Alive After Five, the Downtown Boise Association's annual fountain-splashing, hippie-dancing, Mike's Hard Lemonade-swilling summer concert series, has finally announced this year's lineup.
The weekly event kicks off on Wednesday, June 1, with high-energy funk/soul revivalists Fitz and the Tantrums and local opener Finn Riggins. On June 8, the headliner is TBD with opener Like a Rocket; June 15, Grupo Fantasma with Oso Negro; June 22, Brothers Comatose with Sarah Sample; June 29, Girls Guns & Glory with Neo Tundra Cowboy; July 6, Honey Island Swamp Band with Thomas Paul; July 13, John Nemeth with Hokum Hi-Flyers; July 20, Anders Osborne with Travis McDaniel Band; July 27, Hey Marseilles with Junior Rocket Scientist; Aug. 3, Tony Furtado with New Transit; Aug. 10, Jim Lauderdale with Bill Coffey; Aug. 17, The Ragbirds with Matt Hopper and The Roman Candles; Aug. 24, Duke Robillard Band with Dan Costello; Aug. 31, Swagger with Central City Music Co.; and Sept. 7, Hoots & Hellmouth with Sandusky Furs. Headliners are still TBD for Sept. 14, Sept. 21 and Sept. 28. For more info, visit downtownboise.org.
In other outdoor concert news, Idaho Botanical Garden's Outlaw Field Concert Series, presented by Knitting Factory Entertainment, gets going on Thursday, May 19, with Sheryl Crow. The series continues with The Moody Blues on Tuesday, May 31; An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt on Tuesday, June 14; Ray LaMontagne and The Pariah Dogs with special guests Brandi Carlile and The Secret Sisters on Tuesday, June 21; Alison Krauss and Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas on Friday, July 1; and The Decemberists with special guest Typhoon on Wednesday, July 20. All shows start between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., and prices vary. For more info, visit idahobotanicalgarden.org.
Also looming on the concert fest horizon is Boise State's Spring Fling on Saturday, May 7, from 2-8 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena, which features rapper Lupe Fiasco. The concert is free to the public but everything else--including food vendors, an oxygen bar, a Ferris wheel and bounce houses--is free for students or $5 for non-students. For more info, visit spb.boisestate.edu.