Now in its 33rd year, the Festival at Sandpoint continues to bring an impressive roster of musicians to North Idaho every summer. Last year’s lineup included the Head and the Heart, Huey Lewis and the News and Ray LaMontagne, and this year’s schedule is just as diverse.
There’s something here for everybody: country, reggae, Americana, folk and classical, and there are even days catering specifically to families. Here’s a rundown of next week’s festivities.
• Arlo Guthrie, with Jonatha Brooke, Thursday at 7:30 p.m. – Now in his 60s, folk legend Arlo Guthrie hasn’t slowed down since breaking out with the sprawling story song (and the feature film it inspired) “Alice’s Restaurant” in 1967. He tours frequently – he played a show at the Bing last year – and he’s now on the road in support of “Here Come the Kids,” an album that pays tribute to the work of his father, the also-legendary Woody Guthrie. $44.95; annual craft beer tasting starts at 6 p.m. and costs $10.
• Ziggy Marley, with Maw Band, Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. – Here’s another famous descendant of music royalty, playing on the festival’s second night. Boasting the most famous surname in reggae history, Ziggy Marley has carried on his father Bob Marley’s legacy since the mid-’80s. His “Fly Rasta” tour, named for his Grammy-winning 2014 solo album, is labeled a “dance show,” so plan for a party. $59.95.
• Vince Gill, with Barefoot Movement, Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. – Country superstar Vince Gill was one of the biggest hit makers to emerge from the arena country boom of the late ’80s and early ’90s. Twenty years later, he’s still a presence on country radio, and his most successful singles have included “I Still Believe in You,” “One More Last Chance” and “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away.” $54.95.
• Family Concert, Aug. 9 at 5 p.m. – The festival has always been family friendly, and its community orchestra takes the stage for a performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s revered “Four Seasons” concertos. There will also be plenty of fairlike activities, as well as an instrument petting zoo, during which youngsters can get some hands-on experience with brass, strings and percussion instruments. Gates open at 2:30 p.m., and entry is only $6.
• Lake Street Dive, with the Ballroom Thieves, Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m. – How to describe Boston-based four-piece Lake Street Dive? The band possesses Southern rock grit, indie pop sweetness and bar room country rowdiness, and their sound exists somewhere between Fleetwood Mac and Alabama Shakes. Their last album, “Bad Self Portraits,” received positive write-ups in Paste and Slant magazines. $36.95.
• The Devil Makes Three, with Trampled by Turtles, Aug. 14 at 7:30 p.m. – This California-based trio has developed a reputation for unabashedly embracing traditional folk and country sounds and for their high-energy live shows. With an acoustic guitar, an upright bass a banjo and intricate vocal harmonies, the Devil Makes Three both pays tribute to and reinvents the sounds of the past. $44.95.
• Wilco, with Vetiver and Owen and McCoy, Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. – This is arguably the biggest get of this year’s festival. Over a long and acclaimed career, the Chicago band Wilco has gone from relatively unknown critical darlings to Grammy-winning, Billboard-charting rock stars. Wilco, led by singer-songwriter Jeff Tweedy, has shifted stylistic gears multiple times – they’ve gone through country, pop and noise rock phases, sometimes simultaneously – and they just dropped a surprise album called “Star Wars” for free online. Oh, and they’re generally terrific in a live setting. $59.95.
• Grand Finale, Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m. – The last night of the festival will feature a performance by the Spokane Symphony, conducted by Gary Sheldon. The evening’s program, titled “Viva Italia,” includes Italy-inspired work by such composers like Hector Berlioz, Amilcare Ponchielli and Felix Mendelssohn. Acclaimed jazz pianist Vadim Neselovskyi will also make an appearance. The night begins with a complimentary wine tasting and closes with fireworks. $39.95 for adults, $10.95 for children younger than 18.
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