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2018 Ultimate Summer Music Guide

Boise Bucket List Presents:

Boise Ultimate Summer Concert Guide

Over 200 Concerts to Cross Off Your #BoiseBucketList


Summertime here in Boise means long days, cool summer nights, enjoying the beautiful outdoors. It’s also a time to explore all the awesome music here in the Treasure Valley.  I found it hard to find a good list of upcoming concerts to keep track. If I found it challenging, I could only imagine how others felt. Hence the creation of this list!

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The following is the most comprehensive music guide I could create.  The best way to use this list is by date. I list all the concerts from June thru September.



Below are the venues I featured & had a list of their events available. Please make sure to visit their respective websites to purchase concert tickets (if applicable):


June

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6/6 Revolution Center The Flaming Lips
6/6 Neurolux  Lounge Nude Dude  & Laika  The Dog Tour
6/6 The Shredder HIGH PRIESTESS
6/6 Alive at Five Concert Series Led with Ryan Peck Opening
6/7 Taco Bell Arena Bare Naked Ladies
6/7 Neurolux  Lounge MOTOPONY w/ Ezra Bell and Kyler Daron
6/7 The Shredder HAILSHOT, KAMIKAZE ZOMBIE, KURGAN HYPOTHESIS, CHAOSMONAUT
6/7 Outlaw Field Summer Concerts Barenaked Ladies
6/8 Neurolux  Lounge A HAWK AND A HANDSAW w/ Fleet Street Klezmer Band
6/8 Tom Grainey’s Scott Peberton
6/8 The Olympic HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS with Listener, Hotel Books, Sienna Skies, Heavy Things
6/8 The Knitting Factory BLACKTOP MOJO, LOCUST GROVE, STONE PROPHET, LIKE NO ONE
6/9 Taco Bell Arena Steely Dan and the Dooby Brothers
6/9 The Shredder BREAK SURFACE, GHOSTBOX, MORTAL ENEMY, YEXOTAY, 2018-06-13,SET BLASTERS”
6/9 The Reef  Dusty Leigh and the Claim Jumpers
6/9 The Knitting Factory TRAITORS GATE, INVASIVE, CHAPTER BLACK, MUNCHKIN SUICIDE
6/11 The Olympic RHETT MILLER of OLD 97’S + Lee Penn Sky
6/12 Neurolux  Lounge ACID CAROUSEL w/ Bralettes and Navy Gangs and Ghost in Space
6/13 Neurolux  Lounge HOWLIN RAIN w/ David Nance
6/13 The Reef An Evening with Tony Lucca
6/13 Alive at Five Concert Series Ivory Deville (Bread & Circus Opening)
6/14 Neurolux  Lounge SPEEDY ORTIZ w/ Anna Burch and Xetas
6/14 The Shredder BRENT AMAKER AND THE RODEO, JIMMY SINN AND THE BASTARD KIN, GIPSY MOONRISE
6/14 The Reef Mobley, James Orr
6/14 The Olympic SCRUNCHIES + DIRT RUSSELL + MARQUINA
6/15 The Shredder GENESIS COMPANY, FALL OF THE FATHOM, LIFE UPON LIARS, CMMNWLTH, ROSES ARE DEAD
6/15 Ford Idaho Center Jacksons Country Stomp Starring Kip Moore
6/15 The Olympic DANNY BLAQK AND THE GALAXY + OK OK + AXIOM THA WYZE
6/15 The Knitting Factory TORY LANEZ – MEMORIES DON’T DIE TOUR
6/16 Revolution Center Ganja White Night
6/16 The Shredder HOMIES AND HIP HOP
6/16 The Reef  Wide Stance
6/16 The Knitting Factory NEVERLAND “GODS OF THE NILE” DANCE PARTY
6/17 The Shredder THADEUS GONZALEZ, FADED LEROY, CHAPTER BLACK, ZEMON LEMON
6/19 Neurolux  Lounge BLACK MILK w/ Zee Will and Earthlings Crew
6/19 The Shredder BREAKING WHEEL, FUMING MOUTH, NATURAL EVIL, KIRA
6/20 The Reef Supervillains, Iya Terra
6/20 Alive at Five Concert Series Ghost of Paul Revere (Andrew Sheppard Opening)
6/21 Revolution Center Summerland  Tour Staring Everclear, Marcy’s PlayGround, Local H
6/21 Neurolux  Lounge THE SOCIAL ANIMALS
6/21 The Shredder BEEKEEPER, RAILGUN, NINJA GANDHI
6/21 The Olympic SHANE SMITH & THE SAINTS + MOTEL RADIO
6/22 Neurolux  Lounge GAYTHEIST w/ Maximum Mad and Un
6/22 The Shredder JOHN DOUGH BOYS, DIRT CHEAP
6/22 The Reef  Moonlight Bloom, Athena McIntyre
6/23 The Shredder CRIMSON GUARDIAN, ATHERUS, BRINK OF EXTINCTION, ROAD LESS TRODDEN
6/23 The Knitting Factory SALSA NIGHTS
6/24 Neurolux  Lounge STILL WOOZY / guests
6/24 Ford Idaho Center Dirty Heads
6/24 Tom Graineys Yak Attack
6/26 Taco Bell Arena Michael Franti  & Spearhead
6/26 Neurolux  Lounge WAND w/ Sofia Bolt and HiHazel
6/26 Ford Idaho Center God and Country Festival
6/26 Outlaw Field Summer Concerts Michael Franti & Spearhead
6/26 The Knitting Factory THE ILLUSIONISTS PRESENT: ADAM TRENT
6/27 Taco Bell Arena Counting Crows
6/27 Alive at Five Concert Series Greyhounds (The Tree of Trees)
6/28 Neurolux  Lounge LITHICS w/ Sick Wish and The Vang Basics
6/28 The Shredder FACELESS, LORNA SHORE, DYSCARNATE, NOMVDIC, ABAASY
6/28 The Olympic CEDAR TEETH + LOW-FI + VASTCADE
6/28 The Knitting Factory BLUE OCTOBER, KITTEN
6/29 Neurolux  Lounge CHARLIE PARR w/ Hillfolk Noir
6/29 The Shredder KRALLICE, WAYFARER, INFERNAL COIL, AERIAL RUIN, EMBRYOCIDE
6/29 The Olympic THE WARREN G HARDINGS + JONATHAN WARREN & THE BILLY GOATS
6/30 Neurolux  Lounge URBAN OUTFIELDERS (album release) w/ The Love Bunch, King and Queen of the Losers, Whippin Shitties

July

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7/1 The Shredder KRALLICE, WAYFARER, INFERNAL COIL, AERIAL RUIN, EMBRYOCIDE
7/2 Neurolux  Lounge BOY TOY w/ The Entire Universe and Seatopians
7/3 Neurolux  Lounge BENT KNEE w/ Sun Blood Stories
7/3 The Shredder IN THE WHALE, JETSKI, JERWADZ, NO!
7/4 The Shredder SAMM BONES, CORDUROY BLUES, ANDY C.
7/4 Alive at Five Concert Series Lounge on Fire
7/5 Neurolux  Lounge ELDREN w/ Jupiter Holiday
7/5 Ford Idaho Center Kenny Chesney
7/5 The Olympic THE BLACK LILLIES + THE ARTISANALS
7/6 Revolution Center Ja Rule and Ashanti
7/6 The Shredder PATRIMONY
7/6 The Knitting Factory 100.3 THE X PRESENTS: MIDDLE CLASS RUT
7/7 Neurolux  Lounge THE REMEMBERABLES w/ Blacksage
7/7 Tom Graineys Sol Seed
7/7 The Knitting Factory SOCIAL DISTORTION, AARON LEE TASJAN, LOW CUT CONNIE
7/8 Neurolux  Lounge ELECTRIC SIX
7/8 The Olympic JADE JACKSON
7/9 Neurolux  Lounge SPARTA w/ guests
7/11 Neurolux  Lounge WYE OAK w/ guests
7/11 Ford Idaho Center Logic, NF and Kyle
7/11 The Olympic GRANT FARM
7/11 Alive at Five Concert Series Afrosonics (Xabi Aburruzaga and Aitor Uribarri opening)
7/12 The Shredder ILLICIT NATURE
7/13 The Shredder THE DEADRONES, PISTON BULLY, NON FICTION
7/13 Tom Graineys Brewfish
7/13 The Olympic HUNNY + GLEEMER + FRINGE
7/14 Neurolux  Lounge YOB w/ Bell Witch
7/14 The Shredder THE MYSTIC, FAMOUS FRIENDS, ALL THAT FALLS, SPORTSCOURT
7/14 The Knitting Factory VIOLENT FEMMES, MARCIA MELLO
7/15 The Olympic ROGER CLYNE
7/15 The Knitting Factory X AMBASSADORS – THE JOYFUL TOUR
7/16 Revolution Center Brit Floyd
7/17 Taco Bell Arena Sheryl Crow
7/17 Neurolux  Lounge JAMES MCMURTRY
7/17 Outlaw Field Summer Concerts Sheryl Crow
7/18 Neurolux  Lounge BLITZEN TRAPPER w/ Dead Lee
7/18 The Shredder RIGHT ON KID, NOISE BRIGADE, HARD TO HIT
7/18 The Olympic TATANKA
7/18 Alive at Five Concert Series The Stone Foxes (Luke Messimer opening)
7/18 The Knitting Factory JJ GREY & MOFRO
7/19 The Shredder WERE ALL MAD TOUR
7/19 The Knitting Factory THE DOLLOP
7/20 Taco Bell Arena Five Finger Death Punch & Breaking Benjamin
7/20 Taco Bell Arena Jackson Browne
7/20 Neurolux  Lounge BIG UPS w/ Black Bolt
7/20 The Shredder BORAH 20YR REUNION
7/20 Outlaw Field Summer Concerts Jackson Browne
7/20 The Knitting Factory RANDY ROGERS BAND, PARKER MCCOLLUM
7/21 Neurolux  Lounge TANGO ALPHA TANGO w/ guests
7/21 The Shredder EXMORTUS, THE ABSENCE, HATCHET
7/21 The Olympic QUINN DEVEAUX + LIKE A ROCKET
7/22 The Shredder GRAVESHADOW, TULPAA, ATHERAS, ROSES ARE DEAD
7/22 The Olympic THE WEIRDOS + EGRETS ON ERGOT + MANTOOTH
7/23 Neurolux  Lounge FLASHER w/ guests
7/24 Taco Bell Arena Chris Issak
7/24 The Shredder AS FIRE FALLS, SIGNAL VS NOISE, RED LIGHT CHALLENGE, TONIGHT WE RISE
7/24 Ford Idaho Center G-Eazy , Lil Uzi Vert
7/24 Outlaw Field Summer Concerts Chris Issac
7/25 The Shredder SUICIDE FOREST, SPLATTERED THROAT
7/25 Alive at Five Concert Series Brad Parsons & Starbird (Innocent Man opening)
7/26 The Olympic GRIEVES + AXIOM THA WYZE
7/27 The Shredder AAB BASS PARTY
7/27 The Olympic BAMBOOZLE
7/28 The Shredder JORDAN COLLINS, MANTIS, ANA LETE
7/28 The Olympic FIVE ALARM FUNK
7/29 The Shredder MEPHISKAPHELES, THE USELESS, CLITERATI, SELF SMARTID
7/30 The Knitting Factory SEETHER – POISON THE PARISH WORLD TOUR
7/31 The Shredder OLD MAN WIZARD, WORSHIPPER

 

August

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8/1 Taco Bell Arena ZZ Top
8/1 The Shredder FOR YOUR HEALTH
8/1 The Olympic HONEYHONEY + DEAD HORSES
8/1 Outlaw Field Summer Concerts ZZ Top
8/1 Alive at Five Concert Series The Young Dubliners (Curtis/Sutton  & the Scavengers Opening)
8/2 Neurolux  Lounge MOURN w/ Chastity
8/3 The Knitting Factory DEATH CAB FOR CUTE WITH PEDRO THE LION
8/4 Ford Idaho Center Chris Stapleton
8/4 The Knitting Factory BEATS ANTIQUE, PLANTRAE
8/5 The Knitting Factory SLIGHTLY STOOPID: SCHOOLS OUT FOR SUMMER 2018 TOUR
8/8 Taco Bell Arena Amos Lee
8/8 Neurolux  Lounge DEAFHEAVEN w/ Drab Majesty and Uniform
8/8 The Olympic JONNY FRITZ + LESLIE STEVENS
8/8 Outlaw Field Summer Concerts Amos Lee
8/8 Alive at Five Concert Series The Talbott Brothers (The Pan Handlers opening)
8/9 Neurolux  Lounge THE LONESOME HEROES w/ Leo Rondeau
8/12 The Knitting Factory FATHER JOHN MISTY, LUCY DACUS
8/13 Neurolux  Lounge GRATEFUL SHRED w/ Mapache
8/14 Neurolux  Lounge HOP ALONG w/ Thin Lips and Western Daughter
8/14 The Shredder HICKOIDS
8/14 The Olympic HUNTER & THE DIRTY JACKS
8/14 The Knitting Factory PUNCH BROTHERS WITH SPECIAL GUEST MADISON CUNNINGHAM
8/14 The Knitting Factory RAINBOW KITTEN SURPRISE – THE FRIEND, LOVE, FREEFALL TOUR
8/15 Alive at Five Concert Series Joceyln & Chris Arndt (Luci Kolada  opening)
8/15 The Knitting Factory YELAWOLF, WAYLONE & WILLIE
8/16 Neurolux  Lounge KASEY ANDERSON w/ Travis Ward
8/18 The Olympic THE SEA THE SEA + LUKE MESSIMER
8/20 Taco Bell Arena Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton
8/20 Neurolux  Lounge DE LUX w/ TRAPS PS
8/20 Outlaw Field Summer Concerts Steve Miller Band
8/21 The Shredder SET IT OFF
8/21 Ford Idaho Center Slayer
8/21 The Olympic THE HIGGS + JUPITER HOLIDAY
8/22 Alive at Five Concert Series The Brevet  (Nick Delffs opening)
8/23 Taco Bell Arena Rebelution with Stephen Marley, Common Kings & Zion -1
8/23 Neurolux  Lounge Smokey Brights / Jared Mees / New Move / Cave Clove
8/23 Outlaw Field Summer Concerts Rebelution
8/23 The Knitting Factory THE CADILLAC THREE, AUSTIN JENCKES
8/24 Neurolux  Lounge THE LAST BANDOLEROS
8/24 The Shredder STICKUP KID, SUNDRESSED, BLACK BOLT
8/26 The Shredder ADAM FAUCETT, JIMMY SINN
8/26 The Knitting Factory NAHKO AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE, XIUHTEZCATL
8/28 Neurolux  Lounge SALES w/ No Vacation
8/29 Alive at Five Concert Series Ripe (Rippin’ Brass opening)
8/30 The Knitting Factory E-40, NEF THE PHARAOH
8/31 The Shredder G-LIFE

September

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9/1 The Shredder ACID TEETH, NON FICTION, MUNCHKIN SUICIDE
9/2 Taco Bell Arena J.Cole
9/4 The Shredder SORXE
9/4 Ford Idaho Center Jason Mraz
9/4 The Knitting Factory COLD WAR KIDS, DAYSORMAY
9/6 The Shredder TOTAL CHAOS, PISS POOR,ALLEGED, KANCHO
9/6 The Knitting Factory MILKY CHANCE: BLOSSOM TOUR
9/7 Ford Idaho Center The Smashing Pumpkins
9/8 The Shredder GREEN DRUID, EALDOR BEALDU
9/12 The Shredder LIONHEART
9/13 The Shredder THE DEADSET
9/13 The Olympic RIVVRS + PAUL MCDONALD
9/14 The Shredder SEER, HASHERTOID
9/17 Revolution Center Rise Against
9/20 Taco Bell Arena The Avertt Brothers
9/20 Ford Idaho Center Luke Bryan
9/20 Outlaw Field Summer Concerts Avett Brothers
9/21 The Shredder COVEN, DISCIPLES OF DISSENT
9/22 The Shredder INCITE, LODY KONG
9/22 The Knitting Factory WELLRED: FROM DIXIE WITH LOVE FEATURING TRAE CROWDER, DREW MORGAN & COREY FORRESTER
9/23 Neurolux  Lounge JAPANESE BREAKFAST w/ Ought
9/24 Revolution Center Iron and Wine
9/25 Neurolux  Lounge CARBON LEAF
9/26 Neurolux  Lounge TREVOR POWERS
9/26 The Shredder UNITED DEFIANCE
9/26 Ford Idaho Center Journey and Def Leppard
9/26 The Knitting Factory TREVOR POWERS
9/27 The Knitting Factory BOB MOSES – BATTLE LINES TOUR
9/28 Taco Bell Arena Keith Urban Graffiti U Tour

 

Summer Music Festivals To Checkout:


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Top 5 Reasons To Stay At 26th Street Studio

Looking for a new AirBnB to stay here in Boise? Checkout Daniel’s blog about his time at 26th Street Studio.


  1. Luxury

As soon as you walk into the home you realize that this place is something special. You notice that real thought went into the building and constructing. With an emphasis on design and style. The calming colors they choose really set you into a relaxing mood. A place to let your guard down.

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2. Romantic

Whether you’re visiting the beautiful city of Boise or you want to treat your partner to a treat. You’ve come to the right place. You can start by relaxing on the patio enjoying a delicious complimentary wine bottle. Afterward, head to the amazing stand alone tub to soak up that sore back along with the slick doorless shower. You’ll then head to the most comfortable bed you’ve ever slept on. With the beautiful canopy setting the tone for some romanticism.

 


3. Location

When visiting Boise and on a timeline, you need to be properly placed for efficiency. There is no better than 26th Street Studio. It’s perfectly placed right downtown. Close to restaurants, Bogus Basin, BSU and most importantly the highway.

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4. Affordable

I’ve been in this area for 10 years. So I’ve been able to see the prices throughout the whole valley. Even though this is a luxury Airbnb it is priced phenomenally. Typical hotels in Boise will cost you almost double the price. Skip the price and get double the luxury.

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5. Exposed Rafters 

Cause why not? Listen I’ve been a realtor for a while and I’ve been in more homes than you can imagine. There is something special about exposed rafters. Being able to see the architecture is something you can truly appreciate. Seeing the hard work that was done to bring something together speaks volumes and adds to the beauty. #MakeRaftersGreatAgain  

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Do you want to reserve a room at 26th Street Studio? Visit their AirBnB page here:https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/19067426. Tell them you saw this on Boise Bucket List’s blog post.


About Daniel Frank:  Daniel Frank is a Boise Bucket List contributor. Daniel is a real estate agent with Boise Premier Real Estate. Follow him on Facebook or Instagram (@boisechampion). He can help with all your real estate needs in the Treasure Valley.

 

About 26th Street Studio: A fresh and airy guest house in West downtown Boise. Come relax in our claw foot bathtub after a long day of exploring the nearby whitewater park, foothills, green belt or downtown scenery. Cook in the kitchen or walk to nearby restaurants for meals. Sip your morning coffee on the patio while you plan your next adventure. You’ll sleep soundly in the comfortable king sized bed. We hope you’ll enjoy Boise but it will be hard to leave your sanctuary at 26th Street Studio.

 

Love in the BOI: Jess and Greg

This story has a unique twist. It’s told from the matchmaker’s perspective – the groom’s sister. This is the Love in the BOI story of Jess and Greg, told by Haley.

 

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How Did They Meet?

In 2007, my brother Greg graduated high school and moved to SLC to go
to college at Westminster. In 2008, Jess moved to Boise from Idaho Falls for her senior year and we quickly became friends. She went off to college, and when she was at Lewis and Clark College in Lewiston and I was at Washington State University in Pullman, we made many trips to visit and stay in touch. Jess and I both graduated in May of 2014 and returned to Boise. After a couple months of being busy with out new adult lives, we met for coffee at the Flying M. She was talking about how into weight lifting she was and tried her hardest to get me to be her workout buddy. I was working on getting my pre-college body back, but was no where near body building status. I did offer an alternative workout partner to myself, which happened to be my brother. He recently moved back to Boise from Salt Lake and had always been a gym rat. I gave her My brother’s number and encouraged the idea. Soon after, they set a time to go workout.


 

Describe Their First Date

Jess and Greg had such a great time working out, that their gym date turned into a coffee date,which then turned into a lunch date, all in one day! After Greg decided to officially ask Jess out on a date to Silver City, they were inseparable ever since. A year and a half later Greg proposed on what should’ve been a hot air balloon ride, but the weather didn’t agree, so he went with plan b and took an early morning walk down the greenbelt on the Fourth of July and surprised her on his knee near the river. Fast forward to October 14,2017, they had a beautiful wedding at the Bishops House in Boise. The newlyweds went on a gorgeous honeymoon to St. Lucia and bought a house last month.


What Do They Like To Do In Boise?

Greg and Jess enjoy anything outdoors in Idaho from hiking the foothills with
their 7 year old yellow lab Jack, to spending a much needed weekend in
a remote yurt and hot springs.  Jess is a night nurse, so their time
together is sporadic, but they make many memories together.

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How Do You Feel About Playing Matchmaker?

Jess and Greg are opposites, but the yin to the others yang. Although I wasn’t planning
to set them up, it was the most serendipitous meeting. It is still funny to think that they just barely missed meeting each other in while I was in high school, but it worked out for the best. I’m excited to see what their life together brings.

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What’s fun about this story is that I get to work with Haley on a professional level. I’m also going to work with her on some special projects for Boise Bucket List. Stay tuned!

 

 

Love in the BOI: Christen & Brandon

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Meet Christen and Brandon Fisher. Their love story is vampire meets zombie. Intrigued? Keep reading! This is their Love in the BOI story.


 

How Did You Two Meet?

Brandon and I met working as actors at a haunted house in Arizona. Just a classic love story between zombie and vampire! Our friends had asked us if we wanted to make good money while working a interesting job. I had seen him from across the room and was immediately struck (later he told me the same). I was so shy though I barely spoke to him whole month we worked there because I had the biggest crush!

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Describe Your First Date

On the last day [of the haunted house] I thought this was now or never, so I asked for his number so we could go to the company Halloween party together. There would be our first kiss too by the way (and I still had my pointy teeth in haha!). We started dating after that and found out we had just missed each other in the same schools and he only live a couple miles from my house which in Phoenix is a big deal.

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We have been through everything together including long distance so I can finish school. The first time it was up north in Arizona, the second was when I was accepted to go to a school in Idaho. When we learned that, we had been together for 4 years and he decided that was when he was going to propose.

Now, Brandon had never gotten me flowers because at first he thought they were a waste of money since they just die anyway (men.), but then he realized that would be a good way to propose eventually. So he asked my mom to take me out shopping. When we came back to our apartment he had filled it with bouquets of flowers for every event that he had missed giving them (birthdays, valentines day, etc.). In the middle was a box that said open me. I was in shock. Inside it said turn around. When I did, he was dressed up in a suit and down on one knee. He was so nervous he blurted out “would you marry me?”, and after I (tearily) said yes he admitted he had a speech ready but he was so nervous he forgot! So then he said it and it blew me away. We planned to get married in two years after school in Idaho. And we ended up getting married this past June in McCall!
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What is Your Advice for Those Looking for Love?

As far as the advise for people looking for love… you can find love in unexpected places. We put ourselves out there signing up for a odd job and ended up finding soulmates. Be open to opportunities but if it doesn’t happen just enjoy the time while you are out there. You will know when you are gradually going through the dating steps and it just feels natural and easy. Everyone is different and there will be ups and downs, but I know Brandon and I never felt any doubt that we were going to end up together forever.
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What Is Your Favorite Thing To Do In Boise?

Now that we live in Boise it is truly hard to pick one thing that we love to do here. We love to go hiking in the foothills, paddle boarding at the different lakes, running with our dog on the greenbelt, checking out the nightlife downtown. trying out different restaurants, or going to the myriad of events always going on in Boise. We love it! I think we found our paradise.

Love in the BOI: Jean & Rexx

In honor of National Love Your Pet Day, today’s Love in the BOI feature is dedicated to our special furrrbabies. Meet  Jean Slade (IG: wingbeanjean ) & Rex Slade (IG: rexxontheroad )

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How Did You Meet?

We met, 3 years ago, from the Idaho Small Dog & Chihuahua Rescue, a local organization that helps place smaller dogs with forever homes in Boise.
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Describe Your First Meeting (puppy date?)

 I saw an ad on Facebook that the organization had recently acquired several pups from a hoarder situation and they needed help. I went to go donate some items and Rex instantly started playing with me (and my other dog). The organizer looked at me and said “This is your dog, I just have this feeling, and you have to adopt him”.  I was not in the market for a new dog but I left that day with Rex and it was the best decision I ever made.
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What is Your Advice for Others Looking for Pet Love Here in Boise?

 Find an animal to rescue.. it’s fuuurever love 🙂
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What Are Your Favorite Things To Do In Boise?

We  love Ann Morison park in the winter because it is off-leash and there are so many great pups! During the summer its trail runs and rafting!
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Love in the BOI: Mallory & Tommy

In 2014, Mallory went to the Mayhem Festival. Although since she was young she knew she would meet her future husband at a concert, Mallory probably didn’t know it would be this one! Meet Mallory and Tommy.

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 How did you all meet?

We met at Mayhem Festival in 2014! It was too perfect because growing up, I always knew I would meet my future husband at a concert!

 


Describe your first date

Our first date was at Barbacoa and we shared a rack of ribs and their roasted marshmallow dessert

 


What advice do you have for those looking for love in Boise?

For those looking for love in Boise, I advise that you look in places where you least expect it. Branch out and get out of your comfort zone! Maybe attend a class that you haven’t been to before.

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Where is your favorite place to go (or thing to do) together as a couple?

Our favorite thing to do as a couple is eat out! We LOVE food and Boise has so many amazing local restaurants and brew pubs to offer. We try to eat at a new place every week!​

 


Thank you, Mallory for sharing your LOVE in the BOI story!

 

Love in the BOI: Erika & Ray

 

Meet Erika & Ray.  Ray traveled to Spain to study Spanish, while Erika was in Spain volunteering to show Americans around. Their love for one another & Erika’s love for Boise lead to be a Love in the BOI story. 

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How did you all meet?

Back in 2010 Ray was studying  Spanish so he decided to study abroad in Spain. I was studying English so I decided to become a volunteer and help American students to integrate in my    city and show them around.  Ray was one of those American students. I had never met such a joyful person and we became best friends. Soon enough we fell in love and I decided to come to USA to keep studying English.
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We had a long distance relationship for 18 months until he finished college. After graduation,  we traveled the world together and lived in Colombia, Spain and Russia.  In 2015 we got engaged and he said : We can live anywhere in the world you want. I answered : Let’s go to Boise!
I had fallen in love with Boise since the very first day I visited it and here we have had the happiest days of our relationship.


Describe Your First Date.


Our first date was at my favorite beach in my Island  (Mallorca ).
We jumped cliffs and listened to Johnny Cash in the Ipod. I had always loved Johnny Cash but pretty  much no one knew him in Spain. When he chose Johnny Cash in the playlisy and imitated his voice , I knew I had found the one.
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What advice do You Have for those looking for love in Boise?

 

Try and find a partner in a place where a similar interest exists that will build your relationship over time: book shops, concerts, climbing gyms, fitness classes, etc. Bars are a natural go to, but the atmosphere often times doesn’t reflect an environment of “looking for something serious”.

And for people from around the area who think they already know everyone here, don’t lose hope! Boise is attracting droves of young people as of recently and there could be someone new coming to town just for you.

 



What is your favorite place to go (or thing to do) together as a couple? 

We love skying , taking interesting classes at Jump, enjoying the great outdoors and eating amazing food ! Our favorite places  are El Cafetal Colombian restaurant,  Wild Root, Parilla, and Bier 30. Oh and we love traveling!

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Love in the BOI: Sarah & Zac

Imagine only being able to communicate with each other in a beginner’s American sign language class. This is Sarah & Zac’s Love in the BOI story.

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How did you all meet?

We were paired up during a beginner’s American sign language class in college and weren’t allowed to actually speak to each other those first few weeks – just awkwardly try to sign.


Describe your first date.

We met in Vancouver, WA, but one of the first things we did together as a couple was come to Boise to meet Zac’s mom and great-grandmother. It was a bit intimidating for me, but I ended up loving his family and we had such a good time exploring the city. We were married in the Idaho State Capitol and when we started our family we decided that Boise was the place we wanted to live. It was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made!


What advice do you have for those looking for love in Boise?

Our advice for people looking for love in Boise is that it comes when you least expect it. Pursue your dreams and passions and you are bound to run into that special someone.


What is your favorite place to go (or thing to do) together as a couple?

Our favorite thing to do as a couple is travel. We have a goal of taking our son to all 50 states and 7 continents! We also love camping at Redfish Lake.

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Zac & Sarah Warren (photo by Maggie Grace Photo)

 

Want to follow Zac and Sarah on their adventures? Make sure to give them a “follow” on their Instagram pages: Zac @zacwarren56 and Sarah @raisingsmiles. Photo credit to Maggie Grace at @maggiegracephoto.

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Love in the BOI: Nikki & Graham

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The Night Nikki & Graham Met

 

Imagine backpacking through Europe & eventually meeting your future husband. Meet Nikki and Graham.


Nikki’s Mini Story:

I was 24 had a great job, lived down town. Done with dating. And thought right! If I’m going to see the world I need to do it now before I have roots. I sold my stuff, and my flat. Bought a ticket to London and traveled by train for 7 weeks, sleeping on couch’s hostels, hotels, and streets. I saw the U.K., France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and made my way back to London and up to Scotland
For my 25th birthday. the girl I was crashing with had a going away party me at the end of my stay and invited a few friends. She said we needed to pick up a friend from the train station, there he was 6’2 Scotsman. Awesome fashion smaller amazing ! I played it cool. We all hung out all night. And he kissed me before I had to go, We swapped details, and said to keep in touch. I touch a 5 hour train back to London. And no sooner I got there, he said come back. I had one of those movie moments ( if I don’t go I’ll regret it for the rest of my life) and so I went. He took me all over, had a few adventures. And I had to fly back to Boise.

Two days after I got home he sent me a message “ I shouldn’t have let you leave” and he was on the next flight, he had NEVER been to America. I took him all over Boise, Salt Lake, Reno, Las Vegas. And that was it….

6 weeks from the day we met, we were married ️ that was nearly 8 years ago. We lived in Scotland for a while. But Boise is home. We have 2 kids both with Scottish names Ewan Graham, and Harper Caroline. Which we take traveling. Hawaii, Iceland, Disneyland and Scotland

How Did You Meet?

I was backing thru Europe, met him in Scotland.
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Nikki & Graham the 1st Night They Met

Describe Your First Date

I had to leave Scotland and head back to London. And we had said our ( nice to meet you, keep in touch) . Once back in London, he said he wanted to see me and told me to come back. And he would take me on a tour of his country (Scotland) our first date was in a pub in Edinburgh, the start of a 3 day tour.

What Advice Do You Have for Those Looking for Love in Boise?

Stop looking lol!. As soon as I said “screw men” , and focused on what I wanted to do( travel) he found me.
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Nikki & Graham on Their Wedding Day

Where is Your Favorite Place to Go (or thing to do) Together as a Couple?

We love to eat!! So we live trying every hole in the wall restaurant in town. And traveling .. of course

 

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First Time at Table Rock

Nikki shared more after this post about the details surrounding her marriage. It’s pretty epic! Let’s just say it involves a bet in Sin City. Checkout Nikki’s Instagram feed, where she showcases her veggie-inspired lifestyle.

Love in the BOI: Vanessa & Brody

 

Meet Brody and Vanessa Wright. This is their Boise love story told by Vanessa.

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Vanessa & Brody Wright

How They Met:

I was living in Pocatello at the time. My friend wanted to leave town to celebrate her birthday so we decided to head to Boise for the weekend! Brody and I met downtown boise off 6th and main, in the middle of the street! We stopped on that corner to exchange numbers, and later met up the next day! That following night, He showed me around Boise and I fell in love with the atmosphere even more.

We have been inseparable ever since. After 4 months into our relationship and long distance, I finally took the step to move to Boise to pursue our going relationship. A year later, we got engaged, and a year after that, we got married . We now have a beautiful daughter, Moana who is 6 months. We will be together for 4 years this coming March, 2 year wedding anniversary in June ❤️🤗

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Meet the Wrights 

Describe Your First Date:

He offered to come visit me in Pocatello for our first actual date. We had breakfast at a place called “Butterburrs” and I was pretty shy! I refused to look him straight in the eye during our date because he was so intimidating! He thought I wasn’t interested in him! We attempted a second date the following weekend. Second date kicked off much better! And he continued to come down to see me every weekend for 4 months until I moved. Been together ever since ❤️


What Advice Do You Have For Those Looking for Love in Boise?

My advice for those looking for love in Boise is HAVE FUN, live a little and don’t have such high standards!!!! I honestly did not plan on being in a relationship so soon when I met my husband. But that’s what life does to you! People show up at the right place and the right time!

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Beautiful smiles from a lovely couple

Before, I used to be so picky, but being picky isn’t always a good thing! Once I realized what was actually realistic in a man/relationship, the more fun it became to meeting people!! I never thought I’d meet my husband in the middle of the street! I took that as a sign and opportunity to see what would happen next!

So have fun, take chances, and live life with a positive outlook!! Always!


What we enjoy doing as a couple:

We LOVE sushi! You’ll catch us at your local IOU Sushi, or outdoors paddleboarding, or hiking with our German shepherd named Kuma and our daughter Moana around the valley! We also enjoy The Village at Meridian, and Bowling at Big Al’s with family and friends!

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Vanessa & Brody’s  outside adventures 

 

Vanessa also has a YouTube channel where she does amazing makeup tutorials. Her Instagram is an amazing feed of her family, friends, and her beauty tutorials. I tease her sometimes on Instagram to help teach me some amazing makeup tricks! Make sure to follow her at @vanessamwright.