7 Nights Out

Seven suggestions for the week of August 15, 2014

1: Ray LaMontagne

This singer-songwriter offers a special Festival at Sandpoint performance highlighting his gift to connect with audiences through his stories of love and life. His hit songs include “You are the Best Thing,” “Let it Be Me” and “Repo Man.”

When: Today; doors open at 6 p.m., concert starts at 7:30 

Where: War Memorial Field, 855 Ontario St., Sandpoint

Cost: $64.95

Info: (208) 265-4554 or www.festivalatsandpoint.com

2: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Legendary rocker hits the road in support of his latest album, “Hypnotic Eye.” With special guest Steve Winwood.

When: 8 p.m. today

Where: Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Road NW, George, Wash.

Cost: $64.85-$155, through Ticketmaster

Info: (800) 745-3000 or www.livenation.com

3: Montgomery Gentry

Part of the Festival at Sandpoint series. When Kentucky boys Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry busted onto the national scene in 1999 with their defiant “Hillbilly Shoes,” country music fans took notice of the hard-driving duo. They’ve scored 14 Top 10 Singles with five hitting No. 1: “Something to be Proud of,” “If You Ever Stop Solving Me,” “Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All” and “Roll with Me.”

When: Saturday; gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and the music starts at 6 p.m.

Where: War Memorial Field, 855 Ontario St., Sandpoint

Cost: $54.95, through TicketsWest

Info: (208) 265-4554 or www.festivalatsandpoint.com

4: Aerosmith

“Let Rock Rule” North American summer tour features special guest Slash, featuring Spokane’s own Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Road NW, George, Wash.

Cost: $55-$129.50 through Ticketmaster

Info: (800) 745-3000 or www.livenation.com

5: Dumpstaphunk with Taylor Hicks

Substitution for Dr. John and the Nite Trippers, who had to cancel due to “unforeseen circumstances.” Part of the Aftival Concert Series. New Orleans-based Dumpstaphunk features Ivan Neville on vocals. Taylor Hicks is an “American Idol” winner known for his soulful crooning.

When: 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Hive, 207 N. First St., Sandpoint

Cost: $20/advance, $25/day of show, through TicketsWest

Info: http://livefromthehive.com/

3: North Idaho Fair and Rodeo

With the theme “Summer’s Best Tradition,” the fair offers family fun and entertainment, with live music, carnival rides and games, food vendors, arts and crafts, livestock, contests and community exhibits. Special events include Dustin Lynch in concert Wednesday at 7 p.m. ($8-$18); PRCA Xtreme Bulls, Thursday at 7 p.m. ($7-$10); and PRCA Rodeos, Friday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 12:30 p.m ($7).

When: Gates open daily at 9 a.m. Buildings open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday through Aug. 23, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 24.

Where: Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene

Cost: Gate admission, $9/general, $7/seniors and children ages 6-13, free/age 5 and younger; $3/parking

Info: (208) 765-4969 www.northidahofair.com/

3: Spokane Symphony Soiree

“Sunset Serenade” includes selections by Gandolfi, Jarvlepp and Beethoven. Let music director Eckart Preu and the musicians serenade you as the sun sets. Age 21 and older only.

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, Cliff House, 4705 N. Fruit Hill Road, Spokane Valley

Cost: $20-$40

Info: (509) 624-1200 or www.spokanesymphony.org/