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There may be larger music festivals in Montana that draw big names, but Gary Zadick’s Lincolnstock has once again proven to be a true Montana musical event with all four acts that performed Saturday Aug. 9, hailing from the Treasure State.
The free concert kicked off with Libby’s Back Adit Band, who primed the gathering crowd with an eclectic mix of swing, jazz and a dash of cowboy and folk music. The band plays around the Inland Northwest and has been garnering good reviews for their enjoyable performances.
Back Adit was followed by Erik “Fingers” Ray, a one man band from Conrad who handles a guitar, harmonica and drums by himself as he played a bit of blues, country and zydeco music. Eirk Ray is the stage name of Erik Gustafson and he returned to Montana from an extended east coast tour to play three shows with his younger brother, Wylie Gustafson, who was headlining Lincolnstock with Wylie and the Wild West.
“I’m gonna be doing three shows with him before he heads back east,” Wylie Gustafson said. “He’s had a really busy year, but I stole him for a weekend.”
By the time the stage was reset and the Copper Mountain Band from Troy had finished their sound check, the Hooper Park Pavilion and the central oval was fairly teeming with people as the band from Troy began to play. They treated the folks in the crowd to an energetic mix of country and rock covers as well as original songs by the band, which has developed a strong reputation around the state.
Israel David, who handles the guitar, saxophone, mandolin and harmonic and vocals for the band, said their name was passed on by their good friend Steve Starkey, who plays in the Lincoln area and they were contacted by the Zadicks. He said they drove up from Billings just for the show. ”We’re going back to Billings either tonight or tomorrow morning to play for another seven days,” he said.
By the time Wylie & The Wild West took the stage, the crowd was pretty well fired up, and in short order the south side of the pavilion became a packed dance floor.
Lincolnstock was the third performance in Lincoln in as many years for Wylie Gustafson and the second for the Wild West. In 2012 they played in Lincoln for the 40th anniversary celebration of the Scapegoat Wilderness and last year Gustafson and guitarist Sam Platts performed as a duo for the festival. “It was one of our highlights last summer,” Gustafson said.
Although they have built a name and a reputation for themselves over the past 30 years, Gustafson said the group still enjoys playing small venues like Lincolnstock. “We’re a cowboy band in the 21st Century, so we’ll work where we can get work. If it’s for two people, we’ll play for two people,” he said. “You know, we do Montana music. That’s what we do best. We don’t do Texas music, California music. We do Montana music.”
Gustafson sees the potential for a bright future for Lincolnstock.
“Montana is becoming such a summer festival place and Lincoln is such a wonderful spot to have a little music festival like this. I envision it growing and growing, especially with the good weather and everything.”
Gustafson said this summer has been a rare treat because The Wild West has been playing a lot of shows in the state, which is something they don’t often get to do during their busy summer months. “It’s nice to be in Montana especially in August.,” he said. “That’s my favorite time of the year in Montana.”
In light of the recent attempt to abduct one of our own, a group of local citizens feel that it is important to increase the awareness of women in our community as to possible dangers that exist in our world today and steps they can take to protect themselves.
As a group, we have taken it upon ourselves to organize a “less than lethal” class to help teach women in our community ways to better avoid situations that may put them in danger and how to properly use a pepper-spray type device effectively in case they find themselves in a dangerous situation.
In doing our research, we found that the typical class can cost as much as $100 per attendee. However, we have found an instructor that is willing to come to Lincoln and facilitate a class for $25 per attendee.
To make this training a success we will need a minimum of 25 attendees. Attendees must be an adult. If someone wants to bring their daughter, they may but we ask that all attendees be over 16 or older. Those that are under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their legal guardian. If childcare is needed we can make arrangements for a caregiver. The $25 fee for attending must be paid in advance so that the instructor can bring the correct amount of materials
Attendees will be taught:
1. Situational awareness – how to be more aware of their surroundings.
2. Avoidance – How to avoid situations that could put them in harm’s way.
3. Proper use of a pepper-spray type device in the event they find themselves in a dangerous situation necessitating the use of such a device.
Attendees will leave the class with:
1. A better understanding of the dangers present in our society.
2. Better decision making tools.
3. A personal canister of pepper-spray.
Please fill out the bottom portion of this letter and drop it off with Erin Dey at the Blackfoot Valley Dispatch 362-4131. The class will be August 30th and 31st. Deadline to sign up is August 15th. If you have a hardship, please contact Jen, Erin or Bill and we will attempt to arrange for financial assistance.
Thank you for your support of this worthwhile project.