One of the great things about Southwest Montana is that when an event starts growing, you can count on it to keep growing. Heck, we've turned St. Patrick's Day into a full weekend even during the years it falls on a Tuesday or Wednesday. This year, the Uptown Christmas Stroll gets underway at the Courthouse and while there will be music and dancing in the rotunda, there will be a lot of other choices for you to enjoy tonight. Let's take a look at what's happening musically over the next couple of days in our area.
In a town that has gained worldwide notoriety for its celebrations and parties, it is only fitting that summer be sent off in a style befitting of Montana's "Festival City". This Friday night is the "Fall Fling" taking place outside of the Elks Lodge on Galena Street adjacent to Headframe Spirits from 6pm until 10pm. And quite the party is planned.
After an incredible Dinner in the Park with the Butte Symphony last week, Lunch in the Park at Emma Park went back to its regular 11:30 to 1:30 hours on Wednesday and the multitalented Fuzzy B kept the hungry crowd entertained on a beautiful Uptown afternoon at Emma Park.
There is not a better way to pregame the Montana Folk Festival which gets underway Friday in Uptown Butte than with Music on Main this Thursday with the Ken Rich Band. Indeed while the festival is renowned for bringing in world class entertainers from around the globe, one can argue that the Ken Rich Band, born and bred right here in Butte, Montana, belongs on the world stage as well.
Music has an uncanny way to connect events and memories. Music has its own way of bringing together people with otherwise little in common, but this thread alone can spawn beautiful, lifelong friendships. But with life, as it is with music, the song always comes to an end. Last Saturday's Butte Rock Fest, a huge success in its own right, perhaps inadvertently reminded us that life is fragile.
Hundreds of live music fans representing every age category gathered Saturday night at the Butte Depot's outdoor concert area for an incredible evening of live rock that reunited a pair of legendary bands, showcased the entire history of another and got started with a pair of acts that are writing their own chapters in the long history of Butte rock bands.
Jeremy Scared was the kind of band that you will remember decades later. They looked different from other Butte bands. They played different. You could tell from the first note that the band members are incredibly talented individually, but the way they played as a unit is what set them apart. Yes, they were really good but they worked hard at getting really good. Their covers were more intricate and their originals? Untouchable. And now, decades later, they will be together again, at least for one night, at the Butte Rock Fest which will invade the Butte Depot outdoor amphitheater on the evening of Saturday, July 1.