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2018 Montana Folk Festival Preview Special

Jul 9, 2018
The Original Stage at the 2017 Montana Folk Festival in Butte, MT.
Josh Burnham

MTPR's Cole Grant hosts an exploration of the great music coming up July 13-15 at the Montana Folk Festival. Malian desert blues, Tennessee acapella gospel and Montana swing are just a few of the great genres represented at this year’s festival in Butte, MT. Tune in now to get to know some of the artists on the lineup for this weekend's festival.

Scott Pruitt resigned as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, June 5, 2018.
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Longtime Butte Superfund watchdog Fritz Daily says he’s not particularly surprised that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt abruptly resigned Thursday amid various ethics investigations.

Butte-Silver Bow County's Parks and Recreation director J.P. Gallagher stands on a play feature designed to honor the carousel at the Columbia Gardens at Ridge Waters. June 25, 2018.
Nora Saks

I’m standing at the top of a tall tangle of bright red and blue slides at Ridge Waters, Butte’s brand new outdoor waterpark, as a teenage lifeguard gives a steady stream of dripping kids the green light to hop in, hang on, and ride down.

Thank You Butte!

Jun 28, 2018

We want to say a huge thanks to everyone who came out to the Covellite Theatre on Wednesday to help us launch and celebrate Richest Hill!

You told us about your Butte, what you're curious and concerned about, and what stories you think deserve more attention. Your suggestions and ideas will help shape the reporting process for Richest Hill, and help us stay rooted to what matters to Butte.

The Montana Folk Festival is coming up July 13 - 15 in Butte, and you can listen live on Montana Public Radio!

Don't miss the excitement of one of the largest free outdoor music festivals in the Northwest. Tune in live on MTPR Friday and Saturday for music from the Original Stage, including Wylie & The Wild West, Annika Chambers, Treme Brass band, the Fairfield Four, and more!

Governor Bullock shovels the first dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Parrot tailing removal project in Butte, June 2018.
Nora Saks

On Thursday morning, close to a hundred people gathered at an old ball field across from Butte’s Civic Center and circled around haul trucks and excavators fit for Paul Bunyan, if he was a miner, and not a lumberjack.

Both the crowd and the heavy machinery were there for the groundbreaking ceremony on the Parrot tailings removal project.

A sign at the 2017 Montana Folk Festival. The 2018 Montana Folk Festival takes place July 13-15 in Butte, MT.
Josh Burnham

Montana Public Radio will broadcast live from the 2018 Montana Folk Festival in Butte, MT, July 13-15. Festival Director George Everett stopped by to give a preview of the upcoming music festival.

Despite the name "Folk Festival," the music isn't "a songwriter with a guitar," Everett says. "What that means is music of the people. Traditional music that goes back generations. Bluegrass, blues, cajun, zydeco; the genres stay the same, but we try to have the performers be different to represent those genres every year."

Highlights From The 2017 Montana Folk Festival

Jun 18, 2018
Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo perform at the 2017 Montana Folk Festival in Butte, MT.
Josh Burnham

We heard music from all over the country and the world during the 2017 Montana Folk Festival. Consider this the highlight reel from MTPR's live broadcasts from the festival.

In the first hour, you'll hear Cajun and Acadian music from Bruce Daigrepont of Metarie, LA; the North Carolina-based gospel brass shout band, Cedric Mangum and Company; and the Ethiopian jazz of Washington, D.C.'s Feedel Band. In the second half of the program, we'll feature reggae from Seattle-based Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band; Chicago blues from Toronzo Cannon; and the Texas-style triple-fiddles and harmonies of The Quebe Sisters.

Dave Hutchins (L) and Daniel Hogan look over plans for the cleanup and restoration of the SIlver Bow Creek corridor with Julia Crain, a special projects planner with Butte-Silver Bow county's Superfund Division, June 12, 2018.
Nora Saks

Tuesday night the Environmental Protection Agency organized what it called a “public availability session and workshop” in Butte to give locals a different kind of opportunity to learn about the proposed Superfund cleanup that was unveiled last month.

Do you live in Butte? Do you care what happens to this extraordinary place?

Grab a [free] beer with Montana Public Radio and chat with the team behind Richest Hill, a new project all about the big changes and tough questions in Butte, America. Your input can help guide the new podcast.

Please join us on Wednesday, June 27, at the Covellite Theater Lounge (215 W. Broadway Street) from 7-9 p.m.

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