Bob Marshall Music Festival, July 13-16 in Seeley Lake, brings an amalgam of good music to the edge of the wilderness.
Sponsored by the Seeley Lake Community Foundation the second annual event begins Thursday with 10 bands offering free music at local venues, including Lindey’s Prime Steak House (on the lake), the Wilderness Saloon, the Filling Station and the Double Arrow.
The Main Stage opens at 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and features the Dead Winter Carpenters, National Park Radio, Jeffrey Foucault, HoneyHoney, Birds of Chicago, The Ballroom Thieves and Deer Tick.
A host of other bands perform around town, including Good Old Fashioned, Matt Strachan and the Hoot Owls, Jameson and the Sordid Seeds, National Park Radio, the Rebekah Rolland Trio, Alanna Royale, the Metaphorical Lions, Jive Mother Mary, the Cold Hard Cash Show and Status the Band.
The Bob Marshall Music Festival is a celebration of community spirit and support. The event includes a 50K race at 6 a.m. Friday, and Saturday brings mountain bike races, Change Your Pace 10K, 5K and 2K runs and a stand-up paddle board contest. Morning yoga, group hikes and mountain bike rides, equipment demos, mill tours, environmental education and conservation presentations, a farmers’ market, creative place-making and jam sessions around town.
Local nonprofit organizations offer family-oriented activities, and the weekend wraps up Sunday morning with a free music and worship service hosted by Seeley Lake clergy.
Vendors sell Made-in-Montana items and food and drink on site and camping is available at the festival grounds. Festival-goers are encouraged to bring bicycles and ride to venues around town.
A festival pass costs $55-$65 and day passes are $45-$50 (kids 12 and under are free with an accompanying adult). For tickets, to volunteer, or for more information visit www.thebobmusic.com or call 406-677-3506.