The Cowboy Way: Riders in the Sky headline Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering

The Grammy-winning Riders in the Sky headline the 26th annual Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Western Music Rendezvous, Aug. 11-14 in Lewistown. The gathering features 100 poets and pickers, who offer 52 hourly cowboy poetry sessions and western music shows on four separate stages Friday and Saturday at the Yogo Inn, culminating in Saturday's stage show. Read more


Festival Amadeus floods Flathead with classical music

The seven-concert Festival Amadeus, July 31-Aug. 6 in Whitefish, features acclaimed guest artists, along with the Bridger String Quartet and Glacier String Quartet, performing some of the finest classical music of Mozart, Beethoven, Piazzolla, Prokofiev, Wagner and others. “This festival will be full of traditional favorites and some interesting twists and turns,” promises music director John Zoltek. Read more


David Grisman headlines SOULA Festival in Hot Springs

The Symes Hotel in Hot Springs plays host to the inaugural SOULA! Festival Aug. 19-21. This three-day, outdoor event features acts on multiple stages, including an appearance by the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience on Saturday. Mandolinist Grisman, a pioneer of the acoustic music scene, has influenced several generations of musicians through his own finesse and wide-ranging explorations. Read more


Survival Guide to the Red Ants Pants Festival

Dear Potential Festival Attendees and those who are already ticket holders: This Red Ants Pants Festival, July 29-31 at the Jackson Ranches in White Sulphur Spring, is going to be the most fun anyone has ever had in the history of people, pants and music! I'd like to tell you a little about this festival so you can get the most out of it: It's in a giant cow pasture – not a stubblefield, a grassy field. Read more


Reba coming to Bozeman; tickets on sale July 15

Reba McEntire – one of country music’s most successful female vocalists – makes her only Montana stop Oct. 20 at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. July 15. Since her song, “How Blue,” topped the country charts in 1984, the Oklahoma native and former barrel racer as made a name for herself as a “new traditionalist” and accrued a slew of awards. Read more • (1) Comments


The Montana Folk Festival: Six stages, 250 artists, and it’s free!

So what’s different about the Montana Folk Festival, July 8-10 in Butte? “Its name,” says director George Everett, “and that’s about it.” The free festival still offers a brain-boggling array of traditional music from around the nation, plus art markets, ethnic and festival foods, family activities, and demonstrations and workshops/ “It’s a unique opportunity to see all these performers in one place, on six stages, and it’s free,” says Everett. Read more


Let summer begin! Festivals this weekend in Three Forks and Helena

Looking for fun this weekend? The summer festival season gets underway with two music-filled events: Twenty bands perform on two stages during the fourth annual country music fest, Headwaters Country Jam, June 23-25 at the Bridge in the Jefferson River Canyon near Three Forks, and nine bands deliver an eclectic mix of music during the Mount Helena Music Festival, June 24-25. Read more

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