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The Avett Brothers to headline Festival at Sandpoint on Aug. 9

The Avett Brothers arrive at Willie: Life & Songs Of An American Outlaw at Bridgestone Arena on Jan. 12 in Nashville. (Al Wagner / Al Wagner/Invision/AP)

Folk rock band the Avett Brothers has been announced as the first headliners of the 37th annual Festival at Sandpoint.

Tickets are on sale now for the Aug. 9 show and are $99.95 for early admission at 5:45 p.m. and $74.95 for general admission at 6 p.m.

Che Apalache, a “Latingrass” band from Buenos Aires, Argentina, will open for the Avett Brothers.

Because this is a dance show, the venue will be configured differently to allow for more dancing/standing space in front of the stage. There will still be sections for blankets, low chairs and high chairs, reserved patron and sponsor seating, and grandstand seating.

This announcement is the first in the festival’s rolling season lineup announcement. Every Monday, starting this week and ending April 1, the folks behind the Festival at Sandpoint will announce one headliner. Tickets for that show will be on sale that day.

Announcements will be made at 6 a.m. via the festival’s Facebook page, website and newsletter.

“We are excited to share the line-up sooner this year and to give each Festival concert its own special attention,” festival executive director Dyno Wahl said in a press release. “This progressive weekly reveal will be a fun new way to focus on each artist and for festival fans to anticipate the excitement of the full summer season!”

The Festival at Sandpoint takes place Aug. 1-11 at Memorial Field in Sandpoint. Tickets can be purchased at, by calling (208) 265-4554 or at the festival office, 525 Pine St., Sandpoint.