Lewiston’s Hot August Nights kicked off in August of 1987, and began as a way to bring the Lewis Clark Valley a taste of great music and artists they never had a chance to experience before. After the initial success of the first few years, a classic car show was added to the mix. Now the Valley has its own true summer experience; a great concert and a classic car show.
Lewiston’s Hot August Nights was established by the radio station, 101.5 CAT-FM, not only to give the Valley a signature summer feature, but as a means for CAT-FM to give back to the community. In the beginning CAT-FM donated thousands of dollars to local non-profits groups; whether it was simply giving them a check, or purchasing something they desperately needed, but couldn’t find the funding for.
As time has gone on CAT-FM has grown, acquiring three additional stations, now collectively known as Pacific Empire Radio. As the company has grown, so has Lewiston’s Hot August Nights and the non-profits they have partnered with. CAT-FM partners with the non-profit group Beautiful Downtown Lewiston to organize and run the classic car show, for which they receive 100% of the profits. The classic car show has turned into a fruitful fundraiser for the group, with over three hundred cars from all over the US.
Lewiston’s Hot August Nights is truly a community event! Downtown Lewiston’s streets are closed down so all the classic cars can be displayed, with the concert just a stone’s throw away at Boomers Garden, which has been voted as one of Idaho’s top 10 music venues. The event kicks off on Thursday at a local Toyota dealership (Rogers Toyota) with a preview of classic cars on their lot. Friday night is a valley favorite with the classic car cruise. All these events lead up to Saturday night’s big concert, where old friends meet up and take in a performance to remember for a lifetime.
For more information about Lewiston’s Hot August Nights contact (208) 743-6564