If you live in Montana and are not listening to live music this weekend, then it is your own damn fault. There is so much live music happening just within 20 miles of my house that I would not have the capability of viewing it all. There is nothing that takes the place of live music; not cd’s, not scratchy records, not NPR, nothing can match the beat of live music reverberating in your own heart. Nothing makes you move in a way that you had no idea you could move, like live music. You no longer look like a fool, you have become the music and it moves you and controls you and you surrender to its primal power.
On the flip side, there are the musicians. They are completely and fully absorbed in their art. Nothing else is taking place, they are living in the moment. A prime example of mindfulness. They clearly are not wondering if they took some meat out for dinner. They are not checking their phones. Their passion alone is enough to make you enthralled as the watcher. As I watched the third band beginning their set at last night’s live music venue, the bass guitarist looked out at the audience and said about his band; “you have no idea how much fun we are having”.
What’s the difference between a musician and a large pizza?
…….A large pizza can feed a family of four.
Here’s the music menu that I am aware of this weekend. Starting on Thursday there was live bluegrass at The Bitterroot Brewery. Friday there was a free concert in Hamilton featuring the iconic Big Sky Mudflaps. Friday and Saturday were the annual Bluegrass Festival just north of Darby and the Wood Tick Music Festival up the West Fork. I was at Wood Tick which is on a private ranch in a beautiful setting on Chaffin Creek. Bring your lawn chair and even a tent if you would like to stay the night. The music goes well into the night and the crowd is delightful. Saturday night is the Bitterroot Brewfest featuring a live band as well. If you were looking for big name bands you could take a road trip to White Sulfur Springs for the Red Ants Pants Music Festival. Take a tent for sure to that one.
What’s the difference between an accordion and an onion?
….. no one cries when you cut up and accordion.
If you haven’t had your fill of live music this weekend you can always come to Darby’s Last Fridays; music and art in the park, next weekend. Art vendors, local wine and cider, children’s activities and the band for July 31st is Pinegrass. This event is held on the last Friday of June, July, August and September in the Darby City Park from 5:00 to 8:00. This is a relaxing evening of socializing, wine tasting, art vendors and, of course, live music. Come as you are to this free event celebrating the beauty, art and authenticity of Darby Montana.
I have been searching for a book for us to read and have not come up with one in a while. So this month’s book choice is still up in the air. If you are in need of a good book please feel free to browse through some old “Wild About Books” post and you’re sure to find something. Here’s the link: Wild About Books. Or look at Amazon’s 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime. Or, better yet, it’s summer; go listen to some live music. Dance.