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Crown Guitar Festival
An event every day that begins at 12:00am, repeating until August 3, 2019
Crown Guitar Festival in downtown Bozeman, July 31st to August 3rd
The Crown Guitar Workshop and Festival makes its premiere in Bozeman this summer by bringing some of the world’s best guitarists to the gateway to Yellowstone National Park to perform concerts and teach students — young and old alike — the magic of playing the guitar.
Held the last nine years in Bigfork, MT, the Crown Guitar Festival 2019 will be held for four days from July 31 through August 3 in Bozeman, and include top guitarist performances at the city’s Sweet Pea Festival, Summer SLAM Festival and Music on Main Street as well as individual shows at the Rialto Theater and Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture.
“We’re thrilled to be offering workshops and performances for the first time in Bozeman,” said Crown Guitar’s Executive Director Steve Anderson. “We’ve got some amazing guitarists and entertainers who will share their passion and love of the guitar to audiences in Bozeman, and give back to the community by teaching students who want to improve their guitar skills and move to that next level.”
Workshops are held during the day and performances are held in the evening, and jam sessions are held later at night when participants, guest artists and teachers can mingle in Montana’s warm summer air.
Five guitar workshops will be offered this summer:
Dweezil Zappa — Play Like the Masters
Brent Mason and James Hogan — Rock, Funk and Soul
Liz Longley and Guthrie Brown — The Emerging Singer/Songwriter
Dennis McCumber — Montana’s Most Dangerous Band
David Grissom and Jeff McErlain — Blues 2020
Participants can register for the intensive workshops that are led by world-renowned faculty and artists, play with them in front of hundreds of people, and jam until the early morning hours. The workshops are open to all, whether you are a beginner, intermediate or professional musician. Evening performances of guest artists are open to the public.
“Crown isn’t your usual music festival,” Anderson said. “We look to build relationships with the community, its artists and teachers, and give back to students who come from around the country and world to soak in Montana’s beauty and learn from the masters. It’s a two-way street, and we’re serious about giving back to the communities that host us. And we wanted to come to Bozeman to enhance the city’s burgeoning music scene.”
Crown was created 10 years ago in Bigfork to help build an outstanding guitar education and mentoring program for paying participants and dozens of scholarship recipients each year. The goal is to boost the participants’ artistic and music career development in a relaxed (“check your ego at the gate”), supportive, non-competitive atmosphere where students and concert goers can share a guitar lick, meal, drinks or conversation with some of the world’s best guitarists.
(Crown Guitar Festival is not leaving the Flathead after nine years there, Anderson noted. Crown will return to the Flathead in 2020 with a full workshop schedule and festival as well as expand into Bozeman as its second home, he said, noting that the board of directors made this decision after much consideration over the last several years.)
In the last eight years, the nonprofit organization has awarded 156 scholarships to students and teachers from Montana, who during the workshops study a specific genre and collaborate and perform together.
Anderson said that the Crown Guitar Festival is working closely with the city, local businesses and summer festival organizers to help bring new visitors to the growing city and showcase its artists and natural attributes. Crown also has teamed up with Bozeman’s own Music Villa to help to spread the magic of the guitar and the importance of music to our culture.
“We are stoked that Crown is coming to Bozeman as their second home,” said Music Villa Owner Paul Decker. “Music Villa and Crown are partnering to help every musician up their game. I hope that all of our great customers join us for the full workshop or a Master class and some amazing live concerts.”
“We want to make this a community event that can showcase Bozeman and the artists and natural beauty that are located here,” Anderson added.
Former guitarist participants have included Grammy Award winners like Pat Metheny, Jerry Douglass, Lee Ritenour, Chris Eldridge, and Jason Vieaux as well as world-class songwriters and guitarists Joe Bonamassa, John Oates, Julian Lage, Patty Larkin, Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen, Robben Ford, Pat Martino, Mike Stern, Dweezil Zappa, Ana Popovic, Jim Messina, Sonny Landreth, David Lindley, Albert Lee, Leni Stern, Justin Townes Earle, Liz Longley, and Edgar Winter, to name a few.
Crown Guitar Festival is seeking individual and corporate sponsors, and also has on its website applications for scholarships and registration, information about lodging, and much more information about the festival this summer.
Tickets for performances will be available on the Crown Guitar website for artist performances:
July 31: Dweezil Zappa, Emerson, Reserved $40, at the door $45, General Admission $25/$30, 9 p.m. – 11 p.m., Jam afterwards 11:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. $10
August 1: Liz Longley and Guthrie Brown, Rialto, $25/$30, 9 p.m. – 11 p.m., Jam 11 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. $10
August 2: Brent Mason, James Hogan and Special Guest, Rialto, $25/$30, 9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m., Jam 11:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. $10
August 3: David Grissom and Jeff McErlain along with Crown All-Star Band, Rialto, $25/$30, 9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m., Jam 11:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. $10
A Crown Pass for entrance to all four night concerts is $100, and a VIP Pass with two special meet and greets, plus jam passes each night are $200.
Crown Passes go on sale May 10 and tickets go on sale June 1.
For more information, go to crownguitarfest.org or call 855-855-5900. #whyIplay
Who: World-class guitarists and Montanans
What: Crown Guitar Workshop & Festival — concerts, jams sessions in chill atmosphere
When: July 31 through August 3, 2019
Where: Downtown Bozeman, MT — The Bozone
Why: Because guitars, guitarists and music, TBH, are cool
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