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Montana Folk festival 2017

On a perfect summer evening, thousands of people gather Friday in the Original Mine yard to kick off the annual Montana Folk Festival for the seventh time. The three-day music festival is open to the public and will continue Saturday and Sunday beginning at noon each day.

Walter Hinick, The Montana Standard

On Tuesday, organizers of the Montana Folk Festival announced seven more acts and filled out the bill for this year’s incarnation of the annual event, which is set to take place July 13, 14 and 15 in Uptown Butte.   

“We have our lineup set and we can now tell everyone the full story of what they can look forward to when they come to Butte this July,” said Festival Director George Everett in a press release.

That story now includes two acts with roots on Montana’s Crow reservation — the hip-hop artist Supaman and the Lodge Grass-based Black Whistle Singers— as well as the New Orleans ensemble Treme Brass Band and the Malian group Mamadou Kelly Band.

The other newly announced artists include Andre Veloz, a New York-based singer of Dominican bachata; the Frank Vignola Jazz Guitar Trio, also from New York; and Los Angeles’ Greek Rebetiko Trio.

Organizers had already announced blues artist Annika Chambers, bluegrass group ShadowGrass, zydeco singer C.J. Chenier, western swing outfit Wylie & the Wild West, Celtic group the Heron Valley Band and rockabilly artist Linda Gail Lewis, among others. 

All told, some 21 diverse, global musical acts are set to perform at stages at the Original Mine Yard and elsewhere Uptown. In addition, the festival will host dancers, craftspeople and vendors of food and drink.

No admission will be charged for any performance over the three days of the festival but attendees are encouraged to donate $20 for individuals or $25 per family.


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