Boise/Treasure Valley Spring 2020 Concert Preview

I know, it snowed here yesterday – but trust me, spring is coming.  Here are some upcoming shows that I’m fired up about, and why you should be as well.

Dylan LeBlanc – Feb 11 – Olympic

This up and coming singer/songwriter from Louisiana and Alabama has a golden voice and some killer songs to match.  His last two albums are both solid endeavors -this should be a fun evening.


Blacktop Mojo – Feb 12 – Olympic

These dudes rock, and little ol’ Olympic is about to get loud as their It Won’t Last Tour comes to town.


Atmosphere – Feb 15 – Knitting Factory

Missed this Minnesota duo and their crew last year, and thankfully they are returning.  Slug and Ant have been releasing some of the most consistently enjoyable hip-hop music over the last 25 years.


Jay Mohr – Feb 21 & 22 – Liquid Laughs

No doubt about it, the dude is funny.  His 2018 set here was a mix of old and new material, but even the repeat stuff still made me nearly laugh my balls off.


Korn – Feb 24 – Idaho Center

Remember 1999?  Jonathan Davis and crew will remind you on this night.


311, Soul Asylum, Local H – Mar 6 – Revolution

Speaking of the 90s… 311 is definitely on my “haven’t seen, but should” list, and when Local H was here a few years back they stole the show.  The price is a bit hefty ($40) but you only live once, slackers.


Joseph – Mar 9 – Knitting Factory

Last year’s Good Luck, Kid was a lovely blend of country, pop, and gritty folk – “Green Eyes” is one of my favorite songs from 2019.  These three sisters from Oregon have some serious talent and will be bringing the goods on a bigger stage this time.


Tool – Mar 14 – Idaho Center Arena

Tool.  Back in Idaho.

Enough said.


Treefort IX – Mar 25-29 – Downtown Boise

Over 500 bands will be at our festival this year, including: Mikal Cronin, Calexico, Grouplove, Lauren Ruth Ward, The Districts, Built to Spill, The Felice Brothers, Chromatics, Dance With the Dead, Sonny & the Sunsets, Esme Patterson, Chris King & the Gutterballs, The Black Tones, and Summer Cannibals.

More on this bad boy in a few weeks when the schedule is released…


White Denim – Apr 1 – Neurolux

Vintage hipster psych-tinged rock that sort of defies description, these guys have been making good music for years and this is the first time I recall them being here.  It’ll be good action!


Sarah Shook & the Disarmers – Apr 4 – Neurolux

Readers of this blog know how much I adore this music – Sarah and her excellent band killed it at two shows during last year’s Treefort, and I couldn’t be happier that they’re back already.  If you like raw, sincere songs with some legit country-rock gravitas, you will be hooked.  This venue is perfect for them, also.


The Avett Brothers – May 19 – Outlaw Field

Yep, two years after their last visit, they’re returning.  The hype was real, and they delivered the goods.  Don’t miss this one.



Chris Stapleton’s All-American Road Show – Jun 18 – Idaho Center Arena

Sure, Treefort, Tool, Avett Bros, and Sarah Shook are all reasons I can’t fucking wait for this spring, but this show will be the granddaddy of them all.

Chris is The Real DealTM and a genuine triple threat.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it over and over again – no one else in country music can simultaneously write lyrics and music of this quality, play a mean lead guitar, and sing like a troubled angel.  His 2018 show here is one of the ten best I’ve ever seen (and I’ve likely seen more shows than everyone you know combined).

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (February 7th) and I suggest you do whatever it takes to get one – quickly.  If I haven’t convinced you yet, check the ultra-solid supporting acts: Mike Campbell’s (you may know him as Tom Petty’s long-time guitar player) new band The Dirty Knobs, and the terrific Margo Price.


Get off your asses and get to some of these shows, and I’ll see you there!