Jazz lovers rejoice--the time is here to enjoy the last few weeks of summer and spend some time listening to melodious music in the spacious, breathtaking mountain scenery of Central Idaho.
Snatch up your favorite picnic blanket and gas up the car for a trip to higher elevations and the McCall Jazz Festival on Saturday, Aug. 10.
Boise's favorite musical son, Curtis Stigers, headlines the event and brings years of experience as a revered jazz vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, tutored by jazz-soul legend Gene Harris.
Stigers has enjoyed an illustrious career, recording with the likes of Elton John and Bonnie Raitt, and reaching No. 9 on the U.S. charts with his 1991 hit, "I Wonder Why."
After wrapping up gigs in France and Germany, Stigers will be joined in McCall by the Paul Tillotson Trio, Matt Munisteri and John "Scrapper" Sneider, providing a soundtrack that matches the splendor of the wilderness surrounding the mountain town.
While the horns blow, have bartenders pour you a glass of cold chardonnay from the Idaho Wine Merchant or sip on a frosty beer from Sockeye Brewing.
Lawn seating tickets without provided chairs--preferably with a blanket underneath--cost $25, while those who prefer more traditional chair seating can snag tickets for $35.
If you are interested in fine dining, you can purchase deck seating and full menu and table service for $45.
Proceeds go directly toward funding Shepherd's Home, a McCall foster care center providing relief to children in crisis.