August 4 - 6 2017 Big Sky Rhythm & Blues Music Festival

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Blues, deep down rhythm, sultry voices, and smoking hot musicians. That’s what it’s all about. The 7th Annual Big Sky Blues Festival held August 6th and 7th will not disappoint festival goers in Noxon, Montana at Pilgrim Park -- Two days, Saturday and Sunday of solid top-notch music. The pre-party on Friday night, August 5th, is going to be at the Festival site, Gazebo, with the The Michelle Taylor Band opening up with special guests Rafael Tranquilino and Leah Tussing. Maybe a jam at the end of the night? This year we wanted to do something for all our past festival goers; so on Friday night -- FREE pig roast (thanks to Lorne the instigator of this festival seven years ago). Wear a past year's t-shirt, no charge; if its your 1st festival, make a donation!

4 Youth Music Workshops -- Guitar, Harp, Percussion and Bass -- held on site, free!

  Tickets at the gate are $55.00 - full weekend & Friday night -- one day, $35
Kids under 10 = FREE
Dog friendly, festival with poop bags
Camping ALL WEEKEND including (Friday & Monday) is $35.00.
Performance Schedule for Festival! Now,  Here

PERFORMed in 2016
Jimmy D. Lane
Jimmy D. Lane
Inducted into Chicago Blues Hall of Fame April 28th 2013. Jimmy D. Lane is an American electric blues guitarist. In April 2013, Jimmy D. Lane was inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of fame. Presently, Jimmy D. Lane continues touring and performing nationally and internationally. In his childhood, he got to know many older blues men who worked with his father, including Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Willie Mabon, Little Walter and Albert King. In 1998, Lane played for the then President, Bill Clinton.

Rafael Tranquilino Band, featuring Leah Tussing and Sweet Danny Ray

An instrumental power house of guitar, bass, and drums with vocals that fuse rock, blues and funk in an alternative invocation of crossroads; past, present, and future. . Tranquilino is known for his searing riffs and old fashioned Delta slide.  His music is hypnotic; it has wings, lifting listeners to where the tension is on purpose to linger in the resistance before set free in sweet relief. RTB is a rocket ship ride going full speed through layers of atmosphere into outer space, but they deliver, and listeners will transcend from the ride.
Atomic Jive

The name conjures up 1947 in America, glamor girls, chrome plated cars, jive music. Anything atomic was new and mysterious. Welcome to the 21st century. Atomic Jive is all the above and more. The glamor of swing, the irresistible beat of rockabilly, and the smooth groove of rhythm & blues.  We will take you places you haven't been before. Individually the Atomic Jive musicians have been across the country and the world. We know the musical groove in Kansas City is different than Chicago, Dallas or The Big Easy, we know because we've played there.
Ben Rice Trio

Ben Rice Trio has been leaving huge impressions on audiences around the Northwest and winning awards for his vocals and guitar playing for the last seven years. In 2014 at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee he left the audience speechless with a raw emotional delivery of his version of “Key To The Highway.” His second consecutive trip to the International Blues Challenge finals in 2015, with Lucy Hammond. He delivered an elegant performance that highlighted his voice, writing, and guitar playing. After that performance he was given the St. Blues Guitarist award for best guitarist in the solo/duo competition at the 2015 International Blues Challenge.

The Michelle Taylor Band
The Michelle Taylor Band has been rocking venues all over Western Washington (including a couple trips into Oregon and Montana) for over 4 years now. From bars, to casinos, to festivals, and even at century link Field playing for Seahawks' fans, the band has performed for crowds of all musical tastes. Whether it's blues, rock, country or pop, The Michelle Taylor Band packs dance floors wherever they play
Hank Shreve Band

Hank Shreve Band won the 2014 and 2013 Muddy Award for Best Regional Act, following their Best New Act Muddy in 2012.   With Rocking Blues and Soulful originals, the Band members include: Hank Shreve on vocals, harmonica, and keyboards, Kenny Luker on guitar and vocals, and Bill Shreve on vocals and bass guitar, and GT Albright on drums and vocals.
The Vaughn Jensen Band
The Vaughn Jensen Band one of the premier rhythm and blues bands in the Eastern Washington area, are known for their untamed, high energy brand of blues. Playing originals and not so traditional covers, guitarist and song writer Vaughn Jensen brings his harmony and chemistry and love of the blues. Blues / Texas style Blues / Rock

Members: Vaughn Jensen~Vocals & Guitar Perry Roper~ Guitar Kelin Kreider~ Bass & Back up Vocals and Emilio Cabrales on drums.

Bobby Holland and the
Breadline featuring Jim McLaughlin
Led by guitarist Bobby Holland and featuring former world harmonica champion Jim McLaughlin, the band features top notch musicianship, four part harmony and a catalog of excellent original material which they combine with their own unique interpretations of blues standards.
Jim McLaughlin will be doing a Harmonica 1,2,3 Workshop for kids.
Learn from 1991-92 world harmonica champion Jim McLaughlin in this fun and easy-to-follow harmonica workshop. Whether you’re just beginning or have more advanced skills, Jim will show you the ins and outs harmonica playing as well as tips for tuning, repair & harmonica maintenance.

He will be demonstrating: (1) controlled bending, vibrato and tongue blocking, (2) different scales, riffs, tones and train rhythms and (3) different tunings of the Lee Oskar Harmonicas system (Major Diatonic, Melody Maker, Natural & Haarmonic Minors). He won't teach you songs, he willshow you how to make music through the magic of the harmonica!
Harmonically Yours, Sri Oskar Visit: & for information and videos

Charles Mack

Charles Mack will be doing a bass/vocal workshop!
Getting the groove, the concept and understanding how to accompany a soloist

Grammy Nominated, Charles Mack, former bassist for Lucky Peterson and Grammy Award winner James Cotton, Charles Mack has shared the stage with a number of accomplished artists in a variety of genres ; alternative rock group Inflatable Soule, rap group Cypress Hill, blues,R&B and jazz artists Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, Marcus Miller, Otis Taylor, Shemekia Copeland, Otis Rush,Maria Muldaur, Marcia Ball, Bernard Allison, Johnny Winter, Jimmy Johnson, Kenny Neal, Cee Cee Peniston, Angela Bofil, and numerous Jazz ensembles.
"As it turns out, this bass player is as excited about playing music as he is about singing. . . . original songs that celebrate the challenges and victories of life. Charles who is inspired by his life experiences, sings his songs from the heart." Komo News  - Andrea Dailey

Check out Charles' music.

LA Smith will be doing a Percussion Workshop.
LA's love for music inspired him to launch a program to teach percussion workshops to kids all over the world.
LA Smith is a Conga, Bongo and Hand Percussionist with experience in blues, pop, rock and salsa music from New York City. He’s considered a legend by musicians in Costa Rica.  Since 2009 LA has played in festivals from coast to coast, including Festival International Blues De Tremblant in Canada to The Baja Blues Festival in Rosarito Beach, Mexico. LA has played with many national headliners such as, Tab Benoit, Chubby Carrier, Michael Burks, Grady Champion, Lightnin’ Malcolm, Calexico, Randy Oxford Band, Mike Zito, Sonny Mormon and Cedric Burnside. LA has jammed with many great musicians on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, to include Coco Montoya, Tommy Castro, Curtis Salgado, Larry McCray, Kim Wilson and Taj Mahal to name just a few.
Neighbor John

Last year in 2016 -- We will have something similar in 2017

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Tickets at the gate are $55.00
-- full weekend & Friday night -- one day, $35
Kids under 10 = FREE
Dog friendly, festival with poop bags
Camping ALL WEEKEND including (Friday & Monday) is $35.00

There is plenty of on-site camping and RV space as well as nearby lodging. Visitors to this beautiful area can participate in all sorts of outdoor activities including swimming, boating, hiking and more. Campers will be nestled on the Clark Fork River at the Vista Power recreation in the mountains of western Montana.
The Festival's Location
This beautiful setting is a prime spot to hold an outdoor music festival. Noxon, Montana is about 50 miles east of Sand Point, Idaho. The festival will have food vendors (vendors, apply here) and the Big Sky Brewery is providing refreshments. This festival has become a favorite annual destination for families and veteran festival seekers alike. It is a great place to bring the family with a laid back, casual atmosphere.
Sunday Workshops for Kids and Teens - NEWish! More about this workshop later.
This year there will be free workshops on Sunday morning for kids and teens interested in learning to play the blues. Workshop is put on by some of the fine musicians playing at the festival.

All-Star Jam
An All-Star Jam closes the festival on Sunday evening. The jam is open to anyone and has always been a great crowd pleaser. Come and join the fun! Stay the whole weekend in the mountains of Montana along the Clark Fork River. You won’t be disappointed.
Pre-party on Friday night, August 5th  -
The pre-party on Friday night, August 5th, is going to be at the Festival site with the Michelle Taylor Band opening up with special guest Rafael Tranquilimo and Leah . This year we wanted to do something for all our past festival goers So Friday night FREE pig roast wear a past year t-shirt no charge if its your 1st festival make a donation!

Drive into Noxon, MT. and you will see the camping and festival site on the river as you are driving over the bridge into Noxon. Can't miss it.  This is a picture taken at sunset by Susan Bohannan Jones looking out from the camping area at the Festival! For this seventh annual festival it will be "first come, first serve" for parking, etc.. There is more than enough room for all.

more scenery from Noxon, MT

Camping ALL WEEKEND is $35.00 

Lodging near by
Lots of Great  CAMPING ON SITE  at Festival

This festival has the best sound system and stage of all festivals. Thanks Eddie Hernandez for making this happen!
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SPONSORS -- Thank you!

Jean Morrison

Sanders County Arts Enrichment

Eddie Hernandez, groovemerchantnw!

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