Words/Video by: Phil Santala
As southwest Montana’s premier homegrown music festival Groovin’ on the Gallatin combines the best of local and regional touring acts. Festival front men and promoters Jason Meyers and Pete Lease have worked tirelessly (and pro-bono) to help grow this annual cultural event. Groovin’ works to bring together not only musicians and fans, but local ecological non-profits as well. Proceeds have been raised to benefit Blue Water Task Force, which is focused on monitoring the quality of the Gallatin river watershed, and raising public awareness of the ecological impact of developments in the area. Now in it’s 5th year the event puts patrons with-in spitting distance of the eco-system it helps to promote.
Set in an idicl valley just north of West Yellowstone the event shows off the best of Big Sky, MT. From pink sunsets to flowing streams, all seen about 50 feet from the main stage, the festival brings it all home. Currently patrons are allowed on site camping and cabins, their own beer and are encouraged to make new friends with those around them. But as the festival grows amenities might change. Years to come all these might be fond recollections of a time when the event was much smaller in scope and size. If you have the time to spend in woods and are looking for a down-home, yet up-and-coming, music festival…well then…welcome home friend.
More info on this years (and future years festivals) can be found here: