Outdoor summer concert announcements continue — with a country singer

The Idaho Botanical Garden kicked off anticipation for summer by announcing its first outdoor show of 2013 at Outlaw Field.

That, of course, caused the competition to jump out of bed and pull its boots on: Why, hello there, Idaho Center Amphitheater!

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Nampa’s outdoor venue just nailed down what it’s calling “Idaho’s biggest backyard summer kegger”: country singer Alan Jackson on Friday, Aug. 9.

Jackson, who has sold more than 50 million records, attracted about 8,000 fans during his last visit to the Treasure Valley in 2004. That was indoors at the Idaho Center.

Tickets to Jackson’s “kegger” — which will include opening acts to be decided — go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 15 for $39.50 lawn, $59.50 reserved seat, at ICTickets.

Michael Deeds is the Idaho Statesman’s entertainment columnist and Scene magazine editor. His column runs Fridays and Sundays. He appears on the 6 p.m. broadcast of "Today's 6 News" on Thursdays and hosts a music show, "The Other Studio," from 9-10 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.

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