The 12th Red Ants Pants Music Festival again floods the Jackson Ranch near White Sulphur Springs with music July 27-30. Held in a sweet clover cow pasture, and surrounded by the Big Belt, Little Belt and Castle Mountain ranges, the festival will bring more than two dozen different artists, performing on separate stages.
Among this year’s 18 main stage acts are Tanya Tucker, The Wood Brothers, Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, The War and Treaty, Larkin Poe, American Aquarium, The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, and Ned LeDoux. Plus, the festival offers 15 side-stage performers – many from Montana.
“We’ve had some incredible lineups over the years and this year’s is certainly one for the books,” said Sarah Calhoun, Red Ants Pants Music Festival producer. “Our lineup is a great reflection of our mission in terms of featuring so many incredibly talented female artists. We work year-round to bring a diverse mix of the country heroes whose songs we know by heart along with rising stars who might not otherwise find themselves in the middle of Montana.
The weekend-long, grassroots, Americana music festival also plunges millions of dollars into the rural economy.
“Festival fans take so much pride in knowing that long after the final act, they are making a positive difference as their attendance at the festival fuels mission-driven programming to increase women’s leadership, support working family farms and ranches, and enrich rural communities,” says Calhoun. “We are grateful to welcome everyone to come connect with good folks and celebrate rural Montana.”
The festival grounds offer free camping for pass holders, food and beverage vendors and a host of activities and workshops for all ages.
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Girls Leadership Foundation
Applications are now open for the Red Ants Pants Foundation Girls Leadership Program for girls entering their junior year in high school who are residents of Montana, including the state’s sovereign tribal nations. Participation is free, due to the generosity of sponsors, donors, and proceeds from the Red Ants Pants Music Festival. The only cost is transportation expenses to and from the retreats; scholarships are available as needed to offset these costs.
Program Details: The Girls Leadership Program consists of a cohort of eight girls entering their junior year of high school, eight young adult mentors, and a team of professional facilitators from various communities across the state of Montana. It is an eight-month program including three, three-day long retreats, group virtual training, and biweekly mentorship meetings. Participants experiment with leadership as they develop and execute a community project in their community.