Chico Saloon Sundays feature Mandy Rowden, Ghost Town Blues
Summer is the season for in-state road trips and recreational outings – assuming it ever decides to stick around! Park County-goers are flooding to the Yellowstone to float, backpack deep into the Absaroka Bearooth, and over to Chico Hot Springs for weekend getaways. With fantastic live entertainment in the Saloon every Friday and Saturday night, you can kick up your heels and soak them too. Here’s a look at who’s headed to the Paradise Valley watering hole.
Following Independence Day festivities, Ian Thomas & Band of Drifters take over the Saloon on Friday and Saturday, July 5th and 6th. The group plays modern American roots music and encourage audiences to dance. Based mostly in Montana and Tennessee, the band also includes players from all over the country, keeping the music varied in arrangement, instrumentation, and regional influences. The Drifters’ sets draw from country, folk and blues traditions with an emphasis on original songs, done in the old style. The band’s latest release, the full-length Live in 2016, was recorded throughout Montana with 14 original songs deeply rooted in the classic country and American folk sounds.
Mandy Rowden follows with a Sunday show on July 7th beginning at 7pm. She’s an Austin-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who’s been compared to Lucinda Williams, Kim Richey, and Stevie Nicks, to name a few. Her latest album, When That Day Comes, is a collection of warm, engaging songs about life and loss. Its easy pace and vulnerable lyrics roll out a welcome mat of raw, emotional accessibility revealing a world textured by hurt and hope alike.
Boogie down to KneeJürk on Friday and Saturday, July 12th and 13th. The supersonic Southwest Montana duo incorporates the big band beat, performing the best toe tappin’ sing-alongs from the ‘60s to now. Grab a drink and hit the floor!
Visiting from Memphis, the Ghost Town Blues Band takes the stage Sunday, July 14th at 8pm. Not your grandpa’s blues band, their live show captivates audiences with their “second-line horn entrance,” cigar box guitars and electric push brooms to Allman Brothers-style jams and even a hip-hop trombone player. Their stage show and energy is unparalleled, featuring horns, harmonies and homegrown instruments combined with an energetic and roots-rich set that makes for an incredible experience. Ghost Town’s new album, Shine, releases this fall.
Chico Saloon music begins at 9pm, unless otherwise noted. Chico Hot Springs is located in Pray, 20 miles south of Livingston. Come sip, soak, and swing! For more information, visit www.chicohotsprings.com. •