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Music flows at mouth of Flathead

Flathead Lake was alive with the sound of bluesy music this past weekend.

About 2,000 music lovers congregated at the Regatta Shoreline Amphitheater along the mouth of the Flathead River for two nights of dynamic and danceable live music during the outdoor Flathead Lake Blues and Music Festival.

Now in its 8th year, this homegrown music festival along the water has blossomed into a noteworthy summertime event for both performers and fans of live blues music. 

“This is a lot of fun,” said CD Woodbury of the CD Woodbury Trio. We enjoy coming down here. It’s a fun one to do.”

On Friday, the event kicked off with bands like Jameson and the Sordid Seeds, John Kelly and the Atomic Blues Band, Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats, Big Daddy and the Blue Notes, with the All-Star Flathead Band and headliner CD Woodbury Trio.

The amphitheater’s seating is currently bring your own lawn chair or blanket - but any spot one chooses atop or along the hillside offers optimal views of the stage and plenty of space to stand up and boogie.

The option to camp overnight on festival grounds is a big bonus to festival artists and attendees.

Saturday night got off to a rousing start as more than 19 cherry picked award winning musicians from across the Pacific Northwest played original and fan favorite songs.

The stage-packed jam session of the Pacific Northwest All Stars even performed an impromptu song writing session about heading to Flathead Lake to listen to some blues.

Festival-goers enjoyed over a half-dozen craft vendors, as well as a handful of food vendors and trucks who supplied delicacies from Italian ice to BBQ. 

The caliber of live music and exceptional scenery of the outdoor amphitheater keeps performers and fans alike coming back year after year.

First time festival performer Andrew Scotchie noted, “I am primarily an East Coast artist. I come west as much as I can when the opportunity presents its self. I am so in love with it.

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