Hello, my name is Nick Rudow and I'll be blogging for 103.5 KISS FM, writing about various things such as movies, music, and weekly events. Writing has been a huge passion of mine for over six years now and I've been reporting on a variety of different topics such as reviewing films, features on new and upcoming bands, and news on events going on in the Boise area.

Having just graduated high school, this is an incredible and exciting opportunity for me to not just gain some experience in a desired field, but also further my writing skills. I thought as an appropriate first blog post for 103.5 KISS FM I'd write about my experience attending this year's Boise Music Festival. I hope you enjoy my input into this site and I look forward to hearing your feedback.

Under that sweltering heat and beautiful summer weather, bands from around the country come together to play some tunes and perform in front of tens of thousands of lucky ticket holders. This is the Boise Music Festival, which now has entered its fifth year and seems to always get better and better. With a variety of different food vendors, carnival rides, and various booths, the Boise Music Festival offers something for everyone to savor. Whether it's watching a globally recognized band perform or stuffing your face with fried meat, this event is always super entertaining. I got to experience the event first hand and was satisfied and surprised by all of the excitement going on and the amount of different activities to do there.

This year the lineup was Train, Fitz and the Tantrums, Sir Mix-A-Lot, and many others from around the country. The event was held at Expo Idaho and featured a variety of different booths set up to sponsor the festival. It was twelve full jam-packed hours of live music, delicious food, and gorgeous weather and I couldn't have enjoyed it more.

Last year tens of thousands of attendees witnessed performers such as Vanilla Ice, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Candlebox and previously artists have included MC Hammer, LL Cool J, and Joan Jett just to name a few. What's so great about this music festival is that the range of bands playing is widely diverse. Train, Fitz and the Tantrums, and Sir Mix-A-Lot are all incredibly far apart in their styles of music, however each artist works well in the lineup to create a sense of diversity and range throughout the festival.

This year there was an after party at the Revolution Concert House in Garden City which featured Sky Blu of the hugely popular group LMFAO where he took the stage to do an exclusive performance.

There were six local stages this year that included many genres such as EDM, alternative, acoustic, hip hop, variety, and family. The Boise Music Festival has helped the growing local music scene in Idaho thrive by showcasing a number of talented artists from around the state. I could definitely see that the Boise Music Festival has certainly grown now that it's in their fifth year and I look forward to seeing what next year's lineup will be like. As you can see, there's something for everybody at the Boise Music Festival, and if you couldn't make it this year, I strongly recommend attending next year for the sixth annual edition that will indeed be even bigger and even more exciting.