Folk, Bluegrass, & Americana Showcase

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Break Espresso, 3 pm to 4 pm

Original acoustic folk music featuring fine duet singing and hot picking.





aran-buzzas-w800Aran Buzzas

Break Espresso, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Aran Buzzas is a singer/songwriter from Missoula, MT who plays homegrown Montana folky tonk! Traditional and outlaw country sounds are mixed with a dash of Irish folk music in Aran’s songs, which deal with real-life themes in an entertaining and relate-able way, often with a regional back-drop, and characterized by aggressive rhythm guitar, strong vocals, and lyrics both amusing and heart-felt.

acousticals-w800The Acousticals

Break Espresso, 6 pm to 7 pm

Featuring three of western Montana’s premier bluegrass musicians, playing original material in the “Acoustic Americana” vein.


richard_alexander_this_side_of_truth-w800This Side of Truth

Dana Gallery, 7 pm to 8 pm

This Side of Truth creates live music (experimental roots, folk, jazz, blues…) in the moment from a musical palette of original songs with an occasional cover. Harmonica, flute, banjo, and percussion in concert with guitar, the use of slide, harmonics and open tunings create the TSoT sound experience, more poetic in form through instrumentation, innovation and style.


Break Espresso, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Craicers plays a combination of both traditional and modern Irish music that gets heads bobbing and feet tapping. Switching between a variety of acoustic instruments, the four band members can alternate their sound between light and airy to down and dirty. Come dance to a rollicking reel or sing along with a raucous song.


Break Espresso, 9 pm to 10 pm

Malarkey is a five piece, acoustic band that plays a variety of popular, bluegrass, and celtic music. Formed in 2005, Malarkey has been entertaining Missoula area residents with toe tapping music and 3 part harmonies. Our instruments include: Fiddle, Banjo, Dobro, Guitar, Drum, whistles, and flutes.