Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Years tradition ...

There are a surprising number of Montana musicians and bands that have made their mark on the state over the years ... but if you're a Montanan of a certain age it's almost guaranteed that a group called the Mission Mountain Wood Band holds a special place in your heart. I happen to be of that certain age, and so you'll likely be seeing more about M2WB here before too long.

The band was at their peak back in the late 70s and early 80s, touring nearly constantly. One of their regular stops was a place up in Gallatin Canyon called "Buck's T4"; Mission Mountain was booked at the place every New Year's Eve for a dozen years. Then the band started to break up, and there was a plane crash, and except for a couple of glorious reunion concerts Mission Mountain slowly started being forgotten.

But this year, for whatever reason, the surviving members of Mission Mountain decided to get back together, and they're touring again. And tonight they'll be playing New Year's Eve at Bucks, for the first time in 24 years. The show's been sold out for weeks, and it promises to be a blast. The 70s aren't dead yet!

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