ARTS COUNCIL OF BIG SKY

BIG SKY – The Arts Council of Big Sky is pleased to announce another amazing summer of free Music in the Mountains.

Between June 25 and Aug. 27, Town Center Park’s Center Stage will serve as the setting for 13 free events, including the fifth annual Big Sky Classical Music Festival. The park opens at 6 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m. Attendance is free, and food and drink will be available from several local vendors at the park.

On Thursday, July 2, the Arts Council welcomes Sons of Bill to Town Center Park for the band’s first Big Sky appearance.

“This is a record that takes me back to some of the creative heights we achieved in Wilco,” said producer Ken Coomer about Sons of Bill’s latest LP, “Love and Logic,” which the group released in September. “I’m only interested in making records that are still going to be relevant ten years from now, and this is one of them. It’s unmistakably the real thing.”

Rolling Stone magazine calls the album “lush and beautiful … a classic roots rock album for the modern age.” The magazine also listed the band’s tour as a “must-see” event of the summer.

This is an ambitious album for the three brothers Sam, Abe, and James Wilson, who collaborated on the singing and songwriting to produce 45 minutes of deeply introspective lyrics. As for the record’s sound, the players’ Virginia roots clearly run deep: The Wilsons feature dreamy pedal steel, banjo, and three part harmonies that only could have been learned at church. But the music moves into enough layered pop productions and rock ‘n’ roll bravado throughout to keep you guessing as to who these boys are, and what they’ve been listening to.

Though Sons of Bill became more than Charlottesville’s best kept secret with the 2012 release of “Sirens,” a brash rock and roll record that debuted on the Billboard top 200, “Love and Logic” marks a distinct evolution for the brothers – their new sound is more sober, and reflective, like that of a band coming into its own.

Other Music in the Mountains events this summer include the Tiny Band on July 4; Incendio on July 9; The Suffers on July 16; the Whiskey Gentry on July 23; Montana Shakespeare in the Parks on Aug. 2; Corb Lund on Aug. 6; the Big Sky Classical Music Festival Aug. 7-9; Royal Southern Brotherhood on Aug. 13; the Brothers Comatose on Aug. 20; and Euforquestra on Aug. 27.

Visit bigskyarts.org for more information.