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The Decemberists join Big Sky Brewery concert series

The Decemberists – a Portland band whose lead singer, Colin Meloy, hails from Montana – are the latest addition to the Knitting Factory’s summer concert series at Big Sky Brewery in Missoula. The outdoor series kicks off May 27 with Modest Mouse, followed by Ray LaMontagne June 20. The Decemberists come to the Garden City July 22 (tickets are on sale now). Read more

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Jeff Dunham and pals bring Identity Crisis tour to Bozeman

Jeff Dunham brings his all-new “Identity Crisis” tour to the MSU Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman Sunday, May 15. The show has catapulted Dunham and his comedic crew – Walter the Grumpy Retiree, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, the beer-fueled redneck Bubba J and the manic purple creature Peanut – into the consciousness of the nation and comedy fans around the globe. Read more

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Inaugural Montana Folk Festival adds more performers

The Montana Folk Festival, which supplants the National Folk Festival held in Butte for the last three years, is picking up steam and performers in preparation for its debut, July 8-10 in Butte. According to festival director George Everett, the event’s inaugural year is shaping up to be an exciting beginning for this new, but also very familiar event. Read more

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Modest Mouse hits Missoula on way to Sasquatch

Modest Mouse opens Big Sky Brewing Company’s outdoor concert series May 27, before heading to the giant (and sold-out) Sasquatch Festival, at the Gorge in George, Wash. They also perform May 28 at the Knitting Factory in Spokane. The indie-rock band, born in Issaquah, Wash., is rooted in songwriter Isaac Brock’s Pixies-influenced guitar and philosophical lyrics. Read more

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Tickets on sale now for Foo Fighters’ May show in Missoula

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 18, for the Grammy-winning Seattle-based rock band Foo Fighters, who perform May 26 at the Adams Center in Missoula. The band, which has garnered three Grammies for Best Rock Album and six nominations, celebrates a new CD, Wasting Light, slated for release in April. Their new documentary, "Back and Forth," tops Rolling Stone's list of 2011 music documentaries. Read more

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Win tickets to Yonder Mountain String Band on LT’s Facebook page

Yonder Mountain String Band brings its genre-bending band of bluegrass to Billings April 6 and to Missoula April 7-8. Win a pair of tickets to the April 7 show on Lively Times’ Facebook page; stay posted for details at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lively-Times/121619648614. The Colorado-based band may look like a traditional bluegrass band, but they've created their own music that transcends any genre. Read more • (1) Comments

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Lt. Col. Timothy Holtan “Strikes Up the Band” in UM celebration

The University of Montana College of Visual and Performing Arts will “Strike Up the Band” when Tim Holtan returns to campus March 19 as the featured guest artist and alumni honoree at the 11th annual Odyssey of the Stars. Holtan is Commandant of the U.S. Army School of Music, a position he assumed last July after spending five years leading the United States Military Academy Band at West Point. Read more

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