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Michael Franti plays second annual Spruce Moose Music Festival, Sept. 1

Tyler Allen

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BIG SKY – Michael Franti and Spearhead will headline the Spruce Moose Music Festival at Big Sky Resort this year, alongside The Whigs. The inaugural Spruce Moose in 2011 brought in more than 3,000 people, and the resort expects an even larger crowd this year.

Franti’s music is a blend of hip hop, funk, reggae, jazz, folk and rock. His latest album, The Sound of Sunshine, debuted at #17 on the Billboard 200. This will be his first ever show in Big Sky. The Whigs are a “refreshingly invigorating batch of deep-fried garage rock,” according to American Songwriter magazine.

Earlier that day, Mountain Fest will begin with the 5K Trail Challenge on the Moose Tracks Trail at 9:30 am. Registration begins at 9 a.m. in the plaza. Next, at 11 a.m., the Cardboard Boat Regatta will have participants racing homemade cardboard boats across Lake Levinsky and attempting to stay afloat. Costumes and boat decorations are encouraged, and personal flotation devices are required.

More information and regatta registration forms available at bigskyresort.com. Nonprofits interested in setting up a table can contact Big Sky Resort at (406) 995-5765.

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