Montana Folk Festival books first acts for 2023


Snow may still be falling in Butte, but that doesn’t mean plans for this year’s Montana Folk Festival, scheduled for July 14-16, have been put on the back burner.

On the contrary — on Friday, festival officials revealed their first seven of 21 musical groups coming to perform live on Uptown Butte’s six stages. The musical acts include everything from hip-hop to bluegrass. Add Afghani folk music to the lineup, along with gospel and more.

“In this 14th year, everyone planning to attend, no matter how well they think they know this festival, should come expecting to be amazed,” says Festival Director George Everett. “This first set of performers only represents one third of those who will be performing.”

The seven musical entertainers include:


Red Baraat, a pioneering band out of Brooklyn, New York, has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound, a merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra with elements of hip-hop, jazz and raw punk energy. Created with no less a purposeful agenda than manifesting joy and unity in all people, Red Baraat’s spirit is worn brightly on its sweaty and hard-worked sleeve. Having toured throughout North America, Europe and Asia, the band believes their music

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