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Sunday Acoustic Brunch- 1.23.11- Wedding season is Tourist season

“‘Tourist season in Bozeman is closely connected to Wedding season’ says my friend Katalin Green who owns Avant Floral and is an uber talented wedding & event planner in Montana. ( find her at www.montanabride.com)  She would know. From the look of my schedule for weddings on the books at my Bakery Cafe, wedding business is looking to be epic this Summer.  In a knick of time too.  It seems Bozeman holds its breath from January until the end of June waiting for the influx of tourism that keeps us rolling through the latter part of the year.  I’m talking with Brides about 200+ person weddings, sometimes several in one weekend and quickly realized that weddings = tourism in southwest Montana. Hotels are booked, Montana Party Rentals is booked for certain days and its still January! Family in from other parts of the country come here and make a week long plus vacation out of the event. It fills our hotels, restaurants, shops, stores, favorite outdoor locations and events. They are happy vacationers here for a happy event enjoying our slice of heaven. I for one, love it when they start to arrive. They come with adventure on their minds & love hearing about our town. They want to experience all we have to offer and enjoy someone taking the time to tell them about a great trail or fun local event they might have missed otherwise.  They also want the inside track on the best places, shops, restaurants to visit.  Some of my best long term out of state friends/customers started as a customer at my counter looking for a treat, lunch, a wedding cake and some gifts. Some of my most loyal out of state  Sunday Brunch friends/listeners heard me right here on the Moose as they made their way through one of our beautiful valleys one lovely memorable  Sunday morning. We get to be a part of the ‘good times’ in peoples lives. I for one, place that in the ‘pro’ pile of reasons to live here.

** image is of Robin a  John- a beautiful Bride and Groom that married in the Paradise Valley with a laid back western vibe. Photos by Meeks Digital, Deirdre Quinn of Indulgence the Make up artist, Katalin Green as the Art Director/Wedding Planner,  Zac’s Montana Kitchen BBQ  and Elle’s Belles Bakery & Cafe fruit pies for the wedding dessert! Check out the full wedding gallery at http://www.montanabride.com/gallery2/

**What a very busy, interactive listening audience this morning. Super fun and kept me on my toes, so I may have missed a tune or two in the list below. It was a very good morning. Thank you for being a part of it by listening and if you made a request via email, phone or facebook. Here is to a great week ahead. Next Sunday 9am-noon MST

Anders Osborne- Coming Down- Coming Down

Redbird- You Are My Everything- Redbird

Chuck Pyle- Other Side OF The Hill- Kerrville Folk Festival 25th Anniversary

Iron & Wine- Each Coming Night- Our Endless Numbered Days

Led Zeppelin- Bron-Yr-Aur- Led Zeppelin Box Set

Eric Bibb- Tell Riley- Natural Light

Steve Earle- Mercenary Song- Together at the Bluebird Cafe

John Wesley Harding-Cupid & Psycho- New Deal

John  Gorka- Riverside- Old Futures Gone

Punch Brothers- Rye Whiskey- Antifogmatic

Wailin’ Jennies- One Voice- Women of the World Compilation

Tony Furtado- Waste of the Moon- Deep Water

Jon Foreman- Behind Your Eyes- Winter

Stephen Stills- Wooden Ships- Just Roll Tape

Antje Duvekot- Ragdoll Princes And Junkyard Queens- The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer

Matt Weddle- Hey Ya- digital download

Jeff Buckley- Hallelujah- Grace

Avett Brothers- I and Love and You- I and Love and You

Cat Power- Silver Stallion-Jukebox

Ben Sollee- A Few Honest Words- Learning to Bend

Lyle Lovett- Bears-Step Inside This House

Robert Earl Keen- The Front Porch Song- The Party Never Ends

Pete Yorn- Crystal Village- KBCO

Ray La Montagne- Trouble- KBCO

David Grey- Sail Away- KBCO

Ben Lee- Whatever It Is- Awake is the New Sleep

Tony Furtado- River Song- Golden

Bob Dylan- It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue- Bootleg Live

Neil Young- Old Man- Live at Massey Hall 1971

Paul Simon- American Tune- There Goes Rhymin’ Simon

Paul Simon- Homeless- Graceland

Tom Petty- Wildflowers- Wildflowers

Jackie Greene- Uphill Mountain- Giving Up The Ghost

Martin Sexton- Women and Wine- Live Wide Open

Eric Clapton- Back Home- Back Home

Whiskeytown-16 Days- Whiskeytown

Indigo Girls- Second Time Around- Poseidon and the Bitter Bug

Peter Case- Gone- Beeline

Cat Stevens- Miles From Nowhere- Tea For The Tillerman

Tory Amos- A Sorta Fairytale- KBCO

James Taylor- Sweet Baby James- Live

Jessie Harris- The Fool-Watching The Sky

Edward Sharp & The Magnetic Zeros- Home- Up From Below

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