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Music, artist interviews, and upcoming performances around western Montana.

Mainstreet Uptown Butte

"Front Row Center," July 7th: Beth Anne Austein talks with George Everett, Executive Director of Mainstreet Uptown Butte, about the Third Annual Montana Folk Festival, July 12-14 in Uptown Butte.

The free three-day festival features many styles of traditional music.  From blues, bluegrass, Cajun and Irish music to Ethio-jazz and funk, Vietnamese dan bao, South Indian classical dance and Latin dance music, the sound of the festival is enormously diverse.

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During the holiday season of 2011/12 it was almost impossible to avoid the three chord singalong, Lonely Boy, the first track on The Black Keys’ seventh album, El Camino.  For bandmates, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney it marked distinct commercial success, as the song reached 64 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the album being certified a platinum record.

It has been a fast-paced year since Macklemore and Ryan Lewis released “Same Love”, the first track off their debut album.   Previously little known hip-hop performers from Seattle, they have now sold more than 2 million copies.  

Returning to western Montana, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis play the Adams Center at the University of Montana on Thursday, Oct. 24.  Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 28, and are available at all GrizTix locations, by calling 1-888-MONTANA or online at griztix.com.

Winner of the of the Americana Music Association's "Artist of the Year" award in 2007, Patty Griffin is touring in support of her seventh album, American Kid.  A collection of songs focused on her late father, this album marks a powerful return to her own writing.   At turns romantic and at others uplifting, Patty gives voice to the joys and challenges of middle age. 

Boisterous ska-jazz-funk band, The Cat Empire, have released their infectious, cheeky and fun sixth album.   The first single, Brighter Than Gold, is a great way to get a party started:

Michael talks with Melissa Blunt, Executive Director of the International Choral Festival, about the 2013 Choral Festival, July 17-20, in Missoula.

Festival volunteers and host families for members of the chorales are still needed.

The International Choral Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting artistic excellence, global understanding, friendship, and goodwill through choral music.

http://www.choralfestival.org

Laura, Laura and Laura

May 31, 2013

Three gorgeous women, three gorgeous voices.    And they’re all named Laura!

Laura Mvula is a young, British soul-singer with a big, lush, smoky voice.   There's a touch of baroque in her songs, a touch of torch singer.  She travels from big diva ballads to mysterious, intimate introspections. 

It is hard to avoid asking whether she is the "new Adele", but she brings more to my mind Nina Simone.  Her debut CD, Sing to the Moon, is out now on RCA Victor.    The single, Green Garden, is a fair introduction:

William Marcus talks with Diana Neely and Muriel Ramerman about the St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival, which runs June 30th - August 25th at St. Timothy's Chapel in Southern Cross, east of Georgetown Lake.

http://www.sttimothysmusic.org

2013 Season

Bel Canto
Members of the Muir Quartet & Guests
Brig Urias, classical guitar
The Ringling 5
Jim Rotondi, trumpet, and David Morgenroth, piano.

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