Blackhawk, The Outlaws top the bill for Whitefish Summer Event Series
- Category: Montana
Country music hit makers Blackhawk and Southern rock pioneers The Outlaws are the headliners for the 2nd Annual Montana Music Festival, the final event in a seven-week series ofconcerts and special events slated for Whitefish’s Depot Parkduring the summer of 2012.
Slated for the Labour Day weekend -- Aug. 31 throughSept. 2 – the Montana Music Festival brings some of the top country, rock and bluegrass bands of the last 20 years together for a full weekend of great live music in Montana’s specialevents capital.
Blackhawk had a string of hits on the country music charts during the late 1990s and early 2000s, including a pair of #1 songs – “Every Once in a While” and “I’m Not Strong Enough to Say No.” The band also reached the Top-10 with “There You Have It,” “Good-bye Says it All,” “That’s Just About Right” and “Like There Ain’t No Yesterday,” making them one of the top country acts in America.
The Outlaws – known to fans as the “Florida Guitar Army” – are one of the top Southern rock bands of all time, known for their blazing triple lead guitars and mind-blowing instrumental jams. Along with the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd, they are credited with creating the Southern rock genre. “Green Grass and High Tides” is a classic rock & roll anthem, and their singles “There Goes Another Love Song,” “Hurry Sundown” and “Ghost Riders (in the Sky).” Are staples on classic rock stations around the world.
Also appearing at this year’s Montana Music Fest will be The Montana Band, Johnny V & the Knockouts, the Kenny James Miller Band and Moonshine Mountain.
The Whitefish Summer Series – presented by the Great Northern Brewing Co. – kicks off on July 22 with a free outdoor performance by the Glacier Symphony and Chorale, one of the highlights of the week-long Festival Amadeus. Special guest violinist Tim Fain is the featured soloist for the event.
The following weekend – Aug. 4-5 – the Great Northern Brewing Co. will present a two festival of top Americana music, including headline performances by Keller Williamsand the Kyle Hollingsworth Band. Hollingsworth earned his cred as thes izzling keyboard player for the String Cheese Incident; Williams is one of the most acclaimed singer/songwriters on the American music scene today.
August 10-12 is the date for this year’s Huckleberry Days Arts Festival, one of the top arts & crafts fests held annually in the Pacific Northwest. More than 100 top artists and vendors will display their work at the fest, which also features live music and entertainment by a variety of Flathead Valley performers.
August 17-19 it’s the 2nd Annual Stumptown BBQ Smoke-off, a three-day celebration of great live music, world-class barbeque and ice-cold beer. More than 20 top BBQ teams from Montana, southern Canada and beyond compete for nearly $10,000 in prize money... we just kick back and enjoy the great eats, some top-notch blues music, and sip on a cold one.
Speaking of beer – that’s the sole focus of the annual SNOW Bus Summer Brewfest, set for Saturday Aug. 25. A dozen of the top micro-breweries in Montana will gather in Depot Park for the event, offering beer-lovers a chance to sample more than 30 different varieties of beers... everything from pale pilsners and dark ales to wheat beers and triple-hopped classics.
For more information or tickets to any (or all!) of this year’s Whitefish Summer Series, call the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce at (406) 862-3501, or visit www.whitefishchamber.org!