Five Amazing Concerts at 7,000 Feet
June 30 ● Wylie and The Wild West
The Festival begins on June 30th with the always entertaining, Wylie and The Wild West. Wylie Gustafson is a native Montanan singer/songwriter with 20 albums and 4 decades of performing, writing, and recording under his belt.
For over the last 30 years, he and his band, The Wild West, have performed their refreshing blend of cowboy, western swing, old school country, and yodeling music worldwide. Stateside, they have performed at such prestigious venues as the National Folk Festival, MerleFest, the Bumbershoot Festival, The Stagecoach Festival, A Prairie Home Companion, The Conan O’Brien Show and the Grand Ole Opry (with over 50 guest appearances). Worldwide, their universal appeal has taken them to China, Russia, Australia, Europe, South America, and Japan.
Wylie’s dynamic stage presence keeps getting him invited back to venues year-after-year. As a seasoned singer/songwriter, Wylie has etched his presence onto the American music scene and is the originator of the High Plains Yodeling style which evokes the loneliness of his northern Montana home.
When asked to define his music, Wylie says, “We are a good-time cowboy band that hates to be boring!” The band members, guitarist Clayton Parsons, drummer Tim Lashley, and bassist Johnny Pope, are all virtuoso players with winning personalities.
July 14 ● Montana Chamber Music Society with Muir Members & Guests
Music Festival veterans, The Montana Chamber Music Society with Muir Members and Guests will take the stage on July 14th. The Muir String Quartet is acknowledged as one of the world’s most powerful and insightful ensembles, with a long list of accolades and awards including a Grammy, two Grand Prix du Disques, and the Gramophone Award. This year’s performance includes the premier of an original composition commissioned by patron of St. Timothy’s and former Butte resident, Dianne Kimball.
The Muir Quartet has been in residence at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts since 1983, and gives annual summer workshops at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI). The Muir Quartet has also given master classes at schools worldwide, including the Eastman School of Music, the Curtis Institute, Oberlin Conservatory, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and all of the major conservatories in China. From 1989-2015, the Muir presented the Emerging Quartets and Composers Program in Utah with eminent composer Joan Tower; they continue to perform regularly for Rhode Island College’s President’s Fine Arts Series, the Montana Chamber Music Society, and at benefit events for Classics for Kids Foundation.
July 28 ● Tyler and Wendy Arlint
Local favorites from St. Ignatius, Tyler and Wendy Arlint are educators by day and talented musicians who perform as often as they can. Tyler is the Principal and Wendy is a teacher at Mission Elementary School in St. Ignatius, Montana.
Together they’ve produced a CD and sing for many different occasions such as weddings, funerals, parties, and fundraisers. They were soloists in the 2018 fundraising performances in Missoula of Lamb of God by Rob Gardner, and at the St. Ignatius Mission. The Mission fundraiser was to restore historical murals at the church, which is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Tyler and Wendy enjoy sharing their musical talents with as many people as possible. The couple will perform musical selections from Josh Groban, pop music and spirituals with guitar and piano accompaniment.
August 11 ● Jim Salestrom
Born in Omaha, Jim attended a musical pre-school at age four, received his first guitar for his seventh birthday, and put a rock’n’roll band together when he was in the fourth grade. He also played piano and trombone through his school years.
Jim has performed on-stage, “sat in” or recorded with such diverse performers as Dolly Parton, John Denver, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Livingston Taylor, Kenny Rogers, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Pure Prairie League, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Michael Johnson, Ronny Cox (harmonies with Wendy Waldman), Dave Loggins, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Amazing Rhythm Aces, Tom Rush, John McEuen, Peter Yarrow and Paul Stookey.
He is one of the Jims in the Wild Jimbos, a project with Jimmy Ibbotson of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Jim Ratts of Runaway Express.The Jims have played together off and on for the last 30 years and recorded two albums: Wild Jimbos on MCA Records and Wild Jimbos Two on Resounding Records.
Jim has gained a reputation for writing and singing songs about the outdoors and his home in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. For several years he traveled to England, France, Germany, Holland, Brazil, Argentina, Ireland and Scotland, as well as around the United States and Canada, as a spokesman for Ski USA.
August 25 ● Montana Manouche
Montana Manouche began in 2012, when bluegrass musicians Ray Padilla (rhythm guitar) and Nancy Padilla (violin) from Bozeman, started getting together to play Gypsy Jazz tunes with Livingston jazz guitarist Dave Sullivan. Their casual “just for fun” jamming led to local gigs. They became passionate about playing the style, attending many Gypsy Jazz events and workshops.
Because this type of jazz started mostly in France, it was called “manouche jazz” or “jazz manouche.” It zeroes in on the repertoire of famed Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and French jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli, who together formed the popular Hot Club of France in the ’30s.
These Montana purveyors of the genre know how to play it, too. Now a quartet, with Bozeman jazz bassist Mike Carey adding his great groove to the group’s swinging sound, Montana Manouche enjoys an increasingly active performing schedule, playing concerts, private events, and swing dances. They play a few original tunes, but their repertoire consists mainly of the compositions of Django Reinhardt and his American contemporaries.