Montana Public Radio to Broadcast Montana Folk Festival

July 09, 2019

MISSOULA – Montana Public Radio is headed back to the Montana Folk Festival in Butte this summer and will partner with Mainstreet Uptown Butte to broadcast live music from the festival’s “Original Stage.”

The music will broadcast from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 12, and from noon to 5 p.m. and 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 13. The broadcasts also will present live interviews with artists and stories that capture the feel of the festival, audience and the Mining City.

“We are excited to have Montana Public Radio broadcasting from the stage again this year,” said George Everett, executive director of Mainstreet Uptown Butte.

This year marks the ninth anniversary for the Montana Folk Festival. Three years prior, Montana hosted the National Folk Festival in Butte. More than 150,000 people attended the festival over the three days of the event last summer.

MTPR program director Michael Marsolek and Sarah Aronson from “The Write Question” will host the broadcasts.

“We believe delivering diverse folk, jazz and world music to our audience is a part of our mission,” Marsolek said.

MTPR also will make the broadcasts available to other public radio stations. The broadcast is made possible with support of Headframe Spirits in Butte.

The acts on the “Original Stage” that will appear on MTPR this year include:

Friday, July 12

  • 7 p.m. – David Davis and the Warrior River Boys, bluegrass.
  • 8:15 p.m. – Mick Moloney, Billy McComiskey, Athena Tergis, Niall O’Leary; Irish.
  • 9:30 p.m. – Eddie Cotton Jr., soul blues.

Saturday, July 13

  • Noon – Rosa Tatuata and Michela Musolino, Sicilian and southern Italian.
  • 1 p.m. – Jason Samuels Smith, jazz trio with tap dancer.
  • 2 p.m. – Kyle Huval & the Dixie Club Ramblers, Cajun band.
  • 3:15 p.m. – Rahzel, beatbox.
  • 4 p.m. – Eddie Cotton Jr., soul blues.
  • 6 p.m. – Garifuna Collective, Garifuna music from Belize and Guatemala.
  • 7 p.m. – Carolyn Martin Band, western swing.
  • 8:20 p.m. – Taj Weekes & Adowa, reggae.
  • 9:35 p.m. – Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros, Cuban dance music.

For information on the event and its featured musicians, visit

Montana Public Radio is a service of the University of Montana and airs across much of western and central Montana at 89.1 and 91.5 in Missoula; 91.9 in Hamilton; 89.5 in Polson; 90.1 in Kalispell, Whitefish and North Valley; 90.5 in Libby; 91.7 in Kalispell; 101.3 in Swan Lake; 91.3 in Butte; 91.7 in Helena; 98.3 in White Sulphur Springs; 89.9 in Great Falls; 91.7 in Dillon; and online at


Contact: Michael Marsolek, MTPR program director, 406-243-4096,