Experiential MarchFourth, rowdy Billy Strings return Pine Creek’s outdoor stage to form
Tucked away in beautiful Paradise Valley, the modern-rustic Pine Creek Lodge offers an extensive slate of live music to keep guests and others entertained through the summer months. Here’s a look at what’s coming up.
Pine Creek’s outdoor Summer Concert Series officially begins Wednesday, June 5th with MarchFourth on the Main Stage. Big Sky psych rock project Dammit Lauren & the Well will get the music started at 7pm. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 day of show, based on availability.
MarchFourth is an internationally acclaimed, genre-breaking force in the world of entertainment; a sonic explosion delivered by 20 musicians, dancers and artisans. The diverse ensemble travels the world, taking audiences on a joy-inducing, foot-stomping, booty-shaking, soul-stirring journey that defies categorization. With exceptional musical quality and a visual kaleidoscope of stilt walkers, hoopers and Vaudeville-style dancers, MarchFourth whips crowds into a celebratory frenzy with an over-the-top spectacle of high-energy compositions, colorful costumes, and irresistible charisma. More than just a “show,” MarchFourth delivers a multi-faceted, indelible experience of pure joy.
Pacific Northwest act The Lowest Pair is set for Friday, June 7th, on the Beer Garden Stage. Roots duo Winnie Brave will join with an opening set at 7pm. This show is FREE of admission.
Touring in continued support of their dual albums, Fern Girl and Ice Man and Uncertain as It Is Uneven, The Lowest Pair features the banjo picking of Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee. The records could be viewed as two windows into their growing and changing world. Uncertain stays the course of their previous releases, being focused on stripped down, intimate arrangements to support their timeless songwriting and haunting vocals. Fern Girl is a more moody and adventurous exploration of new sounds, new studio production directions, and what it might sound like for The Lowest Pair to be supported by a full band, while keeping one foot planted in the rootsy aesthetics which drew them together from the beginning.
Budding local act Wind and the Willows follows with a Beer Garden performance on Saturday, June 8th. Gothic Americana artist Raina Wallace opens at 7pm. This show is FREE of admission.
Imports from Evergreen, Colorado, Willows’ lead singers Ryen Dalvit and Maren Stubenvoll bring their distinct sound to Montana, a blend of brass, strings, and triple harmonies. The band’s roots lie in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. From writing tunes in caves and atop mountains, to performing in taprooms and other intimate venues, these once upon a time classmates became a songwriting duo finding inspiration in their beautiful surroundings and budding sisterhood.
Next on the Beer Garden Stage is the Tommy Alexander Band on Sunday, June 9th. Fellow Portland folk act Long Gone John will open at 6pm. This show is FREE of admission.
Tommy Alexander’s vocals recall the earnest warble of Conor Oberst, but expand into a unique, infectious indie rock style all his own. His honest and heartfelt lyricism come to life in his songs which will strike a chord with you the very first listen. New singles “Too Many Miles,” “Rejection,” and “Time & Time Again” are available now.
Spend an evening with Billy Strings when he and his band take over the Main Stage on Tuesday, June 11th at 7pm. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 day of show, based on availability.
Billy Strings plays hard and lives hard, picking so fast and intensely that he’s known to break multiple strings per song, and basing the songs he writes on the hard lives he grew up around in the abandoned rural communities of America. His latest album, Turmoil & Tinfoil, taps into a deep vein of psychedelia in Americana, referencing everything from the Dead to Sturgill Simpson, but all underlaid by Billy’s undeniable virtuosity and knowledge of the roots of American music. He’s one of the most beloved young bluegrass guitarists today within the bluegrass community, and his front porch is constantly filled with Nashville’s best roots musicians picking up a storm.
The Pickin’ Pear grace the Beer Garden Stage on Friday, June 14th at 7pm. This show is FREE of admission.
Canyon Collected members Tia Martini and Leon Elam front this popular folk n’ roll duo. They combine their non-traditional stylings to their traditional instruments and create an original mix of modern American music. The Pear takes the banjo and ukulele down the road of folk, rock and bluegrass – sometimes the ukulele will even launch audiences straight into outer space. A blend of top-notch songwriting and improvisational jamming makes each one of their tunes sound unique.
Saturday, June 15th, features the Paradise Valley return of The Two Tracks with local help from country roots artist Quenby on the Beer Garden Stage at 7pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and day of show.
From rock to country and bluegrass to folk, The Two Tracks’ music helps define the sound of superbly crafted, fully assertive Americana. Their harmony-rich songs often add cello to a solid groove, creating a unique ambiance that’s all their own. Throw in a journeyman’s attitude and a penchant for affecting storytelling, and here again, The Two Tracks create a sound that typifies a style birthed in the heartland, with all the sentiment and sensitivity that does justice to that timeless sound.
Also in Paradise Valley, Pine Creek presents its Brunch Live Music Series. The weekend offering regularly showcases regional musicians from 11am–1pm. Order some food, maybe a cold beverage, then find a spot! Upcoming acts include: The Sleepless Elite with Michael Boise on June 8th, Kelly Nicholson on June 9th, Maddie Alpert on June 15th, and Christy Hays on June 16th. Take your pick and head over! These shows are FREE of admission and open to the public.
Please visit www.pinecreeklodgemontana.com for ticketing information, to reserve your cabin, and to learn more about these and other upcoming events. Pine Creek Lodge is located at 2496 E River Rd., just outside of Livingston. Call (406) 222-3628 for further information. •