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Our summer season kicks off on Thursday, June 26!! See you then!!

Music in the Mountains: Dead Winter Carpenters

July 24th, 2014

Music in the Mountains: Dead Winter CarpentersAll way from the shores of Lake Tahoe, we are happy to welcome back the Dead Winter Carpenters to the Town Center stage on Thursday, July 24. Last summer the quintet electrified the crowd as the opener for Jason Isbell, so we thought it fitting to bring the band back this summer for a full concert! Tonight's concert is generously sponsored by PureWest/Christie's Real Estate of Big Sky !

In a time when music has been transformed and genre lines are left behind like the seasons, Dead Winter Carpenters are producing an ever-evolving style of music. The time spent, both in the studio in the woods and criss-crossing the American countryside, has provided Dead Winter Carpenters with a ground-breaking sound that blends Americana roots-rock with a tinge of straightforward ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ Alt. Country that is as hard-hitting as it is whimsical. While the roadsigns and towns pass by the windows on down the highway of tour, DWC are writing original material based on their life experiences. “Dirt Nap”, the band’s latest EP, is a musical journey which speaks magnitudes to these experiences.

Foot-stomping original tunes blended with the band’s onstage presence highlighted by the vocal melodies and five part harmonies, ferocious fluidity of the fiddle, deep pounding thump and thud of the upright bass, country ramblings of the telecaster and acoustic guitars, and the driving drums all meld together to create an experience that is sure leave you wanting more…

Click here for a video of the band performing live.

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: Della Mae

August 7th, 2014

Music in the Mountains: Della MaeKick up your heels and join us for some amazing bluegrass with Grammy-nominated Della Mae , performing in Big Sky for free on August 7! Tonight's concert is generously sponsored by the Spanish Peaks Community Foundation!

In a relatively short period of time, Della Mae has become a sensation in the music world. Commanding a powerful collective chemistry with vocal, instrumental, and songwriting talent to spare, the Boston-based combo mines time-honored elements to create music that's unmistakably fresh and contemporary.

This World Oft Can Be, Della Mae's second album and Rounder debut, shows that like the Avett Brothers, Lumineers, and Punch Brothers, these five multitalented young women are respectful of American musical tradition, but not restricted by it, combining centuries' worth of musical influences with an emotionally tough, undeniably modern songwriting sensibility.

In addition to playing festivals and clubs throughout the United States, Della Mae recently expanded the scale of its touring efforts after participating in the U.S. State Department's American Music Abroad program. Selected as cultural ambassadors, the band spent 43 days traveling in Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, where they collaborated with local musicians, taught educational programs for children, and played concerts for local audiences. 

Click here for a great live video of the band performing "Walk On Boy" at the Music City Roots at the Loveless Cafe in Nashville.

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!

Big Sky Classical Music Festival: Angella Ahn and David Wallace

August 8th, 2014

Big Sky Classical Music Festival: Angella Ahn and David WallaceThis year we will kick off the fourth annual Classical Music Festival with an indoor performance at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center in Big Sky! Please join us for this intimate evening with solo recitals from Angella Ahn and David Wallace , along with Julie Gosswiller on piano. Tickets for this event will be $35/Premium and $25/General, with all reserved seats.
Click HERE to buy tickets for this show! The theater opens at 6:30, and the performance will start at 7:30 p.m. Wine will be available for purchase at the event!
This performance is graciously sponsored by Bozeman Audi.

Angella Ahn enjoys her success as the violinist for the Ahn Trio. Her trio, comprised of Angella and her two twin sisters, was born while all three studied at the Juilliard School of Music, and now tours the world, playing in such venues as New York's Lincoln Center, Vienna's Musikverein, Leipzig''s Gewandhaus, Argentina's Teatro Colon, and The Beijing Concert Hall. Angella and her trio have taken it as their mission to expand the piano trio repertoire, and have commissioned over 30 new works by composers including Pat Metheny, Mark O'Connor, Paul Schoenfield, Michael Nyman, Nikolai Kapustin, Kenji Bunch and many other visionaries. For their efforts, New York Newsday dubbed the Ahn Trio, "Classical Revolutionaries". As a soloist, Ms. Ahn has performed with the Honolulu Symphony, the Louisville Symphony, and the KBS Orchestra, among others. In one of her many collaborative projects, she has also performed improvisational solos with the David Parsons Dance Company.

A Juilliard Professor and a New York Philharmonic Senior Teaching Artist, Dr. David Wallace is an internationally-touring musician, a Grammy-nominated performer, an award-winning composer, and a master teaching artist. Dr. Wallace’s concert appearances include solo performances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic’s School Day Concert, as well as international tours with the Teaching Artist Ensemble of the New York Philharmonic. As a composer, Dr. Wallace has received commissions from Carnegie Hall, the New York Philharmonic, the Juilliard School, violinist Rachel Barton Pine, and the Marian Anderson String Quartet. Through the New York Philharmonic’s radical Very Young Composers program, he has mentored over a hundred children whose original compositions were performed by members of the orchestra.


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Big Sky Classical Music Festival: Spectrum Brass

August 9th, 2014

Big Sky Classical Music Festival: Spectrum BrassThe second evening of our Classical Music Festival features Spectrum Brass performing outdoors at Center Stage in Town Center Park! This is a FREE performance, and is generously sponsored by the Peggy Dicken Schwer Memorial Fund and the Carroll Toepffer Memorial Fund, as well as patrons Roger Schwer and Marjie Toepffer.

Formed in 2008, Spectrum Brass is committed to creative collaboration.  Spectrum works with innovative performers to enrich and enliven the chamber music experience, focusing on arrangements that augment the quintet genre through inclusion of performers not traditionally associated with brass chamber music. Spectrum’s live shows are engaging and exciting, featuring tremendous variety combined with strong, unifying themes. With their singular focus on musical artistry and energy, Spectrum lures diverse and enthusiastic audiences to concert halls across the United States.

The members of Spectrum are leading freelance musicians who have performed with an impressive collection of orchestras and chamber groups including: American Brass Quintet, Boston Brass, Burning River Brass, Cincinnati Symphony, Cincinnati Pops, Colorado Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Hong Kong Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Motor City Brass Quintet, New York Chamber Soloists, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Summit Brass, and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with an opening performance from the MSU String Camp Orchestra, and Spectrum Brass will take the stage at 7 p.m. The rain site for this concert will be the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center , in case of inclement weather.

Big Sky Classical Music Festival: Big Sky Festival Orchestra

August 10th, 2014

Big Sky Classical Music Festival: Big Sky Festival OrchestraJoin us as we close our festival with the second performance of the Big Sky Festival Orchestra, with Maestro Peter Bay conducting, performing selections from Beethoven and Mozart. The orchestra features the best players from across Montana, assembled by Music Director Eric Funk and performing together for the first time, as well as soloists Angella Ahn and David Wallace! This will truly be a magical evening under the Big Sky! This performance is free and open to the public. The music starts at 6 p.m. The evening is sponsored by Bozeman Deaconess Health Services.

Musical Program:
Simphonie Concertante, K. 364 , W. A. Mozart
Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527, W.A. Mozart
Symphony No 2 in D-Major, Op 36, Beethoven

Peter Bay has been Music Director of the Austin Symphony Orchestra since 1998 and the Hot Springs Music Festival in Arkansas since 2011.

His guest appearances include the National, Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Baltimore, New Mexico, New Jersey, North Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia, West Virginia, Colorado, Hawaii, Jacksonville, Richmond, Alabama, Arkansas, Canton, Eugene, Fort Worth, Springfield, Bochum (Germany), Carinthian (Austria), Lithuanian National, and Ecuador National Symphonies, the Minnesota and Algarve (Portugal) Orchestras, the Louisiana, Buffalo, Rhode Island, Tulsa, Fort Wayne and Reno Philharmonics, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Eastman (Argento's Postcard from Morocco) and Aspen (Moore's The Ballad of Baby Doe) Opera Theaters, and the Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center. Summer music festival appearances have included Aspen (CO), Music in the Mountains (CO), Grant Park and Ravinia (IL), Round Top (TX), OK Mozart (OK) and Skaneateles (NY).

Peter is the primary conductor for Ballet Austin. For Austin Lyric Opera he conducted A Streetcar Named Desire, La Traviata, Turandot, and The Marriage of Figaro.

Mr. Bay was music director of the Annapolis Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, Peter Britt Festival Orchestra, and Breckenridge Music Festival, and held positions with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Richmond Symphony.

Peter Bay is a native of Washington, DC and received degrees from the University of Maryland and Peabody Institute of Music.

Orchestra will begin at 6 p.m. No opening ensemble on Sunday. Again, this performance is free!

Music in the Mountains: Fox Street Allstars

August 14th, 2014

Music in the Mountains: Fox Street AllstarsWe're excited to welcome Denver's Fox Street Allstarts to Big Sky on Thursday, August 14, for a free show! Fox Street is quickly gaining a reputation for being one of the hardest working rock and roll bands on the Colorado music scene, and were voted Denver's "Best Traditional Rock Band" at the 2013 Westword Music Showcase. Tonight's concert is generously sponsored by Bozeman Audi.

Fox Street boasts a big, soulful rock n' roll sound laced with three-part harmonies, screaming guitars, soulful sax, and a devastatingly funky rhythm section. It certainly helps that the members of Fox Street share varied influences throughout American roots music -- blues, jazz, country and a whole lotta funk -- but also have shared in the experience of taking Fox Street on the road together which gives the band a certain tightness and a dynamic range that simply cannot be acquired any other way. Over the past five years, Fox Street played hundreds of shows, maintained a relentless coast-to-coast tour schedule and spent countless of hours in the studio with Denver engineer/producer Josh Fairman (New Mastersounds, Ivan Neville, Kinetix) crafting two internationally acclaimed, self-produced, full-length albums: Welcome to Mighty Pleasin' (2010) and Tough Talk (2013).

While the band is proud to be a part of the vibrant Denver music community, they have been making strides on the national scene as well. Fox Street was named a "must see" act at Musikfest 2013 (America's largest free music festival in Bethelhem, Penn.) by both the Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune. The band has also landed gigs sharing the bill and often the stage with contemporary touring acts like Tedeschi Trucks Band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Robert Randolph and The Family Band and Galactic; as well as members of legendary groups including The Allman Brothers Band, Little Feat, and The Meters.

Click here for a video of the band playing live at Listen Up! Denver.

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 Black Lillies

August 21st, 2014

Music in the Mountains: The Black LilliesThe Arts Council is thrilled to welcome back the Black Lillies to Town Center Park for an amazing night of Nashville roots rock! Tonight's show is generously sponsored by Big Sky Resort!

The Black Lillies' Cruz Contreras and his bandmates – harmony vocalist Trisha Gene Brady, multi-instrumentalist Tom Pryor, bass player Robert Richards and drummer Bowman Townsend – have grown from a few friends sitting around campfires and living rooms to a band that shows up in far-flung cities where folks to whom they’ve never played before already know the words to the songs. Eschewing record labels, they’ve still managed to conquer the Billboard Top 200 charts, put three tracks in Country Music Television’s top 12 requested videos, and film a nationally broadcast commercial for Twizzlers. They’ve been featured on numerous television specials and played festivals as widespread as Bonnaroo, Rochester Jazz Festival, MerleFest, and CMA Fan Fair.  Despite trafficking in a richer, more authentic brand of country and Americana than what gets played on mainstream country radio, they’ve still been invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry more than twenty times – a record for an independent act.

The quintet's current album, Runaway Freeway Blues, debuted at #21 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #43 on the Billboard Top 200 Country Albums chart. It peaked at #4 on the Americana Music Association’s radio charts, with two months in the top five, ending the year as the AMA’s #18 album of 2013 based on radio airplay.

"With one foot planted firmly in Appalachian music culture and the other always expanding and evolving, the Black Lillies have created a unique sound embraced by fans old and young."
- Vanity Fair

Watch the Black Lillies perform "Smokestack Lady" live at the Grand Ole Opry by clicking here .

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 Sweetback Sisters

August 28th, 2014

Music in the Mountains: The Sweetback SistersGet ready to end the summer in honky-tonk fashion when we welcome the Sweetback Sisters to Big Sky, all the way from Brooklyn! Tonight's concert is generously sponsored by 3 Rivers Communications.

Although formed in Brooklyn during the early 21st century, the Sweetback Sisters model their songs after the vintage country music of 1950s-era Nashville. Central to the group's sound are vocalists Zara Bode and Emily Miller, who first sang together as part of a traveling choir in 2005. Discovering a mutual love for Hank Williams, the girls began singing country songs after their nightly choir performances. When the tour ended, Bode and Miller both moved to Brooklyn and formed the Sweetback Sisters, whose reputation swelled after a performance on A Prairie Home Companion in 2007.

Bode and Miller's harmonies quickly became the backbone of the Sweetback Sisters' sound, although the group's lineup also included four talented instrumentalists: guitarist Ross Bellenoit, guitarist/fiddler Jesse Milnes, drummer Stefan Amidon, and upright bassist Peter Bitenc. Together, the group mined a wealth of twangy influences -- Roger Miller, the Davis Sisters, Nashville country, Western swing -- and made their studio debut by releasing the Bang! EP in 2007. Since then the band has released Chicken Ain't Chicken (2009); Be Back Home Tonight (2010); Looking for a Fight (2011); Country Christmas Sinaalong Spectacular (2012); and Bulldog (2013).

Miller and Bode may not be blood relations, but their precise, family-style harmonies recall the best of country music from the Everlys to The Judds, as well as the spirited rockabilly energy of Wanda Jackson, one of the band’s role models. Like the artists they admire, the Sweetbacks are concerned with the traditional subjects of heartbreak, revenge, remorse and staying strong in the face of relationships gone wrong, albeit with a contemporary sensibility. “We’re a renegade retro band that mixes up country, swing and honky tonk,” explains Bode. “Sometimes what we deliver is straight out of the 50s; other times it’s BR549 meets The B52s.”

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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