Free Summer Entertainment in Big Sky Montana

Music in the MountainsThe Arts Council of Big Sky is gearing up for a fantastic summer entertainment season in the Town Center Park located in Big Sky, Montana with a free concert series.

Beginning June 25, Music in the Mountains offers a free concert in the park every Thursday through August 27. The fifth annual Classical Music Festival is set for August 7-9 and will feature world-renowned classical musicians from around the country. The Arts Council of Big Sky will also offer a free baroque concert at the Big Sky Chapel on July 28 and host Montana Shakespeare in the Parks on August 7.

Arts Council Executive Director Brian Hurlbut says that Music in the Mountains has grown from its humble beginnings to become the best weekly music series in Montana. After the council found a way to offer the event free to the public, Hurlbut says the biggest change to the festival has been its relocation to a permanent home at the new Big Sky Town Center Park stage.

Hurlbut says that when booking musicians for Music in the Mountains, he looks for little-known but first-rate performers.

“I really designed the series to showcase up and coming artists from around the country,” he says.

This year, he says concert-goers should look forward to The Tiny Band, a feel-good Motown and soul act out of Bozeman that performs on July 4.

“Everybody from 7-year-old kids to 80-year-old grandparents like it,” says Hurlbut.

One of the bands Hurlbut is personally excited about is The Suffers (July 16), a 10-piece “Gulf Coast Soul” band from Houston, Texas. Hurlbut says that since he booked them last fall, The Suffers have “blown up”: they recently appeared on Letterman and will be playing several major festivals around the country in addition to their debut in Big Sky.

This summer’s season also includes the critically acclaimed roots-rock band Sons of Bill; and Juno award-winning country artist Corb Lund, who Hurlbut says “puts on a really, really good show.”

For those who enjoy classical music, the Big Sky Classical Music Festival offers three days of mostly free music and events for young and old alike. This year’s lineup includes violinist Rachel Barton Pine and cellist Matt Haimovitz, “two of the most in-demand soloists you could get,” according to Hurlbut. Festival events include discussions, an open rehearsal, a performance of Brahms’ String Sextet No. 1 at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center (ticketed event) and a final free performance on Sunday afternoon.

All summer concerts and events are “very family-friendly,” says Hurlbut. For Thursday Music in the Mountains events, the park opens at 6 p.m. and music begins at 7 p.m. Organizers ask that attendees do not bring pets or glass containers into the park.

Hurlbut says this great lineup of summer entertainment wouldn’t be possible without the Big Sky businesses and individuals who have believed in and supported the Arts Council’s vision in a variety of ways.

“[Music in the Mountains] really has become the single most popular event,” says Hurlbut. “Everybody looks forward to it.”

Mark your calendars for the summer entertainment series in Big Sky, Montana. View a list of events here http://bigskyarts.org/event.php.