Join Us For ‘Pasture Pickin’ in Libby Mt., August 10-17th, 2014

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castIt starts August 10-17th, 2014 and goes all week.  So ya’ll load yer truck & come join us, ya hear.

This is the 2nd Pasture Pickin event this summer, (the 1st one was last May). We have been having our Bluegrass and country campout for 19 years and have meet so many great people and heard some great music.

Just to tell you a little bit of our camp out, First it  is free to every  one, we have lots of room for camping out, we have built a couple of places where we can get out of the weather and play music, It is dry camping but we have great well water to fill your rigs up with. Pets are welcome but must be on a leash at all times.  There are some people that come early and that is fine with us, every one looks forward to seeing old friends and meeting newones. (P.S. This 2nd camp out will not have our pot luck dinner or band scramble like we did in May).

jamming1Pasture pickin is held 5  1/2  miles up pipe creek road. If you need any more info. Just give us a call. (406) 293-6608  so hope to see you, and have a great day,

Dorothy and Dale

6TH ANNUAL HARDTIMES BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL July 25-26-27, 2014

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Mike and Tari Conroy… Present the 6th annual HARDTIMES BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

July 25-26-27, 2014

Welcome to the official home page for the 6th annual Hardtimes Bluegrass Festival. This festival has a “old timey mountain feel” and features traditional bluegrass music. Our festival is an affordable, family friendly gathering in a beautiful setting, that is geared towards having good clean fun while celebrating the sounds of traditional bluegrass music.  Come see us this year!                  

Admission Fees: Adult – $12.00 for the weekend

(3 minutes or 3 days-it’s all the same  price)

12 Years and under – $6.00 for the weekend

Dry Camping – $12.00 for the weekend.

Camping is available in the trees on a first come- first serve basis.

NO RV HOOKUPS ARE AVAILABLE

Food vendors on site

Leashed dogs are allowed.

BRING YOUR LAWN CHAIRS

Festival site opens for camping Thursday, July 24th, 10:00 am

Featured Activities

11 Performing Bands

Pioneers in Montana Bluegrass

Band Contest Awards for “Best Band” and “Most Character”

Kids in Bluegrass

Bluegrass Gospel Sunday Morning

Lots of Jamming

Mike & Tari Conroy

Mike & Tari Conroy

2014 MRBA ANUAL MEETING

Business Meeting at 2:00 DECEMBER 13 2014. 2423435

Following the business meeting there will be jamming around 3:00, followed by potluck dinner at 6:00, and more jamming to follow.  The association is furnishing the main course.  Please bring a side dish or dessert and a door prize (something musical or funny, not expensive).

bring your instruments and your songs and come have a good time with us at Ruby Inn on north Reserve, Missoula MT

 

Jim Widner’s 90th Birthday, come join us

500b10cb39e7b.preview-620Jim Widner’s daughters are having a 90th birthday party for Jim at the Darby clubhouse on Sat -October 11th from 2pm to 6pm. They will have a sign up sheet there for musicians to take turns playing on the microphone…Potluck at 2pm… Come join in the fun…

 

Jim Widner has lived in the same apartment in Darby for nearly a half century. He settled there after the band, the Snake River Outlaws, split and went their seperate ways. He never stopped fiddling. Widner was crowned national champion at old fiddle contests on a two occassions.  In a small apartment on Darby’s main street, there lives a living legend.

Sixty years ago, Widner was a member of a band called the Snake River Outlaws. In the 1950s, the four Idaho musicians made the airwaves sing from a small stage inside the Sunshine Bar at the corner of Missoula’s Woody and Alder streets.  “It was Montana’s skid row back then,” Widner said.  Gathered close to the microphone emblazoned with the letters KXLL, the young men played a popular style of old-time country music that ended up aired on radios in a half-dozen Western states.

After band members married and went their own way, Widner started entering fiddle contests on his weekends away from work at the Darby sawmills. He was crowned national old-time fiddle champion on a number of occasions and folks from everywhere took notice.

“Anywhere we go, when people learn where we live, they ask us if we know that fiddler from Darby,” said Mike Conroy, the organizer of Hardtimes Bluegrass Festival, “He’s the only living legend that I know.”

Jimmy Widner’s apartment is filled with memories of times when people stood and clapped as he made his fiddle sing.  “A fiddle can do just about anything if you know how to make it do it,” Widner said, as he leaned back in his kitchen chair.  Just behind him is a wall filled with a packed trophy case, photographs and other mementoes of his musical career.  “I’ve given back quite a few of my trophies,” Widner said “I just didn’t have room for them here.”

Born into a musical family – his dad was a fiddler who worked on the railroad – Widner didn’t really take to the fiddle in his younger years.  But that early introduction to music came in handy after he enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II. Widner spent a good deal of time on troop transport ships moving back and forth between the Pacific and European theaters. He found that some of those ships had a collection of musical instruments that soldiers could check out for a day.

“I learned to play by ear,” he said. “I didn’t really have any particular teacher. It is a gift that the Lord gives you for music. We played whenever we could just for our own enjoyment.”  When Widner came home from the war, he managed to get his hands on a better fiddle and began to practice.  Eventually he teamed up with Vern Wilburn and began playing at bars for $3 a night. The pair met an itinerant singer who went by the name of Wild Bill Lloyd, the Snake River Outlaw.  The three sang together until they found Lloyd dead in the car that he lived in by the railroad depot.

About that time, there was a young kid named Orval Fochtman hanging around the bar and singing to tunes on the jukebox. They enlisted him and Wilburn’s brother to become the Snake River Outlaws.  The four were tired of Weiser and so they piled into a 1937 Chevy panel van that had been used as a doughnut wagon and headed north.  They ended up in Missoula and the Sunshine Bar.

“We had a monopoly on that town back then,” Widner remembered. “It was really something to be inside the Sunshine Bar when we were playing. You could see winos brushing elbows with people in mink coats. You couldn’t even get inside the bar on a Saturday night, it was so crowded.”  Those who couldn’t squeeze in the door would stand outside and dance to the music drifting out of the open windows of parked cars from the performance being broadcast on the radio.

With his earnings, Fochtman purchased a reel-to-reel tape recorder and recorded the group’s live radio program. The Western Folklife Center eventually ended up with those tapes and had the music digitally recorded to produce a CD.  These days, Widner is done with contests and other huge events.  But he can sure still play. For folks with a good ear like Conroy, Widner hasn’t missed a beat.  “There is absolutely no one that sounds like Jimmy Widner. I can be clear across the grounds at the finals and hear his fiddle and instantly know it’s Jim Widner.  Many people play music, but Jim just feels the music in his own special way,” Conroy said.

“Sometimes some of those folks will stop by my place and we’ll talk about those days,” he said. “There are getting to be fewer and fewer of them too. It’s been quite an honor to be part of all this.  It’s just disappearing fast,” Widner said. “That’s what happens when you get older. There’s just not that many around who remember those good old times.”

 

THE DAVID GRISMAN SEXTET at Montana Snowbowl Ski Area, 9-14-14

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The David Grisman Sextet
September 14TH 2014 at 5PM
TICKETS ON SALE MAY 15TH 2014
Limited VIP Packages& “Early-bird” prices for General Admission available!
Tickets available at www.SnowbowlMountainMusic.com

Bluegrass legend David Grisman takes the stage with “The David Grisman Sextet” for the inaugural concert of the new concert series “Snowbowl Mountain Music”      at Missoula’s local ski hill Montana Snowbowl, Sunday Sept. 14th 5PM. Local favorites “The Lil’ Smokies” will open.

Tickets go on sale Thursday May 15th. Tickets will be available online at snowbowlmountainmusic.com. A limited number of “VIP” packages ($65) will be available to purchase which include premium seating & parking and a special commemorative concert package. A limited number of “Early Bird” tickets ($35/$32 Adult/Student & Senior 65 ) will also be available until sold-out for General Admission. General Admission tickets will be available at Rockin’ Rudy’s and a dedicated box office location at a later date TBA.

About the Artist:
An acoustic pioneer and innovator, mandolinist/composer bandleader/producer David Grisman has forged a unique personal artistic path for nearly half a century, skillfully combining elements of the great American music/art forms — jazz and bluegrass with many international flavors and sensibilities to create his own distinctive idiom — “Dawg” music (the nickname given him by Jerry Garcia.) In doing so, he’s inspired new generations of acoustic string musicians, while creating his own niche in contemporary music. His career is littered with recording and performance collaborations with the biggest contemporary artists of our day including Sam bush, Jerry Garcia, Del McCoury, the Grateful Dead, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Dolly Parton, Earl Scruggs, and James Taylor.

MI0001335680In the 30 years since forming the seminal group the David Grisman Quintet, David’s ensembles have won numerous polls and awards, headlining major jazz, folk and bluegrass festivals around the world.

Come enjoy an evening with David Grisman under an open sky at the base of Montana Snowbowl, offering an epic experience in-synch with the natural beauty offered at Missoula’s local ski hill.

 

SAM BUSH!! at River City Roots Fest in Missoula MT

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Sam Bush, a well-known mandolin player, will headline this year’s River City Roots Festival in downtown Missoula. The annual music, arts and culture festival is set for Aug. 23-24.

Bush won the 2009 Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement award, is known as a founding member of Newgrass Revival, and is considered the originator of “Newgrass” music. His most recent album “Circles Around Me” was No. 3 on the U.S. bluegrass charts.

Bush will play from 8:30-10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, on the Main Street main stage. The rest of the 2014 line-up will be announced at a later date.

Roots Fest is an admission-free festival that drew more than 15,000 people last year. The two-day event also features a juried art show, a four-mile competitive and fun run, a family fun festival in Caras Park, and a 15-vendor food court on Ryman Street. The 2014 event will also include a stand-up paddle board competition to be held on the Clark Fork River.

You Dont Want to Miss “Forest Flats” for Fantastic Pickin’ & Campin’ !!

MRBA ANNUAL CAMP OUT    August 1-3, 2014
The annual MRBA camp out will be held at Forrest Flats Highway 10 East between Turah and Clinton, about three miles East of Turah and three miles west of Clinton. There will be signs.

Dry camping Fri. Sat. and Sun, August 1st-3rd. You should come a day earlier, if you can, to join other early pickers plus grab a good camping spot.  Breakfast pot luck on Saturday and Sunday, Saturday nite the Association will provide the meat and desert.  We ask members to bring pot luck dishes to finish the meal.

There will be a $10.00 charge for non members or unpaid members for Saturday nite, should be a no brainer when dues are $10.00 each or $15.00 for family.  Family = two adults and minor children. You need to sign up in advance for Saturday meal.

To register: Forrest Clark Phone 406-825-7806 email bg4flats@blackfoot.net

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BLUEGRASS PICKING AT THE LOFT, downtown missoula

Just a reminder . . .
IMG_0786BLUEGRASS PICKING CIRCLE AT THE LOFT…Friday, April 18, 8:00 p.m.
At least 3 spaces for jamming.
In the front area of the Loft we will set up a sound system so that the pickers can really entertain the grinners and we will have a sign up sheet for a few bands to play short sets of a few tunes between 9:00ish and 10:30ish with open jamming before and after.

The Wine Cave and the Conference Room (as well as the back porch weather permitting) will be available for other jams.
No suggested donation. BYOB and food to share if desired.

Acoustic stringed instruments only please
Presented by Richards and Gangi Productions otherwise known as your good time fun loving freinds Larry and Sue.

Pickers and grinners welcome! Y’all come now:)
The Loft of Missoula is located at 119 West Main Street.
Free parking after 5pm in the parking garage across the street.
Be aware that The Loft of Missoula is on the second floor of the buidling in the picture, that it is accessed by long stairways at both the front and rear of the building, and that it is not handicapped accessible.  That said, if the stairs pose a challenge but you really want to attend, we can probably round some big strong fellers up to help you and and down the stairs.

If you have any questions talk to Larry Gangi, Sue Richards, or Pat Davis

Bluegrass Pickin’ Circle at The Loft

 FRIDAY, APRIL 18 starting at 8:00PM
 At least 3 spaces for jamming
 In the front area of the Loft we will set up a sound system so that the pickers can really entertain the grinners and we will have a sign up sheet for a few bands to play short sets of a few tunes between 9:00ish and 10:30ish with open jamming before and after.
 The Wine Cave and the Conference Room (as well as the back porch weather permitting) will be available for other jams.
BYOB and food to share if desired.
Acoustic stringed instruments only please
Presented by Richards and Gangi Productions otherwise known as your good time fun loving freinds Larry and Sue.
 Y’all come now:)
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The Loft of Missoula is located at 119 West Main Street.
Free parking after 5pm in the parking garage across the street.
Be aware that The Loft of Missoula is on the second floor of the buidling in the picture, that it is accessed by long stairways at both the front and rear of the building, and that it is not handicapped accessible.  That said, if the stairs pose a challenge but you really want to attend, we can probably round some big strong fellers up to help you and and down the stairs.
If you have any questions talk to Larry Gangi, Sue Richards, or Pat Davis.

Missoulian article about Ruby Jewel Jamboree

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Kathy Kallick Band, from left to right, Cary Black, Tom Bekeny, Annie Staninec, Kathy Kallick, Greg Booth will play. Ruby’s Inn in Missoula on April 7.

March 28, 2014 6:15 am
• By DILLON KATO for the Missoulian

Spring is here, which means it’s concert season in Missoula, and this year some of the biggest names in bluegrass are coming to town.

The 2014 Ruby Jewel Jamboree will feature a series of concerts at Ruby’s Inn in Missoula, bringing in top-tier bluegrass talent like the Kathy Kallick Band, Junior Sisk, Bradford Lee Folk and others.

The Ruby Jewel Jamboree was started in 2010 and named after Ruby Erck, whose family owns a group of hotels in Montana. The bluegrass tour is the pet project of Ruby’s daughter Phyllis Erck, who is also the president of the Montana Rockies Bluegrass Association.

Jamboree producer Kimberlee Carlson said Phyllis is on a mission to bring the popularity of bluegrass in the eastern United States to the West. The tour was established with the goal of bringing big-name bluegrass artists as well as up-and-comers to Montana and give local talent a place to showcase their work.  read more…