July 11-13th, Big Horn Mountain 10th Annual Festival, Johnson County Fairgrounds, Buffalo, Wyoming.Mandolin and Banjo Championship Contests, Old-time Fiddle Contest, Bluegrass Camp for Kids. Volunteer for 8 hours and get a free 3-day pass.
July 25th-27th, Hardtimes 6th Annual Bluegrass Festival, July 25th-27th, 10 miles south of Hamilton, Montana on Highway 93. Sit under the trees with your family and listen to some of the best traditional bluegrass you’d ever want to hear. Regional groups play continuously and on-time. Jam session occur spontaneously. Food, tee shirts, and, maybe, even a massage are available. Bring chairs, sit back, and enjoy! Many thanks to locals Mike and Tari Conroy of Shook Mountain Productions for their hard work on Hardtimes.
August 8th-10th, 27th Annual Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival, Alta, Wyoming. Features some of my favorites—Nickel Cree, Leftover Salmon, Travelin’ McCoury’s, and many more.
Bluegrass in Molt. If you like bluegrass and you’re ever in Billings on a Saturday morning, drop by the Prairie Winds Cafe in Molt. Have a great breakfast and listen to bluegrass from 9 am-noon. You’ve never heard of Molt? Well, here’s how to get there—take the Zoo Drive exit off 90, west of Billings, to Shiloh Road, north to Rimrock Road, then left. Follow Rimrock as it turns into Molt Road all the way to Molt. This page, toward the bottom, lists who’s playing.
Bluegrass at Wheat Montana, Tuesdays, 5:30–8pm, 2520 S 3rd St W, Missourian. Free admission; however, you’re encouraged to buy something to eat while you listen to the music.
Kids in Bluegrass open mic, Wheat Montana, Tuesdays, 5:30-6pm.
Billings Jams, Fridays, 7pm, 415 North 30th St, Billings MT.