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April Events in Missoula!

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APRIL in MISSOULA is the time when the hills really do start to come a live with “The Sound of Music!”  The colorful sights and sounds of birds and blooms, hikers, bikers and community fun are everywhere to be found.  There is literally something for everyone at this time of year, so come out of winter hibernation to enjoy the many festive events!

-MMAC (Museum of Art & Culture) is celebrating 120 years of exhibiting Montana’s art collection pieces.  Currently, a beautiful tapestry depicting every day life in Belgium, is among the art being exhibited.  This viewing opportunity runs through May 23 at U of M’s Paxon and Meloy Galleries PAR/TV center.


3-12-05 powwow 017-Missoula’s 47th annual Kyi-Yo PowWow takes place on Friday and Saturday, April 17 & 18.  The theme this year is “We Are Montana.”  You shouldn’t miss all of the colorful and extremely talented dancers and drum groups that come from far and wide to attend and help unify Native American traditions.  The first Grand Entry Event begins on Friday at 7:00 P.M.

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-A World Rhythms Concert with guest artist Edi Gbordzi, who grew up in Ghana, begins Friday, April 17th at 7:30.  The events, including workshops, will be held in the Dennison Theater at the University of Montana.  U of M’s West African Ensemble, along with other multi-cultural groups will perform!

-The Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge is full of life, particularly in the early spring.  Take the short drive to Stevensville on Saturday, April 18th for a beginning birders walk at 10:00.

5-03 034 small-Join the Montana Native Plant Society (Clark Fork Chapter) for an evening flower stroll in Pattee Canyon.  Fairy Slippers, Glacier Lilies and Violets are among some of the flowers you may see on this April 18th evening.  What a great way to celebrate Earth Day: click on the link for car pool information.

-Join Missoulians on Bicycles for several different weekend rides.  On Saturday, April 18th the group will meet in Lolo and on Sunday, April 19th in Missoula.  Be sure to click on the link for more information or call Chris Jauquet at 593-0032.

-The 38th International Wildlife Film Festival starts Saturday, April 18th with the Wildwalk Parade.  The week-long festival offers many viewings to choose from and culminates on April 25th.  For a listing of films and festival events, visit the link above.

fish photoJazzoula 2015 helps extend our Missoula Jazz Festivals into April!  It is preceded by the Buddy DeFranco Jazz festival which already occurred in March.  Missoula’s own local jazz artists will be featured from April 21-23rd- yep, we love to JAZZ things up in this town!

-Down the Hatch Fest, organized by The Orvis Company, takes place at Caras Park and the Wilma Theater for the third year!   This April 25th event promises to bring tons of food and fun to Missoula.  What better place than our own home town to put on a fishing and mini film festival?  Missoula and the surrounding areas have some of the best blue ribbon trout streams in the world and this event helps celebrate that fact.

Carlos Nakai Native Flute missoulianNative American Flutist, Carlos Nakai, (“Earth, Wind, Fire”) joins Darko Butorac and the Missoula Symphony as a guest performer.  This final concert of the season celebrates Earth Day and promises to be both unique and hauntingly beautiful.  Performances are April 25th at 7:30 P.M. and April 26th at 3:00 P.M.

I. View- Missoula Valley 1 smallApril has many Missoula highlights to offer visitors and locals a like.  Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is here to give you a relaxing stay during April or any other month of the year!  Photo Credit: Trout- learni.st & Basspro.com, Edi Gbordzi & Carlos Nakai- Missoulian Newspaper, Others- Blue Mountain B&B



Missoula’s Live Music Scene

Musical Moments in Missoula:  

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Swing de Gitanes: Bass-ic Detail

Missoula’s Scenic SYMPHONY:  Missoula brings music to the heart and soul year-round.  The Missoula Symphony, under the direction of Darko Butorac, is spectacular for a town this size and various concerts span the different seasons   (including Missoula’s Symphony in the Park).  You won’t want to miss April 26th and 27th, 2014 when the symphony features “Lord of the Ring” with guest soloist Eric Ruske on French Horn.

All That JAZZ: For me, the season of Spring seems to truly renew the town’s musical spirit!  Come late March, Missoula ushers in a variety of vibrant sounds with a special flourish.  In fact Friday, March 28th, 2014 kicks off U of M’s 34th annual Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival. Every year, this festival brings in some of the best soloists and ensembles in the region as well as the U.S.  The talent rivals that of a big city and turns Missoula into a magical place of bold sound and bright lights.  Big Band, Dixieland, Blues, Bebop- you name it… there’s lots of rhythm and style to go around!  This year’s guest artists include Clipper Anderson (Bass), Dana Landry (piano), Dave Pietro (sax), Erik Applegate (bass), Jim White (percussion), and Vern Sielert (trumpet).   Young and old will enjoy Friday and Saturday evening performances in the Dennison Theater at 7:30 p.m.  Daytime jazz clinics at U of M’s School of Music are always an inspiration to college, high school and middle school students.  Some of my best high school and college memories revolve around this festival, started by Lance Boyd in the 1980’sRob Tapper now organizes this top notch, two-day celebration of music and musicians.  So, if you’re trying to “drum up” something to do, count this fantastic jazz festival in!  Please click on the following link for TICKET and master class information or call 243-6885.


Buddy DeFranco Quintetstephen malkmus and the jicks


From SOUL to ROCK and ROLL:  Several other “spring flings” to enjoy include Montana Jam- Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks (April 5th at the Top Hat Lounge, 134 W. Front St.).  Their music crosses several genres, from soul to rockin’ roll- including songs from The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, Hot Chocolate and other sometimes spontaneous selections.  The Top Hat brings a wide range of musical venues to Missoula-  it’s definitely worth checking out!

Blue for BLUEGRASS: Missoula’s premier bluegrass Ruby Jewel Jamboree- The Kathy Kallick Band will perform on April 7th, 2014 at Ruby’s Inn.  Kallick is well known in bluegrass circles and just released her 17th album!  The Ruby Jewel Jamboree started in 2010 and is a tribute to Ruby Erck who founded Ruby’s Inn.   Ruby’s daughter, Phyllis Erck, is president of the Montana Rockies Bluegrass Association. The goal of her musical endeavor is to bring talented bluegrass bands and performers to Montana and the West.  Instead of hosting one large bluegrass event, talented names like Junior Sisk and Bradford Lee Folk ,will be spread out through both the spring and summer.


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CELTIC Class:  As the summer heats up, stop by Caras Park to take in The Celtic Dragon Pipe Band and other talented performers during Missoula’s Celtic Fest: July 25-26th, 2014. The big tent looking out over the Clark Fork River is the  perfect way to cool off in the heat of summer.  Other 2014 Caras Park events offer tons of family fun both in the shade and the sun!





Enjoy an evening out and then come back “home” to Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  If your adrenaline is still pumping, then sit down and improvise to your heart’s content on the living room grand.  You can also relax in a comfy chair and listen to the old player piano.  If what you really need is some good old fashioned shut eye, enjoy a soak in your private jetted tub followed by a restful night of sleep.



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