The Bigfork Village Market is so excited to be working with such talented bands, musicians, and speakers this year! We are still accepting speakers for the 2018 season, so if you or someone you know is a public speaker, we encourage you to apply. Need more info? Shoot us an email at email@example.com, or use our contact page, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
MEET OUR 2018 ENTERTAINERS!
BUCKS FROG POND
A local favorite that slings driving blues and classic country tunes. This dancy band features local favorites, Chris Evans of 17 Mile Band and Jed Nussbaum of Dodgy Mountain Men, along with guest percussionists and shakers. Their past performances include The Raven, Grange Hall, Flathead Lake Resort, , C-Falls Market as well as travelling shows up at the Yaak and in Missoula. This talented group is sure to get you up and moving.
PERFORMANCE DATES: May 21 & September 3, 2018
Somewhere between the concrete jungle of New York City and the dirt road expanse of the West, resides the “American Roots” music of Bo DePeña. With a blended sound of blues, country, folk, and hints of rock ‘n roll, the singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, harmonica) has traveled the country as a lone wolf troubadour. Through collected trinkets of musical influences, Bo’s music taps into many vantage points of the American story, and does so gracefully
PERFORMANCE DATE: May 28, 2018
The LeftOver Biscuits are a local band that serve it up Montana style! This band utilizes the traditional single mic performance, playing both traditional bluegrass and “grassed-up” popular tunes. This foot-stomping group keeps audiences entertained and amused with stories, jokes, and music. LeftOver Biscuits truly loves to play for an audience and has a way of involving everyone in the pure joy of making music.
PERFORMANCE DATES: June 4 & July 30, 2018
MAN & THE BOX
Man & the Box is a fun, soulful, high-energy acoustic trio hailing from the Flathead Valley. The band consists of Tommy Edwards Jr. & Sr. and Aaron Fatveit. They’ve performed locally at Marina Cay, Garden Bar, The Brass Tap, The Raven and more! They deliver popular cover songs and original tunes with their whiskey-soaked vocals and perfect harmonization that will leave you wanting more.
PERFORMANCE DATES: June 11 & August 6, 2018
Montana Singer/Songwriter, Mike Murray, just released his 4th studio album, Difficult Days, on March 2nd. He has played over 500 shows and has placed first at the Northwest Artist Syndicate’s Singer/Songwriter showdown. He has toured both locally and internationally, and you can immediately tell that he is passionate about what he does. His stage presence draws in the audience as he loses himself in deep solos on top of a driving beat.
PERFORMANCE DATES: June 18 & August 27, 2018
Bozeman-based singer-songwriter Mathias has been playing music under the big sky of Montana for nearly two decades now. With powerful vocals and a percussive guitar style, he is known for his dynamic live performances. He’s toured throughout Asia and now he’s back in the Valley to serenade the Flathead.
PERFORMANCE DATE: June 25, 2018
Colten has been singing, playing guitar and writing songs for over a decade. With that much experience, he can pump up the party with lively tunes or provide easy-listening background music people of all ages can enjoy. From original songs to radio hits, this Folk-Funk-Rock-Pop Fusion artist can do it all!
PERFORMANCE DATE: July 2, 2018
This alternative-folk-acoustic-rock artist hails from Coos Bay, Oregon, where at age 10 he taught himself guitar and entered the wonderful world of music. Since then he has released four solo albums, toured throughout the US and has had songs featured on the hit show ‘Shameless’ and the film ‘Bear City’. You can find influences on Sam’s work by the likes of David Bowie, Wilco, and REM, and his voice, melodies and lyrics will have you spell-bound!
PERFORMANCE DATE: July 9, 2018
Brent Jameson is the front man of local band Jameson and the Sordid Seeds, performing high energy Blues, Funk, Folk, and Reggae. Jameson has developed a great following over the years in the Valley. He has been voted in the Top 3 of Best of Whitefish Artists, and has also put out 3 albums. His music is played on radio stations across the country. Whether he’s with the band, or jamming out on his own, he’s sure to bring the energy to any performance.
PERFORMANCE DATE: July 16, 2018
As a homegrown Bigfork resident, Ms. Tiehen has been musically inclined since she was a little girl. She started writing her own songs at eleven, while playing the piano and guitar around the same time. She has traveled to over 15 countries and draws inspiration in her music from the friendships she’s formed and the strangers she’s met along the way. This acoustic rock artist is a free-spirit that draws inspiration from indie and rock artists alike. She released her first album in 2010 and continues to perform casually due to high demand!
PERFORMANCE DATE: July 23, 2018
The Moonshine Mountain core is a duo, Cory Chopp and Rio Mattole, from northwest Montana playing original Americana, Folk, and Country. They are most often accompanied by a mix of other musicians who play either bass, drums, cajon, harmonica, fiddle, keys, or banjo. Their talented songwriting along with their high-energy sound and harmonies have helped them gain the great opportunity to open for Trampled by Turtles, The Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Keller Williams, Fruition, Yarn, The Lil’ Smokies, and many others. Moonshine Mountain released their second full-length studio album Movin’ On in April of 2015.
PERFORMANCE DATE: August 13, 2018
HERE TO MAKE FRIENDS
“Here To Make Friends” is a blues rock group that currently resides in beautiful Kalispell, Montana. They perform both cover shows and original music written by Paul Merendino Jr. Their goal is to channel the sounds of some of their idols from the 50’s through the 70’s in rock and roll and soul music. They currently have three EPs on the market. They are entitled “Nothing But The Best”, “Restless Eyes”, and “Fool’s Errand”. Here To Make Friends has performed all over the northwest region of Montana and are always a great act to watch perform.
PERFORMANCE DATE: August 20, 2018
DODGY MOUNTAIN MEN
Dodgy Mountain Men sling a home-brewed Montana stomp grass sound that goes down smooth but packs a bite! By mixing the rhythms of bluegrass, the soul of blues, and the energy of rock ‘n’ roll, they create a unique electro-acoustic experience. The group’s genre-bending experimentation and passion for American roots traditions weave together to emphasize their lyrical storytelling. They create a musical frontier rife with empty mason jars, outlaws, gypsy women and cold Montana storms. This talented group of men create a concoction that will make moonshiners proud and compel dancers to wear out the soles of their shoes.
PERFORMANCE DATE: September 10, 2018
Don started playing bass guitar in a real garage band at age 14 and picked up the acoustic guitar shortly after. He played in rock bands and a jazz quartet through high school. Don studied music composition at the University of Montana for one year, then moved to New Delhi, India where he studied sitar. He returned to college to study science and medicine. When money ran out, he hit the bars—with his guitar, working several nights a week to fund his education. Music continued to be a private and public passion while he built his career as a doctor of natural medicine. The fire was rekindled in 2011 when he attended the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival and Workshop in Bigfork, Montana. Don now plays regularly at venues near his home in Bigfork.
PERFORMANCE DATE: September 17, 2018