This yearâ€™s Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival, March 26-27 at the University of Montana, pays tribute to â€śOur Buddy,â€ť the jazz legend and festival namesake, who died Dec. 24. Expect fresh new arrangements of classic jazz tunes, original pieces, a guest appearance by jazz clarinetist Eddie Daniels on Friday, and other surprises.
Lance Boyd, former director of the UM Jazz Program, describes the pioneering bebop clarinetist as â€śa jazz giant.â€ť
Boyd hired DeFranco to perform at the UM Jazz Festival in 1998, and afterward, the artist â€“ who had a summer home in Whitefish for many years â€“ inquired about becoming permanently associated with the festival and using his name in the festival title.
The Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival debuted in April 2000, and according to Boyd, it was a very fertile alliance.
â€śHis legendary name attached to the jazz festival put the University of Montana on the… Read more
Who knew a birthday party for Charlie Russell would turn in to a community-wide celebration of western art? The roots of Western Art Week date back to 1969 and the inaugural Russell Auction, held to benefit the C.M. Russell Museum. Always held the week of March 19 (Russellâ€™s birthday), the event has continued to grow and evolve, attracting thousands of artists and art enthusiasts from around the world. Hereâ€™s our round-up of events: Read more
Thanks to our friends at the University of Montanaâ€™s Irish Studies program, Missoula is awash in Celtic-flavored events this month, including concerts by Irish fiddler James Kelly March 7 (and March 6 in Butte) and Liam O'Maonlai March 21 (March 20 in Butte). Lectures, films, a parade, banquet and auction celebrate Ireland's patron saint. Festivities culminate in raffle drawing for a trip for two to Ireland. Read more
Renowned foodist and television personality Alton Brown visits Butte Feb. 28 and Spokane March 1 with The Edible Inevitable Tour. The Food Network starâ€™s live show features a pinch of comedy, talk-show antics, a multimedia lecture, live music (he sings!) and a dash of â€śextremeâ€ť food experimentation and, of course, puppets. Brown encourages locals to tweet suggestions on coffee shops, restaurants, late-night snacks and sandwiches in the towns heâ€™ll be visiting. Read more
Registration is now open to attend the sixth annual Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop that will be held Aug. 30 through Sept. 6 at Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork. A professional staff of teaching musicians will be joined by 12 world-renowned guitar artists for this year's workshop, which focuses on 10 distinct guitar styles offering students a choice of which master artist they would like to learn from. The classes for 2015 are: Read more
Hollywood has a long tradition of rolling out the red carpet for world premiere movies. Polson has brought that tradition to northwest Montana with its third annual Flathead Lake International Cinemafest, slated for Jan. 23-25 at the Showboat Cinema. FLIC, which was recognized as one of the top 15 Winter Film Festivals in the United States, offers full-length features, shorts, animation and documentaries, and a broad array of international films. Read more
Seeley Lake celebrates all that winter offers over three weekends, Jan. 17-Feb. 1, with the Wild West Winterfest. Weekend 1: Fun kicks off with the Driftridersâ€™ Snow Ball, 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, in the Community Hall; and a 7 p.m. reading by Malcolm Brooks from his new book, Painted Horses, at Grizzly Claw Trading Company. The Driftridersâ€™ snowmobile poker run takes to the woods and backcountry trails at 9 a.m. Sunday. Read more