Things to do: Contemporary theater, Free Cycles string bands, jazz fest

Cory Walsh

Here’s a quick guide to some upcoming arts and cultural events happening around Missoula in the coming week.

Buddy DeFranco Jazz Fest

(Through March 17)

The annual UM jazz festival brings student musicians from around the region to campus to work with guest artists. At the evening concerts, you can hear the guest artists, the UM jazz faculty band, top student bands and more.

The guests this year are Caroline Davis (saxophone), Trent Austin (trumpet), Phil Ostrander (trombone), Reggie Thomas (piano), Heather Chriscaden (bass) and Tina Raymond (drums).

Concerts start at 7:30 in the Dennison Theatre on Thursday-Friday. Head to for tickets.

After Friday’s concerts, they’ll head over to Stave & Hoop speakeasy for an after-hours jam session.

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The Last Revel and North Fork Crossing at Free Cycles

(Saturday, March 18)

Two Bozeman string bands are coming to the Missoula bike shop for a Saturday throwdown.

The Last Revel’s members are dispersed in the Gallatin Valley, Nashville and Minneapolis these days.

North Fork, meanwhile, is a five-piece that plants its flag

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