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Music in the Mountains: Blitzen Trapper

June 30th, 2016

Music in the Mountains: Blitzen TrapperJoin as we welcome one of the Northwest's seminal indie folk/rock bands, Blitzen Trapper , to Big Sky for a FREE concert in Town Center Park on Thursday, June 30!

Over the course of 15 years and seven full-length albums, Blitzen Trapper has crafted one of the more compelling and varied catalogs in contemporary rock and roll. Indeed, singer and guitarist Eric Earley, who is also the Portland, Oregon-based band's primary songwriter, is possessed of a musical and lyrical sensibility that is remarkably deep and wide; big ideas and universal emotions are wrung from the seemingly plainspoken details of small-screen and often highly personal stories, and set to music that reaches way, way back to old-timey folk and bluegrass, travels through everything from country, psychedelia and soul to prog, garage and metal, indulges gloriously in the classic rock of the 70s and 80s, and makes occasional side trips into hip-hop, skewed pop and noisey freakouts.

Even while continuing to explore broad stylistic territory, Blitzen Trapper's eighth studio album, a 10-song collection titled All Across This Land, stands as an exceptionally focused and immediate effort. Though it follows 2013's somewhat experimental VII, a futuristic hip-hop/country-rock hybrid, All Across This Land, in contrast, is a top-down, tightly defined piece of classic rock and roll, full of big riffs, bigger hooks and compelling, instantly relatable lyrics. In sound and scope it recalls two of the band's more beloved albums, 2008's breakthrough fourth effort, Furr, and 2011's landmark American Goldwing.

Park opens at 6 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. Food and beverages from local vendors will be available. Please no glass containers or pets allowed in the park during concerts. Admission is free and suitable for all ages! Plenty of parking!

Music in the Mountains: The Tiny Band

July 4th, 2016

Music in the Mountains: The Tiny BandPlease join us in Town Center Park for our annual concert in the park to celebrate our nation's birthday! It's our largest event, and is fun for everybody! The park opens at 6 p.m., and there will be kids activities, food and beverage vendors and live music from the Tiny Band starting at 7 p.m. To top it all off, stick around for the region's best fireworks show at 10:15! Best of all, the entire night is FREE!

With a lineup of local luminaries, the Bozeman-based Tiny Band repertoire is a blend of Motown, rock, soul and pop standards that keeps the dance floor pulsing. Since July 2010 they’ve entertained guests at weddings, parties and special events to rave reviews. With hits ranging from Stevie Wonder to The Beatles, Michael Jackson to Adele, they’ll get you out of your seat and onto the dance floor. The Tiny Band brings big vocals, high energy and anything but a tiny sound. What better way to celebrate our country's birthday than with a dance party! The band's members include Ryan Matzinger, Jeni Fleming, Krista Barnett, Jake Fleming, Chris Cundy, Sean Lehmann, John Sanders and Drew Fleming.

Park opens at 6 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. Food and beverages from local vendors will be available. Please no glass containers or pets allowed in the park during concerts. Admission is free and suitable for all ages! Plenty of parking!

Music in the Mountains: Band of Heathens

July 7th, 2016

Music in the Mountains: Band of HeathensAnother great FREE show in Town Center Park featuring The Band of Heathens from Austin, Texas, performing on Thursday, July 7!

Celebrating ten years together, The Band of Heathens is set to embark on a banner year with founding members Ed Jurdi (guitar, keys, vocals) and Gordy Quist (guitar, vocals) along with Trevor Nealon (keys, vocals), Richard Millsap (drums, vocals) and Scott Davis (bass, vocals).

Having launched their musical career in Austin with 2006’s Live From Momo’s and 2007’s CD/DVD Live at Antone’s, as well as being honored as “Best New Band” at the Austin Music Awards (2007), 2008 saw the release of their eponymous first studio effort in a self-titled, produced by iconic Texas troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard. That album won widespread fan approval and copious critical acclaim, as did 2009’s One Foot in the Ether, which, like its predecessor, reached the #1 slot on the national Americana radio charts. Also in 2009, the band gained substantial TV exposure, performing live sets on PBS’ Austin City Limits and the legendary German music show Rockpalast. The Band of Heathens were nominated for “New Emerging Artist” at the Americana Music Association’s Awards in 2009 & “Best Duo or Group” in 2010. In 2011, the they released their third studio album Top Hat Crown and the Clapmaster’s Son, followed in 2012 by the two-CD/two-DVD set The Double Down: Live in Denver, which once again spotlighted the band’s mastery as a live unit. Keep an eye on the band’s website and social networks for more about their first full-length album since to 2013’s Sunday Morning Record, due out in the fall of 2016.

Park opens at 6 p.m., music starts at 7. Food/beverage vendors available. Please leave your dogs and glass containers at home.

Music in the Mountains: Jamie McLean Band

July 14th, 2016

Music in the Mountains: Jamie McLean BandIf you were lucky enough to see the Jamie McLean Band open up for Robert Earl Keen last summer in Big Sky, you'll be thrilled to know they are coming back for a FREE concert on Thursday, July 14!

This hard-driving band has shared the stage with the likes of Gregg Allman, Drive By Truckers, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Blues Traveler, North Mississippi Allstars, Joan Armatrading, Jackie Greene, and Gov’t Mule. The band has appeared at festivals such as Mountain Jam, Gathering of the Vibes, Bele Chere, Sweetwater Festival, Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam and Great Woods Music to name a few. McLean also released a video documentary “From The Bottom Up," and has enjoyed the sponsorship of Gibson Guitars, Blue Microphones, John Varvatos and Esquire Magazine.

Park opens at 6:00 and the music starts at 7. Food and beverage vendors will be present. No dogs or glass containers please.

Music in the Mountains: Todo Mundo

July 21st, 2016

Music in the Mountains: Todo MundoLatin. Reggae. World fusion. San Diego-based Todo Mundo will bring it all to Big Sky on July 21 for a FREE concert! Tonight's concert is sponsored by the Moonlight Community Foundation .

Todo Mundo ("All the World"), who was voted "Best World Music" band at the 2014 San Diego Music Awards, blends the musical flavors of Spanish Rumba, Reggae, Brazilian, Balkan, and Middle Eastern styles into an irresistible groove that has been moving dance floors and connecting with audiences across the world since 2009. The band, which was also nominated for "Best World Music" band at the 2012 and 2013 San Diego Music Awards, is led by singer, guitarist, and songwriter Santiago Orozco, a native of Colombia.

Through music, Todo Mundo has learned to share their soul and experiences with the world. The power of music allows them to transmit their messages of equality and diversity. Their music and performances possess explosive energy that celebrates life and unity, with the aim of connecting with people from all over the world, and encouraging them to live in the present, as one. In November 2014, the band received an award from the City of San Diego's Human Relation Commission for spreading diversity through music.

They have toured across North America, performing at various festivals and concert halls throughout California, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Mexico. They have had the pleasure of supporting international and national touring artists such as Mike Love, Los Amigos Invisibles, Sister Nancy, Chris Isaak, Aterciopelados, Jarabe De Palo, Vokab Kompany, Marbin, The Bunny Gang, Groove Session, and El Gran Silencio.

In 2013, Todo Mundo teamed up with Grammy Award winning engineer Alan Sanderson and released Conexion (Oct. 2013), their latest full length studio album. The album contains a “masterful blend” of grooves from around the world, and was nominated for "Best World Music Album" at the 2014 San Diego Music Awards (San Diego Uptown News).

Park opens at 6:00 and the music starts at 7. Food and beverage vendors will be present. No dogs or glass containers please.

Music in the Mountains: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

July 28th, 2016

Music in the Mountains: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the RealWhoa, cowboy! Come help us kick off the Big Sky PBR 2016 rodeo event with a FREE concert in the Big Sky Town Center!! Tonight's concert is sponsored by Big Sky PBR.

When Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real play, it’s exciting, visceral and – above all – real. They have come a long way since releasing their debut EP, “Brando’s Paradise,” in 2010, which sent them on a trajectory of non-stop touring and recording. The band has released six CDs in five years, including 2010’s debut full-length, “Promise of the Real,” the aforementioned “Wasted” in 2012, a live album “Live Endings,” in 2012, and a free collection of demos, “I Ain’t Mad Anymore.” In 2013.” They’ve also headlined their own tours and performed at such notable events as Farm Aid, Bridge School Benefit, SXSW, Lollapalooza, Stagecoach, Gathering of the Vibes Festival, Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown, Kid Rock’s Chilin’ The Most Cruise, iTunes Festival, Harvest The Hope benefit, and much more. The band has also accomplished something no other self-released indie band has done – landed every major late night show, including “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Conan,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Along the way, the press has been ever so kind. No Depression magazine once noted, “With a unique voice and gift for penning timely socially conscious lyrics stretched over muscular guitar riffs, Lukas Nelson is earning not only fans but, heaps of critical praise as well.”

In 2014, they released three new songs, “Lil Girl,” which is featured in the new movie, Dumb and Dumber To, “Living it Up,” and “Find Yourself,” all from the band’s 2013 Love Yourself recording sessions in Topanga Canyon, California. They also scored their first film. Satellite Beach. A short, directed brothers Luke Wilson (Old School, The Royal Tenenbaums, Idiocracy) and Andrew Wilson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Hall Pass), which won the coveted Bruce Corwin Award at the 29thAnnual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. In addition to recording and touring with Neil Young, the band recently released "Somthing Real" in April, 2016.

Park opens at 6 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. Food and beverages from local vendors will be available. Please no glass containers or pets allowed in the park during concerts. Admission is free and suitable for all ages! Plenty of parking!

Music in the Mountains: The Iguanas

August 4th, 2016

Music in the Mountains: The IguanasJoin us as we welcome one of New Orleans' seminal bands, the Iguanas, to Big Sky for a FREE concert on Thursday, August 4! Tonight's event is sponsored by American Bank!

What if Americana actually encompassed ALL of North America? You'd have the Franco Acadian inflections of Canada, as best exemplified by le accordion, blues and jazz, the only truly indigenous music the US has ever produced, and the lilting grace and fiery passion of the music of Mexico. You'd also have New Orleans' premiere distillers of this continental musical melange, the Iguanas , and their new album Juarez. Taking their cues from all of the above influences and then some, Juarez, the band's first studio album since 2012’s Sin to Sin, redefines the notion of Americana, crossing cultures, styles, eras...and even languages. It's as if Rue Bourbon, Muscle Shoals and Plaza México were all within earshot of each other and The Iguanas were the musical conduit between them.

Based out of New Orleans for the past couple of decades save for a short, Katrina imposed exile in Austin the members of the Iguanas have (collectively or individually) played or recorded with everyone from Charlie Rich, Alex Chilton, and Willie DeVille to Emmylou Harris, Allen Toussaint, and Pretty Lights. Their two decade ride has taken them all over the map musically and geographically, yet the inescapable patina of their hometown infuses every note they play. Through eight studio albums, countless tours and Jazz Fest appearances, and a flood that did its best to take their adopted city with it, it's a testament to the band's endurance that the same four guys that started playing in the early 1990s are still together.

Park opens at 6 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. Food and beverages from local vendors will be available. Please no glass containers or dogs allowed in the park during concerts. Admission is free and suitable for all ages! Plenty of parking!

Music in the Mountains: Amy Helm and the Handsome Strangers

August 11th, 2016

Music in the Mountains: Amy Helm and the Handsome StrangersWith musical roots as deep as Amy Helm's, you won't want to miss this incredible night of FREE music in Big Sky! Please join us on Thursday, August 11, at Center Stage in Town Center Park.

Although the personally charged, organically soulful "Didn't It Rain" is her first release under her own name, Amy Helm has been making music for most of her life. She's already won widespread praise as a singer, songwriter and live performer, first as a member of the celebrated alt-country collective Ollabelle and subsequently for her extensive work with her father, musical icon Levon Helm, who passed away in 2012. "He was the best teacher, in so many ways," Amy says of her father. "He wasn't interested in overthinking anything; all he cared about was playing music. He saw himself as a working musician, and it was serious business and it had to be right. Playing side by side with him in the Ramble band for ten years, and building those shows with him, really changed the way I approached things, and his humility influenced and shaped me as a musician, as it did everyone who played with him."

"'Didn't It Rain' firmly establishes the younger Helm as one of Americana's most impassioned, soul-stirring singers."
"...emotional subtleties...touchingly vulnerable...quietly confiding..."

Park opens at 6, music starts at 7. Food/beverage vendors available. Please leave dogs and glass containers at home!

Big Sky Classical Music Festival: Ana Vidovic

August 12th, 2016

Big Sky Classical Music Festival: Ana Vidovic
Join us as we kick of our classical music weekend with one of the world's most celebrated guitartists, Ana Vidovic, performing at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center on Friday, August 12, at 7:30 p.m. Performing with Ana will be special guest Angella Ahn. This will be a ticketed event, please stay tuned for ticket information!

Ana Vidovic is an extraordinary talent with formidable gifts taking her place amongst the elite musicians of the world today. Ms. Vidovic has given over one thousand public performances since first taking the stage in 1988. Her international performance career includes recitals in New York, London, Paris, Vienna, Salzburg, Rome, Budapest, Warsaw, Tel Aviv, Oslo, Copenhagen, Toronto, Baltimore, San Francisco, Houston, Austin, Dallas, St. Louis and beyond.

Ms. Vidovic has won an impressive number of prizes and international competitions including first prizes in the Albert Augustine International Competition in Bath, England, the Fernando Sor competition in Rome, Italy and the Francisco Tarrega competition in Benicasim, Spain. Other top prizes include the Eurovision Competition for Young Artists, Mauro Giuliani competition in Italy, Printemps de la Guitare in Belgium and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. In Croatia the guitarist has performed with the Zagreb Soloists and the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and with Symphony Orchestra of the Croatian Radio and Television, as well as having been featured in three television documentaries by the eminent Croatian film director Petar Krelja.

Ana Vidovic comes from the small town of Karlovac near Zagreb, Croatia, and started playing guitar at the age of 5, and by 7 had given her first public performance. At the age of 11 she was performing internationally, and at 13 became the youngest student to attend the prestigious National Musical Academy in Zagreb where she studied with Professor Istvan Romer. Ana's reputation in Europe led to an invitation to study with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory where she graduated in 2005.

Big Sky Classical Music Festival: M5 Mexican Brass

August 13th, 2016

Big Sky Classical Music Festival: M5 Mexican BrassJoin us for a FREE concert at Center Stage in the Big Sky Town Center on Saturday, August 13! All the way from Mexico City, the renowned M5 Mexican Brass ensemble will perform as part of the sixth annual Big Sky Classical Music Festival!

Since it’s founding in 2005, M5 MEXICAN BRASS have established themselves as Mexico’s leading Brass Quintet with international recognition. Combining their skills at virtuosic chamber music in all styles, non-stop interaction with the audience, inborn showmanship, inimitable Latin American charm, and their very own sound, M5 concerts are unique musical- theatrical concert experiences.

In it’s 10th Anniversary year, the group looks back at a very active touring schedule. M5 has been touring the US and Canada extensively since 2008. The quintet made its South America debut in 2012 in Cartagena, Colombia, performed for the first time in Africa in 2013 in Algeria, in China in December 2014 and Chile in 2015. Being one of Mexico ́s most active cultural ambassadors, M5 had their debut at Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in 2015.

M5 MEXICAN BRASS has performed with worldwide renowned musicians like Fred Mills and Jens Lindemann. A large percentage of M5’s activities are dedicated to education, whether school concerts, workshops or master classes. In the 2014/15 season, the quintet performed educational concerts for more than 30000 children in Mexico, the US and Canada. An increasing number of contemporary composers write new works for M5.

Big Sky Classical Music Festival: Big Sky Festival Orchestra

August 14th, 2016

Big Sky Classical Music Festival: Big Sky Festival OrchestraSave the date for the sixth annual Big Sky Classical Music Festival, coming to Big Sky next August 12-14, 2016! Peter Bay will again conduct the Big Sky Festival Orchestra in a FREE concert on Sunday, August 14, at Center Stage in Town Center Park. This year's theme is "Beethoven Meets Rodrigo in the Mountains," giving a Latin flair to the festival!

Joining the orchestra on stage will be celebrated classical guitarist Ana Vidovic, performing Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez."

The orchestra will feature several principal string players from the Austin, Salt Lake and Fort Wayne symphonies, as well as the best players from around Montana--creating a unique orchestra that is among the best in the state and only performs at this festival!

The Sunday concert will start at 5 p.m. Come early and enjoy a picnic in the park or grab a bite from one of our food vendors. Beverages will also be available for purchase.

Music in the Mountains: DeadPhish Orchestra

August 18th, 2016

Music in the Mountains: DeadPhish OrchestraSettle for a night of jammy grooves when we welcome the DeadPhish Orchestra to Center Stage in the Big Sky Town Center on August 18, 2016! Another FREE concert!

"We do both kinds.” Boulder, Colorado’s own DeadPhish Orchestra has been taking the national Tribute act scene by storm with their unique presentation of Grateful Dead and Phish songs performed seamlessly in ways never heard before. DeadPhish Orchestra (or DPO as they are referred to by their fans and buyers alike) is a quartet of close friends and professional musicians having toured nationally with projects like PHIX and The Great American Taxi.

While these two bands have their surface similarities, most fans realize that their actual musical styles are quite different. The Grateful Dead are an earthy, folky, bluesy band where Phish is sharper around the edges–funky and more aggressive. But both bands have an improvisational approach to their live shows, and it is in that spontaneity where the magic really happens at a DPO show, and that is just about as much fun as humans are allowed to have.

Park opens at 6, music starts at 7, food/beverage vendors will be available. Please no pets or glass containers.

Concerts at the Chapel: I-90 Collective

August 23rd, 2016

Concerts at the Chapel: I-90 CollectiveJoin us for a FREE concert at the Big Sky Chapel as we welcome the Baroque music of the I-90 Collective! The concert still start at 8 p.m. and seating is on a first come, first served basis. This concert is presented by the Peggy Dicken Schwer Memorial Fund and the Carroll Toepffer Memorial Fund--two donor advised funds of the Arts Council of Big Sky that seem to promote and fund classical music in Big Sky!

With a repertoire extending from the dawn of the baroque to the works of Bach and Boccherini, the I-90 Collective's fresh, improvisatory style blends the virtuosity of violins and cello with the intimacy of the lute.

Founded in 2009 on the interstate highway that links Seattle, WA and Bozeman, MT, the Collective is comprised of busy baroque soloists, who perform extensively across the country and abroad with many of America's leading period-instrument ensembles.

Having performed on concert series from Seattle to Syracuse, the ensemble entertains audiences with lively, informative, and interactive performances in intimate venues.

Music in the Mountains: Fruition

August 25th, 2016

Music in the Mountains: FruitionThe first time they ever made music together, Fruition's three lead singer-songwriters discovered that their voices naturally blended into beautiful three-part harmonies. In the eight years since that impromptu busking session, the Portland, Oregon-based quintet has grown from a rootsy, string-centric outfit to a full-fledged rock band with an easy but powerful grasp of soul, blues, and British Invasion era pop.

After releasing their debut EP Hawthorne Hoedown in 2008, Fruition moved from busking on the street, to scraping their way onto the lower levels of festival lineups, to opening tours for bands like ALO and Greensky Bluegrass and onward, to being invited to play bigger festivals with ever bigger billing on those lineups.

Last year saw them appear at Bonnaroo, Northwest String Summit and Telluride Bluegrass where Rolling Stone cited their artful choice of covers and “raucous originals filled with heartfelt lyrics and stadium-worthy energy.” This year will see them share a Red Rocks bill with JJ Grey and Mofro and The Infamous Stringdusters, along with a full headline tour of the United States.

Park opens at 6, music starts at 7, food/beverage vendors will be available. PLEASE no pets and/or glass containers in the park.

Music in the Mountains: Cure for the Common

September 1st, 2016

Music in the Mountains: Cure for the CommonWe celerbate the end of our summer concert season by bringing in one of the region's best party bands to blow the roof off of Center Stage in the Big Sky Town Center!

Cure For The Common is a 5-piece funk-rock arsenal originating from Bozeman, Montana and coming soon to a venue near you. Combining their affinity for deep dance grooves with a love for searing progressive rock peaks, the boys have found a home on the national circuit with an all-original Electro Thunder Funk sound that has been shaking a nation one stage at a time.

The grassroots movement has landed the band at festivals including Wakarusa, Contour Music Festival, and Purple Hatter's Ball, as well as on line-ups alongside heavyweights like Thievery Corporation, Big Gigantic, STS9, Umphrey's McGee, Galactic, Twiddle, Dopapod, Papadosio, and more.

In April 2015, Cure for the Common released their sophomore album, The Squeeze, and continue to bring their live Electro Thunder Funk sound live to a variety of festivals, theatres and clubs across North America.

Park opens at 6 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. Food and beverages from local vendors will be available. Please no glass containers or dogs allowed in the park during concerts. Admission is free and suitable for all ages! Plenty of parking!

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks

September 2nd, 2016

Montana Shakespeare in the ParksFREE theater in Town Center Park! Brining a picnic and enjoy one of the premier Shakespeare touring ensembles in the country right here in Big Sky! Performance starts at 5:30 p.m. and is appropriate for all ages! The group will be performing A Comedy of Errors.

The mission of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is to make quality, live theatrical productions of Shakespeare and other classics accessible to communities in Montana and surrounding states with an emphasis on underserved, rural areas who would not otherwise have this opportunity. All performances are offered free, making Shakespeare in the Parks available to everyone.

Since its inception in 1973, MSIP has performed over 2,250 times to nearly three quarter of a million people becoming a mainstay of Montana culture. The company's contribution to the cultural fabric of Montana and its unique ability to serve the most remote rural areas of the region has been chronicled by Montana PBS, NBC Nightly News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and many others. In 1991, the company was named the recipient of the Montana Governor's Award for the Arts, the highest honor that can be bestowed on an arts organization in our state.

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