By KJERSTEN OLSGAARD
As summer officially heats up, outdoor settings naturally attract crowds of all kinds. What better way to enjoy live music than with the grass between your toes and sun upon your face?
Following last weekend’s ever popular Symphony in the Park, two Montana-based bands will also utilize Pioneer Park’s tranquil location to perform in support of the Billings Food Bank starting at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Originally formed in the 1970s by five University of Montana students and Montana natives, the reunited Mission Mountain Wood Band will perform their energetic and nostalgic-sounding original “mountain music,” a creative fusion of bluegrass, classic rock and rockabilly.
Known for their multi-instrumental abilities and four-part harmonies, the Mission Mountain Wood Band formed a resonating name for themselves by creating “Woodstock-style happenings in Missoula” and then traveling the country for 10 years, delivering their music to every state but Hawaii.
In addition to Mission Mountain Wood Band, the many members of Funk in the Trunk will display a predictably exciting performance with their flavorful and funk-filled music. These dual performances shouldn’t disappoint, if the weather agrees, that is.
In addition to the music, this event will host full concessions, T-shirt sales and a raffle with prize drawings. Tickets are available in advance for $18 at Rimrock Mall, Alberta Bair Theatre and Billings Food Bank.
Headwaters Country Jam
The Headwaters Country Jam in Three Forks is another outdoor event packed with regional and national musical acts. More than 20 bands will perform on two stages in a three-day period.
The lineup for this event starts on Thursday and is as follows:
Thursday – Emerson Drive, Junior Brown, Mission Mountain Wood Band, Late Nite Radio and Ten Foot Tall and 80 Proof.
Friday – Tracy Lawrence, Little Texas, Carter Twins, Western Skies, Saddle Tramps Band and Moulton Jess.
Saturday – Pat Green, Luke Bryan, Juice Newton, Montana Rose, Wade Montgomery and Cold Hard Cash.
This year’s lineup impressively holds more than 35 Top Ten country hits. Eight of these have come from Friday night’s headliner, Tracy Lawrence.
Dance contests, various vendors, horseshoe tournaments, helicopter rides, a shaded beer garden and Montana’s break-taking scenery will also entertain patrons of Headwaters Country Jam.
Tickets for this event may be purchased at www.headwaterscountryjam.com or by calling 1-877-494-4841.
Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. will host its sixth annual Music for the Wild, an event that works to raise money and awareness for the Montana Wilderness Association, starting at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Firehouse Band, The Peach Pickers, Heard of Turtles and Reckless will take turns enlivening the crowd and mood with their unique sounds and original tunes.
There is no cover charge. Instead, patrons are encouraged to donate money to the cause. In addition, partial beer proceeds will go to the Montana Wilderness Association.