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This Week, KISS Kicks Off Its New Tour in Boise, Plus More Concert Offerings

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The Fourth of July has come and gone but if you're still feeling a little (fire) worked up, there are some stellar concert options available in the coming week.

If you're looking for a weekday getaway, head to the Idaho Botanical Garden (2355 Old Penitentiary Road) on Thursday, July 6, for the Great Garden Escape Summer Concert Series. This week, the Seattle-based Ian McFeron Band will deliver its folksy/singer-songwriter/all-around good vibes starting at 6:30 p.m. Take your own blankets or low-profile chairs and a picnic, or purchase food and drink from on-site vendors. Admission is $7 for IGB members, $10 for non-members. Tickets are available in advance or at the gate.

Those who prefer to rock and roll all nite indoors can catch The Demon, The Starchild, The Spaceman and The Catman, collectively known as KISS, on Thursday, July 7 at the Taco Bell Arena (1401 Bronco Lane). After more than 40 years of ass-kicking concerts, the internationally beloved band is focusing on 25-plus cities it hasn't performed in for more than a decade (and four new ones) and will kick off its Freedom To Rock Tour right here in Boise. American Idol winner will open, kicking off a guaranteed evening of epic rock. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $40-$125.

Being low on funds doesn't mean you have to miss out on some Friday evening fun. The new Rock The Village Summer Concert Series at The Village at Meridian (3597 E. Monarch Sky Lane) kicks off Friday, July 8. The series features tribute bands covering rock legends like Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Eagles, Elton John and Fleetwood. This week, enjoy the sounds of John Fogerty/ Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band Blue Moon Swamp with opener Carolina Morning. The tunes start at 5:30 p.m. and admission is free.

While away Sunday afternoon by heading west to Ste. Chapelle Winery (19348 Lowell Road) in Caldwell for the Ste. Chapelle Summer Concert Series. The Sunday, July 10 concert is a special one: Not only will local alt-country rock band Raketooth provide danceable tunes, it's also a Firefighter's Burnout Fund benefit—the Burnout Fund provides help to families displaced by fire and all ticket proceeds from the show will go to the fund. Gates open at 11 a.m. and picnics are welcome, but leave the booze at home—you are going to a winery, after all. Admission is $12 for non-members, $10 for members and free for kids 16 and younger. Tickets are only available online at

To close out this crazy week of music, don't miss the anticipated lineup of '80s pop icons Barenaked Ladies with OMD and Howard Jones on Tuesday, July 12, as a part of the Summerfield Concert Series at Memorial Stadium (5600 N. Glenwood St., Garden City), presented by Knitting Factory. The inaugural season of this series has already brought bad-ass concerts by Leon Bridges and Boston and will wrap up royally with Lord Huron and Trampled by Turtles in August. Parking is free at Memorial Stadium, and you can take your own low-profile chairs and blankets but no pets, umbrellas, recording devices or outside food or drink—food and drink vendors are available on-site. Tickets are $60-$112, and gates open at 4:30 p.m.

As always, there are myriad more musical options (check out Page 20 for the Wednesday, July 6 installment of the Alive After Five concert series on The Basque Block), which you can find at