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FEATURED ARTIST The Acousticals


The Acousticals feature three of Western Montana’s premier bluegrass musicians, playing all original material composed by Chad Fadely (mandolin), Richie Reinholdt (guitar, vocals), and Britt Arnesen (bass, vocals).

 

Union Hall Ballroom
1:30 pm - Pinegrass

Missoula’s bluegrass variety show Pinegrass has been a crowd favorite in Western Montana for over 25 years. Learn why bluegrass has stayed so popular here with a stellar lineup of some of the region’s finest musicians: Bill Neaves (guitar), Jack Mauer (banjo/dobro), John Joyner (fiddle), and Britt Arnesen (bass).

3:00 pm - Humanities Montana Presents: Brother Can You Spare a Dime?

with Bill Rossiter retired instructor of literature and folklore, chair of the Humanities Division at Flathead Valley Community College.

During the Dirty ’30s, network radio and Hollywood followed Washington’s lead in sturdily ignoring the Depression, assuring us that “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries,” and that “prosperity is just around the corner.” But the rural and small-town musicians, the ones who never made the charts, played a different tune. They saw the Depression for what it was and poked wicked fun at Wall Street, greed, the American dream and, especially, at Herbert Hoover (“Look here, Hoover, see what you done. You went off fishin’, let the country go to ruin”). Montana was “ahead of the curve” when it came to dust bowls, grasshopper plagues and economic hard times. Montana newspapers from the ’20s tell of bank failures, crop losses, and deserted homesteads—issues not widely reported in the rest of the nation until a decade later. “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” views the Depression, with a glance at Montana’s early start, not through history and literature, but through songs and “illiterature,” looking at what happened to the common folks most affected by it. This bareknuckle report on the state of the union during the Dirty ’30s is accompanied by banjo, guitar and autoharp.

4:30 pm - Contra Dance with Missoula Folklore Society

The Missoula Folklore Society will guide all comers through fun, easy-to-learn group folk dances — mainly New England contra (Americanized English country dance), circles & squares. Callers teach each dance, & with the help of experienced dancers, guide the beginners through the dance. No partner or experience needed. Sassafras Stomp will accompany the dances with lively old time music on fiddle and guitar. Dances work well for dancers aged 8 to 80; younger kids will need an adult guide.

 

7:00 pm - The Acousticals

The Acousticals feature three of Western Montana’s premier bluegrass musicians, playing all original material composed by Chad Fadely (mandolin), Richie Reinholdt (guitar, vocals), and Britt Arnesen (bass, vocals).

 

8:30 pm - Lochwood

Lochwood is a Missoula-based, 5-piece band performing traditional bluegrass music as well as originals. The band consists of Richie Reinholt, John Parker, Chad Fadely, Taylor Buckley, and Steve Taft. They play regularly in area breweries and summer festivals in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming as well as the Top Hat and First Night.

10:00 pm - The Loose String Band

The Loose String Band plays an energetic mix of ‘ameri-grass’ music, from progressive bluegrass to Janis Joplin, as well as original tunes. You’ll hear mandolin, fiddle, banjo, guitars and bass – soaked in harmonies, each song gets LSB’d – it’s a trip!


All volunteers receive FREE admission to First Night.
Most shifts are only 2 hours.