(Posted Thursday) The Festival at Sandpoint lineup this summer will include classic rockers, country favorites, jammers, indie folkers and talented kids.
The festival kicks off Aug. 7 with The Head and the Heart, the Seattle-based indie folk band that has gone from busking on street corners to playing on national television and touring the U.S. and Europe. Opening is the Seattle duo Mikey & Matty. ($39.95)
Aug. 8, Huey Lewis and the News will take the stage to show that the heart of rock ’n’ roll is indeed still beating. Now in their 35th year, the San Francisco stalwarts are sure to perform their many hit singles, including “I Want a New Drug,” “Hip to be Square,” “The Power of Love,” “Heart of Rock & Roll” and “Heart and Soul.” Opening will be Sandpoint’s own Miah Kohal Band. ($59.95)
Aug. 9 finds the reunited roots trio Nickel Creek heading to the shores of Lake Pend Oreille. The band, which has been dormant since 2007, is hitting a few festivals this year to mark its 25th anniversary, and Sandpoint is one of them. Opening acts are the bluegrass outfit Head for the Hills and county-pop band Pear, featuring Sandpoint native Lynae Oliver. ($54.95)
Aug. 10 brings the annual Family Concert to the stage, with the Spokane Youth Orchestra and Sandpoint’s Studio One Dancers teaming for an evening of music, movement and fun. ($6)
The following weekend, Sandpoint gets a dose of funky on Aug. 14 with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Trumpet and trombone player Troy Andrews grew up in the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans (and even performed on HBO’s hit series of the same name). He’s been playing in clubs since he was 6, giving rise to his nickname, Trombone Shorty. Also on the lineup for this dance party is collaborative jam quintet Galactic. ($39.95)
Ray LaMontagne is sure to sing “You Are the Best Thing,” “Let It Be Me” and “Repo Man” during his set on Aug. 15. Opening for him will be the Belle Brigade, the sibling duo of Barbara and Ethan Gruska. The Gruskas come from a musical family – their grandfather is none other than legendary film composer John Williams. ($64.95)
The Aug. 16 Super Saturday show features the popular country duo Montgomery Gentry. Together, Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry have scored 14 Top 10 singles – five of which have hit No. 1. Also on the bill that night are up-and-coming country singer Wade Bowen and the popular duo Chris Webster & Nina Gerber. ($54.95)
The festival concludes Aug. 17 as it typically does: with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. The program, conducted by Gary Sheldon, will include Claude Debussy’s “Sacred and Profane Dances,” Gioachino Rossini’s Overture to “The Thieving Magpie,” and Pablo de Sarasate’s “Gypsy Airs,” featuring a solo by violinist and concertmaster Mateusz Wolski. Fireworks will follow.
Tickets are on sale now at the festival office, 525 Pine St., in Sandpoint, by calling (208) 265-4554 or (888) 265-4554, online at www.festivalatsandpoint.com, or at all TicketsWest outlets.