As summer starts to heat up, the music scene is getting hotter as well. Here are a few shows I have highlighted to catch in the next few months – hope to see you there!
June 1st – Saturday
Tylor & the Train Robbers – The Olympic
Yes technically you can see this local country/folk outfit at Pengilly’s and Grainey’s almost anytime, but this should be a good one. Tylor Ketchum and his crew are stars waiting to make it – see them now while you still can. Also, check out their latest LP, The Best of the Worst Kind.
June 3rd – Monday
The Record Company – Knitting Factory
I saw these lads when they opened for Bob Seger this winter, and swore that if they came back I would go check them out. Well, here they are. Straight-ahead rock and roll, with plenty of energy. They should rock the house.
June 5th – Wednesday
Buckcherry – Knitting Factory
Josh Todd and crew are road warrior vets, with over twenty years in the game. Best known for their more recent work, their first three albums are the true goodness and I predict a healthy dose of older gems like “Dead Again”, “For the Movies”, “Lit Up”, and “Time Bomb” will be mixed in to the setlist. This will be my third time seeing them, and the first with them as the headliner.
June 9th – Sunday
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit / Father John Misty – Les Schwab Amphitheater (Bend, OR)
Technically this is not a Boise show, but the five-hour drive will be more than worth it. Two fo America’s strongest contemporary songwriters sharing a stage in the beautiful and fun town of Bend is worth taking that Monday off and making a weekend of it. See you there.
June 14th – Friday
The Offspring – Knitting Factory
Dexter, Noodles, and co roll in to town on their acoustic tour, which should be interesting. Best known for their accessible radio-friendly take on punk, it will be a unique experience to see them without feedback and reverb.
June 20th – Thursday
Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band – Egyptian Theater
Hope you got a ticket, folks. This talented songwriter’s set is sold out.
June 28th – Friday
Sublime with Rome – Idaho Center Amphitheater
Bradley Nowell may be gone (for over twenty years now, if you can believe it), but his music lives on. Rome Ramirez joins original Sublime members Eric Wilson (bass) and Bud Gaugh (drums) to keep Brad’s terrific songs alive.
July 11th – Thursday
Dwight Yoakam – Idaho Center Amphitheater
The man, the myth, the legend brings the sound of Bakersfield into town. When I saw him 25 years ago it was the second concert I ever attended. All these years later I get to see him again. Don’t miss this one.
July 13th – Saturday
Beck w/ Cage the Elephant – The Gorge (George, WA)
OK, this isn’t even close to a Boise show – but I am stoked to finally get to Red Rocks AND finally see Cage the Elephant live.
July 16th – Tuesday
Band of Horses – Knitting Factory
Sadly, I won’t be able to attend this show that I have a pair of tickets for. I’ll be out of town, but hope fans got their tickets early as it is sold out.
July 20th – Saturday
Garth Brooks(!!) – Bronco Stadium
The concert debut for our proud blue turfed stadium is a great one: the man himself, Sir Garth Brooks. Sadly I’ll be in Yellowstone and can’t make it. Damn the luck. Oh, and this one sold out (that’s over 38,000 tickets at $100 each, folks) in just under an hour.
July 25th – Thursday
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – Outlaw Field
It’s hard to beat a great band in mid-summer at this beautiful venue. Be there or be square! And son of a bitch, gimme a drink!
July 31st – Wednesday
Lord Huron / Shakey Graves – Outlaw Field
Two solid (and quite different) bands make for a very interesting bill. I saw Shakey last year and was amazed at how great they sounded, this will be my first time seeing Lord Huron.
August 9th – Friday
Steve Earle & the Dukes – Egyptian Theater
The country/rock legend brings his terrific band to town, and this one is a must see. If only his son Justin was opening for him…
August 10th – Saturday
The Nude Party – Neurolux
I thoroughly enjoy their latest eponymous record and bet this will be a fun show , even if they perform fully clothed nowadays.
August 17th – Saturday
Travis Tritt / Charlie Daniels Band – Idaho Center Amphitheater
Often overlooked, Travis Tritt was a force of the 90s country scene and his voice is one of a kind. This is going to be a fun show, and a reminder of how great his early run was.
August 20th – Tuesday
Thunderpussy – Hannahs
Who doesn’t love gals who rawk? Well, after seeing these ladies perform a couple of times at Treefort I can attest that they do just that, and you don’t want to miss this one.
August 22nd – Thursday
Iron & Wine / Calexico – Knitting Factory
Two big names come together for what should be an entertaining evening in downtown Boise.
September 8th – Sunday
Cake / Ben Folds – Idaho Center Amphitheater
After Ben Folds gets done rocking the suburbs, Cake will go the distance – see what I did there? For real, don’t miss this one- Cake is a blast live and even with a slightly shortened set (they are co-headlining) this will be worth the drive out to Nampa.