Summer’s sizzlin’ and the entertainment is hoppin’

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SANDPOINT — Whoa — summer is sizzlin’ and the calendar is packed with entertainment. It’s the second and final week of The Festival at Sandpoint, the POAC Arts & Crafts Fair takes over the center of downtown this weekend and the Bonner County Fair is already in full swing.

More, you say? Help yourself and have fun:

Thursday, Aug. 9

Greensky Bluegrass

Venue: The Festival at Sandpoint, Memorial Field, Ontario Street, in Sandpoint.

Time: Doors open and BrewFest tasting starts at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m.

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. Opening artist: Parsonfield.

Admission $39.95

Tickets available at: 208-265-4554 or 1-800-325-SEAT

Bonner County Fair

Venue: Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203 N. Boyer Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: All day

Information: BonnerCountyFair.com or call 208-263-8414

Bright Moments

Venue: Trinity at City Beach, 58 Bridge St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 6-9 p.m.

When this Sandpoint ensemble takes the stage, you can always expect great tunes and good times.

Admission: Free and open to the public.

Jake Robin

Venue: MickDuff’s Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 6 p.m.

Jake’s music has been described as ‘up music for down people’ and ‘esoteric for everyone.’ His acoustic live performances fuse levity with the bittersweet.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

Friday, Aug. 10

Sublime with Rome

Venue: The Festival at Sandpoint, Memorial Field, Ontario Street, in Sandpoint.

Time: Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m.

This American ska/punk/reggae band with original members from Long Beach, Calif., collaborates 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.Admission $64.95

Tickets available at: 208-265-4554 or 1-800-325-SEAT

MCS Music Beyond Borders Benefit Concert

Venue: Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 3 p.m.

This special benefit concert will feature the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint’s International Summer Youth Orchestra conducted by Dr. Philip Baldwin — with special guests Katelyn & Laurie Shook. It’s a festive, galactic-themed matinee, with 50 percent of all ticket sales will benefit the Uryadi’s Village Orphanage in Ethiopia.

Admission: $5 for all, available at MCS, located at 110 Main Street, Evan’s Brothers Coffee or at the door.

Information: 208-265-4444

Bonner County Fair

Venue: Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203 N. Boyer Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: All day (runs through Saturday)

Information: BonnerCountyFair.com or call 208-263-8414

Artists’ Studio Tour

Venue: Various artists’ studios.

Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (also on Aug. 11-12, 17-19)

Discover new art as you take the self-guided Artists’ Studio Tour, where you are invited to visit the working studios of painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers, potters, glass artists and more. Set your own schedule and enjoy the scenery as you explore the works of familiar favorites and new artists in the area.

Admission: Free and open to the public.

Studio tour map and more information: ArtTourDrive.org

Smith McKay All Day

Venue: 219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 9 p.m.

Ex-Gourds songwriter Jimmy Smith and bluesman Pat McKay will entertain you with drum stomping, guitar banging and vocalizing old Gourd, Hard Pans, Slo-Red faves.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

Saturday, Aug. 11

Gavin Degraw & Phillip Phillips

Venue: The Festival at Sandpoint, Memorial Field, Ontario Street, in Sandpoint.

Time: Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m.

Gavin Degraw rose to fame with the single ‘I Don’t Want to Be’ from his debut album. His second, self-titled album included the top-twenty single ‘In Love with a Girl.

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.’

Admission: $74.95.

POAC Arts & Crafts Fair

Venue: Downtown Sandpoint – Main St. at Second Av.

Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

More than 90 arts and crafts and crafters this year! Food vendors, live music and the Kaleidoscope Kids’ booth.

Admission: Free and open to the public.

Information: artinsandpoint.org

Celebrate Life Fun Run/Walk

Venue: Dog Beach (Just east of the Long Bridge on path) in Sandpoint.

Time: Late registration starts at 8 a.m., event begins at 9 a.m. – Sat. Aug. 11

Celebrate life Fun Run/Walk began in 2004, the vision of a courageous and beautiful young woman, Jenny Meyer, who was diagnosed at age 26 with an aggressive form of breast cancer. Jenny’s valiant fight inspired her sister, Julie Walkington, to make a difference not only for Jenny, but for others in this community with a cancer diagnosis.

Information: celebratelifefunrunwalk.org

Artists’ Studio Tour

Venue: Various artists’ studios.

Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (also on Aug. 12, 17, 18 and 19)

Admission: Free and open to the public.

Studio tour map and more information: ArtTourDrive.org

Bonner County Fair

Venue: Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203 N. Boyer Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: All day

Information: BonnerCountyFair.com or call 208-263-8414

Bright Moments

Venue: Sandpoint Farmers Market, Farmin Park, Third Ave. & Oak St., downtown Sandpoint.

Time: Market starts at 9 a.m., music from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Local produce to choose from, great artisan work, tasty food and the sounds of Bright Moments – a lovely combination!

Admission: Free and open to the public.

Mobius Riff

Venue: Eichardt’s Pub, 212 Cedar St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 7-10 p.m.

Always a don’t-miss opportunity for excellent live music from top shelf local musicians.

Admission: Free and open to the public.

Summer Slide & Slam Cornhole Tourney

Venue: MickDuff’s Beer Hall, 312 N. First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: Registration ends at 12:30 p.m., first toss at 1 p.m.

Cornhole kings and queens will be taking to the brewery’s four regulation courts set up to test their tossin’ abilities!

Register via phone at 208-209-6700, by dropping in days before or day of at 11 a.m. (that’s when the doors open).

Admission: $10 per person for those 21 and over.

Ron Greene

Venue: MickDuff’s Beer Hall, 312 N. First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Ron Greene live on the lawn at the Beer Hall. He is heading back north for another great afternoon of live music. Put you hands together for this very talented musician.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

Baregrass

Venue: 219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 1-4 p.m.

John Edwards, Luke Levesque, Jared Johnston and Christine Kester will entertain you with their unique sound of Americana, mixed with a little bluegrass and blues and whatever else is conjured up for the afternoon performance.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

Devon Wade Band

Venue: 219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 9 p.m.

Wade is an independent country music artist with a strong love for what country music has always been, songs about real life and things that matter most in life.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

Sunday, August 12

Grand Finale with Spokane Symphony Orchestra

Venue: The Festival at Sandpoint, Memorial Field, Ontario Street, in Sandpoint.

Time: Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for wine tasting, show starts at 7:30 p.m.

The Festival season culminates with this 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, the annual ‘Taste of the Stars’ Wine Tasting, is now the largest wine event of its kind in the state of Idaho, complimentary for all concertgoers over the age of 21. The traditional fireworks finale will close The Festival at Sandpoint’s 36th season in celebratory fashion.

Admission $39.95 adults, $10.95 youth through age 18.

Tickets available at: 208-265-4554 or 1-800-325-SEAT

POAC Arts & Crafts Fair

Venue: Downtown Sandpoint – Main St. at Second Av.

Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

More than 90 arts and crafts and crafters this year! Food vendors, live music, the Kaleidoscope Kids’ booth and lots, lots more.

Admission: Free and open to the public.

Information: artinsandpoint.org

Pianist Scott Kirby

Venue: Pend d’Oreille Winery, 301, Cedar St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 4-6 p.m.

Soak up the spectacular sounds of pianist Scott Kirby playing traditional American music, including ragtime, blues and tango on the winery’s stunning, historic 1870 Decker Brothers concert grand piano.

Admission: Free and open to the public.

Artists’ Studio Tour

Venue: Various artists’ studios.

Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (also on Aug. 17-19)

Admission: Free and open to the public.

Studio tour map and more information: ArtTourDrive.org

Sandpoint Jazz Society

Venue: 219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Muffy Nye, Mike Johnson and friends will blow you away with their sultry vocal harmonies, blistering solos and raw, soulful rhythms.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

Monday, Aug. 13

Truck Mills Blues Jam

Venue: Eichardt’s Pub & Grille, located at 212 Cedar St.

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Admission: Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, Aug. 14

Backgammon Tourney

Venue: Laughing Dog Brewing, 805 Schweitzer Plaza Dr. in Ponderay.

Time: 5 p.m.

Admission: Free and open to the public (sign up on the Laughing Dog Brewing Facebook page.

Night-Out Karaoke

Venue: 219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 9 p.m.

Sing to your heart’s content, or just enjoy the show.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

Wednesday, Aug. 15

Betsy Hammet & Beth Pederson

Venue: Sandpoint Farmers Market, Farmin Park, Third & Main, in Sandpoint.

Time: 3-5:30 p.m.

Admission: Free and open to the public.

Benny Baker & Brian Jacobs

Venue: Connie’s Café deck, 323 Cedar St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 5 p.m.

Admission: Free and open to the public

Truck Mills & John Firshi

Venue: 219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 5-8 p.m.

Sandpoint musician Truck Mills and guest musician John Firshi, who entertain with great blues, folk, gospel and jazz.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

Open Mic Night

Venue: Skal Tap Room, 476930 U.S. Hwy. 95 (next to Sandpoint Sports), in Ponderay.

Time: 5-8 p.m.

Skal Taproom invites musicians and comedians to step up and show their stuff.

Admission: Free and open to the public.

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