At Boise Weekly, we know it's summertime when we start getting a lot of information on music festivals. Following is a list of just a few we think are going to be well worth the time and/or travel:
Eagle Island Experience Festival
On May 18-20, Eagle Island State Park transforms into a place where people come together to make great art, eat great food and hear great music. In its sixth consecutive year, part of the proceeds from the Experience benefit non-profit organizations. This year's beneficiaries are the Boise Blues Society (www.boiseblues.org), Drum Central (www.boisedrumcentral.com) and Kappa Sigma (www.kappa-rho.com).
On Friday, the music begins with Heads Like This, then Cyndie Lee and Streetwise present the music of Janis Joplin and Farmdog and friends close out the night with the music of the Grateful Dead. On Saturday, you can enjoy Phoenix and Afterbuffalo, Lori B! and The Boys, Dallas Hodges and Eddie Turner. Come Sunday, Terra Sonus starts things off, Colorado's 8traC will offer up their funky groove, and Boise's own Scribe will close out the festival with a set guaranteed to keep everybody moving.
Eagle Island Experience Festival, May 18-20, $5 per day or $10 for three days, children 12 and under free; parking $4 or FREE if you have a state park pass; Eagle Island State Park, eight miles west of Boise off Hatchery Road. For more information or to purchase tickets (tickets are also available at the gate), visit www.experiencefestival.org,
Star Jazz Festival
In the first of what will hopefully be many, the Star Jazz Festival and Wine Social on June 1 features terrific performers, including members of the Kenny Rogers Band Jazz Trio, Randy Dorman, The Jacob Brothers, Terri Hill and the Local Jazz All-Stars. Take the whole family and enjoy and night of music under the stars at the Star Fairgrounds.
Star Jazz Festival, June 1, 7 p.m., $10 general; $25 VIP which includes meet and greet with the Jazz Trio, wine ticket, preferred seating and access to VIP tent; children 12 and under FREE; Star Fairgrounds. For more information, visit www.staridahochamber.com.
Alive After Five
Alive After Five is 21 years old this year. That's a great birthday to celebrate, and the Downtown Boise Association will definitely be celebrating in style this year with some wonderful local and out-of-town musical talent every Wednesday, starting June 6 and ending September 26. Performers include (in date order): Will Bernard, Patrick Sweany Albino, Moses Guest, (no July 4 show due to the holiday), the Motet, Wayne Hancock, Anne McCue, Intervision, Dale Watson, Freekbass, Sol' Jibe, the Gourds, the Greencards, Scott Miller and the Commonwealth and Eilen Jewell. The summer-long event ends with a big Record Exchange 30th Anniversary Party (another great birthday). In the case of bad weather, acts will be moved indoors to Reef.
Alive After Five, June 6-September 26, 5 p.m., FREE, Grove Plaza, 850 W. Front St., 208-336-8900, www.boisecentre.com. Reef, 105 S. 6th St., 208-287-9200. For more information, visit www.downtownboise.org.
Jazz in the Canyon
: In the middle of June, a short drive to Twin Falls will take you to the 9th Annual Jazz in the Canyon.
According to the organizers at the Magic Valley Arts Council, they're still waiting to confirm some of the acts, but the ones they do have listed are enough to warrant a weekend stay in the Magic Valley. On June 14, the Magic Valley Arts Council hosts an evening of Jazz and Wine at Kimberly Nurseries with a performance by the Jeff Baker Group.
On June 15, jazz music will fill the air in historic downtown Twin Falls as musicians play on Main Street. Those tentatively scheduled to perform include the Bill Anschell Group, Skip-n-Skool, Bob Nora and the Soul Cats and the Sidemen and Jazzhouse.
On June 16, at Centennial Park in the beautiful Snake River Canyon, the music starts at noon with 6 Miles Ahead and continues with the B-3 Side, the Frim Fram Four, Jeff Baker and Soul Survivors, and ends with the Latin Tinge featuring Mark Levine and the amazing Niki Harris (Gene Harris' daughter).
Jazz in the Canyon, June 14-16, Twin Falls. For more information, contact The Magic Valley Arts Council, 132 Main Ave. S., 208-734-2787 or visit, www.magicvalleyartscouncil.org
Music From Stanley
Musician and Boise Weekly freelancer Ryan Peck put on a terrific outdoor festival last year on the beautiful shores of Redfish Lake. He's rounding up some fine musicians again for this year's Music From Stanley Festival which promises to be just as great. Performers include Matt Hopper, Darren Smith, Charlotte Kendrick and Cary Judd, and Peck is hoping Eilen Jewell, Charlie Sutton, David Andrews and favorite Josh Ritter also sign on. Performances are every Sunday from June 17 through September 2 on the lawn at Redfish Lake Lodge.
The shows are all free and will be recorded and replayed on radio stations across the state starting in August. In conjunction with Music at Stanley, Peck is planning to have a listening station set up at Record Exchange, with music from all this year's performers and CDs from last year's. He's also planning an in-store party there with music from Korby Lenker--a sweet-faced, sweet-voiced singer/songwriter who played last year's Sasquatch Festival and has opened for Elvis Costello--and Music from Stanley swag.
Music From Stanley, Sundays, June 17-September 2, 5-7 p.m., FREE. For information on reservations, call Redfish Lake Lodge at 208-644-9096 or visit www.redfishlake.com. For more information on Music From Stanely, visit www.myspace.com/musicfromstanley. Redfish Lake Lodge, south of Stanley.
Sawtooth Music Festival
The Sawtooth Music Festival is a one-day event held to benefit the Parents' Association of the Stanley Community School. With the backdrop of the stunning Sawtooths, spend a day in Stanley with Idaho musicians Travis Ward's Hillfolk Noir, the Rebecca Scott Decision, Free Peoples, Finn Riggins, and a secret special guest.
Sawtooth Music Festival, July 28, noon-8 p.m., general admission $20 (only 1,200 tickets available), $10 per vehicle to camp at Pioneer Park (camping limited to first 100 cars), $15 for adults 60 and older, kids under 12 free. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/sawtoothmusicfestival or www.sawtoothmusicfestival.com. Pioneer Park, Stanley.: For a full list of festivals going on around the state, visit www.boiseweekly.com and be sure to check out the Summer 2007 : Idaho Arts Quarterly: which hits stands on June 6.