MRBA Spring Festival 2014



Lone Rock School, Stevensville, MT – April 12, 2014

Well, we’re getting geared up for another great Spring Festival, with 18 bands and whole lot of fun. The Festival will again be at the Lone Rock School, on Saturday, April 12th—2014. There will be free overnight camping at the school and the music will start at 12 noon and go non-stop til 10:25 pm. The school will be open after the Festival for jam- ming and Sunday morning we will have a free breakfast for campers at the school.

Verna Molenda has again offered to cook her wonderful food for the kitchen. She asks that folks that bring food for sale bring desserts. If you would like to volunteer to help Verna, call her at 821-3163.
If you would like to volunteer to help at the festival with the ticket tables or the cd or merchandise sales, please call Ben Essary at 777-7028. Or just check in that day with the organizers and they’ll find a spot for you. Thanks!

Directions – (Watch for signs) Lone Rock School: 1112 Three Mile Creek, Stevensville, MT
Directions from south- (traveling North on Highway 93 from Hamilton), turn right at Stevensville turn off- drive 1 mile, turn left when entering Stevensville onto East Side Highway and continue 5 1/2 miles. Turn right on Three Mile Road. Continue on Three Mile Road for 3 miles, school is on the left.
Directions from the North-(from Lolo) Turn left at Florence (Conoco Station) onto Eastside Highway. Continue on Eastside Highway 6 1/2 miles. Turn left onto Three Mile Road.
Continue on Three Mile Road for 3 miles, school is on the left.                                                     2014 MRBA Bluegrass Festival, as follows…

12:00—12:30         Kids in Bluegrass

12:35—1:05           Russell King & Fully Cooked

1:10—1:40             The Bittergrass String Band

1:45—2:15             Darby Sireens

2:20—2:50             Spring Wagon

2:55—3:25             Blue To The Bone

3:30—4:00             Salmon Valley String Band

4:05—4:35             Pinegrass

4:40—5:10             Foggy Mtn. Top

5:15—5:45             Accousticals

5:50—6:20            PJ & Cindy with Flatgrass

6:25—6:55           Mike and Tari Conroy Band

7:00—7:30           New South Fork

7:35—8:05          Black Mtn. Boys

8:10—8:40          Gravely Mtn Boys

8:45—9:15          Heartbreak Pass

9:20—9:50           Spring Thaw

9:55—10:25        Phyllis Erck and the Ruby Jewel Band

10:30—11:00      Elk River Ramblers

…see ya there!!




 FRIDAY, APRIL 18 starting at 8:00PM
 At least 3 spaces for jamming
 In the front area of the Loft we will set up a sound system so that the pickers can really entertain the grinners and we will have a sign up sheet for a few bands to play short sets of a few tunes between 9:00ish and 10:30ish with open jamming before and after.
 The Wine Cave and the Conference Room (as well as the back porch weather permitting) will be available for other jams.
BYOB and food to share if desired.
Acoustic stringed instruments only please
Presented by Richards and Gangi Productions otherwise known as your good time fun loving freinds Larry and Sue.
 Y’all come now:)
The Loft of Missoula is located at 119 West Main Street.
Free parking after 5pm in the parking garage across the street.
Be aware that The Loft of Missoula is on the second floor of the buidling in the picture, that it is accessed by long stairways at both the front and rear of the building, and that it is not handicapped accessible.  That said, if the stairs pose a challenge but you really want to attend, we can probably round some big strong fellers up to help you and and down the stairs.
If you have any questions talk to Larry Gangi, Sue Richards, or Pat Davis.

Missoulian article about Ruby Jewel Jamboree


Kathy Kallick Band, from left to right, Cary Black, Tom Bekeny, Annie Staninec, Kathy Kallick, Greg Booth will play. Ruby’s Inn in Missoula on April 7.

March 28, 2014 6:15 am
• By DILLON KATO for the Missoulian

Spring is here, which means it’s concert season in Missoula, and this year some of the biggest names in bluegrass are coming to town.

The 2014 Ruby Jewel Jamboree will feature a series of concerts at Ruby’s Inn in Missoula, bringing in top-tier bluegrass talent like the Kathy Kallick Band, Junior Sisk, Bradford Lee Folk and others.

The Ruby Jewel Jamboree was started in 2010 and named after Ruby Erck, whose family owns a group of hotels in Montana. The bluegrass tour is the pet project of Ruby’s daughter Phyllis Erck, who is also the president of the Montana Rockies Bluegrass Association.

Jamboree producer Kimberlee Carlson said Phyllis is on a mission to bring the popularity of bluegrass in the eastern United States to the West. The tour was established with the goal of bringing big-name bluegrass artists as well as up-and-comers to Montana and give local talent a place to showcase their work.  read more…


Searching for a Montana Bluegrass Band to play at…

50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act – A Missoula Celebration!! 

hilary_heading_back_from_gladiatorWe are a collaborative of nonprofits and community members putting on this event Saturday, September 20th 2014, in McCormick Park.

We are looking for a Montana bluegrass band to play for the afternoon. We have some money for a band but would greatly appreciate any discounts.

We are still working out exact times. We will advertise your participation through web, radio, and print outlets.

        If you and your band are interested or have any questions, please email me.

            Thank You, Emily Struss at

John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band

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At The Ellen Theatre in Bozeman
Saturday, March 29, 2014 – 8 PM

FREE ticket for the first 4 people to post a comment on this post.  Tell us something good about bluegrass music.

Elton John calls him “Brilliant!” and he was AMC’s Guitarist of the Year for three straight years. Grammy-winner John Jorgenson and his Bluegrass Band, straight from a packed house performance at the Grand Ole Opry, are set for a night of incredible music.

“We’re thrilled to be heading back to The Ellen,” said Jorgenson. “The acoustics are perfect and I like to call it Carnegie West. I’m truly looking forward to introducing our Bluegrass Band to Bozeman.”  Joining Jorgenson are Herb Pedersen on banjo, guitar and vocals; Jon Randall on guitar and vocals; and Mark Fain on bass.

If you have yet to see a live performance by John Jorgenson, known for his blistering licks on guitar and mandolin, here is your opportunity to witness a master at the absolute top of his craft. Jorgenson’s career has already been a full one, co-founding The Desert Rose Band and collaborating with a number of musical luminaries including Sting, Bonnie Rait, Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Billy Joel and Barbra Streisand. Elton John was so impressed when he first saw him play, he immediately recruited Jorgenson to join his band, a teaming that lasted six years. In 2008, Jorgenson won a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental with Brad Paisley and received a nomination for Best Bluegrass Album with Earl Scruggs.

Herb Pedersen was a member of legendary Bluegrass band The Dillards as well as Bluegrass super-group Old and In the Way. A highly sought after singer and musician, he has performed with such music icons as Jerry Garcia, Gram Parsons, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Jackson Browne, John Denver, Dan Fogelberg, James Taylor, Vince Gill, Stephen Stills,  John Prine and Kris Kristofferson. Pedersen wrote the classics “Old Train” and “Wait A Minute.”

Jon Randall first gained recognition as guitarist for Emmylou Harris’ band, the Grammy-winning Nash Ramblers. He has also toured with Earl Scruggs and recorded with Harris, Lyle Lovett and Linda Ronstadt. Among his several hit songs, Randall penned “Whiskey Lullaby,” the CMA Song of the Year in 2005 for Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss.
Mark Fain toured and recorded as bass player in the award-winning Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder for 13 years. He’s also toured and recorded with Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton, Alan Jackson, and Dwight Yoakam and has produced many artists in the bluegrass, jazz, country, and gospel genres.

Mark Fain toured and recorded as bass player in the award-winning Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder for 13 years. He’s also toured and recorded with Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton, Alan Jackson, and Dwight Yoakam and has produced many artists in the bluegrass, jazz, country, and gospel genres.

Tickets: $28

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MRBA Volunteer needed

Do you love the Montana Rockies Bluegrass Association events?  Would you like to help us get the word out about our events?

We need a volunteer to take on the task of listing our MRBA sponsored events with the media outlets such as the Missoulian,, the Bitterroot Star and the Independent.  We sponsor about 12 events per year and submissions can be made through simple online forms.  Training is available if needed.  This is a very important job for keeping our club vibrant.

Please give me a call if you can help.

-Phyllis  546-6327


Final Winter 2014 Jam

Winter Jam Series at Ruby's Inn

Come on over to Ruby’s for our final Jam for the Winter Jam Series this season.

Same routine.  Start at 2pm jam until midnight or so with a break for potluck dinner at 6pm.

All styles and levels and grinners are welcome.

Ruby’s Inn – 4825 N Reserve St (Missoula, MT) just off I-90 at exit 101

Upcoming Bluegrass Events

fsMarch 7— Trapline Band—Symes Hotel, Hot Springs, MT 8:00 p.m.

March 8—Ruby’s Winter Jam Series, Open Jam and potluck. Pickin’ and grinnin’ starts at 2:00pm. Potluck at 5:30 followed by more pickin’

March 18—Pinegrass. Top Hat in Missoula. 8:00 pm

March 24—Acousticals. Redbird in Missoula. 7:00 pm
March 29— John Jorgeson Bluegrass Band.

March 29— Leftover Biscuits. Belton Chalet. 7:00

April 1— Pinegrass with Richie Rienholdt, Top Hat in Missoula, 8:00 p.m.

April 3— Acousticals, Top Hat in Missoula, 6:00 pm

April 7—Kathy Kallick Band, Ruby’s Inn, Missoula, MT
April 9—Kathy Kallick Band, Hilton Garden Inn, Great Falls, MT April 10—Kathy Kallick Band, Hampton Inn, Billings, MT
(See for details)

April 10—Porter Creek, Top Hat in Missoula,
April 11—12—Yonder Mountain String Band, Missoula,
April 11—New South Fork, Top Hat in Missoula, 6:00 pm
April 12—MRBA Spring Festival— Stevensville, Lone Rock School

The Montana Rockies Bluegrass Association is a non-profit association dedicated to promoting, preserving and sharing our love of bluegrass music in a spirit of family and friendship.

     Recurring Shows and Jams

images-4 Missoula – Tuesdays, Wheat Montana – Moozoola Opry 6pm ‘til 8pm the Black Mountain Boys play. Admission is free, the band asks that you buy a sandwich or soup from the fine folks at Wheat Montana as you enjoy an evening of music.

 Missoula – Pickin Circle. Tangled Tones Studio. 2005 South Ave., West. – 2nd & 4th Wednesdays—6:00 pm to 9:00 pm . (406-396-3352)

 Missoula—Open Jam. Top Hat. Tuesdays. 7:00 pm
 Livingston – Open Jam. Pine Creek Café. Thursday—8:30—10:30 pm.