Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival in Bigfork

Allstar lineup for Bigfork's best music festival

Mark your calendars for the last week of August because it’s going be the hottest week of summer music when the Crown Guitar Workshop and Festival celebrates it’s love of all things guitar on Aug. 28-Sept. 4, 2016 in Bigfork, Montana.

It will be “Workshop by day, Festival by Night” as this unique event showcases the world-class Artists in Residence who teach during the day in six collaborative performances over the week. 

Concerts are held under a Big Top tent in the small meadow venue of Flathead Lake Lodge. 

dweezil zappa crown of the continent             The diverse 2016 line-up presents a mix of emerging and established artists from all genres.  Appearing this year will be rock/songwriter legend, Jim Messina who brings his band; Chris Eldridge of the Punch Brothers; Nashville recording legend Brent Mason; gypsy jazz artists Gonzalo Bergara and Max O’Rourke; country singer/songwriter Liz Longley; and SoloDuo, the Italian classical duo of Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli.

            Returning artists include Lee Ritenour, back for his seventh year, who will bring the winner of his international Six String Theory competition; Grammy®-winner Dweezil Zappa, son of Frank Zappa; Jazz fusion prodigy Julian Lage; Rocker Shane Theriot, Grammy- awarded producer of the television music show Live from Daryl’s House; Steely Dan guitarist Jon Herington. Andy Aledort, Guitar World editor and Rock pedagogue and Emerging Artist in Residence, Josh Turner completes the roster 


Concert Lineup

            A special “Crown Preview” party kicks off the week on Saturday Aug. 27, at Flathead Lake Brewing Company. Featured artist is Josh Turner with additional artists to be announced.  The $10 cover includes one drink ticket for this event.  This a fundraiser to

support a local Bigfork scholarship student, to attend the week-long Crown Workshop.

            All Festival concerts start at 7 pm with gates opening at 6 pm at Flathead Lake Lodge with beer, wine and food vendors available. On Saturday, Sept. 3, gates open early at 4 pm for outdoor music, food, wine and beer.

Sunday 8/28 – Emerging Artist Josh Turner and Jim Messina with his band.

Monday 8/29 – Gypsy Jazz featuring  Gonzalo Bergara with Max O’Rourke  and Julian Lage with Chris Eldridge.

Wednesday 8/31 – Liz Longley and Brent Mason with special guests and Jon Herington.

Thursday 9/1 – Solo Duo and Lee Ritenour  with Melvin Davis featuring the winner of the 2016 Six String Theory competition. 

Friday 9/2 – Student and Faculty night with the Jam Band.

Saturday 9/3 – Super Group Grand Finale and Special Tribute. Don’t miss this incredible gathering of guitar superstars in a once in a lifetime performance. The lineup includes Grammy winning guitarist/composer Shane Theriot; Steely Dan's Jon Herington; the infamous Dweezil Zappa; Nashville session King, Brent Mason; the Allman Brothers/Dickey Betts Band guitarist Andy Aledort along with several surprise special guests and the amazing house band and faculty musicians! It will be a very special performance unlike anything you’ve seen or heard in the past. 


            Tickets have been streamlined  to eliminate online service charges; all seats are $40 per night and there is a new youth ticket price of $20 for age 18 and under. Tickets will be $5 more at the gate day of show.  A Crown Pass option provides a ticket to six concerts plus admission to a special meet and greet event with Jim Messina after his

concert. For complete information about the Workshop and Festival visit .  Purchase tickets beginning June 6, 2016  at or call 406-471-8757.


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