Music Festivals and Events in Central Montana

From 3 day music festivals near the foothills of the Little Belt Mountains to evening concerts set under the stars, Central Montana has a variety of music events.

Enjoy bluegrass, rock, country and pop played by national artists and if you are lucky, you’ll experience a local jamming band which could very well be farmers and ranchers from the area.

Come for the music, seek out our local breweries and shops, and enjoy our unspoiled vistas in Central Montana.

Beyond the Dam 2018

Beyond the Dam 2018

Friday, June 8, 2018
Heritage Park, Giant Springs State Park, Great Falls

Beyond the Dam 2018 concert Friday, June 8 sponsored by Northwestern Energy. The Bop-a-Dips headline an outdoor concert at Heritage Park in Giant Springs State Park on the east edge of Great Falls. The opening band, F.O.G, starts at 5pm and the Bop-a-Dips follow. Hear energetic beach music and soulful melodies. Bring your own picnic, cooler, lawn chairs and blankets. No pets or glass containers. Come enjoy this free show, car show and the next day the second annual bike race which crosses one of the dams.

Beer and Gear Festival

Beer and Gear Festival

Friday-Saturday, June 8-9, 2018
Civic Center and adjacent Whittier Park, downtown Great Falls

Three Montana bands will perform. Sample beer from Montana breweries and view the latest outdoor adventure gear. Click here for more information. 406-791-1419

Bluegrass in the Park

Bluegrass in the Park

Friday, June 15, 2018
Gibson Park, Great Falls

Bluegrass in the Park, part of the annual Lewis & Clark Festival, will be held in Gibson Park, downtown Great Falls. Laney Lou & The Bird Dogs and Two Bit Franks are the two bluegrass bands who will perform at the band shell in the park. Food and beverage vendors will be available. Gates open at 5:00pm, music starts at 6pm. Click here for more information.

Robbie Fulks and Jenny Scheinman

Robbie Fulks and Jenny Scheinman

Friday, June 15, 2018
Alumni Club, Great Falls

Nominated for two Grammy awards for Best Folk Album and Best American Roots Song, Robbie Fulks got his start in the Chicago club scene. This singer-songwriter’s alt-country and bluegrass styles have combined to produce great storytelling through folk and bluegrass music. Fulks is accompanied by acclaimed fiddler and violinist Jenny Scheinman and will play at the Alumni Club, 601 3rd Ave NW, Great Falls, at 7pm Friday, June 15. Click here for tickets.

Downtown Summer KickOff

Downtown Summer KickOff

Thursday, June 21, 2018
Gibson Park, Great Falls

Thursday, June 21 at Gibson Park, downtown Great Falls is Downtown Summer KickOff from 5-9pm. 49th Street Blues Project entertains with entertaining guitar and harmonica improv and a wide range of blues. There will be local food vendors and cold brews, also kickoff for Great Falls Summer Cornhole League on this summer solstice evening. Click here for details.

Jalan Crossland & The Dodgy Mountain Men

Jalan Crossland & The Dodgy Mountain Men

Saturday, June 23, 2018
Central Avenue South, Harlowton

Harlo Music Project presents Jalan Crossland & The Dodgy Mountain Men Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 5-9pm on Central Avenue South in Harlowton, Montana. Crossland, singer-songwriter, hails from Ten Sleep, Wyoming and is a multi-instrumentalist and a showman. Click here for details.

Amy LaVere with Will Sexton

Amy LaVere with Will Sexton

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Alumni Club, Great Falls

Tuesday, June 26th, Americana artist Amy LaVere appears at the Alumni Club, 601 3rd Ave NW, Great Falls at 7pm. Crossing genres like Americana, country, folk, swing and jazz, Amy puts her sultry soulful stamp on everything she does with her exquisite voice and musicianship. Amy is joined by her husband, noted Austin guitarist, songwriter, and producer Will Sexton. Click here for tickets.

Waterloo Revival

Waterloo Revival

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
5th Street and Central Avenue, Great Falls

Wednesday, June 27, Downtown Summer Jam presents Waterloo Revival on the corner of 5th Street and Central Avenue, Great Falls from 5-8pm. This country music duo from Austin, Texas first came to prominence with two hit singles “Hit the Road” and “Bad for You”. Waterloo Revival will bring a bit of Austin to Great Falls after spending 2017 opening for Toby Keith. Tickets $10 at Mighty Mo Brewing Co, Enbar, or www.downtownsummerjam.com.

Music on the Mo

Music on the Mo

Thursday, June 28, 2018
Oddfellows Park, Great Falls

Music on the Mo is Thursday, June 28, 2018 at Oddfellows Park, Great Falls from 4 – 9:30pm. Vinyl City, a 6-piece energetic band from Helena, Montana will perform a variety of genres including 60s – 90s classica, rock, blues, Americana, pop and a hint of country. There will be local food and market vendors, cold brews and kids activities. Click here for more information.

Little Jane & the Pistol Whips

Little Jane & the Pistol Whips

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Choteau Pavilion, Choteau

Little Jane & the Pistol Whips play at the Choteau Brewfest from 3-8pm. The band has strong vocals, acoustic guitar, fiddle, accordion and more. The Brewfest and concert will be held at the Choteau Pavilion.

Missouri Breaks Triathlon Concert and Street Dance, Hamilton Loomis

Missouri Breaks Triathlon Concert and Street Dance

Saturday, July 7, 2018
Fort Benton

Enjoy a concert and street dance during Missouri Breaks Triathlon, Fort Benton with Music by Hamilton Loomis of Houston, TX. Loomis, the son of musician parents, learned to play piano, guitar, drums and harmonica. He was described by Blues Blast Magazine as a non-stop turbo of power. His band includes musicians on drums, vocalists, keyboard, saxes and bass, all joining together to turn out blues, rock and soul music.

Nikki Hill

Nikki Hill

Friday, July 13, 2018
Forde Nursery, Great Falls

Nikki Hill and her band, featuring hot blues guitarist Laura Chavez, are on stage July 13 at 7pm at Forde Nursery in Great Falls for ROOTSFEST 2018. Nikki's brand of blues, rock, and soul is sure to have the house rocking! Detroit's Americana rockers Nathan Kalish and the Last Callers will open the show. Click here for tickets.

Satsang with Wes Urbaniak

Satsang with Wes Urbaniak

Saturday, July 21, 2018
Central Avenue South, Harlowton

Harlo Music Project presents Satsang with Wes Urbaniak Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 5-9pm on Central Avenue South in Harlowton, Montana. The power trio of Satsang creates a blend of soul, folk-rock and hip hop. Click here for details.

Ruby Boots

Ruby Boots

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Alumni Club, Great Falls

Wednesday, July 25th at 7pm, Ruby Boots will play a pre-Red Ants Pants show at the Alumni Club, 601 3rd Ave NW, Great Falls. Per Rolling Stone, this upcoming Nashville-based, Australian-born artist delivers "country twang with outlaw bravado, tapping into the loose energy of a young Lucinda Williams". Click here for tickets.

2018 Red Ant Pants Music Festival

Red Ant Pants Music Festival

Thursday, July 26-Sunday July 29, 2018
White Sulphur Springs

It all starts with a street dance Thursday night in White Sulphur Springs. Then the three day music festival takes place on the Jackson Ranch two miles from White Sulphur Springs. This year’s lineup includes Dwight Yoakum, Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan, Chancey Williams & The Younger Brothers Band, Supaman, Linda Ortega, Shovels and Rope and much more! Two stages feature nonstop music, and ranch work skills are demonstrated in another area. Food and beverage vendors, Montana product vendors, onsite camping and shuttles to and from town. Click here for more information.

Easton Corbin, Montana State Fair

Easton Corbin

Friday, July 27, 2018
Central Montana Fair, Lewistown

Easton Corbin has a traditional country sound with authentic lyrics, two number one singles and multiple awards. He will perform at the Central Montana Fair in Lewistown. Whitefish, Montana vocalist and guitar strummer John Dunnigan will open for Corbin. Tickets are available online.

Brothers Osborne, Montana State Fair

Brothers Osborne

Sunday, July 29, 2018
Montana State Fair, Great Falls

Brothers Osborne perform at Montana State Fair in Great Falls at 7:30pm. They climbed the country charts with songs like “Stay a Little Longer” and “Rum”. TJ Osborne sings in a thick, low baritone voice, crooning like Johnny Cash. Older brother John is the family’s guitar shredder. Combined, the two Osbornes can play everything from traditional country music to rock & roll. Click here for tickets and information.

Midland

Midland

Monday, July 30, 2018
Montana State Fair, Great Falls

Midland, a Texas country inspired trio with an 80s country sound, performs with special guest Michael Ray at Montana State Fair in Great Falls. Click here for tickets and information.

The Temptations

The Temptations

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Montana State Fair, Great Falls

The Temptations, one of Motown’s greatest and grittiest vocal groups of the 60s, take the stage at 7:30pm during the Montana State Fair. Click here for tickets and information.

Jeff Foxworthy

Jeff Foxworthy

Friday, August 3, 2018
Montana State Fair, Great Falls

See Jeff Foxworthy perform at Montana State Fair at 9pm. Foxworthy is one of the most respected and successful comedians in the country. He is the largest selling comedy- recording artist in history, has multiple Grammy Award nominations and is a best-selling author of 26 books. Click here for tickets and information.

Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys

Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys

Friday, August 3, 2018
Alumni Club, Great Falls

Rootboy brings Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys to the Alumni Club. Reverend Raven and the Boys were featured at the very first Rootboy show in 2010! The band's pure, no-nonsense style brings authentic jump, swing, and Chicago style blues to their shows. Click here for tickets.

Seether

Seether

Saturday, August 4, 2018
Montana State Fair, Great Falls

Seether performs at Montana State Fair at 9pm. They are an alternative metal quartet whose grunge influence is apparent in their keen melodic sense. Click here for tickets and information.

Austin Jenckes

Austin Jenckes

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
5th Street and Central Avenue, Great Falls

Wednesday, August 8 from 5-8pm Downtown Summer Jam presents Austin Jenckes on the corner of 5th Street and Central Avenue, Great Falls. Jenckes, based near Seattle, WA, came on to the country scene with his performance of “Simple Man” on season 5 of The Voice. His first single, “Same Beer Different Day”, reached 1 million streams on Spotify. Rolling Stone Country named him “One of the artists you need to know”. Tickets $10 at Mighty Mo Brewing, Enbar or www.downtownsummerjam.com.

Suzy Bogguss

Suzy Bogguss

Saturday, August 18, 2018
Grand Stage Show, Lewistown

Suzy Bogguss headlines the 33rd Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Lewistown, Montana. One of country music’s most pristine and evocative vocalists, Bogguss sings country music with a contemporary twist. Bogguss will appear at the Saturday Grand Stage Show at 7pm. Click here for tickets and information.

Mississippi Heat

Mississippi Heat

Sunday, August 19, 2018
Forde Nursery, Great Falls

Sunday, August 19th, Chicago blues band Mississippi Heat will appear at Forde Nursery. The band’s motto is “Traditional Blues With A Unique Sound” as they present fresh yet vintage-based musical ideas. The Dennis Jones Band from Los Angeles will open the show. Click here for tickets.

The Cadillac Three

The Cadillac Three

Wednesday, August 29, 2018
5th Street and Central Avenue, Great Falls

Downtown Summer Jam presents The Cadillac Three on the corner of 5th Street and Central Avenue, Great Falls from 5-8pm. After 15 years of touring, this southern rock group will soon be headlining at the famous Ryman Theater in Nashville, Tennessee. Hits include “White Lightning” and ACM-nominated “The South”. Tickets $10 at Mighty Mo Brewing, Enbar or www.downtownsummerjam.com.

Chokecherry Jam Street Dance, Tris Munsick

Chokecherry Jam Street Dance

Friday, September 7, 2018
Lewistown

Chokecherry Jam Street Dance, downtown Lewistown between 4th Street and Main. Dance to country music by Tris Munsick and the Innocents.

KNMC Rock Lotto

Saturday, September 22, 2018
Town Square, downtown Havre

Local musicians put their name in a hat and are randomly placed into bands for a one-time only performance. Musicians sign up for one category: vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards or “other.” Once Bands are assembled a subsequent drawing is held to assign songs for each of the bands to learn. Bands have five to six weeks to rehearse for their performance.

Performances Open to the Public

Montana Fiddle Camp

Montana Fiddle Camp

June 3-8, 2018 and June 10-15, 2018
St. Thomas Camp, near Monarch

Montana Fiddle Camp is located at the St. Thomas Camp near Monarch, Montana the first two full weeks of June (June 3-8, 2018 and June 10-15, 2018). Lessons (fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, cello) are scheduled throughout the day. Evening concerts and dances are open to the public. Enjoy the music in this scenic area. The Little Belt Mountains form a beautiful background as Belt Creek ambles through the camp. Click here for information or 406-320-1150.

Ongoing Music Events

Music on Main

Music on Main

June-September 2018
Lewistown

Corner of 2nd Street and Main Street, Wednesday evenings in Lewistown.

Music on the Mo

Music on the Mo

June 21, June 28, July 12 and July 19, 2018
Great Falls

Music on the Mo – music, a community market and family festival will be held from 4-9pm. Summer kickoff is June 21 in Gibson Park, downtown Great Falls. The next concerts are June 28, July 12 and July 19 at Oddfellows Park on the Missouri River. End of Summer concert is August 9 at Gibson Park. Click here for information.

Kicks @ 6, Great Falls

Kicks @ 6

June 12 – August 21, 2018 (no music the week of the 4th of July)
Great Falls

Every Tuesday at 6pm in Havre’s Pepin Park from June 12 – August 21 (no music the week of the 4th of July). Free.

Sounds on the Square

Sounds on the Square

June 14–August 16
Havre

Every Wednesday, 6pm – 8pm June 14 – August 16 in downtown Havre. For more information call 406-265-4383.

Music in Library Park

Music in Library Park

June 26, July 3, July 10, July 24, August 7, August 14, August 21, August 28, September 4, 2018
Great Falls

Musicians perform at 7pm Tuesdays in the park behind the Great Falls Public Library, 215 First Avenue North. July 18, July 25, August 8, August 15, August 22, August 29. Free.