Picking a guitar

DATE : Saturday, May 6, 2017
TIME : 7:30 pm (Doors open 7:00 pm)
PLACE : The Story Mansion, 811 South Willson Avenue, Bozeman
TICKETS : $20 at the door
ADVANCE TICKETS: $17 at Cactus Records, 29 West Main Street, or online
SPONSOR: The Bozeman Folklore Society Concert Series, Bozeman City Parks & Recreation Dept.
The “Pickin’ in the Park” Concert Series
CONTACT : Rik James (586-4123, [email protected]

SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017 – 7:30 PM (Door 7:00 pm) MASONTOWN

On Saturday, May 6, The Bozeman Folklore Society will once again join forces with Bozeman City Parks and Recreation to present an evening of acoustic music in the lovely and historic setting of the Story Mansion, as part of the “Pickin’ in the Park” series. Beginning at 7:30 pm a very talented young Bluegrass band from Colorado, with one member whose fiddle is pretty well-known in the Montana fiddling community will perform. They are Masontown!

The doors will open at 7:00 pm The Story Mansion is located at 811 South Willson Avenue, in Bozeman. General Admission at the door is $20. Advance ticket purchases are available for $17, at Cactus Records, 29 West Main Street or online at For more information, please call Rik James at (406) 586-4123. And visit for all BFS concert and dance information.

A new and enchanting sound has emerged from the hotbed of the Colorado roots music scene. Masontown, a young band with a concept as timeless as the Rocky Mountains, has alighted onto a bluegrass community that has already produced some of the best that the acoustic music world has to offer. But Colorado, and the wider world of modern music, hasn’t quite heard this yet. A lauded fiddle champion and classical violinist. A veteran bluegrass mandolin player and composer. One of Colorado’s jazz guitar greats reborn as a flatpicking sensation. An upright bassist with roots running deep in the classical and jazz traditions. These are the individual elements that come together to create Masontown. Masontown is: Eric Wiggs (guitar, vocals), Natalie Padilla (fiddle, vocals), Mike Canney (mandolin, vocals), Bradley Morse (bass, vocals)

Masontown’s sound is an exciting take on the American acoustic tradition. At once fresh and familiar, the group unites the sounds of bluegrass, old-time, folk, and new acoustic music into a sonic melting pot that hearkens back to our deep musical traditions while remaining defiantly modern in conception. Echoes of the poignant exploration of the Matt Flinner Trio blend with the fierce drive of Bill Monroe and the plaintive song-craft of Cahalen Morrison and Eli West. It’s no surprise that the members of Masontown have shared the stage with many of these musical icons that their sound evokes.

The listening halls and dance floors of Colorado have, for a time now, hailed the arrival of this new force in the acoustic music community. And that is because Masontown is a band on the move, driven to delight the ears, touch the hearts, and move the feet of generations of music lovers in Colorado and far beyond.

The BFS concert series is unique in our area, The Bozeman Folklore Society (BFS) is an all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, preserving, enjoying and sharing the music, dance, arts, crafts, and skills of traditional cultures. The BFS is an associate group of the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS). And we invite you to join and become involved with our effort to continue to present live music and promote dancing in our community. Volunteers are needed, as well as your support to continue to share our love for all the richness in the folk traditions. Visit the BFS website at As an underwriting supporter of radio KGLT-FM, BFS invites community members to listen to KGLT and other listener supported radio for more news about BFS sponsored events.

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