The carnival kicked off the week with jugglers, kids' games and other family entertainment early,
moving on to more adult themes in the evening, including my favorite fire eater
with a soundtrack by Voodoo Horseshoes.
Meanwhile, at the Missoula Winery
The Ed Norton Big Band,
under the direction of this man,
was swinging away in front of a happy crowd.
Later, Margi Cates joined the Front Street Jazz Band on stage at the Badlander, during Jazz Martini Night. For those who don't know, Jazz Martini is a weekly, Sunday night event at the Badlander. Bands alternate weeks, and Front Street will be back tonight, Sunday, June 26.
This night was fun for all.
Out to Lunch
Members of Zeppo also had a good time on the Caras Park stage for Out to Lunch on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Anybody visiting Missoula should plan on Wednesday, for lunch, or Thursdays 5:30-8:30pm for dinner. Lots of vendors offer their foodstuffs, and the live music is free at both events.
On Friday night, the annual Harley rally brought a bunch of hot bikes to Caras Park.
Mudslide Charley was one of the bands providing the music,
and, of course, a good time was had by all.
Christian and the Sinners
Overlapping the excitement in Caras Park was a show at the Top Hat featuring a group new to me, Christian and the Sinners. That's Christian up front, and there are some marvelous musicians backing him up, including Bethany on the cello and Grace Decker on the fiddle.
More images of every band and event in this post has a set on the flickr archive. Grace also performs with Cash for Junkers, while Bethany seems to be everywhere, but particularly with Wartime Blues and Butter in the archive.
In the Streets
In Zootown, you can find music everywhere, and some of the travelers playing on the streets are very talented, not to mention varied and diverse in material and style.