As the shadows grew long in the afternoon sun on waning day of summer, just days before many of the younger fans in attendance would begin their school year, concertgoers of all ages packed into Nampa, Idaho’s outdoor Ford Idaho Center to witness the dynamically rich live performances of Rosa Linn, Milky Chance, and Young The Giant.

Acknowledging the heat, yet undeterred, Armenian singer/songwriter and Eurovision 2022 contestant Rosa Linn opened the evening with a stripped-down duo of her soaring vocals and a guitar. Her striking voice and guitarist soared in the heat as attendees continued to shuffle in.

Germany’s Milky Chance turned the heat up with an utterly electric set filled with fan favorites and a drawn, sing-along cover of Gloria Jones’ “Tainted Love.” Clemens Rehbein, Philipp Dausch and crew, fed off of the crowd in copious amounts of reciprocated love. Rehbein, the consummate frontman, poured his energy and presence out with each track, keeping the amphitheater on their feet, consuming the stage at his will. The dance party brought in sunset and refused to let up until ending on a harmonic-forward rock finale that would have even John Popper’s jaw on the floor.

With evening settling in, Young The Giant took the stage to tell their story of growth, life, family, and change woven between a decade of releases and video interludes nestled into a beautifully designed stage setup. Eclectic percussions danced over the crowd with a bass no one could resist. Equally balanced by the powerful rhythm section, guitar, and dynamic vocals, Young The Giant stripped away the thousands in attendance to make you feel like you were the only one present. Less pace and amplitude of their tourmates, Young The Giant captured time and bent it to their will as they orchestrated their show precisely how they wanted it.

Three dynamically separate sets, Rosa Linn’s simplified set pushing her vocals out into the summer heat with ease, Milky Chance handcrafting a dance party that embraced the masses in attendance, and an alluring narrative that defined a better-live-than-on-record Young The Giant set, pulled the energy and emotion in different directions, yet settled perfectly into one memorable experience.