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10 Ways to Enjoy a Romantic Getaway in Missoula

Romantic Getaway to Missoula, MontanaThese crisp, fall months practically beg us to curl up in front of a warm fire, safely protected from the harsh elements outside. What’s better than curling up someone special and focusing on romance? In Montana, there’s one romantic getaway destination that outshines the rest. The charming town of Missoula, Montana, imbues a sense of adventure and romance around every street corner and in every restaurant and shop. Spend your days browsing the boutique shops in downtown Missoula, enjoying a glass of Missoula’s finest craft beer, or enjoying an adventure whilst taking in the magnificent fall foliage. No matter how you choose to spend your time, theres no better place to reconnect than our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. Book your room today.

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Luke Bryan Concert

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Luke Bryan Concert is coming to Missoula.  For his Kill the Lights tour, Luke Bryan will be performing at the Adams Center (32 Campus Drive in Missoula) on the University of Montana campus.  His concerts happen on Wednesday April 20 and Thursday April 21 from 7:30 am to 10:00 pm.

Luke explains how his tour-titled track, Kill the Lights came to be in this YouTube video.  You can even tell that he has a great singing voice just by hearing him speak.  He has a sexy voice!

Hear Luke Bryan sing his hit song, Kill The Lights.  The song lyrics show up on the screen as well as some images of him performing in front of fans.

During preparations for his performances at the MusiCares Gala and the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards® where he paid tribute to music icon Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan learned his Kill The Lights album has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. The album debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200, his third consecutive album to do so, and Top Country Albums charts.

Kill The Lights contains Luke’s two-week No. 1 single “Home Alone Tonight” featuring Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town and closed 2015 as the best-selling country album of the year and the 10th biggest selling album on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 Year-End list.

Luke Bryan was also nominated for four different i-Heart Radio Music Awards:

Male Artist of the Year:

Ed Sheeran
Justin Bieber
Luke Bryan
Sam Smith
The Weeknd

Best Tour:

Foo Fighters
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Taylor Swift
U2

Country Song of the Year:

“Buy Me A Boat” – Chris Janson
“Homegrown” – Zac Brown Band
“I See You” – Luke Bryan
“Lose My Mind” – Brett Eldredge
“Take Your Time” – Sam Hunt

Country Artist of the Year:

Blake Shelton
Brad Paisley
Luke Bryan
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett

The 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards are set to take place on April 3rd, at the historic Forum in Los Angeles, and will be televised live on TBS, TNT, and truTV at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT., as well as simulcast on iHeartMedia stations nationwide, and on the iHeartRadio digital music platform.

When you see the Luke Bryan Concert, be sure to stay with hosts Brady and Elaine at their Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  Their relaxing and romantic retreat always pleases their happy guests.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Mamma Mia in Missoula!

Mamma Mia in Missoula! A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! The ultimate feel-good show! Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise.

So what is the show about, you ask?  On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives! With more productions playing internationally than any other musical, MAMMA MIA! is the World’s No.1 Show!

You may recall a movie version of Mamma Mia! starring Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfriend, Christine Bananski, Stellan Skarsgard, and Julie Walters.  That was released in July 2008.

Mamma Mia! in Missoula

On Friday, March 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm at the Adams Center, Mamma Mia the musical is showing as part of the Missoula Live Series on the University of Montana campus in Missoula, Montana.  You will not want to miss this!

Poised at the base of Mount Sentinel on the beautiful University of Montana campus, the Adams Center is a proud Missoula icon, providing diverse entertainment in the mountains of Western Montana since the 1950s.

Named for and dedicated to Harry F. Adams who devoted 44 years of service to UM, the Adams Center underwent a $15 million renovation in 1998 to make improvements to the arena and add the auxiliary facility that now holds the East and West Auxiliary Gyms and the Grizzly Hall of Champions.

The Adams Center is now a hub for entertainment in Western Montana, from Grizzly Athletics and University of Montana events to meetings, conferences, trade shows, live theater and concerts.

Hosts Brady and Elaine Anderson-West invite you to stay at their restful retreat called Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast right here in Missoula.  Their gorgeous inn overlooks the Bitterroot River and features majestic mountain views.  Each morning guests savor a fresh gourmet breakfast cooked to perfection.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

U of Montana Griz Basketball 2016

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The University of Montana Griz Basketball teams, both mens and womens, attracts a lot of fans.  Did you know that both the mens and womens head basketball coaches were also Grizzlies basketball players?  In Big Sky Country, they play to win the Big Sky Conference.

Travis DeCuire was formally introduced as the University of Montana’s 27th men’s head basketball coach in June of 2014, at a press conference in University of Montana’s Adams Center.  DeCuire and the 2014-15 Griz went on to surpass all expectations, leading UM to a 20-win season and a share of the Big Sky Conference regular season title.

As a point guard for Montana from 1992-94 DeCuire was named All-Big Sky Conference as a junior and senior. He set a school record in just three seasons with 435 career assists. He also established UM’s single-season mark with 199 assists as a senior in 1993-94, when he was ranked 12th in the nation, averaging 7.1 assists a game.

He was the recipient of the Grizzlies’ Carl Dragstedt Award (MVP) as a junior (he shared it with forward Matt Kempfert that season) and senior, and received the John Eaheart Award (Outstanding Defensive Player) following his senior year.

Mens Griz local games left in the regular season:

Jan. 21 Idaho                             Missoula, Montana      7 pm

Jan. 23 Eastern Washington   Missoula, Montana      7 pm

Feb. 4 Montana State              Bozeman, Montana     7 pm

Feb. 11 Southern Utah            Missoula, Montana      7 pm

Feb. 13 Northern Arizona       Missoula, Montana      7 pm

Feb. 20  Montana State           Missoula, Montana      7 pm

Mar. 3  North Dakota              Missoula, Montana      8 pm

Mar. 5  Northern Colorado     Missoula, Montana      2 pm

 

Big Sky Conference Tournament in Reno, Nevada:

Mar. 8 First Round Games

Mar. 10 Quarterfinal Games

Mar. 11 Semifinal Games

Mar. 12 Championship Game

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Last year, Head Ladies Basketball Coach Robin Selvig, won Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year.  A graduate of University of Montana in 1974, Coach Selvig has been coaching the Lady Griz basketball team for the last 37 years and has coached over 845 winning games!

The 2014-2015 Lady Griz Basketball won the Big Sky Conference with 14 wins and only 4 losses.   They made it to the 2015 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship, but lost to Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.

The 2015-16 season is Robin Selvig’s 38th year as coach of the Lady Griz and his 43rd year at Montana as either a player or coach at his alma mater. He enters the season with a record of 845-275, an average of more than 22 wins per year.

 

The Assistant Coaches are also graduates of the University of Montana:

Shannon Schweyen (Montana, ’93), 24th year

Trish Duce (Montana, ’93, ’95), 22nd year

Sonya Stokken (Montana, ’09), 3rd year

 

Lady Griz local games left in the regular season:

Jan. 14 Thurs. Northern Colorado      Missoula, Montana      7 p.m.

Jan. 16 Sat.      North Dakota               Missoula, Montana      2 p.m.

Jan. 30 Sat.      Montana State            Bozeman, Montana     2 p.m.

Feb. 4 Thurs.   Sacramento State       Missoula, Montana      7 p.m.

Feb. 6 Sat.       Portland State            Missoula, Montana      2 p.m.

Feb. 20 Sat.     Montana State            Missoula, Montana      2 p.m.

Feb. 25 Thurs. Idaho State                Missoula, Montana      7 p.m.

Feb. 27 Sat.     Weber State               Missoula, Montana      2 p.m.

 

Big Sky Conference Tournament in Reno, Nevada:

March 7 Mon. First-round games

March 9 Wed. Quarter final games

March 11 Fri. Semi final games

March 12 Sat. Championship game

 

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula welcomes guests to stay at our luxurious and scenic mountain retreat.  Overlooking the Bitterroot River and enjoying gorgeous mountain vistas, our guests love coming to stay with us.

While we are located in a quiet setting, we are also just a fifteen-minute car ride from the University of Montana campus in Missoula.  Guests can enjoy watching our Montana Griz basketball games during their stay with us.

Missoula Hosts Comedian “Fluffy”

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Missoula hosts comedian Fluffy!  Comedy lovers unite when it comes to watching comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias.  American comedian, actor, writer, producer and voice actor. He is known for his shows I’m Not Fat… I’m Fluffy and Hot & Fluffy. He employs storytelling, affected voices, and sound effects in his act.  His other trademarks include references to his weight and his use of Hawaiian shirts.  Everyone likes “Fluffy”!

Fluffy will be performing an entertaining live comedy show at University of Montana’s Adams Center on Saturday November 7 at 7:30 pm.  Many people have already seen him on television and in movies and laughed at his funny jokes.  Come to Missoula, Montana to be there in person to see him on stage!

Just a reminder that the popular country music group Little Big Town performs five days later at the Adams Center on Thursday November 12, 2015.

Stomp

Tickets go on sale starting October 30, 2015 to see “Stomp” in concert at the Adams Center on Tuesday February 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm.  Stomp is a percussion group, originating in Brighton, UK that uses the body and ordinary objects to create a physical theatre performance.  Concerts with these popular percussion performers sell out fast!  When you get reserve your tickets, please stay at our lovely Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast right here in Missoula.  Our peaceful, scenic inn is conveniently close to University of Montana‘s main campus in Missoula.

Mamma-Mia

Tickets go on sale starting November 20, 2015 to see the Broadway hit “Mamma Mia” on Friday March 25, 2016.  This Broadway musical was the basis for the 2008 Golden Globe-nominated movie “Mamma Mia” starring Meryl Streep.  Over 60 million people have seen the Broadway show, which has grossed $2 billion worldwide since its 1999 debut.

Hosts Brady and Elaine Anderson-Wood prepare a delicious breakfast each morning. When you make reservations to see these memorable performances, be sure to reserve a room at their gorgeous mountain retreat!

For Missoula Music Lovers

Missoula music lovers often visit four popular local performance venues.  The Missoula, Montana music scene is thriving!  The Wilma has anchored the Missoula cultural and entertainment aspect for almost 100 years.  Constructed in 1921 as a vaudeville house, The Wilma has been utilized as a movie house for the majority of its history. In the 1980s, The Wilma began to once again host live entertainment.

In March of 2015, The Wilma was acquired by new ownership. The new owners, Nick and Robin Chehota, immediately commenced work on a major renovation and restoration of the historic theater, investing in entirely new infrastructure, renovated stage, modern catering operation, first class entertainer accommodations and one of the best sound systems in the Western United States. As a result of the remodel, The Wilma has become a state of the art facility within a spectacular historic building.

Where possible, Checota left some of the key elements original to the Wilma, including the massive Art Deco chandeliers hanging above the balcony. An artist also touched up the ornate French murals lining the walls, and many of the trimmings have been repainted in a gold-gray color palette that’s characteristic of early 20th century theaters, Checota says.

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The Wilma theater’s main room has been redone with a gray-gold color scheme, wooden tiered flooring and a raised stage.

 

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The vintage Art Deco-style light fixtures are some of the remaining elements original to the 94-year-old theater. Both photos courtesy the Missoula Independent.

The new owner is particularly proud of the improvements that most visitors to the Wilma might not be able to see but will certainly hear, including a new sound system and acoustic enhancements. Sound-absorption panels are hidden in the walls to help reduce echoes, which were a relic of the pre-amplified days when theaters were designed to throw actors’ voices as far as possible.

“It’s going to be cool, it’s going to attract bands,” Checota says in an interview with Kattie Whittle from Missoula Independent. “There’s a buzz already. I hear from agents, people are talking about what we’re doing.”

The Wilma hosts a free sneak peak event with music from Lil’ Smokies and The Whizpops! on Friday, Oct. 2, followed by its sold-out grand reopening with My Morning Jacket on Oct. 5.

Missoula-Music-LoversThe owners of the Wilma also own the Top Hat Lounge, a 550 capacity room, one block from The Wilma.  This longtime watering hole turned Missoula concert mecca is a great place to find awesome music.  With state of the art sound and stage equipment, patrons can find food, drinks, and even a dance floor to help them enjoy a variety of shows.  It is a downtown hot spot where many local bands often play. 

 

 

Missoula-Music-LoversBig Sky Brewing has long been considered a perfect combination of beer and music.  This outdoor ampitheater hosts everyone from Michael Franti to The Decemberists.  They often give the proceeds of concert beer sales to local Missoula charities.  Their 2015 Summertime Concert series was a big success. 

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Last, but certainly not least, is the Adams Center located on the University of Montana‘s campus right here in Missoula.  Famous performers like Miranda Lambert and Paul McCartney have performed here.  This is the perfect place to enjoy big names with thousands of your closest friends!  Friday Oct. 9, the Adams Center hosts the Newsboys starting at 7 pm.
Hosts Elaine and Brady Anderson-West welcome you to Missoula and their B&B guests experience scenic mountain views at their Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  Their peaceful property borders the Bitterroot River and is next to the Lewis and Clark walking trail.  Music lovers have a variety of performance venues when they visit Missoula.

Missoula Concerts Newsboys and Little Big Town

Newsboys – We Believe…God’s Not Dead Tour

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Event Date: Friday, October 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Facility: Adams Center on University of Montana Campus in Missoula

Grammy Award-winning Christian music group, the Newsboys, will bring their “We Believe…God’s Not Dead” tour to the Adams Center at The University of Montana in Missoula for a concert at 7 p.m. Friday, October 9. The “We Believe…God’s Not Dead” tour is one of the most in-demand nights of worship, praise and celebration this tour season. The tour also includes Hawk Nelson and Ryan Stevenson.

The tour is named for the band’s hits “We Believe,” the group’s longest-running No. 1 single to date, and “God’s Not Dead (Like a Lion),” which has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Newsboys, a Christian pop rock band, was found in 1985 in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia by Peter Furler and George Perdikis.  Currently, the band consists of lead vocalist Michael Tait (formerly of DC Talk), keyboardist and bassist Jeff Frankenstein, guitarist Jody Davis, and drummer/percussionist Duncan Phillips.

Little Big Town – The Pain Killer Tour

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Event Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Facility: Adams Center on University of Montana Campus in Missoula

Little Big Town is returning to Missoula! Special guests will be The Shires.

Little Big Town is an American country music vocal group. Founded in 1998, the group has comprised the same four members since its foundation: Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman (née Kimberly Roads), Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet. Their musical style relies heavily on four-part vocal harmonies, with all four members alternating as lead singers; Westbrook and Sweet also play rhythm guitar.

Pain Killer covers all new territory for Little Big Town. The band and its writing and production partners favored multi-layered effects. They drew from amix of music influences including vintage 50’s country, 70’s country, funk, groove, a cappella, bluegrass and straight up rock n’ roll.  This evolution of Little Big Town’s sound is the outcome of their free reign to write and craft as they chose, making Pain Killer as uninhibited as their creative process.

Hosts Elaine and Brady Anderson-Wood of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast welcome you to be their guests.  Experience their gorgeous, peaceful mountain setting that is in Missoula, Montana –the same town where these live concerts are performed on University of Montana campus.  Each morning guests delight in fresh, delicious gourmet breakfasts.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

St. Patrick’s Day & Celtic Woman

 

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is pleased to announce that on Saturday March 14, Downtown Missoula is featuring their own St. Patrick’s Day parade starting at noon on South Higgins Street in Missoula, MT.  Dr. Dan Combo is this year’s Grand Marshall and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Thane are Irishman and woman of the year. We encourage you all to attend as we honour these great Irish people.

On North Higgins, we recommend visiting the Iron Horse Bar and Grill in Missoula.  In addition to their homemade brews, their menu features a wide variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and entrees.  This is the perfect place to be refreshed after seeing the Missoula’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Their daily happy hour is from 5 to 7 pm.

 

Speaking of Irish happiness, this June, enjoy hearing angelic Irish music and seeing entertaining dance when the all-female Irish musical ensemble, Celtic Woman, perform live in the Adams Center on University of Montana’s Missoula campus.  This is their 10th Anniversary World Tour.  While the group’s performers have changed over the years, cumulatively, albums by Celtic Woman have sold over six million records worldwide.

This talented group of ladies have been described as “Riverdance for the voice.”  Don’t miss the inspiring performances of this timeless music complete with bagpipers, dancers, a full band and choir in an exceptional concert.

This brand new stage production celebrates the Emerald Isles’ spellbinding Celtic heritage through an extraordinary presentation of traditional Irish anthems, pop standards and original music by Emmy-nominated music producer, David Downes. The Emerald Tour showcases performances of favorites from the group’s treasure chest of songs including “Danny Boy,” “Amazing Grace” and “You Raise Me Up.”  These musical ladies perform live in concert on Friday June 12 at 8 pm.

Any day of the year, Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula welcomes guests.  Friendly innkeepers Brady and Elaine will help you feel right at home.  With the majestic Montana mountain views, luxurious amenities, and homemade gourmet breakfasts, guests always leave with smiles on their faces.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

University of Montana UM Days

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The University of Montana, in September 1895, began serving as the center of public higher education for Western Montana. This is a world class university with talented faculty and motivated students striving to achieve their dreams.  The University of Montana provides life experience that shapes futures.  Higher education with a global impact.  Potential students, as well as their families, are welcome to stay at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Montana while they visit.

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The University of Montana has open houses, called UM Days.  They are full-day events that include campus tours, student services presentations, a student panel, residence hall tours, lunch on campus and academic department meetings. UM Days are their most popular campus visit program for prospective students to experience campus.

UM Days provides prospective students and their families a unique opportunity to experience life at the University of Montana. A number of special events are scheduled during UM Days for participants to explore campus with other students. By attending UM Days, visitors will have the chance to take a guided tour of campus, view rooms in each of our residence halls, visit with faculty from your academic areas of interest, and hear from various student services on campus, including financial aid, residence life, and career services.

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A panoramic view of the UC second floor

UM Days Tentative Schedule

The following is a tentative schedule for the next UM Days program:

  • 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. – Check-in at University Center 3rd floor
  • 8:15 a.m. – 9 a.m. – Campus Tour
  • 9 a.m. – Welcome and Admissions Talk
  • 10 a.m. – Academics Under the Big Sky
  • 11 a.m. – Academic Department Open Houses
  • noon – 1 p.m. – Lunch in the Food Zoo
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Transfer Student Meeting
  • 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Student Services Panel
  • 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Current Student Panel
  • 3 p.m. & 4 p.m. – Campus Tours
  • 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Residence Hall Open Houses
  • 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Check out

Others may be interested in coming onto the University of Montana campus for sports and entertainment.  See a game at Washington Grizzly Stadium (pictured below).  Go Grizzlies!  Cheered on by Monte the Mascot!

Washington Grizzly Stadium

The Adams Center (pictured below) is now a hub for entertainment in Western Montana, from Grizzly Athletics and University of Montana events to meetings, conferences, trade shows, live theater and concerts.  Get tickets from GrizTix.

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The University of Montana even had Paul McCartney perform live in concert at the Adams Center this summer!  Whether coming as a prospective student, sports spectator, or performance lover, the University of Montana is right here in Missoula.  Hosts Elaine and Brady welcome you to stay as guests.  Guests love their delicious gourmet breakfasts served fresh every morning.  Majestic views from every window. breakfast4

The photo above is by professional photographer Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography.  This blog post is by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging.

 

Upcoming Concerts in Missoula

Missoula’s diverse and thriving musical community offers fans as well as artists something truly special.  With winter approaching, outdoor events now start to cozy up in quint coffee houses, while others are belted out in breweries and concert halls throughout the city.  A person can enjoy some of the great local standards or look forward to incoming concerts of all types.  From Missoula’s symphony series to hip-hop or country western, there are venues for everyone.  Below are a few fun-sounding events that may just “sound music to your ears.”  “Hear” is what’s on the horizon!

Big Gigantic: The Wilma (131 South Higgins St.) Oct. 21, 8:30 p.m. Big Gigantic is an instrumental livetronica, hip-hop and jazz musical group based out of Boulder, Colorado. They combine electronic beats with live saxophone and drums instrumentation.

Reel Big Fish: The Wilma (131 South Higgins St.) Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. Calling all swing dancers! Reel Big Fish is an American ska punk band from Huntington Beach, California, best known for the 1997 hit “Sell Out.”

Sea Wolf and Hey Marseilles: Top Hat (134 W Front Street) Oct. 30, 9 p.m.

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Sea Wolf will be performing at The Top Hat in Missoula on Oct. 30

Sea Wolf is a band led by Alex Brown Church, an indie folk musician based in Los Angeles, California. Hey Marseilles is a musical group from Seattle, WA. Seattle Weekly has said that “the biggest reason Hey Marseilles stands out in Seattle’s saturated pop scene is its innate knack for crafting sincere songs that rise with anticipation and recede gracefully.”

Dropkick Murphys: The Wilma (131 South Higgins Street) Nov. 6, 7:00 p.m. The Dropkick Murphys are an American punk rock band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1996.The band was initially made a name for themselves locally through constant touring and yearly St. Patrick’s Day week shows, held in and around Boston.

El Ten Eleven: The Palace Missoula (147 W. Broadway) Nov. 11, 10:00 p.m. El Ten Eleven is a Los Angeles post-rock duo known for combining guitar/bass doubleneck or fretless bass, with heavy looping, or vamping, and the utility of an effects pedal, over acoustic or electric drumming.

Rascal Flatts: Adams Center Jan. 25th, 2013.  Ticket sales to be announced.  This contemporary country rock/pop trio is one of country music’s hottest!  Jay DeMarcus, Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney write some of their own hits and were named top selling group in any genre of music for 2006.   One of their biggest hits: Grammy-winning “Bless the Broken Road” written by Jeff Hannah and Marcus Hummon.

We hope that while having a relaxing and luxurious stay at our Montana bed and breakfast, you might find something fun to do in Missoula. After all, nothing is better than a comfortable bed and a hot, filling breakfast after a night on the town.

 

 

 

 

 

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