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Best Outdoor Concert: Snoop Dogg at Northern Quest

click to enlarge No one does it like Snoop.
No one does it like Snoop.

Anticipation for the show by West Coast rap legend Snoop Dogg was clearly high (pun totally intended), since he sold out his gig at Northern Quest Resort & Casino so quickly that they added a second night. All told, Mr. D-O-Double-G sold darn near 10,000 tickets to his two shows that, combined, had him on stage for roughly two hours. Granted, Warren G opened the shows and was pretty entertaining himself, but the crowd was definitely in Airway Heights to see the guy who made "Gin & Juice," "Drop It Like It's Hot," "Who Am I (What's My Name)?" monster hits.

What they saw was pretty entertaining, to be sure. With nary a break in the beats, Snoop touched on hits he made as a teenager working with Dr. Dre, his solo career, collaborations with the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Katy Perry and Akon, and tributes to fallen peers like Tupac and Eazy-E. There were women pole dancing, a cartoonish and adults-only "Nasty Dogg" running around the stage and an audience that seemed to know every word to Snoop's songs.

While Snoop Dogg topped Inlander readers' list for outdoor concerts, a couple of other Northern Quest shows came in second (Sammy Hagar) and third (Judas Priest), so clearly the venue that was expanded to 5,000 seats with a new grandstand a couple years ago has made a good impression so far. And with announcements for the summer of 2020 already coming out — including Ice Cube, Weezer and Barenaked Ladies — it wouldn't be shocking to see a Northern Quest show top this category again.

2nd PLACE: Sammy Hagar at Northern Quest; 3rd PLACE: Judas Priest at Northern Quest; NORTH IDAHO'S BEST: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats at the Festival at Sandpoint

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