The Festival at Sandpoint is celebrating its 36th annual summer concert series, August 2 - 12, 2018
Join us for eight nights of eclectic music under the stars on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille in Sandpoint, Idaho. Since 1983, the non-profit Festival at Sandpoint has hosted its internationally renowned summer concert series in a laid-back and intimate atmosphere at Memorial Field in Sandpoint. With a capacity of only 4,000 people, it feels as though the artists are playing in your backyard... a private concert just for you and yours.
The Festival’s Opening Night, Thursday, August 2, features BIG HEAD TODD AND THE MONSTERS. The beloved rock band first formed as high school friends in Columbine, Colorado, and continued through their college years and beyond as they toured extensively throughout the Mountain States and West Coast of the United States in their van dubbed 'The Colonel', which was driven over 400,000 miles. Their popularity exploded with the release of their 1993 album Sister Sweetly as “Bittersweet,” “Broken Hearted Savior,” and “Circle,” topped the rock charts. Their next album Beautiful World featured hits “Boom Boom” and “Resignation Superman.”
(All concert tickets are plus sales tax and city parks fee.) Gates open at 6:00PM, concert starts at 7:30PM.
AMOS LEE is an American singer-songwriter whose musical style encompasses folk, rock and soul. Lee was born in Philadelphia and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in English. After working as a schoolteacher and a bartender he began to pursue a career in music. An association with Norah Jones brought him a national audience leading to hit songs including “Arms of a Woman,” “Sweet Pea,” “Windows are Rolled Down,” “Keep it Loose, Keep it Tight,” and, most recently, “Vaporize.” His music has appeared on the soundtracks of numerous TV shows and movies and he has performed on several late night TV shows. According to a music writer at ABC News, Lee "has that folksy, bluesy vibe, with a bit of country twang" and a voice that is "ever soulful."
Doors open at 6:00 PM, concert starts at 7:30 PM.
ZZ TOP a/k/a “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas,” lay undisputed claim to being the longest running major rock band with original personnel intact and, in 2004,the Texas trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Of course, there are only three of them –Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard --but it’s still a remarkable achievement that they’re still very much together after almost 50 years of rock, blues, and boogie on the road and in the studio. “Yeah,” says Billy, guitarist extraordinaire, “we’re the same three guys, bashing out the same three chords.” With the release of each of their albums the band has explored new ground in terms of both their sonic approach and the material they’ve recorded. ZZ TOP is the same but always changing.
Gates will open at 6:00 PM and the music starts at 7:30 PM.
with The Festival Community Orchestra
Musical fun for the young and young at heart! The Festival presents its FAMILY CONCERT featuring The Festival Community Orchestra and Studio One Dancers. Favorite pre-concert activities include the Instrument Petting Zoo where kids can try out various instruments with guidance from musical mentors, an animal petting zoo, pony rides, clowns, face painting, games galore and the popular Parents’ Corner where moms and dads can take a break from the chaos for a complimentary mini-massage.
Activities begin when the gates open at 2:30 PM and the musical performance starts at 5:00 PM.
Week two at the Festival kicks off on Thursday, August 9 with the “not quite bluegrass” sensation GREENSKY BLUEGRASS. The five-piece American bluegrass/country band founded in Kalamazoo, Michigan, describes their sound as “our own version of bluegrass music, mixing the acoustic stomp of a string band with the rule-breaking spirit of rock & roll.” Since their inception in 2001, the band has evolved, adding electric effects and touring with a full light show. They are known for their improvisation, multiple set shows, and open audience recording policy (akin to Phish and The Grateful Dead). In the summer of 2006, Greensky Bluegrass won the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition. In 2013 they played Red Rocks Amphitheatre for their first time in a support slot, and headlined a sold out concert at the famed venue in 2016. Supported by their faithful followers known as “Campers,” Greensky Bluegrass has broken through to a multi-genre fan base, covering songs from Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, John Hartford, The Rolling Stones, Prince and more.
BrewFest tickets are available in advance for $10 -- which includes a commemorative pilsner glass and premium microbrew tastes.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A DANCE SHOW!
The Festival venue will be configured differently for this concert to allow for an increased dancing/standing area in front of the stage. There will still be adequate sections for blankets, low chairs, high chairs and reserved patron and sponsor seating, as well as seated availability in the grandstands
Brew tasting starts when gates open at 6:00 PM. Concert starts at 7:00 PM.
SUBLIME WITH ROME is an American ska/punk/reggae band with original members from Long Beach, CA, collaborating with renowned guitarist and vocalist Rome Ramirez. A defining member of the southern Californian metal, surf rock punk scene, Sublime often combined punk rock with hip hop , heavy metal, dancehall , reggae, ska, funk, and surf music. Often described as reggae-rock, Sublime with Rome performs the hits that made them one of the most successful ska-punk acts of all time including “What I Got,” “Santeria,” and “Wrong Way.”
The Festival venue will be configured differently for this concert to allow for an increased dancing/standing area in front of the stage. There will still be adequate sections for blankets, low chairs, high chairs and reserved patron and sponsor seating, as well as seated availability in the grandstands.
Gates open at 6:00 PM. Concert starts at 7:30 PM.
GAVIN DEGRAW rose to fame with the single "I Don't Want to Be" from his debut album Chariot which became the theme song for the television drama series One Tree Hill. Other notable singles from that album included "Chariot" and "Follow Through." His second, self-titled album included the top-twenty single "In Love with a Girl,” and his latest album Something Worth Saving features the recent hit “She Sets the City on Fire.” His duet with Colbie Caillat, “We Both Know,” from the film Safe Haven received a Grammy Nomination.
PHILLIP PHILLIPS is an American Singer-Songwriter who won the 11th season of American Idol, where he first described his style as “jazz, rock, alternative.” Emulating his favorite vocalists Dave Matthews, John Butler and Jonny Lang, the Georgia native found his own voice with songs that have been heard on the radio, movies and television including “Home,” “Gone, Gone, Gone,” and “Raging Fire.”
Gates open at 6:00PM and the music starts at 7:00 PM.
The Festival season culminates on Sunday, August 12, with the GRAND FINALE CONCERT starring the SPOKANE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, conducted by MAESTRO GARY SHELDON, who will select some of his favorite pieces from his 20 years as The Festival’s Principal Conductor. Preceding the concert, our annual “Taste of the Stars” Wine Tasting, is now the largest wine event of its kind in the state of Idaho, complimentary for all concert goers over the age of 21 years. The traditional fireworks finale, made possible by Avista Utilities, will close The Festival at Sandpoint’s 36th season in celebratory fashion.
Gates open early at 4:30 PM for the wine tasting event and the concert starts at 7:30 PM.