Crown Guitar Workshop and Festival

Lee Ritenour on stage during the 2014 Crown Guitar Festival.
Christopher Allen

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Christopher Allen

When you talk with the artists, guitar instructors, and organizers of the Crown Guitar Festival in  Bigfork, Mont., there’s one subject that comes up again and again: the maturity and skill of the young scholarship students who travel from across the country to learn from the greats.

For five years, the Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation has held a week-long guitar workshop and concert-series at Flathead Lake Lodge.

Lee Ritenour on stage during the 2014 Crown Guitar Festival.
Christopher Allen

Lee Ritenour and Friends played at the Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork on Wednesday. Two opening acts, 16 year-old Josh Achrion, and the John Beasley Circle, warmed up the nearly sold-out crowd under the big white tent. Guitarists John Oates and Mike Stern joined Ritenour on stage during the encore.

We'll be replaying the Lee Ritenour and Friends show tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tune in on the air or online, and be sure to check out our photos from the show.

Crown Guitar Festival Programming On MTPR

Aug 22, 2014

We're excited about the amazing talent coming to the Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop and Festival in Bigfork. As a media co-sponsor, we'll be playing along all week. Here's a list of some of the things we have planned:

Mon. 8/25, Our "Monday Special" will feature the guitarists performing at this week’s festival, including: Dweezil Zappa, Mike Stern, Ana Popovic, Emily Elbert, Shelby Lynn, Lee Ritenour, David Leisner, and John Oates. Tune in at 7:30 p.m. on air or online.

Michael Marsolek talks with David Feffer, Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation Chairman and Founding Director, and 16-year-old guitar prodigy Solomon Hicks about this year's festival.

MTPR and Summer Music Festivals

Jul 11, 2014

Festival season is winding down - but don't miss MTPR night at the Crown Guitar Festival in Bigfork, Wednesday, August 27th with jazz-fusion legend Lee Ritenour.