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Blues, deep down rhythm, sultry voices, and smoking hot musicians. That’s what it’s all about. The 8th Annual Big Sky Blues Festival held August 4th - 6th will not disappoint festival goers in Noxon, Montana at Pilgrim Park -- Two days, Saturday and Sunday of solid top-notch music. Friday night kicks off with a party! Pig Roast at the gazebo, August 4  with the CD Woodbury Band. Once again a jam at the end of the night after CD Woodbury Band plays. Friday night pig roast has planned (potluck side dishes), --CD's band -- CD WoodburyBand, Pig feast, dancing on site which is all included in your one, 3 day pass. Friday night festivities begin at 5 pm -- "'til the cows come home." (only want to buy a ticket for Friday night, $30.0)

4 Youth Music Workshops -- Guitar, Harp, Percussion, vocals and Bass -- held on site, free!
Those who will teach the workshops are LA Smith = Percussion; Jim McLaughlin and Kevin Sutton = harmonica, bass and vocals; Big Jim Adams (see video)
bass, vocals and drum.  contraption; Rafael Tranquilino, bass  and vocals.

  Tickets at the gate are $65.00 - Kids under 10 = FREE
Dog friendly, festival with poop bags
Camping ALL WEEKEND including (Friday & Monday) is $35.00.
Performance Schedule for Festival! Coming Soon, scroll down to read about the performers

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.   
  Speciall Performance for President Bill Clinton and  Hillary Rodham Clinton – Chicago, 1998 Jimmy D. Lane was Musical Director of Blue Heaven Studios in Salina, Kansas from 1999 through 2005. The studio received world wide attention and was featured on CBS Sunday Morning, FOX News and NPR Radio's "All Things Considered" with host Linda Westheimer.
    In 2013, Jimmy appeared on Canada's Global BC News...doing an in-depth interview with anchorman Steve Darling
SPECIAL Performance for President Bill Clinton and  Hillary Rodham Clinton – Chicago, 1998
Jimmy D. Lane was Musical Director of Blue Heaven Studios in Salina, Kansas from 1999 through 2005. The studio received world wide attention and was featured on CBS Sunday Morning, FOX News and NPR Radio's "All Things Considered" with host Linda Westheimer.
  In 2013, Jimmy appeared on Canada's Global BC News...doing an in-depth interview with anchorman Steve Darling.

Robin Barrett and Coyote Kings with Tiphany

Since 2006, Blues-rockers, Coyote Kings, have been recording and performing, winning awards, collecting rave reviews, and playing to enthusiastic audiences & devoted fans. With four albums released and one on the way, “That little old band from Walla Walla” has established themselves as a presence in the Northwest and beyond. In 2014 the band was reborn as "Robin Barrett and Coyote Kings,” with Robin’s writing, singing, and blistering guitar work fronting the band, and Kit Kuhlmann on bass and drummer Gordon Farr laying down the groove. Additional players are available upon request.
RB&CK received the 2014 Empire Awards for "Best Blues Band" and Robin for "Best Blues Guitarist."
Following their 2013 Empire award winning 4th album, “Nasty Habit’s & Dirty Little Secrets,” RBnCKs latest album, “Howl,” has won the 2015 Empire award!

Polly O'Keary and the Rhythm Method
Polly’s eclectic blues style reflects her colorful history. She grew up in a log cabin with no electricity or plumbing, and began her music career a teen working bars in Mexico. At 19 she had a husband in prison and an 8th grade education. Twenty years later, she was a bassist for touring blues bands, playing a total of four continents, was one of the Pacific Northwest’s most highly awarded blues artists, and was working toward a Ph.D. Polly is today a 6 -time Washington Blues Society Best Female Vocalist, a four-time Best Songwriter, has won Best Album from Washington and Inland Empire blues societies, and many more awards. ​
   Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method is the trio she built with her husband and drummer Tommy Cook, also a highly sought touring drummer, with whom she shared rhythm section duties for international touring act Too Slim and the Taildraggers for four years. Rounding out the trio is David Miller, who grew up listening to blues in Texas.
CD Woodbury Band

C.D. Woodbury has performed in Texas Roadhouses and in Stadiums. He has performed for two US Presidents, foreign dignitaries, and Jimi's music for the Hendrix family. He has jammed with jazz legends, international blues stars, and has worked with sidemen to the biggest rock acts. Though he has played many styles, he always returns to the blues and American roots music on his guitar.

   The Washington Blues Society awarded CD Woodbury BB Awards eight awards, including Songwriter, Blues Performer, and three times for Electric Guitar.
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.
Johnny Iquana with the Claudetts from Chicago
"Brother Ray meets the Ramones…Chopin meets Minutemen." So ventured Tony Sarabia of WBEZ radio (Chicago NPR) as he took at stab at describing the band in the studio with him. The Claudettes fuse Windy City piano blues with the full-throttle energy of rockabilly and punk, jazz-age echoes of burlesque and vaudeville and the sultriness of '60s pop-soul to write a thrilling new chapter in American roots music. Group founder Johnny Iguana mashes the piano alongside singer Berit Ulseth, bassist/singer Zach Verdoorn and drummer Matt Torre. Johnny, who toured for years with his cult-favorite rock band oh my god, is also a member of two Grammy-nominated groups: Chicago Blues--A Living History and the Muddy Waters 100 Band. He has toured or recorded with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, James Cotton and more. The Claudettes just recorded their forthcoming album with producer Mark Neill (who helmed the Black Keys' "Brothers" plus albums by J. Roddy Walston & the Business, Paladins, Old 97's, J.D. McPherson, Los Straitjackets and more).
 GREG KOT, CHICAGO TRIBUNE   A revelatory blend of jazz and blues, stirred with punk brio. There are also dashes of classical and world music, and enough stops, starts and hairpin turns to suggest the giddiness of Raymond Scott's cartoon music...How do they do it?
   EFF ELBEL, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES   Chicago’s premiere punk-blues piano-drums duo are back in high gear. Their fusion of sounds (ranges) from Otis Spann to the Minutemen and from Ray Charles to Raymond Scott…(and they) do wicked things to standards.
NEW CITY (CHICAGO)   Definitely one you should be spinning…there’s enough energy going on to power your average Third World airport…barreling, hyper-saloon piano banging…you have to hear it to believe it…Chicago’s own neo-vaudeville barnstormers!
TONY SARABIA, WBEZ (CHICAGO NPR) Call it “Brother Ray Meets the Ramones,” “Barrelhouse Thunder,” “Chopin Meets the Minutemen”…or maybe, just call it great music.
DOWNBEAT   Hits listeners upside the head with a mash-up of Otis Spann blues, Albert Ammons boogie-woogie, Ray Charles soul and “Fess” Longhair New Orleans R&B. Catch them in a chaotic ballroom!
BLUES MUSIC MAGAZINE   Like Keith Moon chasing a crazed, punked-up Little Richard… greasy rhythm and blues that makes the dance floor so slippery you need to sprinkle sawdust on the floor to keep from falling down…a great ride, one that'll leave you shaking and laughing and wanting more the next time this rowdy carnival comes to town.

Big Jim Adams

   Big Jim Adam’s emotional singing and sliding swampy guitar, combined with his foot percussion skills make for a powerful performance. Jim’s unique style is a fusion of the raw blues he heard as a child being played on the front porches of his neighborhood, combined with the gospel music he sang growing up. These driving rhythms and heartfelt vocals give him his unique sound. Jim’s vocal and guitar work can be heard in the PBS special “For Love of Liberty.”
   Jim (along with his duo partner John Stilwagen) were finalists in the 2011 International Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Category. Then just after relocating to Florida, Big Jim was selected by The Blues Alliance of the Treasure Coast to represent them in the 2014 IBC Solo/Duo Category. Jim’s latest Blues CD, “Cajun Moon” has enjoyed international airplay throughout Europe and South America.
Austin Young Band
Delivering fiery guitar licks and soulful sounds to listeners worldwide, Austin Young has crafted a unique sound and crowd-pleasing experience. With electrifying passion, energy, and stage presence, Austin makes every show personable and memorable to those within earshot. While staying true to traditional Blues elements, Austin has incorporated themes of contemporary Rock, Jazz, and Gospel to make his sound stand out to the large crowds he attracts. Inspired to pick up a guitar by many musicians, including his late father Tim Young.

 Austin has already produced and released two studio albums full of his original music, Blue as Can Be (2013) and Not So Simple (2016), and has been recognized for several awards in his home state of Colorado such as Best Guitar Player (2012-2015) from the Colorado Blues Society Listeners Choice Awards.

LA Smith will be giving a percussionist workshop for kids on Saturday. LA Smith, international percussionist, has done percussion workshops at festivals from Panama to Canada, USA to Baja Mexico. Sharing Passport rhythms and beats that are found in hundreds of songs of all genres. LA and his company will be giving  a dozen sets of Bongos to the schools so the kids can keep on playing. LA wants the kids to learn it, love it and play it for a long time!

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Tickets at the gate are $65.00
-- 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) - (Vendors' Map) 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.
Saturday & 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 4th  -
The pre-party on Friday night, August 4th, is going to be at the Festival site with the CD Woodbury Band and a Pig Roast. 

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

Great resource for visitors and locals in Montana
more scenery from Noxon, MT
Lodging near by
Lots of Great  CAMPING ON SITE  at Festival
Directions to Festival

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