Emmylou Harris, John Prine and Leyla McCalla are among the performers who will gather for An Evening at the Arch in Gardiner Aug. 25 to kick off the second century of the National Park Service, highlight the importance of public/private partnerships, and recognize the completion of the Gardiner Gateway Project (Phase One). Harris also performs at The Wilma in Missoula Aug. 7.
The centennial celebration at the gateway to Yellowstone National Park also features The Singing Angels, a children’s chorus from Cleveland, Ohio, and Teddy Roosevelt re-enactor Joe Wiegand, with more performers and details to be announced in the coming months. Local, state, and national dignitaries will also speak at the event.
Tickets are free, but limited. The first ticket release will be noon Sunday, May 15, via Ticket River. Additional ticket releases will occur on June 15 and July 15. People are urged to secure lodging before getting a ticket because lodging is limited in Yellowstone and in nearby communities.
Can’t attend in person? You can still join this historic event by watching online. Information about how to watch at home or on your mobile device will be provided at National Park Service website once details are finalized. The website will also promote any public gatherings in the region that will be broadcasting the event live.
A 13-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, Harris’s contribution as a singer and songwriter spans 40 years. She has recorded more than 25 albums and has lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. In recognition of her remarkable career, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
Harris is known as much for her eloquently straightforward songwriting as for her incomparably expressive singing. Admired through her career for her talent as an artist and song connoisseur, Harris shook up country radio in the 1970s, and established herself as the premiere songwriter of a generation selling more than 15 million records and garnering 13 Grammy Awards, three CMA Awards, and two Americana Awards.
A two-time Grammy-winner, this singer-songwriter is among the English language’s premier phrase-turners. Forty-five years into a remarkable career that has drawn effusive praise from Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Roger Waters, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and others who would know, Prine is a smiling, shuffling force for good. He is a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member whose classic debut album, simply titled John Prine, is recognized as part of the Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame.
Prine’s songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Tom T. Hall, the Everly Brothers, Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Norah Jones, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, and many others. But his genius isn’t found in his resume, it’s found in the brilliance of lyrics from his large catalog of songs.
A New York-born Haitian-American living in New Orleans, McCalla sings in French, Haitian Creole and English, and plays cello, tenor banjo and guitar. Deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun and Haitian music, as well as by American jazz and folk, her music is at once earthy, elegant, soulful and witty – it vibrates with three centuries of history, yet also feels strikingly fresh, distinctive and contemporary.
Her debut album, Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes, was named 2013’s Album of the Year by the London Sunday Times and Songlines magazine, and received additional raves from a number of other publications, including the New York Times, Boston Globe and Offbeat, for its haunting mixture of music.
For the safety and comfort of all attendees, no alcohol, coolers, umbrellas, or dogs will be allowed at this event. Qualified service animals are welcome; however, they must be leashed and under control at all times.
For tickets to the Missoula show, visit The Wilma or call 877-987-6487.