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Arts Council of Big Sky Event Calendar

Our winter season kicks off on Thursday, December 4!! See you then!!

The Madrigal Dinner

December 4th, 2014

The Madrigal Dinner

The Arts Council of Big Sky is proud to present the 18th annual Madrigal Dinner, slated for Thursday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m. in the Buck's T-4 Lodge Ballroom. This event is considered by many as the traditional opening of the Christmas season and is one of the highlights for the Big Sky community.

Tickets for the Madrigal Dinner can be purchased any time for $55 per person, which includes a fantastic three-course dinner prepared by the chefs at Buck's, as well as festive music from the Montana State University Montanans, the MSU Brass Quintet and the MSU Chorale. Please call 995-2742 to purchase tickets.

The evening begins with a no-host bar at 5 p.m., followed by seating for the dinner promptly at 6 p.m., in preparation for the Ceremonial Procession of the Lord and Lady of the Manor and their guests. Olde English customs are the theme throughout the evening, including fanfares introducing the Ceremonial Procession, the Wassail Bowl and Christmas Toast, the Boar's Head Procession and the Flaming Pudding Dessert. The MSU Montanans serenade guests throughout the evening and the MSU Chorale presents a concert finale. The dinner closes with the audience joining the musicians in singing familiar carols.  This year's menu looks incredible, take a look!

Salad: Roasted organic Gallatin Valley squash, plumped cranberry, smoked walnut arugula, gooseberry vinaigrette
Main: Cider braised pork roast, chimi churri, white corn cheddar grits,
Granny Smith apple slaw, pan jus
Dessert: Nutella Panna Cotta

This is one of the most talked-about events in Big Sky, so don't miss it and make your reservation today!

Montana Ballet: The Nutcracker

December 14th, 2014

Montana Ballet: The NutcrackerDon't miss the first-ever performance in Big Sky of this holiday classic from Montana Ballet, complete with a live chamber ensemble perfomring the music! The performance will start at 4 p.m. Tickets are $35 for premium, $25 for general and $15 for budget.

The Nutcracker Ballet is based on the book entitled "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" written by E.T.A. Hoffman. The legendary choreographer Marius Petipa commissioned Tchaikovsky to write the music for the Nutcracker Ballet in 1891. The following year, the very first performance of the Nutcracker appeared at the Mariinsky Theatre in Russia, the home of the Kirov Ballet. In the United States, the first full-length Nutcracker was choreographed by W. Christensen and performed by the San Francisco Ballet in 1944. Today the Nutcracker is an annual holiday tradition, performed by ballet companies large and small all over the world.

Tickets are now on sale! Click here to buy them! You can read more about Montana Ballet's performance here !

Music in the Mountains: Sons of Bill

July 2nd, 2015

Music in the Mountains: Sons of BillThe Arts Council welcomes acclaimed East Coast troubadours Sons of Bill to Big Sky for the first time ever on Thursday, July 2, for a FREE concert at Center Stage at Town Center Park! You won't want to miss this high energy evening of roots rock music!

"This is a record that takes me back to some of the creative heights we achieved in Wilco," says producer Ken Coomer about Sons of Bill's latest LP Love and Logic, released this past September. "I'm only interested in making records that are still going to be relevant ten years from now, and this is one of them. It's unmistakably the real thing."

Rolling Stone magazine calls Love and Logic "lush and beautiful... a classic roots rock album for the modern age." The magazine also listed the band as a "must-see" tour.

This is an ambitious album for the three brothers Sam, Abe, and James Wilson, who share equal duty singing and writing throughout Love and Logic. The Virginia roots obviously run deep, with dreamy pedal steel, banjo, and three part harmonies that could have only been learned at church. But the record moves into enough layered pop productions and rock and roll bravado throughout to keep you guessing as to just who these boys are, and what they've been listening to.

It's easy to say that Sons of Bill can sound more like Townes Van Zandt or early R.E.M. depending on the track, even moving into their own brand of down-home psychedelia that American Songwriter described as a "countrified Pink Floyd." But the real achievement of Love and Logic is the songwriting, the Wilson brothers' ability to craft literate and deeply introspective lyrics while still managing to deliver it all as a rock and roll band. It's a soul-searcher's soundtrack for an over-stimulated age. A roots rock album that stands out in 2014.

Sons of Bill became more than Charlottesville's best kept secret with the release of the Sirens LP, a brash rock and roll record, which debuted on the Billboard top 200 and #12 on the Heatseekers chart in 2012. The band toured extensively on both sides of the Atlantic for a year and a half and gained some notoriety for their fiery live performances and road dog work ethic. But Love and Logic certainly marks a turning point for the band- a more sober, reflective, version of themselves- the sound of a band coming into its own.

Click here for a video of the band performing "Bad Dancer," from their latest album, for Paste Magazine, and here for an amazing performance of "Turn It Up."

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!
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Music in the Mountains: The Suffers

July 16th, 2015

Music in the Mountains: The SuffersAre you ready for some soul? Well, mark your calendars for Thrusday, July 16, when the ACBS welcome the Suffers to Big Sky for the first time ever!!

The Suffers are a ten-piece band from Houston, Texas, who are redefining the sound of Gulf Coast Soul, intertwining elements of Classic American Soul with Rock & Roll. Both sonically and visually arresting, the large ensemble packs each position of the rhythm section and horn section with a level of talent and taste that provides the perfect foundation for singer Kam Franklin's massive voice. The band's sincerity and emotion are laid bare in their music, which has garnered an audience so broad and varied that they may prove to be the panacea for a jaded and stratified live music scene.

In a short time, the band has progressed from packing local Houston venues to accepting invitations for main stage performances at the 20th annual Austin Reggae Festival, Houston's Free Press Summer Festival, and Paste Magazine's Untapped Festival where they've shared the stage with the likes of The Wailers, Mavis Staples, Alabama Shakes, The Walkmen, and Cat Power. The Suffers have accepted four Houston Press Music Awards in two years and have been listed among the top musical acts to watch in 2014 by the Houston Press and Houston Chronicle.

Click here to see a video that captures the amazing live energy of this band!

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 Whiskey Gentry

July 23rd, 2015

Music in the Mountains: The Whiskey GentryThe Arts Council is pleased to welcome the Whiskey Gentry to the Town Center stage on Thursday, July 23, 2015, for a FREE concert!!

Amongst many attempts to describe The Whiskey Gentry , perhaps the best take was from Paste Magazine who called them a "toe-tapping, steamrolling kind of band, its fingers picking deep into fields of bluegrass...with a punk-inspired kick drum."

The Whiskey Gentry's catchy tunes reel in listeners spanning from music novices to mainstream audiences, while their musical mastery garners the professional praise and respect of those with the most sophisticated of musical palates.

Two albums in, both co-produced by John Keane (R.E.M., Uncle Tupelo), they recently gained official recognition as a finalist in the Chris Austin Songwriting Competition held at MerleFest. From local haunts to the Nashville music industry's elite, the band's burgeoning followers and supporters have quite literally set the stage for nationwide venues and air waves.

Initially a quintet formed by husband and wife duo Lauren Staley and Jason Morrow, the band's debut album in 2011 Please Make Welcome became a critically-acclaimed success, quickly launching the Atlanta-based band into markets from Tampa to NYC, and at festivals priding themselves as the first to showcase the next best thing.

They have since expanded on both a physical and geographic level, becoming a septet comprised of Chesley Lowe on banjo, Sammy Griffin on bass, Price Cannon on drums, Michael Smith on mandolin, and Rurik Nunan on fiddle.

Their most recent album, Holly Grove, is another leap in the band's ongoing evolution on a musical and social scale. Mastered by Glenn Schick (Indigo Girls, Drive-By Truckers), Holly Grove infuses elements of country, bluegrass, folk, rock, and punk with a mix of poppy and poignant lyrics, fiery and heartfelt vocals, traditional and avant-garde sound, honesty, edginess, and entertainment all around.

Click here for a rollicking live performance of "Eula Mae" at the 2013 Bristol Rythm and Roots Reunion.

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!

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