You’ll not want to miss the first in a series of concerts being presented by the Montana Rockies Bluegrass Association.Â Â Â Our premier show will feature two of Missoula’s hottest bluegrass bands currently playing out.
The Li’l Smokies is a bluegrass group that has taken Western Montana by storm. This collection of 20-something’s have been jamming together for several years and recently formed this great group that now has a busy performance schedule playing clubs and events.Â They play lightning fast instrumentals that will be sure to get your toes a tappin’.Â Â You’ll recognize Broken Valley Roadshow banjoist, Matt Cornette.Â You may also recognize Dobro player, Andy Dunnigan, as the son of longtime Whitefish-based performer, John Dunnigan.Â All of these guys are extremely proficient on multiple instruments and swap off throughout their show.Â They join vocals for classic 4-part harmonies.Â Heck sometimes, they even find a 5th part.
Pinegrass reins as Missoula’s longest continually performing bluegrass band.Â ForÂ 25+ years, they took the stage at the Top Hat following the Tuesday night bluegrass pickin’ circle.Â The band members have held fairly steady over the years with the current members being Bill Neaves – guitar and vocals, Chad Fadely – mandolin, Rick Ryan – bass and vocals, Jack Mauer – banjo/dobro, John Joyner – fiddle.Â Their years of playing together reflects in a group of stellar musicians who make it look easy as they each take their breaks on the bluegrass standards.Â Rick Ryan sings the high-lonesome vocal harmony parts giving them a traditional bluegrass sound.
This show will take place in the intimate and comfortable setting of the new Downtown Dance Collective in Missoula a great room for hearing live music.Â It is sure to be a sellout show, so arrive early to assure your seat.Â Show starts at 8pm.Â Tickets go on sale at DDC at 7:30 pm.