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Arts Council of Big Sky Event Calendar
Music in the Mountains: The Black Lillies
June 23rd, 2016Don't miss this exciting night when we kick off our 2016 FREE summer concert series with The Black Lillies performing on Center Stage in the Big Sky Town Center!
The Black Lillies are a band for the ages: rich, rootsy tunes performed
with as much heart as technical virtuosity. If you ask them, they’ll
tell you they play “Tennessee music” – combining strains of swampy
Memphis soul and blues with Nashville’s classic country and East
Tennessee’s traditional Appalachian style – while Rolling Stone
describes it as “country music with a soul-rock infusion, supported by
bandleader Cruz Contreras' smart songwriting and tight musicianship.”
Either way, it’s music that stirs your soul, touches your heart and
makes you want to dance.
It’s nothing short of remarkable how far the band has come in the past six
years, both in terms of miles and in terms of personal and musical
growth. Through the ups and the downs, they’ve established themselves as
one of the hardest-working and most dynamic bands touring today. With a
re-imagined six-piece live lineup that includes new additions Sam Quinn
(the everybodyfields), Mike Seal (Jeff Sipe Trio, Larkin Poe) and
Jonathan Keeney (Robinella), it won’t be hard to please Black Lillies
fans, and they’re sure to bring a whole lot
of new ones into the fold, too.
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: Blitzen Trapper
June 30th, 2016
Join 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.
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
Please 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, 2016Another 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
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
If 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
Music in the Mountains: The Bros. Landreth
July 21st, 2016
We go north of the border for this concert, bringing one of Canada's best up and coming bands, the Bros. Landreth , to Big Sky for the very first time on Thursday, July 21, for a FREE concert!
Twenty-seven years. Four bandmates. Two brothers. One album. Let It Lie, the debut release from Canadian roots-rockers the Bros. Landreth, is proof that there's strength in numbers.
by the bluesy wail of electric guitars, the swell of B3 organ, and the
harmonized swoon of two voices that were born to mesh. At first listen,
you might call it Americana. Dig deeper, though, and you'll hear the
nuances that separate The Bros. Landreth — whose members didn't grow up
in the American south, but rather the isolated prairie city of Winnipeg,
Manitoba — from their folksy friends in the Lower 48.
That hometown was quick to embrace the Bros. Landreth, with the Winnipeg
Free Press applauding the band's "blues rock [songs] resplendent with
soulful harmonies as golden and warm as the late evening sun."
Meanwhile, the band began hitting the road in 2013, traveling the
heartlands and highways that helped inspire their songs in the first
place. They didn't limit their focus to Canada, either. During the
summer of 2014, the Bros. Landreth signed a deal with Slate Creek
Records, an American label whose roster includes singer/songwriter
Brandy Clark and Pistol Annies member Angaleena Presley.
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: Amy Helm and the Handsome Strangers
August 11th, 2016With 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."
- ROLLING STONE COUNTRY
"...emotional subtleties...touchingly vulnerable...quietly confiding..."
- NEW YORK TIMES
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
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
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, 2016Join 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
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
Save 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, 2016Settle 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, 2016Join 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
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.
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, 2016The 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
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.
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.
Montana Shakespeare in the Parks
September 2nd, 2016FREE 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.