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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 Tiny Band

July 4th, 2015

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! The event is sponsored by First Security Bank!

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: Incendio

July 9th, 2015

Music in the Mountains: IncendioThe Arts Council is pleased to be bringing world class flamenco guitar music to Big Sky this summer! Bring your dancing shoes!

An exotic melody accompanies a desert caravan moving beneath a blazing sun. The sound of waves wash against a pristine South American beach. A lone flamenco guitar echoes through the cobbled streets of old Sevilla. And a lilting three quarter time rhythm conjures images of the rolling green hills of Ireland. The music is cinema. It is sound given shape and color. This is the music of Incendio .

Incendio, simply put, is instrumental world music. The primary “voice” of the band is the guitar, but to say the music of Incendio is solely guitar music would be an oversimplification. The guitar is certainly present, but other instruments such as the mandolin, bouzouki, violin, Celtic harp, piano, bass, synthesizer and various ethnic percussion instruments play a huge role in the ensemble’s sound.

Formed in the summer of 1999 by Jim Stubblefield, Jean-Pierre Durand and Liza Carbé, Incendio (which means “fire” in Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish) became a vehicle for the influences and compositional talents of the three musicians. Echoes of music ranging from classical, to jazz, to rock, to flamenco, to Celtic, to even bluegrass can be heard in Incendio’s music. It is no surprise that this eclectic blend of influences has led to a sound that is truly unique.

Click here for a live video of the band performing "Jaco y Paco," and have fun watching the amazing guitar playing!

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 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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Baroque Music Montana

July 28th, 2015

Baroque Music MontanaEnjoy an evening of beautiful music when we welcome Baroque Music Montana to the Big Sky Chapel for a FREE concert! The concert is underwritten by the Carroll Toepffer Memorial Fund and the Peggy Dicken Schwer Memorial Fund. The performance will start at 8 p.m. and last approximately an hour. No tickets or reservations are required for the concert.

The ensemble features Carrie Krause (violin), Caroline Nicolas (cello), Kevin Payne (lute), and Evan Kory (harpsichord). This group of performers together have played numerous concerts, national and international tours, masterclasses, and coachings as part of the Juilliard School's Masters program in Historical Performance.

Admission to the performance is free. There will be a private, price-fixed dinner at Olive B's Bistro (across from the Chapel) before the concert, and a dessert reception after the concert. Please call Olive B's at 995-3355 for dinner reservations. The restaurant will be closed to the public on the evening of the concert. Please do not call the Arts Council for dinner reservations.



Montana Shakespeare in the Parks

August 2nd, 2015

Montana Shakespeare in the ParksPlease join us for another summer of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks , when we present "The Taming of the Shrew" on Sunday, August 2 at 5 p.m. in Town Center Park. This performance is FREE and suitable for all ages!

As one of the summer's most anticipated events in the region, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks brings professional productions, at no cost to the public, to communities throughout Montana, northern Wyoming, eastern Idaho, western North Dakota and eastern Washington. Remarkably self-reliant, the company features 10 professional actors selected by national audition who tour without technical assistance to bring live theatre to communities primarily in rural areas. An anticipated audience of over 30,000 attend the performances each summer.

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks (MSIP) opened its first season in the summer of 1973. Since that time, 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.
All performances of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks are free and tickets are not needed for admission.

Audiences are encouraged to show up prior to the appointed curtain time with chairs, blankets, a picnic supper, and friends and family to enjoy the evening. Please no pets allowed in the park!



Music in the Mountains: Royal Southern Brotherhood

August 13th, 2015

Music in the Mountains: Royal Southern BrotherhoodThe Arts Council is pleased to welcome the Royal Southern Brotherhood to the Town Center stage on Thursday, August 13, 2015, for a FREE concert!!

Cyril Neville is known for his amazing vocals and percussion skills as a member of the Grammy Award winning Neville Brothers and the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame nominees the Meters. Cyril's history may speak for itself but it was his 2013 solo release "Magic Honey" that satisfyingly received critics praise and multiple accolades from around the world including 4 Offbeat Music Awards and a Blues Foundation nomination for "Best Contemporary Blues" CD. What really sums up the life of this Neville is his band Royal Southern Brotherhood. Royal Southern Brotherhood released their self titled debut Cd in 2012. Immediately the band set out on a never ending tour performing their own brand of Soulful Rhythm and Blues Rock that would eventually cover 30 countries that same year.

Today Royal Southern Brotherhood's line up has changed for the better. The band has become one with their music and it may have taken a change of guitarist to get there but the entire journey has been well worth it. Mike Zito and Devon Allman broke out of the band that brought them to the music worlds attention in 2014 and were replaced by two ace guitarist Nashville's Bart Walker and Austin Texas guitarist Tyrone Vaughan--the latter being the son of Jimmie Vaughan and the nephew of the iconic Stevie Ray.

Cyril Neville--a young 65 year old singer that has long been considered New Orleans royalty for his stints in the Grammy Award winning Neville Brothers, Galactic and The Meters--has spawned 45 some odd years and has included performances with music icons such as Bono, Joan Baez, Dr. John and Tab Benoit. Now, his band that took the Blues and Jam world by storm in 2012 has honed it all in and are better then ever performing songs from their three studio recordings as well as the songs that Cyril is known for and has performed with the Meters and Neville Brothers for years.

Neville's experience combined with these talented, energetic players creates a new sound that remains reverent to the blues traditions. The band's upcoming album, Don't Look Back: The Muscle Shoals Sessions, highlights the magic that happens when great songs are performed by great bands.

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 Brothers Comatose

August 20th, 2015

Music in the Mountains: The Brothers ComatoseThe Arts Council is pleased to welcome the Brothers Comatose to the Town Center stage on Thursday, August 20, 2015, for a FREE concert!!

Despite their name, the band is anything but Comatose. "It's just one, big, extended Morrison music party," they say. Ben and Alex Morrison, guitar and banjo, and lead vocalists, front this rocking string band that has become a West coast headliner and national touring act in a mere four years. With stellar accompanists Phil Brezina on fiddle and Ryan Avellone on mandolin, their high energy, audience engaging shows have caught fire with fans from San Diego to Seattle to Salt Lake to Silk Hope, N.C. and beyond. In home turf Northern California they sell out shows in San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Petaluma and played the enormous Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, August, 2014.

During early 2014 the band enjoyed incredible success on extended tours with Devil Makes Three and Yonder Mountain String Band which led to their own club headlining and festival summer tour. 2014 appearances included Sisters Folk Festival, Grey Fox Festival, Hangtown Festival, and shows opening for Lake Street Dive in Colorado.

At the heart of this remarkable ensemble are the songs. With two cds released and plans for a third album in 2015, the band draws from a deep knowledge of folk, rock, traditional and other genres. Stand out originals such as The Scout and Pie For Breakfast have become anthemic sing-a-longs at shows. Well chosen covers have ranged from Norman Blake to Keith Richards to Cake. They can also slow down the pace with beautiful original ballads such as Morning Time which was released as a duet with Nicki Bluhm on their current CD, Respect The Van.

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: Euforquestra

August 27th, 2015

Music in the Mountains: EuforquestraThe Arts Council will be ending the 2015 free summer concert season on August 27 when we welcome the groovy funk sounds of Euforquestra to Town Center Park!

Eufórquestra (pronounced yoo-FOHR-keh-struh, think euphoria+orchestra) is energy and rhythm personified. An ever-evolving sound that has been influenced by music from all over the world with an emphasis on funk, pocket and groove. For over a decade the band has been igniting dance floors across the country, blending the roots of funk, soul, afrobeat, reggae and dub to create a sound that "explodes, dances and melts in your ear with sheer bliss" (AllAboutJazz.com).

Eufórquestra's fifth full-length record, Fire, was produced by Kyle Hollingsworth (of The String Cheese Incident) and captures the passion and musical maturing of these road warriors. Over the course of 14 tracks, the band takes you on an hour-long adventure that will touch your heart and mind, and keep your fingers and toes tapping. A handful of special guests, including Elliot Martin (John Brown's Body), Gabriel Mervine and Kim Dawson (The Motet) and Mr. Hollingsworth himself, put their own touches on the band's already cohesive sound that is "tight and engineered to a fine, funky precision." (Chicago Jam Scene) The result is a record that is distinctly modern, maintaining one foot in the future and firmly planting in the musical roots traditions of the past.

With almost 1,000 shows under their belt, Eufórquestra shows no sign of stopping. A perpetually heavy tour schedule keeps the band and fans happy, as performing live in front of an audience has always been the band's top priority. As noted in a live show review by Grateful Web, "...the boys seem to play like the apocalypse will happen at any second and they want to die doing what they do best..."

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!



NPR's From the Top with Christopher O'Riley

September 27th, 2015

NPRPlease join us and be part of history in the making--and a live radio broadcast--when the Arts Council hosts NPR's From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley right here in Big Sky at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center! Tickets go on sale on Friday, March 20. Click here to buy tickets.

From the Top is America's largest national platform dedicated to celebrating the stories, talents, and character of classically-trained young musicians. Its signature radio program, NPR's From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley, is the most popular weekly one-hour classical music program on public radio, heard by more than half a million listeners in more than 220 markets. The show is recorded before live audiences across the country, uniting communities around the joy and promise of great young talent. From the Top has recorded more than 290 radio broadcasts in America's premier concert halls - reaching more than 200,000 live audience members in 141 U.S. cities and 2 international cities.

This will be an amazing night for Big Sky, one that showcases the best young talent from the Northern Rocky Mountains. We hope you can be a part of it!

This performance is sponsored in party by the Sydney Frank Foundation .

 
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