Red Ants Pants lineup “knocks it out of the park”

Tickets capped for 11th annual music festival so early purchase recommended

On Stage

The 11th Red Ants Pants Music Festival boasts another powerhouse lineup, performing July 28-31 on the Jackson Ranch just outside of White Sulphur Springs.

Emily Milligan, a student in Reed Point, created the artwork for this year's Red Ants Pants Music Festival poster.
Emily Milligan, a student in Reed Point, created the artwork for this year’s Red Ants Pants Music Festival poster.

This year’s main stage lineup includes Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Grace Potter, JJ Grey & Mofro, Corb Lund, Allison Russell, Son Volt, Martin Sexton, Joseph, Sunny Sweeney, John Craigie, Riddy Arman, The Local Honeys, Kris Delmhorst, Sera Cahoone, The Last Revel, Margo Cilker, Counting Coup, along with 15 side stage performances. Band of Drifters and The Dirty Shame perform for Thursday’s free street dance, beginning at 8 p.m.

“We’re really proud of the diverse lineup we’ve built, especially the parity we’ve achieved in terms of featuring such strong female leading artists. From a musical perspective and through the lens of our mission, our 2022 lineup knocks it out of the park,” said Sarah Calhoun, founder and producer of the Red Ants Pants Music Festival.

Named the “Montana Event of the Year” by the Montana Office of Tourism, the Red Ants Pants Music Festival is widely known for the lasting impact of its mission-based work to increase women’s leadership, promote rural communities, and support working family farms and ranches through the programming of the Red Ants Pants Foundation.

“What sets the festival apart is our commitment to creating a quality, neighborly experience that truly celebrates genuine rural Montana,” says Calhoun. “On top of the incredible world-class music, our guests enjoy knowing that they are part of a lasting, positive ripple effect through the work of the Red Ants Pants Foundation.”

In addition to loads of music, the festival features agriculture and work-skill demonstrations, local food, beer, wine, art and crafts, a kids’ tent and activities, and the ever-popular Beard and Moustache and Crosscut Saw Competitions.

Held in a sweet clover cow pasture on the Jackson Ranch, and surrounded by the Big Belt, Little Belt, and Castle Mountain ranges, the festival brings in millions of dollars to the rural economy.

The event sold out in 2021, so early ticket purchase is recommended. Since the festival’s neighborly atmosphere is a top priority for organizers, tickets will be capped again in 2022. Prices range from $60 a day, to $155 for a weekend pass or $500 for VIP admission. Children 12 and under are free, and camping passes ($35 per person) are available for festival ticket holders.