“Griffin Ziegert, 1st place winner of Arts Missoula’s annual First Night Spotlight competition joins Tommy live in the Trail 1033 studio for a conversation about the experience and an encore performance of his rendition of Shakey Graves alt hit,  ‘Dearly Departed’. Later, Griffin talk about his new band and debuts an original song, ‘Where It’s Cold’. ” – Courtsey of Trail 1033

To Listen Follow this Link: GRIFFIN’S RADIO CLIP

8:30 pm // UM Dennison Theater

Intended for All Ages

Missoula Broadcasting Co., ASUM, and the Flagship Program have teamed up with the Arts Missoula to bring you the 14th annual First Night Spotlight contest. Now a staple of the First Night Missoula experience, First Night Spotlight is a singing competition open to local area high school students. Preliminary rounds take place in early December. Contestants are evaluated by our esteemed panel of judges on voice quality, song choice, stage presence, audience engagement, dramatization/choreography, and costume choice. The final round takes place at 8:30 pm on New Year’s Eve at the height of First Night Missoula in the Dennison Theatre on the University of Montana campus.

MC & Judges

Aubrey Nilsen

Hey everybody! Aubrey here – your pop music maven … I am so happy I get to start my day playing the music you love and dancing like a fool in the studio! I love radio and my infatuation with it began when I figured out how to program my alarm clock radio (yes we used to have those) to wake me up with Jackie & Bender on KISS FM 106.1 in Seattle. Music has always been a huge part of my life and is, surprisingly enough, a reason why I made it to Montana.

Greg Boris

Greg is a multi-faceted performer with a background in music. Currently employed at the Missoula Children's Theatre, Greg is also actively involved in a variety of community performances.

Arielle Nachtigal

Arielle competed in this competition when she was still in high school and has since made a life filled with music. After obtaining a degree in voice performance Arielle began working with All City Jazz, a program dedicated to providing master classes to talented and dedicated high school age jazz musicians.

Bob Wire

Bob Wire has been writing, recording, and performing his "Max Honky Tonk" around the West since 1995. Bob Wire & The Fencemenders were twice voted best local band in the Missoula Independent Reader's Poll. In 2007 Bob was named Missoula's Entertainer of the Year.


Grand Prize


2nd Place


3rd Place


People's Choice


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