The Montrose Music Festival is a three-day gathering of artists, musicians and community at a campground on the banks of the beautiful Vermillion River in the the town of Montrose in south-eastern South Dakota, 30-minutes drive from Sioux Falls.
The realization of a lifelong dream of Montrose native and nationally-recognized songwriter Matt Fockler, this will be a festival unlike any other. Aside from a ticketed main event Saturday night at the Montrose American Legion hall, the festival is free and one-hundred percent acoustic. There will be no scheduled performances. The impressive roster of over 40 local and nationally-touring musicians will be walking about the campground and dropping in to play at the different camp sites. There will be sites sponsored by White Wall Sessions, the Sioux River Folk Folk Fest, and the Full Circle Book-Coop. Campers are also welcome to set up their own sites and invite musicians to play. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own acoustic instrument and participate. There will be community stages open to anyone who wants to get up and play. (Please see Festival Etiquette for rules: https://montrosemusicfestival.org/festival-etiquette).
Family, friends, and community are the priority for this festival. It is as much about visiting and spending time with friends and family as music. There will be activities throughout the festival for all members of the community, young and old. Food and drink will be available from local vendors.
Country and Western Dance with Redd Volkaert and Steve Fisher
The main event on Saturday, August 28th will be a Country and Western dance with Grammy Award-winner Redd Volkaert, legendary master of the Telecaster guitar. Redd has played with many of the biggest names of Country music and beyond, notably as lead guitarist for Merle Haggard’s band, as well as writing and recording his own music.
Opener Steve Fisher’s songs reveal a deep resonance of spirituality and soul-searching, seasoned with just a pinch of wry humor and a dash of self-deprecating awareness of the frailty of us humans as we stumble through this life without a road map.
Tickets are $30, available at the Last Stop CD Shop and Montrose Gas Station only. This is the only ticketed event; all other festival activities are free.
Mary Battiata – “Virginia’s Mary Battiata sings like an angel, resembling, variously, Linda Thompson, Margo Timmins or Roseanne Cash. Yet she’s clearly wrestling with some devils…” Fred Mills, Harp
Tom Peterson – In 2015, Peterson was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his influential role on the local scene. Over the years, the Vermillion-based musician has worked with and played alongside groups such as the Rocky Mountain Oysters, Red Willow Band and Blueberry Buckle. In 2017, he released a solo album, “Black Hills Gold”.
Rich Show – Heralded as South Dakota’s all-time greatest rock & roll songwriter, with a catalog dating back over four decades. “His catalogue is unparalleled. Not just here, but almost anywhere. Go watch him present his art today. It’s vibrant. No Rich Show set has ever been the same as one that came before. It’s constantly evolving and transforming.” – South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association
Chad Elliot – Midwest singer-songwriter Chad Elliott blends folk roots, swampy blues and soulful writing to deliver an original Americana sound. His live performances have been honed over a decade of being on the road performing more than 200 shows each year. Elliott is lauded as “Iowa’s Renaissance man” by Culture Buzz Magazine. He has penned more than 1,500 songs in his career while also cultivating his skills as a painter, sculptor, illustrator and author (Wilderman’s Treetop Tales; Rumble & Flash).
Wes Urbaniak (Mountain Folk)
The Clover Fold (Sean McFarland)
Ted & Alice
Jay Henseler / The Rough Diamonds
Dan Shafer / Moxton Road
The Jagged Annies