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FEATURED ARTIST | CAROLINE KEYS & THE LANESPLITTERS


Fresh from performing at the Decemberists curated music festival and opening for Dwight Yokam, Caroline Keys and the Lanesplitters are here to treat First Night audiences to a dynamic show that is as driving as it is atmospheric, as twangy as it is moody. Their towering vocal harmonies and left of country vibe will leave you with deja vu of a place you’ve never been.

UM Recital Hall
8:00 pm - John Floridis Trio

The John Floridis Trio combines a deep respect of well written songs with an adventurous jazz inspired spirit of improvisation, and the result is an energetic blend of groove based bluesy, folk-rock.

9:30 pm - Caroline Keys & the Lanesplitters

Fresh from performing at the Decemberists curated music festival and opening for Dwight Yokam, Caroline Keys and the Lanesplitters are here to treat First Night audiences to a dynamic show that is as driving as it is atmospheric, as twangy as it is moody. Their towering vocal harmonies and left of country vibe will leave you with deja vu of a place you’ve never been.

University Center Commons
4:00 pm - Playing with the Band

Two new youth bands art hitting the First Night scene thanks to Playing with the Band, a program of Tangled Tones Music Studio. See Submarine Socks and Tambourine Queen debut the skills they learned from professional musicians through the program.

5:30 pm - Red Dress

Former First Night Spotlight finalists Jalynn Nelson and Sophia Therriault return as Red Dress, a band dedicated to harmonies and matching outfits. Check out their new folksy spin on popular music as well as some new original works.

7:00 pm - Basses Covered

Slip on your dancing shoes! Let the rhythm move you, and hum along with Basses Covered’s three-part harmonies. Our favorite selections of rock, folk, doo wop, country and jazz covers are probably your favorites, too. The band features Carla Green (bass, vocals), Eric Pfeiffer (guitar, vocals) and Marlene Hutchins (bass, guitar, vocals).

8:30 pm - Zeppo

Good time house rockin’ party band with a lot of soul for all ages. Zeppo holds the crowd til closing. Folks can’t wait to hear what the next song will be.

10:30 pm - Full Grown Band

Originally formed in 2000 as a 4-piece dance band, Full Grown Band has evolved, morphed, and expanded into a full-blown, horn-driven powerhouse of 7 of Missoula’s most talented and credentialed musical performers from several genres of music, including R & B, Blues, Jazz, Country, Americana, Folk and Latin.

FEATURED ARTIST | TINY PLASTIC STARS


Combining beautiful and haunting vocals with powerfully driven guitar riffs, this psych rock trio creates a captivating emotional experience that is as unique as it is enthralling.

Elk’s Lodge Main Stage
4:00 pm - This Side of Truth

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.

5:30 pm - Crow's Share

Crow’s Share is Ryan Bundy, who surrounds himself with homemade banjos, guitars, slide guitars, stomp boxes, and electronics to create songs and stories that pull from deep traditions of old-time porch picking music, but twist themselves into something new.

7:00 pm - Edgar Allen Kubrick

Dark folk duo Edgar Allen Kubrick bring haunting lyrics and melodies to life with raw, uninhibited performances driven by expert musicianship.

8:30 pm - Kickboxer

Bozeman based Kickboxer live up to their name as the trio delivers high energy, rapid fire rock that will keep you on your feet while knocking you over with lyrical complexity and one of the best drummers this side of the continental divide.

10:00 pm - Tiny Plastic Stars

Combining beautiful and haunting vocals with powerfully driven guitar riffs, this psych rock trio creates a captivating emotional experience that is as unique as it is enthralling.


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