Rockin’ the Rivers returns to the Bridge near Three Forks Aug. 9-12 with a line-up that reflects the evolution of the festival, which celebrates 18 years of bringing live rock to Montana. From modern hit-makers to classic grooves, Rockin’ the Rivers delivers four days of nonstop music next to the Jefferson River.
American rapper, singer, and songwriter Everlast hits the stage as Friday night’s headliner. Complex and controversial, Everlast is best known for the gritty hit “What It’s Like,” which spent 30 weeks on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart, eventually peaking as the nation’s No. 1 song. Fans will also recognize “Ends,” “White Trash Beautiful,” and “I Get By.”
Theory of a Deadman headlines Saturday night, returning this year from a memorable performance in 2015. Since then, the band has only gained more traction and a larger following. Theory’s newly released album, Wake Up Call, features the soul-searing single “Rx (Medicate).” Other hits include “Bad Girlfriend,” “Lowlife,” and “Angel.”
The festival wraps up the weekend with Sunday’s classic rock headliner, Tommy James and the Shondells. An iconic band of the 1960s and ’70s, Tommy James has sold over 100 million records worldwide and has one of the longest strings of nonstop hits in U.S. chart history, including “Mony Mony,” “Crimson and Clover,” “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” and “Draggin’ the Line.”
Additional artists rounding out the festival include: Fuel, Skid Row, Dennis Quaid and the Sharks, The Grass Roots, Stephen Pearcy of Ratt, Wayland, Eve 6, Head East, Red Sun Rising, Adelita’s Way, Whiskey River, Washed in Black (a Pearl Jam tribute band), Hell’s Belles, and many more.
Thursday night’s pre-party features Montana favorites the Kenny James Miller Band and the Helena Blues Project, plus Bobaflex, Blue Tattoo and No Quarter.