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

The 2016 St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival opens June 26.
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Connie Fitzpatrick from the St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival talks with MTPR's Michael Marsolek about the festival's upcoming season. Each year the festival features a variety of classical, jazz, vocal, and instrumental performers, in a breathtaking setting.

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Grace Potter makes her first visit to Musicians’ Spotlight to talk about her debut solo recording, which comes after a decade of touring and recording with The Nocturnals. Known for her magnetic stage presence, soaring vocals and adventurous keyboard solos, Grace’s new album, Midnight, reveals a more personal and reflective side of her music.

Tom Brokaw will be a guest on the 100th episode of "You Must Remember This," on MTPR Monday, June 6 at 8:00 p.m.

Journalist Tom Brokaw will be Allen Secher’s guest on the 100th edition of Montana Public Radio’s monthly musical series “You Must Remember This,” which will air at 8:00 p.m. Monday, June 6. MTPR also will air portions of the interview on “Here & Now” at 1:00 p.m. Monday, June 6. You can listen to the interview portion of the show now.

Bob Dylan turned 75 on Tuesday. For six decades, he’s followed his own muse and carved a unique path through popular music in this country and the world. From folk singer to crooner, Dylan has mastered, defined, and dominated diverse musical genres and styles, telegraphing changes in the musical landscape before they occur, while constantly referring to the roots that underlie the American music canon.

Lauded as “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin,” Tracy Silverman’s groundbreaking work with the 6-string electric violin defies musical boundaries. Silverman joins John Floridis in the Musicians' Spotlight this week.

"What I like About Jazz" does a retrospective on the career of George Coleman, in honor of his first album as a leader in many years. George came up in the 1950's, and played and recorded with Lee Morgan, Booker Little, and Max Roach, then replaced Hank Mobley in Miles Davis' band in 1963. Coleman has recorded as a leader and sideman, and was the original saxophone in Eastern Rebellion with Cedar Walton and Billy Higgins.

Hear all these and more on MTPR, including his new album "The Master Speaks," Wednesday, May 25 from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. on your radio, or online.

Maurice White, Musician & Bandleader On 'Unsung Heroes'

May 20, 2016
Maurice White performing with Earth, Wind, and Fire at the Ahoy Rotterdam; 1982
Chris Hakkens (CC-BY-SA-2)

Maurice White was an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger and bandleader. Working with artists like Barbara Streisand, Ramsey Lewis and numerous others he won seven Grammys and was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Yet most people just know of him as a member of Earth, Wind and Fire. Join Tom Engelmann as he profiles Maurice White on another edition of “Unsung Heroes: Influential But Overlooked Masters of Modern Music.” Tune in on your radio or online Monday, May 23 at 8:00 p.m.

Fields of blooming flower children and arrowleaf balsamroot herald the arrival of The Psychedelic Circus, as we celebrate spring. Join Dr. Sandoz and Joan Richarde for an audio explosion of sound & color tonight on MTPR. Tune in tonight from 10:00 p.m. to midnight, on your radio or online at Be there or "be square" but be sure to tune in, either way!

Mary Carlson, Vespidae Photography

Born in Philipsburg, Montana and holding a master’s degree in Appalachian studies, instrumentalist/singer-songwriter Coty Hogue immersed herself in old music, studying with Ginny Hawker, before starting to write and record a few of her own songs alongside favorite traditional gems.

The African Children's Choir at MTPR studios.
Josh Burnham

18 singers from the African Children's Choir performed at MTPR studios recently. The choir has been touring across western Montana, sharing their love of music and African culture through song and dance. Listen & watch here.