Big Sky Big Grass 2018: Winter Bluegrass Festival

by Nov 2, 2017Adventure, Previews

Big Sky Big Grass – lots of Big reasons to visit Montana!

Big Sky Big Grass is celebrating its 12th year at Big Sky Resort in Montana,  February 8 through February 11!

With a combination of intimate small-stage settings and a large ballroom stage, there are many ways to catch the hottest bluegrass acts around as they warm it up indoors at this extra special winter festival.

The lineup for this year’s Big Sky Big Grass festival is just phenomenal.  

Just think about Billy Strings, The Travelin’ McCourys, Trout Steak Revival, Leftover Salmon, Keller & the Keels, Larry Keel Experience, Madison Range, Two Bit Franks, Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs and more – the potential for collaborations and guest sit-ins is awesome!

You can see all of the amazing acts at Big Sky Big Grass with the Live Big Weekend Pass for just $180!  If for some reason you can’t make the whole weekend, tickets for the individual shows are sold separately as well.  Pick and choose your own festy lineup!

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Big Sky Big Grass Bluegrass Festival in Montana

Countdown to Big Sky Big Grass








Need more convincing to go to Big Sky Big Grass in February?


Top Ten Reasons To Go To Big Sky Big Grass

We always look at all of the elements of a music festival: the Music, the Culture and the Adventure.  Big Sky Big Grass has an abundance of all three of these, with an extra added emphasis on the Adventure!


1.  The Lineup

Duh.  When Billy Strings is on the top of the list you know there will be some serious picking!  Add in Leftover Salmon, Trout Steak Revival and The Travelin’ McCourys?  Holy cow this is going to be good!  But wait, there’s more!  How about Larry Keelwith Keller Williams and The Larry Keel Experience!  This is too good to be true!  With Madison Range, Two Bit Franks, Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs, it’s hard to beat a bluegrass lineup like this one!

 2.  Access

Big Sky Resort is only an hour drive from the Bozeman-Yellowstone Airport.  You can leave from just about anywhere in the country in the morning and still be on the slopes by the late afternoon!

Speaking of the slopes…

3. The Slopes!

Big Sky Resort boasts 5800 acres of skiable terrain!  No wonder it’s billed as “The Biggest Skiing in America!”  Four mountains connected by lifts, 7 terrain parks and 300 named trails with plenty of green, blue, black and double diamond, there is literally something for everyone.  Throw in over 400 inches of average snowfall and some of the shortest lift lines in the world, and you will be shredding all day long!  Music doesn’t start until the early evening, so you won’t have FOMO while you’re on the slopes either.


The Slopes at Big Sky Big Grass


4. The Resort

Big Sky Resort has a ton of lodging options for every party.  Throw a group into a large slope-side condo, or have a romantic getaway in a luxurious room in the Village Center.  However long your stay, you won’t run out of dining options at Big Sky Resort.  Literally dozens of bars, restaurants and cafes grace the mountain.  You’ll find a beer and a snack at just about every turn!

5. Winter Activities

Sure, there’s plenty of music to catch at Big Sky Big Grass, but you’re at a world-class mountain – get out and explore!  Aside from the skiing and snowboarding, there are a ton of activities to keep you busy.  How about a snowshoe tour or dogsledding?  Sleigh ride?  Snowmobiling?  The kids will love the rock wall, trampoline and giant swing.  Everyone loves the ropes course!  You can even zip-line over the mountain!  Get out and get in it at Big Sky!

6. Bozeman, Montana

If you’re coming from afar, you will be flying into Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport, just a few minutes outside of Bozeman.  If you haven’t been, you should definitely try to extend your trip to Big Sky Big Grass with a few days in Bozeman!  With almost a dozen breweries in town, you can definitely spend a day tasting the local flavors.  There is an abundance of museums if you’d like a little culture, or just walk the beautiful downtown and explore the shops.  Since you are coming for live music, you can probably find a show or two while you’re in town as well!

7.  The Venues

Big Sky Big Grass is taking place in several different venues at the resort.  The Missouri Ballroom will feature The Travelin’ McCourys and Keller and the Keels, and Billy Strings with Leftover Salmon.  The Talus Room at the Summit Hotel will provide a more intimate setting for Trout Steak Revival Revival and the Larry Keel Experience.  The party will extend late into the evening with performances at Montana Jack Bar and Grill with Leftover Salmon, Billy Strings and Laney Lou.  The best part?  These venues are all a stone’s throw away from one another!

8. Leftover Salmon

Ok, it’s no secret that Festy GoNuts are pretty big fans of Leftover Salmon, but with very good reason!  These guys have been around for a long time, and know how to make a party.  Aside from the amazing talent onstage, when Vince yells “Festivaaaaaaallllll!” it is on!  Leftover Salmon will kick off the party with a special evening in Montana Jack Bar and Grill.  Trust us, you don’t get many chances to see these guys in such an intimate setting.  We know from experience that most of Leftover won’t be content with just their stage performances, so look out for them to show up just about everywhere for some pickin’ and some Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass!



9. Billy Strings

If you haven’t yet seen Billy Strings, pay close attention!  This kid can pick!  He’s got an amazing band as well, and can easily take a bluegrass song to a whole new level.  We’ll get to see Billy at Montana Jack later in the evening on Friday night, and then he’ll be playing the Missouri Ballroom on Saturday with Leftover Salmon.  It’s a pretty sure bet that Billy Strings will join Salmon for a bit, and probably many other artists throughout the weekend.

10. Winter Music Festivals Rock!

Who says music festivals are for the summer?  We’ve been finding new ways to get down all year long.  Winter music festivals are just another way to extend our music season indefinitely!  Whether you fly to a tropical destination festival or put on the ski gear and dance in the snow, winter music festivals are always a great time!

Big Sky Big Grass Lineup and Schedule


Thursday, February 8  2018

9:30 PM     An Evening With Leftover Salmon     Montana Jack

Friday, February 9  2018

5:30 PM     Trout Steak Revival     Talus Room

7:15 PM     The Travelin’ McCourys and Keller and the Keels     Missouri Ballroom

10:45 PM    Billy Strings     Montana Jack

Saturday, February 10  2018

5:30 PM      Larry Keel Experience     Talus Room

7:15 PM      Billy Strings and Leftover Salmon     Missouri Ballroom

10:45 PM    Travelin’ McCourys     Montana Jack

Sunday, February 11  2018

9:30 PM      Laney Lou and TBD     Montana Jack