Local Music Venues 8

Making Music in the Treasure Valley

The Treasure Valley offers touring bands unique venues for their concerts. Whether it is the larger, en masse draw for pop culture phenoms or smaller, more intimate settings, in and around the city of Boise, one can find the perfect fit.

Here are a few selected locations to experience your favorite bands.

Knitting Factory

416 S. 9th Street, BO.KnittingFactory.com

One highly noted locale, nestled in the Linen District, is the Knitting Factory. This site provides an intimate, yet extensive, experience for the local concertgoer. Purchasing VIP tickets garners the ticket holder a seat at their own table, cocktail waitress and a menu of gastropub fare—not to mention the amazing sightline above the general admission mob for an unobstructed view of their favorite band. Due to its smaller square footage, acoustics resonate well, and attendees rave about the proximity to bands. Absent is the far off in the distance remote viewing often found in larger, stadium events. Up close and personal is part of this experience, and the Knitting Factory does not disappoint.

Idaho Botanical Gardens

2355 Old Penitentiary Road, IdahoBotanicalGarden.org

During the summer months, this little high-desert haven offers a spectacular spot to enjoy an evening with your favorite band. Family friendly, easily accessible and with lots and lots of room to stretch your legs, the Idaho Botanical Gardens provides a memorable concert-going experience. The expansive lawn of Outlaw Field begs for the summer repertoire of folding lawn chairs, blankets and a libation or two. With a backdrop of russet foothills and rolling sage—and the looming presence of the historic Idaho State Penitentiary—great music only adds to the overall ambiance.

Note: As with any outdoor venue it might be wise to carry an extra jacket in the event of changing weather.

Alive After Five

827 W Main Street, DowntownBoise.org

For Boise residents, the warmer summer months mean one thing: outdoors! And what’s better than a lazy Idaho summer evening? Maybe throw in a little music and a general spirit of happiness. Alive After Five is a uniquely Boise event that helps mold the summer season in a weekly series of music, mirth and festivities. Carve out sacred space for each Wednesday evening and take advantage of a new summer tradition.