Sep. 1, 2016

41. Braun Brothers Reunion

I just want to say first of all....Reckless Kelly rules! I had so much fun at this mountain country music shindig that I have decided to make it a yearly event. This is something you really don't want to miss!

This festival takes place once a year in the beautiful town of Challis, Idaho. For 3 days it showcases some of the top bands in the country (including RECKLESS KELLY!!). The music is Americana, Texas Country, Red Dirt Country and Blue Grass. Of course there is plenty of straight country music too. It is such a good show that the word "great" isn't enough to describe it.

Every year the Braun family puts together this entire thing. They play at the festival too. In fact, that is how it got started. A bunch of the Braun family getting together to play some music. Of course, this family has some influence with other bands. Especially since older brothers Willy and Cody Braun are the frontmen for Reckless Kelly and younger brothers Micky and Gary Braun are the frontmen for (Boise Favorite) Micky and the Motor Cars. BTW...Micky was there too!! And they all finished the show together. OMG! Everyone was singing along. You couldn't help it!

Location: This takes place in Challis, Idaho. From I-84 take Exit 46 (Eagle Exit) toward Eagle ID-55. Then Take ID-55 for 34 miles. Take a right on Banks/Lowman Rd. Go 33 miles into Lowman. Turn left onto ID-21 N. Go 58 miles. Take a left on ID-75 N and go 55 miles. Left on US-93 N for another 2 miles. Left on Main St in Challis. Down the road to the Golf Course. You can't miss it.

Dates: Every August. Runs for a Thursday-Sunday.

Cost: Tickets start at $50 a day. However, there are specials if you purchase a multi-day ticket. You can find out more information at

Lodging: There are many, many lodging opportunities in Challis.

Hotels: ** I would suggest if you want a hotel room you make your reservations early**

Village Inn Motel / 208-879-2239 / $59 - $129 a night
Creekside Inn / 208-879-5608 / Call for pricing
Northgate Inn / 208-879-2490 / $49 - $79 a night
Pioneer Motel and RV Park / 208-879-6791 / Call for pricing
Headwaters Lodging / 208-838-3474 / Call for pricing
Old Sawmill Station and RV Park / 208-838-2400 / Call for pricing

Challis Hot Springs / Bed & Breakfast $98 a night / Camping $27 a night / RV Sites $38 a night / Geothermal Pools

Camping: **Get up there early to get a spot. They fill up fast.**

Round Valley RV Park / 208-838-6570
Challis Golf Course RV Park / 208-879-5300
Blue Mountain Fish Pond Camping / 208-879-2771

Dining: There are many restaurant options in town and a grocery story if you are camping.

Village Inn Motel and Old Sawmill Station both have restaurants
Y-Inn Lounge
Antonio's Pizza and Pasta
Tea Cup Café
Shyla's Hideaway Bar and Grill

There is Food and Beer/Wine available inside the festival. You can not take outside stuff in.

Special Notes: Kid and Pet friendly. However, pets are NOT allowed inside the venue. If you can't find camping in town, there are many campgrounds between Challis and Stanley.

One great night! Once you go you will want to make it a yearly event. The music is fantastic, the crowd fun, the town beautiful and nothing beats music in the mountains. Nothing beats the Braun Brothers!!