In the summer, Sun Valley acts as a quick and easy escape for Boiseans who want to enjoy a touch of posh culture. This year, the 2012 Summer Performing Arts Series put on by Sun Valley Center for the Arts gives one more reason to make the drive to Ketchum.
On Monday, Aug. 6, the River Run Lodge will host Johnny Clegg, a South African singer-songwriter, dancer and anthropologist. Playing alongside him will be a seven-piece band and vocalists Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who performed on Paul Simon's Graceland 25 years ago. General admission is at 6:15 p.m. and costs $30 for SVCA members, or $40 for nonmembers. Early entry admission at 6 p.m. is available for members at $75 and nonmembers for $85. The show starts at 7 p.m.
One week later, on Monday, Aug. 13, Pink Martini will take the stage at the River Run Lodge. The 12-piece band infuses jazz with classical and old-fashioned pop. The band originally united to play colorful soundtracks for political fundraisers and causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, libraries and education. The show starts at 7 p.m. and costs $35 for members or $45 for nonmembers for general admission. Early entry admission is $75 with a membership or $85 without.
Thursday, Aug. 30, Bonnie Raitt and special guest Mavis Staples will draw summer to a close in the Sun Valley Pavilion. Raitt has won nine Grammies for her blend of blues, rock, pop and country. When she isn't raking in the awards or singing "Something to Talk About," Raitt fights to protect forests and prevent nuclear warfare. Staples opens for her with powerful gospel and blues. Lawn seats are available for $30.50 for members and $40.50 for nonmembers. Pavilion seats have already sold out. The show begins at 7 p.m.