Bitterroot Performing Arts’ stellar season

Simply Three continues a season of diverse, remarkable music, Oct. 14 in Hamilton

On Stage

Simply Three makes its first stop on a multi-city, coast-to-coast tour in Montana, performing at 8 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Hamilton Performing Arts Center. The performance – the second in the Bitterroot Performing Arts Council series – promises not only to deliver musically, but also with exciting visual, lighting and technology.

Simply Three has also offered an education outreach program Friday, Oct. 13, for band and orchestra students in grades 5-12 in Corvallis. Corvallis schools to included grades 5 – 12’s band/orchestra students.

The electrifying trio of Glen McDaniel, Nick Villalobos, and Zack Clark, together known as Simply Three, has been captivating audiences worldwide with high-octane performances since 2010. Acclaimed as “having what it takes” (Boston Philharmonic) and “highly imaginative and well played” (Maine Today), Simply Three continues to receive praise for their ability to span artists and composers such as Adele, Gershwin, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, and Michael Jackson. By reshaping convention through this style of genre hopping, the trio continues to seek the true essence of classical crossover with original works as well as innovative arrangements that showcase their technical virtuosity and heartfelt musicality.

For tickets, call 406-363-7946, stop by 127 W. Main St Suite 103, Hamilton, or order online at

The Bitterroot Performing Arts Council series, which kicked off Sept. 22 with Leo Kottke, continues with:

Bitterroot Performing Arts: Ellis Marsalis
The Ellis Marsalis Trio performs in Hamilton Nov. 17.

The Ellis Marsalis Trio, 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17

Recipient of the NEA’s prestigious Jazz Masters Award and honorary doctorates from Dillard University and Ball State University, Ellis Marsalis is regarded by many as the premier modern jazz pianist in New Orleans. He is also recognized as one of the most renowned music educators in the U.S., imparting his extensive knowledge of jazz to students like Harry Connick, Jr., Terence Blanchard, and his own four sons, each of whom has found international acclaim.

The patriarch of the musical Marsalis family will share his love for music in every note he plays as he celebrates his 83rd birthday by performing in the Bitterroot Valley.

The Dustbowl Revival, 8 p.m. Jan. 12

Eight-member band, known and loved for their free-flowing, joyous shows, combine New Orleans funk, bluegrass, soul, pre-war blues, and roots. With a fresh new album released in June of 2017, octet is bringing their newest sound to audiences across the world.

“In a city like Los Angeles, home to musical stars in nearly every known genre, handing out the Best Live Band title is not easy. But the free-thinking local collective Dustbowl Revival’s upbeat, old-school, All-American sonic safaris exemplify everything shows should be: hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure to hear.” (LA Weekly)

Phoebe Hunt and The Gatherers, 8 p.m. Feb. 10

An accomplished Americana instrumentalist with foundations in jazz and swing, Phoebe Hunt was named one of the top 10 “new country artists you need to know” by Rolling Stones Country. Her new album, Shanti’s Shadow, is a culmination of her five-year journey through Music Row, Brooklyn, and India, where she studied with seventh-generation master violinist Kala Ramnath.

With her five virtuosic Gatherers, Hunt pulls seemingly disparate elements into a dazzling kaleidoscope of lush, coherent sound and rhythm patterns.

De Temps Antan, 8 p.m. March 23

Since 2003, this trio has been exploring and performing time-honored melodies in the stomping grounds of Québec’s musical past. Playing fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki and a number of other instruments, these three virtuosos close the Bitterroot Performing Arts Council season with their blend of boundless energy and the unmistakable “joie de vivre” found only in traditional Québécois music.