Having set up a home base in Bozeman, Montana for the month of July, we spent July 9th in Butte for the 9th Montana Folk Festival. It’s the largest free music festival in the northwest. The city of Butte seems carved into a hillside topped with headframes (structural frame above a mine shaft) from the copper mining days. As you walk around the venue from stage to stage, buildings from the late 1800s and early 1900s are found on every block. Surrounded by the Northern Rockies, Butte seems destined to share their heritage with the rest of the world. There were six stages spread out over the historic downtown area. The music was an international mix and easy for just about anyone to find something of interest. Art, folk life, food, and music combined to create a huge party atmosphere.
We stayed the night about ten miles out of town at a friend’s house where their family had gathered for the weekend. The view of the surrounding ranch lands and mountains was spectacular. We enjoyed sitting around the large dining table sharing stories about this and that, and running into town to take in the concert. Unfortunately, rain moved in on Sunday and we did not join in on the last day of the folk festival.
Thanks for joining us on our journey.