Summer Guide Music Festivals and Concert Series

Summertime is synonymous with outdoor music


During the summer months, if you're one of those people whose idea of an emergency car kit is a cooler and a couple of low-back chairs, here's a list of a few of the festivals and concerts coming up. Find more festivals and concerts at

Outlaw Field Summer Concerts

May 26-Aug. 13

Idaho Botanical Garden,

The Outlaw Field concerts are some of the hottest tickets around—so hot, in fact, shows are often sold out shortly after tickets go on sale. Tickets are $30-$450+.

May 26 (SOLD OUT): Lindsey Stirling: The Music Box Tour. With special guest Melanie Martinez. (Martinez was a Season 3 contestant on NBC's The Voice).

June 26: Gregg Allman. With special guests Steve Earle and The Dukes. July 15: The Decemberists. With special guests Calexico.

July 21: Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional

July 24: Barenaked Ladies: 2015 Last Summer on Earth Tour. With special guests Violent Femmes and Colin Hay.

Aug. 4: Michael Franti and Spearhead

Aug. 5: Alabama Shakes. With special guest Chicano Batman.

Aug. 12: Slightly Stoopid. With special guests Dirty Heads and Stick Figure.

Aug. 13: Brandi Carlile and Iron & Wine

Alive After Five

June 3-Aug. 26 (Wednesdays) Grove Plaza,

Even with all the crazy construction going on downtown, the iconic Alive After Five summer concert series returns to the Grove Plaza. Concerts are 5-8 p.m., all ages, FREE.

June 3: Lindi Ortega and a.k.a. Belle

June 10: Hollow Wood and Addam Chavarria

June 17: Dead Winter Carpenters and Idyltime

June 24: Clumsy Lovers and Dan Costello

July 1: Jeff Crosby & The Refugees and Lee Penn Sky and The Oliphants

July 8: The Suffers and Afrosonics

July 15: Albert Cummings and Lounge on Fire

July 22: Scars on 45 and Tundra Brother

July 29: Basque Night/Amuma Says No (Note: This concert is 4-7 p.m.)

Aug. 5: Hillstomp and Urquides

Aug. 12: Fruition Band and StoneSeed

Aug. 19: The Ravenna Colt and Mississippi Marshall and The Juke Daddys

Aug. 26: Record Exchange Season Finale

Boise Music Festival

June 27

Expo Idaho, From the get-go, BMF has been popular, with high-profile national and local/regional acts, five stages, a 21-and-older area and a carnival. Tickets are $40-$60.

National Acts: Main Stage (1:15-8:10 p.m.): The Ting Tings, Plain White T's, Shaggy, Gloriana, Redfoo of LMFAO, Nick Jonas, Rob Thomas

Local/Regional Acts: Acoustic/Singer-Songwriter Stage (times TBA): Barefoot, The Naomi Psalm Band, Patrick Dansereau, NickNervous, Melle, Fiona Luray, Abagail Hambright, Emily Tipton, Tom Taylor Country/Americana Stage (times TBA): Aaron Ball Band, Doobius Cobb, Steady Rush, Pocket Candy, Brook Faulk, Drifter Still, The Oliphants, Ryan Bayne, Kayleigh Jack, Ned Evett and Future Folk Hip-Hop Urban Stage (times TBA): Dedicated Servers, Illest*Lyricists, Magic Mic, Arcturus the Architect, Big O, Chandler Fehr, Auzomatik, Exit Prose, Holistic Meditation and Emcee Monkey D, Bounce House feat. MC Shake, Zabian Rock/Alt Stage (times TBA): Brian Bateman, Midline, Good Mourning, The Vacationist, As Fire Falls, Rain For Dust, Lakoda, Like A Rocket, Lounge on Fire, Green Zoo

Mountain Home Country Music Festival

July 31-Aug. 2

Elmore County (30 min. from Mountain Home),

The MHCMF is shaping up to be one of Southern Idaho's biggest festivals ever with three days of some of country music's biggest names. Ever. The final lineup is still TBA, but Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Justin Moore, Lonestar, Sara Evans, Thompson Square, Parmalee, Frankie Ballard, Jackson Michelson, Jana Kramer, Clare Dunn and Michael Ray are confirmed.