Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The greatest show on turf

Music festival a summer fave for three decades

Express Staff Writer

It’s time to dance barefoot in Hop Porter Park, reunite with old friends, make amends with kinfolk and enjoy a live Americana soundtrack like no other in the Northwest.
      The Northern Rockies Music Festival in Hailey boasts an impressive lineup while still maintaining its status as one of the most affordable stay-in-town, great-escape weekends around.
    This year’s lineup starts Friday night, Aug. 2, with locals Up a Creek, followed by Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams with headliner Hayes Carll. In between will be a 12-year-old troubadour from Utah by the name of Sammy Thornbrue.
    Carll, whose voice can sound like Dire Straits vocalist Mark Knopfler with stories similar to those of  Lyle Lovett, is a rapidly ascending artist from Austin, Texas.
    The Texan singer-songwriter waxes humorously and convincingly in his songs “Bad Liver and a Broken Heart,” and how “She Left Me for Jesus,” on his latest album, “Trouble in Mind.”
    On Saturday, it’s Paddy Wagon, Captain Dano & The Nobodies, Steph Sloan & Elephant Parade, George Devore and the Electric Cigarettes. Also, tweeners on Saturday include Jimmy Robb, Stacey Tuel and Spike Coggins.
    The headliner will be blues and soul performer Ruthie Foster. Foster’s latest album, “Let it Burn,” features The Blind Boys of Alabama and soul legend William Bell and The Funky Meters.
    The New York Times said Foster “sounds long-suffering, forthright, resilient and thoroughly at home.” Paste magazine praised her undeniable power in her “monstrous voice.” She has been described as reminiscent of folk musician Bonnie Raitt.
    And concertgoers always have a shot at a gift that keeps on giving way after the festival ends. Tickets for a chance to win great raffle prizes are only $10. There’s a river trip for two with Middle Fork Rapid Transit up for grabs.
    Camping is available at Lion’s Park and there will be food and drink vendors on site.

Buy early, spend extra on raffles
Festival tickets cost 15 percent less online until Thursday night, Aug. 1. Online tickets cost $17 for Friday, $28.50 for Saturday and $38.25 for both days. Visit for all the latest.


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