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Blues, deep down rhythm, sultry voices, and smoking hot musicians. That'is what it is all about. The 9th Annual Big Sky Blues Festival held August 3rd - 5th will not disappoint festival goers in Noxon, Montana at Pilgrim Park -- Two days, Saturday and Sunday of solid top-notch music & Friday night music with 2 bands and a jam. Kicking off the festival will be a Hamburger/hot dog barbeque at the gazebo. For the kick off party Friday two bands, Anita Royce and the High Rollers and  Kenny James Band will play; Once again a jam at the end of the night after the bands play. Friday night festivities begin at 5 pm  -- "'til the cows come home." Buy a ticket for Friday night, only,  $35.

2018 Performers
Reverend Raven and The Chain Smokin' Altar Boys
featuring Westside Andy on Harmonica!

Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys
featuring Westside Andy on Harmonica!
  have been bringing crowds to their feet at the hardest to please and sophisticated night clubs in the Midwest, Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys play traditional blues, straight up with a big dose of passion. With smoking grooves, served up with hot harmonica and smooth stringing guitar they play original songs peppered with nods to Slim Harpo, Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers, Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells and the three Kings.
The Randy Oxford Blues
with special guest LA Smith and Hank and Bill Shreves

Hank and Bill Shreves are joining Randy Oxford Blues as special guests. The Hank Shreve Band won the 2016, 2014 and 2013 Muddy Award for Best Regional Act, following their Best New Act Muddy in 2012. Rocking Blues and Soulful originals   

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Randy Oxford Blues, special guest LA Smith and Hank & Bill Shreves  an International touring Band with the leader, trombone player as well as the recipient of over 25 Blues awards from the Washington Blues Society, has assembled an all-star group.  The Randy Oxford Blues has been all the rage lately on the Music festival circuit, playing all over the United States and Canada.

LA Smith will fly into Montana to play with the Randy Oxford Blues. He is a Conga, Bongo and Hand Percussionist with experience in blues, pop, rock and salsa music from New York City. He’s considered a legend by musicians in Costa Rica. This ledgend will also put on a FREE kids/adult workshop at the Annual Big Sky Blues Fedstival. LA's love for music inspired him to launch a program to teach percussion workshops to kids all over the world.

Brad Wilson & The Rollin’Blues Thunder Band

Brad Wilson
has a soulful Americana sound, tapping into all his sources of inspiration. His concerts are the kind of high-octane performances that have made him a standout hit at countless concerts. Considered more than a talented guitarist by his audience, Brad is an exciting entertainer. His Cali Bee Music record releases include Blues Thunder, Hands On The Wheel and Power Blues Guitar Live.  These albums have created a lot of anticipation to see Brad and his band in concert on  their 2018 Tour. Brad is a rocked-up blues and charismatic guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. He has become known as a smokin' hot blues player who can rock the house all night long with the best of them. His songwriting has a hard-charging Americana/Blues/Roots style. His guitar playing is contemporary blues and he can rip on lead. Brad's live show is presented with spirit and class.  Credits include tour dates with the legendary rock and roll band with horns, Chicago; movie soundtrack credits on film director John Carpenter's Vampires and Ghosts Of Mars; and the television shows The Young & The Restless (CBS) and Passions (NBC) have used Brad’s music for years. Worldwide charting hits include 'Step By Step", "Change It Up" and the 'Ballad Of John Lee". Traveling with Brad is his long time band, The Rollin' Blues Thunder!

Rae Gordon
cut her singing teeth in the piano bars and comedy clubs of Los Angeles, and it gave her the sense of humor she brings to her show today.  She has played the big and little stages of northwest’s favorite clubs, dance floors and festivals helping to mold a signature sound that spans from a dance able get up and groove to a haunting slide tone that will make you want to find a back porch and sit a spell. Rae enjoys playing intimate venues where she can connect one on one with people in the audience to large festivals where she can connect with a whole community.  Her style and approachability hasn’t been contained in the northwest only, with performances in Montana, Nevada, Memphis, California and back.

Sammy Eubanks has won the "Best Male Vocalist" award 10 times in the state of Washington. From East to West he is widely regarded as "THE VOICE". He and the band have won multiple awards and recognitions including advancing to the semi-finals in Memphis at the 2013 International Blues Challenge. He travels with his band, consisting of two veteran musicians of equal caliber and professional musicianship, Michael Hays on drums and vocals, with Dave Nordstrom on Bass and vocals, make up the swingin’-est rhythm section in the business. Period. Do yourselves a favor and experience the magic that is Sammy Eubanks and his band today!
Charles Mack

Charles Mack has stayed dedicated to his career in music. As not only an exceptional bass player but also an accomplished song writer. Charles transcends a single genre and brings his experience and talent to everything from classical to contemporary jazz, blues to funk and R&B to hip-hop. As a free lance musician Charles has had many opportunities to share the stage with a number of accomplished artists in a variety of genres ; alternative rock group Inflatable Soule, rap group Cypress Hill, blues and R&B artists Lucky Peterson, Grammy award winner, James Cotton, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Otis Rush, Otis Taylor, Shemekia Copeland, Maria Muldaur, Marcia Ball, Bernard Allison, Jimmy Johnson, and numerous Jazz ensembles. He is also a successful band leader in his own right and has played numerous venues throughout the country.
Anita Royce and the High Rollers

Party Friday Night with this Band!

Anita Royce and the High Rollers! “Wet & Salty Blues” that makes you dance. Anita is on guitar and vocals, Mark Harding on bass and vocals, Doug McQuain on keyboards, vocals and ewi (an electronic musical instrument, pronounced ewee), Dave Bergman on keyboards and sax, and Dino Armindaris on drums. Doug and Dave switch off and on keyboards so they can also play their other instruments, so it is an interesting mix. All the people in this band are just pure fun to play with, and they seem to smile a lot as they do so.

As a horn and percussion band, they bring the very best of the chart topping hits of the seventies, eighties and nineties to life. We are all about getting your guests up on the dance floor and keeping them moving! Featuring tight vocals, authentic horns, and a full rhythm section allows us to play anything from Chicago to Earth, Wind and Fire to Stevie Ray Vaughn and Santana. Their energy and enthusiasm give you  an unforgettable experience!
Sheri Roberts Greimes

WBS Best of the Blues Awards -- Blues Female Vocalist 2017! Known as a soulful singer and powerhouse vocalist, Sheri Roberts Greimes is quickly becoming a favorite in the Northwest.
Having overcome a serious health issue in 2012, Sheri has steadily come back to the stage and is playing keyboards and singing as a solo artist in many popular venues. with her trio group and with her band JoMomma for festivals and local events!
Offering an eclectic song-list of quirky tunes, Sheri tries to do anything she sings her way. She doesn't do the typical Chick" songs.
Sheri was always a pop, easy-listening, soft rock and country performer but venturing into the blues has given Sheri the chance to really grow and change her style of singing.
Come hear Sheri live… live gives more energy and excitement than a recording can provide. Sheri loves to have fun and watch the audience having fun too!

KEEP WATCHING: Sheri has been nominated again for the WBS Best of the Blues for 2018 in the following categories:

Blues Solo/Duo Performer
Blues Keyboardist
Blues Female Vocalist
Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers

   Michele D'Amour Michele D’Amour is a born storyteller and award-winning songwriter who penned her first song at the age of six, and was a published poet by her early twenties. Her lyrics treat difficult topics with a sense of soulful whimsy and wry humor. Michele sang in her church choir, wrote songs, and sang lead for some local bands before honing her craft at several of the blues jams in the Seattle area and eventually forming Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers.
     Ronnie Bishop is an American drummer most recently known for his work with Michael Powers. Bishop has an impressive history of working with jazz and blues artists in the Seattle area and beyond.
     Patrick McDanel started his music career as a professional trombone player before switching to bass after blowing out a sinus. He has toured nationally and internationally with various bands.
       Born and raised in Iowa, Jeff Cornell began playing guitar at 12 when he saw a Van Halen video on MTV, found his dad's old acoustic, and started learning to play. Jeff studies with Craig Erickson in Iowa and is influenced by Clapton, Page, Hendrix, and Beck as well as Son House, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and Buddy Guy. Jeff moved to Seattle in 1995.
   Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers have released three CDs: Sin Comin’ On, in February 2014, with three original songs penned by Michele; Ante Up, comprised of ten originals written by Michele, in March 2015; and Lost Nights at the Leopard Lounge, with twelve originals, in June 2017. The band enjoys performing for and interacting with audiences of all ages.

Kenny James Miller

A Northwest Blues Rock Power Trio performing 'original' music.

Eric Funk, 11th & Grant. Montana PBS wrote....

 "As we all know, there are many bands out there playing music. Among them, there are a few that "make it happen", bring incredible talent and energy to the gig and every single song they play. Kenny James Miller Band is one of those. Powerful, evocative, and a unique rock/blues band. That's why I had them on my TV show, "11th & Grant with Eric Funk", the six time Emmy Award winning Montana PBS series that features professional Montana musicians. These guys are 'the real deal'."

 Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records wrote…”..play very well together...music is unpretentious & well
     done...definitely a  superior blues rock band...lots to be proud of..."   
     Peterson of Jerry the Inland Blues Society wrote  "...they took no prisoners while rocking the house...       played some seriously hard-driving.. rock..."

Tickets at the gate are $70.00 includes full weekend & Friday night music and Hamburgers/hotdogs.

Friday night only ticket (includes two bands and hamburgers & hotdogs)= $35 + one side dish
Kids under 10 = FREE
Dog friendly festival with poop bags
Camping ALL WEEKEND including (Friday & Monday) is $35.00
More information on camping and lodging go here
Buy your tickets early on line and save! Tickets will be waiting at the gate for you.

There is plenty of on-site camping and RV space as well as nearby lodging. Visitors to this beautiful area can participate in all sorts of outdoor activities including swimming, boating, hiking and more. Campers will be nestled on the Clark Fork River at the Vista Power recreation in the mountains of western Montana.
The Festival's Location
This beautiful setting is a prime spot to hold an outdoor music festival. Noxon, Montana is about 50 miles east of Sand Point, Idaho. The festival will have food vendors (vendors, apply here) - (Vendors' Map) and the Big Sky Brewery is providing refreshments. This festival has become a favorite annual destination for families and veteran festival seekers alike. It is a great place to bring the family with a laid back, casual atmosphere.
Saturday & Sunday Workshops for Kids and Teens - NEWish! More about this workshop later.
This year there will be free workshops on Saturday and Sunday morning from 9-11 am for kids and teens interested in learning to play the blues. Workshop is put on by some of the fine musicians playing at the festival.

All-Star Jam
An All-Star Jam closes the festival on Sunday evening. The jam is open to anyone and has always been a great crowd pleaser. Come and join the fun! Stay the whole weekend in the mountains of Montana along the Clark Fork River. You won’t be disappointed.
Pre-party on Friday night, August 3rd
The pre-party on Friday night, August 3rd, is going to be at the Festival site with the  Anita Royce and the High Rollers! -- Hamburger and hot dog roast!

Drive into Noxon, MT. and you will see the camping and festival site on the river as you are driving over the bridge into Noxon. Can't miss it.  This is a picture taken at sunset by Susan Bohannan Jones looking out from the camping area at the Festival! For this seventh annual festival it will be "first come, first serve" for parking, etc.. There is more than enough room for all.

more scenery from Noxon, MT

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more scenery from Noxon, MT
Lodging near by
Lots of Great  CAMPING ON SITE  at Festival
Directions to Festival

This festival has the best sound system and stage of all festivals. Thanks Eddie Hernandez for making this happen!

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