Kootenai County music lovers have four venues in Coeur d’Alene, Rathdrum and Hayden this summer to kick back at free concerts, thanks to Chris Guggemos and his Handshake Productions, host of the free summer concert series since 1992. And a new concert series started by a group of volunteers kicks off later this month in Post Falls’ Q’emiln Park.
Guggemos’ shows are “G-rated,” family-oriented events mostly featuring bands from Coeur d’Alene, Spokane and Sandpoint.
“If you look out in the audience you will see everyone from great-grandparents to infants,” Guggemos said.
But out-of-state talent Auburn, a folk-rock group from Salt Lake City, will perform Sunday in City Park and Locust Street Taxi folk rockers from Seattle will take the stage July 17.
Charlie Butts & the Filter Tips will kick off the downtown Coeur d’Alene concert series, playing rhythm and blues. The downtown concerts are held in Sherman Square Park at 314 Sherman Ave. each Thursday.
The Hayden concerts, held at Hayden City Park, behind Hayden City Hall, get under way July 13 with Thunder Road performing country-western and country-rock. The Rathdrum concerts are held at Rathdrum’s Old City Park at Highway 53 at Latah Road, one mile west of the Junction of highways 53 and 41. The four-show series opens July 15 with Calico, a country-rock/western swing group.
The Post Falls Community Volunteers, a nonprofit organization, is hosting the concert series at Q’emiln Park. Shows will be held the fourth Tuesday of each month beginning June 28 with Somebody’s Hero from 6 to 9 p.m. The 30-member Irish dance troupe An Doches & Haran will take the stage in July.
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