There’s nothing like spending a warm summer day in North Idaho outdoors. And what better way to unwind and spend time with family and friends than at one of the many summer concert series the area has to offer.
Over the years, outdoor concerts continue to grow, and the community is loving it. You will find people of all ages enjoying the sounds of local musicians on nearly any given day. Thanks to the support of generous area sponsors, these concerts are abundant, adding just one more reason why being a part of this community can’t be beat.
Live After 5
Live After 5 is just one of the many concert series you’ll be treated to this summer, with 2019 marking its seventh year—and the lineup is the best one yet! The season kicked off with “The Voice” contestant and top-13 finalist Jacob Maxwell.
Introduced by founders/owners Tyler Davis and his wife Ilke, there is no better way to spend a beautiful Wednesday evening outdoors than in beautiful Downtown Coeur d’Alene with family and friends at McEuen Park, 504 East Front Street.
"I love being able to offer a weekly gathering for our community to attend and experience world-class entertainment," says Tyler. "My wife Ilke and I love our community and feel very blessed to be able to offer an experience we would want to attend with our own family. We are very excited for the future, and the best is yet to come—just wait!"
The 2019 mini music festival, which kicked off June 12, runs each Wednesday, 5 to 8:30pm, through September 4. The entertainment is combined with various food vendors and cold drinks, including beer from local breweries and wine, and bounce houses for the kids. Admission is just $5 (free for children 12 and younger), and tickets are available at the entrance.
Their 2019 summer concerts will feature: Willie K (July 3); Dirty Revival (July 10); Dreamin Wild (July 17); Sam Chase & The Untraditional (July 24); The Shook Twins (July 31); Eclectic Approach (August 7); Jam Shack (August 14); Haley Young & The Bossame (August 21); Sol Seed (August 28); and The Rub (September 4).
Grab your lawn chairs, blankets and tents, and seize the opportunity to attend at least one of these concerts. You will not be disappointed.
Live After 5 can also be found in Post Falls at Tullamore Park, with concerts held each Thursday 5 to 8pm. The lineup includes: Kelly Hughes Band (July 11); The Rub (July 18); New Jack City (July 25); Smash Hit Carnival (August 1); The Powers (August 8); Soul Proprietor (August 15); The Devon Wade Band (August 22); and Sol Seed (August 29).
You can find out more at LiveAfter5Events.com.
Riverstone Summer Concerts
Now in its 13th year, kids and adults alike have enjoyed these free professional concerts from a variety of genres! Each Thursday, 6 to 8pm through August 29, Riverstone hosts its Summer Concerts at Riverstone Park Amphitheater, 1805 Tilford Lane in Coeur d'Alene.
“With the help of dedicated and generous sponsors, the Coeur d’Alene Arts & Culture Alliance is able to offer an assortment of musical genres from talented local bands to national and regional bands that this community might otherwise not have an opportunity to experience,” says Ali Shute, executive director. “We also provide a stage for local up-and-coming musicians/singer/songwriters who benefit from the exposure and response of a large crowd; up-and-coming musicians like Jacob Maxwell, who has opened for our concerts for several years and has now graduated to headliner after his appearance on “The Voice”! It has been very fun watching him grow into his music.”
The schedule includes: Sway Wild (July 11); North Point Jazz (July 18); Erin Hall (July 25); Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre (August 1); Nu Jack City (August 8); Jacob Maxwell (August 15); The Talbott Brothers (August 22); and Nate Bosford (August 29). There will also be a special Saturday concert August 17 featuring the Coeur d'Alene Symphony and Zonky Jazz Band. You can find out more about each of the performers, as well as the opening acts, online at ArtsAndCultureCdA.org.
Coeur d’Alene City Park Concert Series
Looking for a fun way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon? From 1 to 4pm, pack a picnic and a blanket and head to Coeur d'Alene's City Park, located at 415 Fort Ground Drive, for these family friendly concerts that all ages are sure to enjoy. The 2019 schedule includes: The Theresa Edwards Band (July 7); Soul Proprietor (July 14); The Ryan Larsen Band (July 21); Swing Street Big Band (July 28); The Kelly Hughes Band (August 11); The Justin James Band (August 18); Floating Crowbar (August 25); The Sara Brown Band (September 1); Somebody's Hero (September 8); and Tuxedo Junction Big Band (September 15).
Downtown Coeur d'Alene Concert Series
July 9 through August 27, Sherman Square Park (316 Sherman Avenue) is where you can enjoy an evening of music after a day at work or on the lake with the Downtown Coeur d’Alene Concert Series. Tuesday, s6 to 8:30pm, Sherman Square Park comes alive and fills the streets with music as musicians showcase their talents to the community. The 2019 concert series features: Stagecoach West (July 9); Zonky (July 16); Pastiche (July 23); The Hankers (July 30); What About Bob? (August 6); Master Class Big Band (August 13); The Colby Acuff Band (August 20); with Ben Klein (August 27) concluding the season.
Hayden Concert Series
Handshake Productions, HandshakeProductions.net, the entertainment agency that’s behind the City Park and Downtown Coeur d’Alene concert series, also hosts the Hayden Concert Series each Thursday, 6 to 8:30pm at McIntire Family Park, 8930 North Government Way in Downtown Hayden behind City Hall. Entertainment will run July 11 through August 22: Coeur d’Alene Big Band on July 11; The Rhythm Dawgs July 18; Spare Parts on August 1; The Ryan Larsen Band on August 8; Charlie Butts & The Filter Tips on August 15; and Stagecoach West on August 22.
Get outdoors and celebrate these summer months while listening to the music play—and make lasting memories.
“For the young, the old, and the in-between, these free concert series provide a sense of connection and community for families and friends as they enjoy great music, dance and enjoy our beautiful summer evenings outside together,” says Ali.