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It's another star-studded year under the signature tent with stars like Clint Black, Blues Traveler, Boz Scaggs and more!

It’s a thrill to announce the line-up for our27th annual season.  Our ticket prices are lower this year, to insure Festival fans can afford to enjoy great music. We can’t wait to share The Festival with everyone who loves music and this incredible setting as much as we do!

Thursday, August 6th, The Festival at Sandpoint celebrates Opening Night with FIREFALL and POCO, digging into the fertile soil of American rock and folk music that flourished  in the 1970s, creating a sound that changed the world’s musical landscape.  FIREFALL is one of the few surviving bands of this genre, that over its thirty year history transcends and embraces many labels — rock, soft rock, country rock, unplugged and Americana. From 1976 through the early 1980s, the Boulder, Colorado-based band saturated the national radio waves with their harmony-laden rock, toured the world over and sold millions of records, earning two platinum and three gold albums containing many hits including “You Are the Woman,” “Just Remember I Love You,” “Strange Way” and “Cinderella.” Throughout the years, they have nurtured their faithful and growing audience with their dynamic live performances, which have brought new generations of fans who appreciate the excellence of musicianship, tight harmonies and intricate vocal arrangements that are a fresh reminder of what melodic music is all about, as vital and valid as ever. POCO is another group that spearheaded the birth and continuation of the country rock/folk rock sound of the Seventies. The band was originally formed by Richie Furay and Jim Messina, who recruited Rusty Young, George Grantham and Randy Meisner to join them following the demise of Buffalo Springfield in 1968. Their first album, Pickin up the Pieces, is the only debut album to ever receive a perfect   review rating from Rolling Stone Magazine and is considered to be the best and most important album of the new musical genre that united country with rock music. A favorite of FM stations with hits like “Crazy Love” and “Heart of the Night,” Poco was a highly innovative and pioneering band. Throughout the years, Poco has performed in various groupings, with the latest version still active today. In 1989 the original members reunited two decades after Poco's debut for the Legacy album to celebrate 20 years of Poco as a gift to their fans and friends. The highly successful album went gold and featured two top forty hits, “Call it Love” and “Nothing to Hide.”   A red-carpet welcome for Festival fans and a complimentary glass of champagne will add to the exciting Opening Night festivities. All tickets are $34.95, concert starts at 7:30pm, gates open at 6:00pm.

On Friday, August 7th, the Festival welcomes BLUES TRAVELER.  Front man and harmonica virtuoso John Popper formed Blues Traveler with his high school friends in Princeton, New Jersey, naming the band after their shared fascination with the Blues Brothers. Starting out in 1989 with a relentless travel schedule and word of mouth marketing, they had their first hit with “But Anyway” and broke through in 1994 with their two Top 10 singles, the GRAMMY winning “Run-around” and the follow up “Hook” from the album four, which sold over six million copies. They founded the popular summer H.O.R.D.E. festival tour showcasing emerging jam bands, and have appeared on Late Night with David Letterman more than any other band in the history of the show. Having graduated from jam-band underground to mainstream stardom, the iconoclastic combo has consistently stuck to its guns and played by its own rules, continuing to break new ground with their latest album, North Hollywood Shootout. JJ GREY & MOFRO will open the evening with their emerging fusion of rock, soul, groove-heavy blues and infectious funk. Hailing from Jacksonville, Florida, JJ invokes his southern storytelling heritage with thought provoking lyrics and dynamic rhythms. All tickets are $44.95, concert starts at 7:30pm, Gates open at 6:00pm.

On Saturday, August 8th The Festival presents a “Super Saturday” starring BOZ SCAGGS. The iconic singer-songwriter first found acclaim as part of The Steve Miller Band, founded by his former prep-school pal guitarist. After two successful albums, he broke out on his own, achieving immediate critical success and eventually commercial success in 1976 with the multi-platinum No. 2 Billboard album Silk Degrees featuring the GRAMMY winning R & B song “Lowdown” as well as “Lido Shuffle,” “We’re All Alone,” “It’s Over” and “Georgia.” Future albums contained more hits including “Breakdown Dead Ahead,” “Jo Jo” and “Heart of Mine.” His latest release Speak Low celebrates the Great American Songbook and showcases the subtle, inviting vocals that draws us to him still. The evening also features the New Orleans-formed group THE SUBDUDES, a living encapsulation of American music, a vibrant cauldron of sounds with meaty grooves, jazzy dynamics, soulful R&B swagger, easy vocal harmonies, cheeky rock ‘n roll attitude and folky social consciousness. Over the course of 20 years and eight albums, the subdudes have quietly become one of American’s national music treasures. All tickets are $49.95. Gates will open at 4:30pm.

Sunday, August 9 is musical fun for kids of all ages as the Festival presents its FAMILY CONCERT, “Green Eggs & Hamadeus” featuring the Spokane Youth Orchestra and Sandpoint’s Studio One Dancers. The concert, led by Maestro Gary Sheldon and KPBX Music Director Verne Windham, aims to entertain and educate. Favorite pre-concert activities include the Instrument Petting Zoo -- where kids can try various instruments on for size -- clowns, face painting and games galore. All tickets are only $5.00 and activities begin when the gates open at 4:30pm.

The second week of The Festival starts off on Thursday, August 13thwith singer/ songwriter/ guitarist JONATHA BROOKE, who began issuing albums that merged folk and pop during the early 1990s first as the female duo The Story and later as a solo artist with her own record label, Bad Dog, with songs like “Linger” and “Steady Pull.” Her latest effort The Works is a masterpiece that pairs her original music with the previously unheard lyrics of Woodie Guthrie’s lyric journals.   Headlining the evening is one of America’s premier singer-songwriters MICHELLE SHOCKED, whose self-proclaimed status as “the most sophisticated hillbilly you’ll ever meet,” belies the erudite and focused artistry that has garnered her critical acclaim at every juncture of a vast and varied career. Influenced by her Texas roots, she was compared to artists like Joni Mitchell and gained popularity with albums Short Sharp Shocked, Captain Swing and Arkansas Traveler and songs including “Anchorage,” “If Love Were a Train” and “Come a Long Way.” Fiercely independent, she famously escaped “major-label servitude” in the 1990s and went on to create more critically-acclaimed albums on her Mighty Sound label, including To Heaven You Ride, recorded live at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and the latest release her “lucky thirteenth” album Soul of My Soul. There is a complimentary microbrew tasting prior to the concert, starting when the gates open at 6:00pm, for ticket holders over the age of 21. All tickets are $29.95, concert starts at 7:30pm, gates open at 6:00pm.

Friday, August 14th, presents “PHAT PHRIDAY” a double-header concert evening with shows at 7:00pm and 9:00pm featuring the best in progressive alternative music.  KELLER WILLIAMS opens the evening with what is sure to be a fascinating live performance fusing his virtuosity on the guitar and quirky songwriting. He’s been called a “one-man band,” a “solo cult hero,” and “Music’s mad-scientist,” all of which are clever labels paying tribute to his uncanny ability to captivate a packed house – all by himself. Starting with his self-released debut album Freek, Williams began touring with String Cheese Incident after meeting them at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 1997, and has built his career as a master of improvisational performance art. He uses looping effects with guitar, bass and percussion to layer sound atop sound until the stage swirls with full-blown compositions, blending genres of music including jazz, bluegrass and – who’d a thunk it – hard rock. It is said that Keller knows best how to please a music hungry crowd.   DONAVON FRANKENREITER is back by popular demand. After establishing himself as one of the most acclaimed free surfers in the world – a talent that took him halfway around the world before his 16th birthday – he picked up a guitar and soon released his self-titled debut on Brushfire Recordings – the label run by longtime friend, collaborator, and fellow surfer Jack Johnson. Songs like “Free” and “It Don’t Matter” quickly became AAA radio staples. He moved in an independent direction for the release of Move By Yourself with some funkier grooves and a sound that is undeniably, and unabashedly, organic. With his latest, Pass it Around, he continues to find his own musical voice injecting new sounds on “Your Heart” and “Life, Love and Laughter,” which he notes as an apt snapshot of his life. It is hard to miss the delight with which Frankenreiter approaches life: “When I pick up a guitar, I feel good. It makes me want to open a bottle of wine and have a party, and that’s what I’d like people to feel when they listen to my music.” Festival fans, grab your picnic baskets! All tickets are $34.95, concert starts at 7:00pm, gates open at 6:00pm.


August 15th is SUPER COUNTRY SATURDAY starring GRAMMY and CMA Award Winner CLINT BLACK.   His unmistakable, manly voice brought him to the attention of RCA records, who signed him to an early recording contract, and his career took off in 1989 with the hit single “A Better Man.” He scored four straight No.1 songs, a triple platinum album and won the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award, and the following year, the award for Male Vocalist of the Year.   In 1991 he joined the Grand Ole Opry, married Actress Lisa Hartman and scored two more No. 1 hits “Loving Blind” and “Where Are You Now,” followed by hit duets with Wynonna “A Bad Goodbye” and Hartman “When I Said I Do.” USA Today aptly noted that “There may never have been a country performer who has created a bigger stir right out of the box, or one placed in such a perfect position to become the next superstar.” Black wrote most of his hits with longtime touring guitarist Hayden Nicholas, and is often credited with fusing traditional country songwriting and hook-laden, radio-rock sensibilities. A pioneer in directing his own music videos, he also started his own record label, Equity Records and has become a successful producer.    Opening the evening, JYPSI is a truly innovative Nashville-based country act featuring four siblings -- Lillie Mae, Frank, Scarlett and Amber-Dawn -- who are country at their core while drawing from a broad spectrum of musical influences from the bluegrass of Bill Monroe to the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt. A jaw-dropping combination of sight and sound, Jypsi is making a splash online and on club and festival stages across the country. All tickets are $49.95. Gates will open at 4:30pm.

The Festival season culminates on Sunday, August 16th with the GRAND FINALE CONCERT: SWING! SWING! SWING! A Salute to the King of Swing – with special guest clarinet soloist RICHARD STOLTZMAN playing the music of Benny Goodman and jazz greats Duke Ellington, Eubie Blake, Billy Strayhorn, George Gershwin & Louis Prima. Stoltzman is joined by the SPOKANE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA conducted by MAESTRO GARY SHELDON. A fireworks finale will close The Festival at Sandpoint’s 27th annual season. This concert also serves as part of The Festival’s 5th Grade Music Outreach Program, an educational mission that takes place in all Bonner County and Boundary County elementary schools this month. Each fifth grader receives complimentary tickets for themselves and two family members to attend a symphonic Festival concert. The recipient of the Festival’s Coldwater Creek Music Scholarship winner will perform at Intermission, and the winning bidder of the original 2009 poster artwork by Susan Dalby will be announced. Gates open early at 4:30pm for the annual “Taste ofthe Stars” Wine Tasting featuring premier wineries of the Northwest and an art auction presented by Timberstand Gallery. The wine tasting is complimentary for all concert goers over the age of 21 years. Concert Tickets are $34.95 for adults, $9.95 for youth 0 - 18 years.

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Dyno Wahl Dyno Wahl Dyno Wahl is the Executive Director of the Festival at Sandpoint.

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