Past 2017-18 Season

Leo Kottke

Friday, September 22, 2017 • 8 pm
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Acoustic guitar legend Leo Kottke has been similarly bending notes and bending his guitar’s capacity for syncopated, polyphonic melodies over a prolific career that spans more than four decades.  Beginning with his debut LP, “Twelve String Blues,” recorded live at a Minneapolis coffee house, Kottke has crafted a career that has found him signing with Capitol Records, playing international folk festivals, receiving two Grammy nominations, and collaborating with artists like Rickie Lee Jones and Phish bassist Mike Gordon.

Simply Three

Saturday, October 14, 2017 • 8 pm
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This electrifying string trio has been dazzling audiences with their high-octane performances that genre-hop through artists like Adele, Gershwin, Coldplay, Twenty One Pilots, Ed Sheeran, and more! Combining old school training and new school sonics, they mix original works with innovative arrangements and have been leaving audiences hungry for more of their fascinating sound.

Ellis Marsalis Trio

Friday, November 17, 2017 • 8 pm
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Recipient of the NEA’s prestigious Jazz Masters Award and honorary doctorates from Dillard University and Ball State University, Ellis Marsalis is regarded by many as the premier modern jazz pianist in New Orleans. Ellis is also recognized as one of the most renowned music educators in the U.S., imparting his extensive knowledge of jazz to students like Harry Connick, Jr., Terence Blanchard, and his own four sons, each of whom has found international acclaim. The patriarch of the musical Marsalis family will share his love for music in every note he plays as he celebrates his 83rd birthday by performing in the Bitterroot Valley.

The Dustbowl Revival

Friday, January 12, 2018 • 8 pm
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The Dustbowl Revival has become known and loved for their free-flowing, joyous shows, which combine New Orleans funk, bluegrass, soul, pre-war blues, and roots. With a fresh new album released in June of 2017, this eight member band is ready to hit the road and bring their newest sound to audiences across the world.

Phoebe Hunt & the Gatherers

Saturday, February 10, 2018 • 8 pm
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An accomplished Americana instrumentalist with foundations in jazz and swing, Rolling Stones Country named Phoebe Hunt as one of their top 10 “new country artists you need to know.” Her new album, “Shanti’s Shadow,” is a culmination of her five year journey through Music Row, Brooklyn, and India, where she studied with seventh generation master violinist Kala Ramnath. With her five virtuosic Gatherers, Phoebe pulls seemingly disparate elements into a dazzling kaleidoscope of lush, coherent sound and rhythm patterns.

De Temps Antan

Friday, March 23, 2018 • 8 pm
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Since 2003, this trio has been exploring and performing time-honored melodies in the stomping grounds of Québec’s musical past. Playing fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki and a number of other instruments, these three virtuosos blend boundless energy with the unmistakable “joie de vivre” found only in traditional Québécois music.

Performance Sponsors

The BPAC would like to extend a special thank you to our individual performance sponsors for 2017-2018!

Judy and Rich Morrisey

Peggy Tonon and Warren Neyenhuis