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New Jump Jam & Jive concert series will light up Downtown Boise this summer: see the lineup

Downtown Boise will come alive with a free concert series again this summer, with the new Jump Jam & Jive.

The eight-show lineup will start Tuesday, June 8th, and run just about every other week at Jack’s Urban Meeting Place – in the plaza between JUMP and the JR Simplot Co. headquarters.

Karlee May and Steve Fulton joined together to bring the new summer concert series to downtown. May is the former events director for the Downtown Boise Association, and Fulton has been producing concerts in the area since 1995 – including the Boise Music Festival.

Jump, Jam & Jive will help fill a gap for live summer music left by the cancellation of Alive After Five.  The Downtown Boise Association, which has long produced the series, decided to drop the event this year. It laid off May last fall.  The DBA said it hoped to return its event in the summer of 2022.

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Returning to events

But music will play on across the way at JUMP.

“If there is one thing our community does well, it is supporting each other- and I am so excitedto give everyone a reason and way to do that now, coming out of such a tough year,” May told BoiseDev. “I have produced events ranging from hundreds of people to tens of thousands of people. I thrive off giving people a way to celebrate, something to enjoy, and supporting as many locals as I can in the process.”

“Jump, Jam & Jive is an exciting new music series supporting local, original music and is just what the community and the artists need to get back to interacting with each other,” Fulton said. “By sharing their talents and showing what our Idaho musicians have been creating, we will have a great place to gather in support of these musicians and have fun at the same time.”

If the weather goes bad, the concert will move into the cover of the JUMP facility. Pre-packaged snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

All summer long

The event will start June 8th, starting each week at 5pm with a nonprofit, youth or community group. Then at 6pm, a lineup of local professional musicians will entertain the crowd until 8pm.

The event will run every other week, except for the end of the season when Jump Jam & Jive will run for two straight weeks on August 31 and September 7.

May & Fulton gave BoiseDev an exclusive first look at the summer lineup:

  • June 8 – Shon Sanders Band
  • June 22 – Gretch n Rodgers Band
  • July 6 – AKA Belle
  • July 20 – Afrosonics
  • August 3 – Eilen Jewell
  • August 17 – Charlie & the Changelings
  • August 31 – Brook Faulk & The Family Corvidae
  • September 7 – Bill Coffey & His Cash Money Cousins
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