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Big Moon Rising Festival Brings the Funk to Big Sky Resort August August 29 – 31


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Big Sky Resort gets funky for their annual Labor Day music festival, newly named Big Moon Rising, August 29 – 31. The weekend’s headliner is The Family Stone, and will also feature plenty of fun for the kids. There will be a 5k trail challenge on Saturday morning, followed by kids activities that include free miniature golf, bounce house, face painting, and a scavenger hunt.

Andrew Gromiller and the Organically Grown kick off the funk Friday, August 29 on the main Mountain Village stage. Dumpstaphunk bring their hard-hitting New Orleans groove next, featuring Ivan Neville on vocals, B3 and Clav, the double bass attack and soulful voices of Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III, Ian Neville on guitar, and Nikki Glaspie on drums and vocals. Cure for the Common will play at Whiskey Jack’s for the after party.

The Big Moon Rising 5k trail challenge is Saturday morning, August 30, where the fastest male and female win a $50 gift card. Starting at noon, kids take over the plaza enjoying free miniature golf, bounce house, face painting and scavenger hunt. All basecamp activities will be in full swing and live music tops off the day in the main plaza.

Saturday night’s music features Keller Williams with More Than A Little. Their acoustic dance music is known as “jazzfunkraggaelectronicagrass”, which is also known to leave no one in their seats. Bringing down the moon is The Family Stone, with founding members and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Jerry Martini on saxophone, trumpeter Cynthia Robinson and drummer Greg Errico. The incredible additions of bassist Blaise Sison, lead guitarist Nate Wingfield, the strong vocals of Nadia, and keyboardist/vocalist Alex Davis help bring back the “golden era of psychedelic soul”.

Winding down the weekend is a hearty brunch on Sunday, August 31 at the Peaks Terrace with live music.

Tickets for Big Moon Rising concerts are on sale now. Visit for information.

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