on Thursday, bringing Tech N9ne (one of Strange Music's biggest acts), the Kottonmouth Kings and hed (P.E.) (on the Suburban Noize label ... get it? Strange Noize Tour?).

Insomnia, hed (P.E.)'s new release, is scheduled to hit store shelves on July 17, and like their other releases, it's tough to decide whether to participate in a little head banging or reggae dancehall moves when listening to tracks. Visit and watch the video for "Suffa."

The Kottonmouth Kings and Tech N9ne partnered up to offer "City 2 City," a track about weed, women and wild times on the back of the tour bus. The lyrics in this one are not for the kiddies, but grown-ups can check out

So, if you need a big fat dose of urban sounds, check out the Strange Noize Tour and thank your lucky stars somebody finally got hold of an atlas.

8 p.m., $29.50 in advance through Ticketweb, $34 at the door, The Big Easy, 416 S. 9th St., 208-376-1212.

20 Friday

H2Overload at the H2Opark

Here's a pick for our teen readers and their parents who want a kid-free Friday night while their teens have a drug- and alcohol-free night: a pool party, biggie-sized. Every Friday night this summer, Roaring Springs opens up for teens only, with DJs from Magic 93.1 in charge of the music, River Roots Kayak experts in charge of rolling lessons and a rock climbing wall for those who need a break from the water. Jon McLaughlin will provide the night's entertainment and daredevils can compete in a belly flopping contest.

H2Overload is drug- and alcohol-free; security will be present at all times; bags will be searched upon entry; and the park institutes a no re-entry policy.

8-11 p.m., $11.99 plus tax or $9.99 with same day's ticket or season pass. Roaring Springs Water Park, 400 W. Overland Rd., 208-884-8842,

21 Saturday

Criterium Takes Over Downtown

When the Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium started in 1987, one of the goals of its founders was to increase the number of participants in the sport of bicycling. Twenty years later, the criterium is holding its 21st race and expecting to draw a crowd of 20,000 fans to watch what has been named one of the top criterium races in the United States (third, in fact, according to cycling mag VeloNews). More than 100 former Olympians, national cycling champs and locals compete for $25,000 in cash and prizes at top speed and around the tight corners of Boise's downtown.

First race is at 4 p.m., kids' race is at 6 p.m., the PowerBar Women's Pro race starts at 7 p.m. and the Wells Fargo Men's Pro race starts at 8:30 p.m. with awards to follow. The event is FREE for spectators. Riders begin at Main Street and Capitol Boulevard, turn north at 6th Street, east at Idaho Street and south at 9th Street before returning to Main Street to repeat the loop. For more information, visit