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April 8, 2018 @ 1:30 pm
Join us as for the Groovin’ Palooza April 8 with Nick Spear, Halladay Quist, Mike Murrary and Erica von Kleist on the main stage at the Bigfork Center for the Performing Art. Come enjoy some great music, great food with great friends and support a great cause.
Tickets are $17 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets available on line at https://bigforkcenter.tix.com/ and at Electric Avenue Gifts. Your ticket includes a complimentary glass of wine on arrival. Doors open at 1:30 pm with show at 2:30 pm.
Groovin’ partners include the 406 Woman magazine, Empress Tents and Events, and the Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts. Groovin’ sponsors include- Bridge Street Cottages, Old Town Center, Glacier Bank, Denise Lang, First Interstate Bank, Harvest Foods, When in Rome, Bigfork Inn and Valley Maintenance.
April’s beneficiary is Women Who Wine, a women’s networking and community benefit group or ‘Giving Circle’. Each month, the members bring a $30 check made out to “Flathead Community Foundation” and a bottle of wine. Member contributions are pooled and awarded to the evening’s presenting nonprofit organization at a year-end Giving Banquet honoring the work of the local charities. A different community benefit is selected each month by the host member.
Nick Spear is a Montana-based singer songwriter. His songs have been featured on television’s A&E and Lifetime networks, onstage at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production of Off the Rails, and at Playtime, the Google Developers’ Conference in San Francisco. He has opened for many artists including Livingston Taylor, Mac McAnally, Tegan and Sara, Flock of Seagulls, and Missing Persons. Locally, his songs are in regular rotation on radio’s The River 103.1 FM.
The daughter of famous Montana musician Rob Quist, Halladay Quist grew up in the beautiful Flathead Valley of Montana. Her talent as a musician was apparent at age 6 as she played the piano and discovered her passion. Harmonies became the background music of her childhood and she began developing an innate passion for music, all music… Over the years, she has played festivals and theaters all across the Northwest. She has a deep library of albums with her multiple projects from metal in Seattle, rock in Los Angeles and bluegrass and jazz in Montana and her live show is an electric mix of her love for sultry blues rock and bluegrass.
Native Montanan, Singer/Songwriter, Mike Murray, released his forth studio album, Difficult Days, on March 2; 3 years, and 500 shows after he released his third studio album, Tumbleweed (June 2015). Several of the songs from the album earned him first place at the Northwest Artist Syndicate’s Singer/Songwriter showdown. Murray has toured internationally and from coast to coast in the United States including Red Ants Pants Music Festival, SXSW in Austin, TX, and a feature on MTPR’s “Musician’s Spotlight.”
Multi-instrumentalist Erica von Kleist honed her chops in New York with luminaries such as Wynton Marsalis, Chris Potter, Sean Jones and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Erica has recently been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and is on faculty for Carnegie Hall’s new NYO summer jazz workshop. Erica founded Groovetrail, a non-profit that brings live music to care facilities and schools in the Flathead Valley, and also runs the Montana Artist Collective, a band of musicians specializing in weddings and private events. When Erica isn’t at her home Montana, she’s actively touring with great artists such as Rufus Reid and tap dance phenom DeWitt Fleming Jr. Erica has released three albums as a bandleader, and appears on countless other recordings, many of which are Grammy-nominated.