2018 Free Music Lineup Revealed!

The Western Montana Fair has revealed the 2018 Stampede Stage headlining music lineup! All musical performances on the Stampede Stage are Free Admission with a great showcase of rising local stars! 

Please visit westernmontanafair.com/music for all the details! 

Free music is sponsored by First Security Bank, The Missoulian, and all of the Free Admission Fair sponsors! 

 

CHANCE MCKINNEY

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018

Montana-born and raised, Chance McKinney delves into our relationships to work and how we perceive the act of making a living with his forthcoming collection of music. An EP titled I is expected later this spring, and across its steely landscape, he constructs what he dubs “industrialized country."

The independent singer/songwriter who won CMT's Music City Madness and has been on tour with Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many more had a fan base that launched #DownToGetUp into the Top 50 on iTunes Country Album Chart almost immediately.

 

MUDSLIDE CHARLEY

THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018

Mudslide Charley is a Missoula Montana born band that delivers house rockin' roots music. Marco Littig (Mudslide) has led the band through many evolutions. From Its first sparks in 2004, the band continued to ignite and morph over the years into the now five piece powerhouse of diverse musicians and songwriters. They draw inspiration from a more antiquated era when Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker first fused the rough and rural vibes of southern acoustic blues with modern electric instruments.

 

SHODOWN

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2018

From humble beginnings, Shodown has matured into one of the best bands in Montana. With a diverse play list and fun style that blends bluegrass, western swing, traditional and modern country, and 70’s/80’s/90’s rock-n-roll, Shodown has been a widely popular Montana band for many years.

Most arrangements feature a rich 3-part harmony mixed with driving guitars and/or fiddle, a solid and grooving rhythm section, and more fun than you can shake a stick at. This is a band that makes you get up and dance! 

 

MELISSA FORRETTE

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10 & SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2018

Melissa Forrette grew up in the mountains in California, before moving to Montana at 18 years old to work on ranches. While doing so, she found inspiration to start writing music. Her uncle gave her his old guitar in 2009 and she hasn't put it down since. Melissa has traveled to Nashville several times and worked with some of the best of the best. Growing up on good country music and with idols like Merle Haggard, she tries to stay true to her roots and make songs that can’t be confused with anything else but country. 

 

LITTLE JANE & THE PISTOL WHIPS

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2018

Southwest Montana (Bozeman, Livingston area) is the place that Little Jane & the Pistol Whips hang their hats. Born and raised in Southwest Montana, Little Jane’s (aka. Ashly Jane Holland) original songs, dress, and demeanor carry what one would envision Montana to look and sound like. A little bit rough around the edges and a lotta bit warm and inviting. The band was formed in 2008 and is embarking on their 10 year anniversary THIS year!

 

BLISTERED EARTH

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2018

Formed in December of 2009, Blistered Earth is the best Metallica tribute band on the planet (we checked!). Playing classic songs ranging from 1983's "Kill Em' All", to 1991's self-titled "Metallica" this tribute pays it's respects to one of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time with the raw energy, showmanship, look and song selections that die-hard Metallica fans want to see and hear, they are the ultimate tribute to Metallica!