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Play some mountain music, festival-style

July 4, 2014

By Michael Deeds, The Idaho Statesman

July 04--When summer temperatures rise, higher elevations beckon. And when they beckon with live music? That's even better.

Idaho's mountains have a long tradition of music festivals, and this year is no different -- just a little slower. After running into difficulties securing permits in Hailey, late-night groove and performance art festival MASSV is taking the year off but will return in 2015 (although precisely where remains to be seen). The annual Idaho-Down at Brundage Mountain in McCall also is taking a break while renovation occurs at the lodge. There's no McCall Music Festival this year on Fourth of July weekend, either.

Still, lots of fun options remain. Don't forget your bug spray.


July 17-19, about a mile east of Donnelly,

Presented by the McCall Folklore Society, this easygoing event is pushing 40 years in business. Thursday is locals night, Friday is string night (Chicken Dinner Road, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers), Saturday is world and rock night (Tony Furtado, The Black Lillies, Toubab Krewe). Coolers are welcome to augment food and beverage vendors, but you can't camp on-site.


July 25 and 26, Melba,

In its 17th year, the annual heavy-metal blowout is becoming Rock the Melba. The original mountainous site near Grimes Creek has been traded for a grassy knoll about five minutes from the Snake River. More than 30 local bands ranging from Half the World to Krystos will crank tunes off Melmont Road, west of Idaho 45. Hit the Facebook page for updates.


Aug. 1 and 2, Hop Porter Park, Hailey,

Started in 1977, this two-day event has outgrown its name, offering a diverse lineup of music, food and art vendors. In addition to touring acts, you'll see local performers as 15-minute between-set acts. Overnight camping is available at nearby Lyons Park, and there's a playground for kids in a park by Big Wood River.

Aug. 1: Tyler Bushman, The Far West, The Damn Quails

Aug. 2: The Sheep Bridge Jumpers, Sammy Brue, Jimmy Robb Band, Jackson Tanner, Smoke'N Bones, Paul Thorn


Aug. 1-3, Yellow Pine,

This is the 25th year of the Yellow Pine harmonica blowout, which gets going on a Friday afternoon and ends around noon Sunday. It's a backwoods party unlike any other, with blues-harp jams, harmonica lessons and tons of talented players. There's even a crowd-pleaser contest for kid harmonica players. Yellow Pine is an obvious camping opportunity, but be aware that no fires will be allowed in the nearby free camping areas in the woods. There will, however, be lots of informal jams happening there.


Aug. 7-9, Challis community Stage, Challis,

Americana, country and roots-rock dominate this annual event from the Braun clan. Take your fly rod and fish your way back to Boise.

Aug. 7: Jeff Crosby and the Refugees, Chris Knight, The Turnpike Troubadours, Micky and the Motorcars

Aug. 8: The Original Braun Brothers, Radney Foster, Hayes Carll Band, Cody Canada and the Departed, Rodney Crowell Band

Aug. 9: Braun Family and guests, The Black Lillies, The Greencards, Jay Farrar and Gary Hunt, The Randy Rogers Band, Reckless Kelly


Aug. 9, McCall Golf Course,

Now in its second year, this benefit for The Shepherd's Home in McCall is hosted by singer and saxophonist Curtis Stigers. You sit in the grass with a cold adult beverage, surrounded by pine trees, and enjoy jazz outdoors. The musical lineup includes The Ben Burdick Trio, Andrew Coba, The Sneider Brothers, Joel Frahm, Ann Hampton Callaway and Curtis Stigers and his band.


SUN VALLEY PAVILION, (208) 622-2135

You're styling outdoors at the covered Sun Valley Pavilion, which seats almost 1,500 fans. For the full schedule, visit, but here are highlights:

July 5: The Fab Four

July 13: Los Lobos

Aug. 20: The Doobie Brothers

Sept. 9: The Beach Boys



July 27: Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band

Aug. 6: Chris Isaak

Aug. 29: The Head & The Heart


Downtown Stanley

The motto: "Street Booze, Street Food and a Dusty Ol' Dance Floor." The city of Stanley waives its open-container law for this weekly party. Drinks and food are sold by local vendors. Bands play on a covered stage on Ace of Diamonds Avenue with a view of the Sawtooths. Shows run from 6 to 10 p.m.

July 4: Bill Coffey and His Cash Money Cousins

July 13: McKenzie Faith

July 24: Jeff Crosby and The Refugees

July 31: Free Peoples

Aug. 14: Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers


Redfish Lake Lodge, Stanley

Free outdoor concerts from Idaho musicians from 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays and Wednesdays, and 5 to 7 p.m. Sundays.

July 4: James Orr

July 6: Deviant Kin

July 9: Muzzie Braun

July 11: Douglas Cameron

July 13: The Barking Owls

July 20: Brian Ernst

July 27: Hillfolk Noir

Aug. 3: Laura Meyer

Aug. 10: Cody Beebe & The Crooks

Aug. 17: Trevor Green

Aug. 24: Blaze and Kelly

Aug. 31: Caitlin Canty

Michael Deeds: 377-6407, @IDS_Deeds


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