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Arts Council of Big Sky Event Calendar

Third Annual Auction for the Arts

March 26th, 2015

Third Annual Auction for the ArtsPlease join us for our annual fundraising gala at Lone Mountain Ranch on Thursday, March 26, from 5-8 p.m. Tickets are $50 each and are by reservation only. Please call the office at 995-2742 for reservations! Ticket price includes heavy passed appetizers and two drink tickets for house wine or draft beer. This event is sponsored by Big Sky Sotheby's International Realty .

There will be a quick-finish painting event featuring well-known Western artists, including Tom Gilleon, Greg Woodard, Laurie Stevens, Tom English, Shirle Wempner, Harry Koyama, Julie Chapman and more! These works will then be sold during a live auction!

There will also be a silent auction with a variety of works from local artists, including Jill Zeidler, Shelly Bermont, Jackie Rainford and more!

There will also be live jazz music during the evening from the Craig Hall Trio.

Don't miss this exciting celebration of the Arts in Big Sky!

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: 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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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!

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