2015 Red Ants Pants Music Festival

The lineup for the 2015 Red Ants Pants Music Festival, slated for July 23-26 in White Sulphur Spirngs, was announced Saturday.

Headlined by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Ryan Bingham, the festival also features Lee Ann Womack, three-time Grammy winner Keb’ Mo’, Turnpike Troubadours, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis.

Singer-songwriter Holly Williams, granddaughter of Hank Williams, Sr., will take the stage, along with Red Molly, a New York Americana trio, Parsonsfield, Shook Twins, Del Barber, the Lil’ Smokies and the Easy Leaves. The Bus Driver Tour kicks off the festival at the street dance on July 23.

Minnesota folk-rock-bluegrass band te Last Revel, winner of the 2014 Red Ants Pants Music Festival Emerging Artist Competition, will perform on the mainstage this year.

“We’re thrilled with the depth, talent and extraordinary heart of this year’s lineup. It’s humbling to imagine the star power and emerging music icons bringing people together in a Smith River Valley sweet clover pasture. I can think of no better way to spend the end of July than celebrating music and Montana with good hard-working folks,” said Sarah Calhoun, Red Ants Pants Music Festival founder and producer.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is a cornerstone of country music known for multiple top ten hits such as “Fishin’ in the Dark,” a string of multi-platinum and gold records along with having their recording of “Mr. Bojangles” inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010. Keb’ Mo’ is widely respected as a master of American roots music and his songs have been recorded by legends including B.B. King, Buddy Guy, the Dixie Chicks & Joe Cocker. Lee Ann Womack has received five Academy of Country Music Awards, five CMA awards, a Grammy and her 2000 “I Hope You Dance” reached number 1 on the Billboard Country Chart. Ryan Bingham has been featured in Rolling Stone, Esquire and the Washington Post. In 2010 Bingham’s song “The Weary Kind” for the Crazy Heart Soundtrack earned him a Grammy, Oscar, Golden Globe and Americana Artist of the Year Award.

New this year are VIP passes, 50 of which will be offered for the entire weekend, sold for $500 each. The passes will enjoy an oustanding view of the main stage, shaded seating, complimentary refreshments, beer and wine.

Early bird tickets will go on sale online Saturday, April 4, at 7 p.m. at a discounted price of $110.

Three-day weekend passes are $125 in advance or $140 at the gate. One-day passes are $50 in advance and $55 at the gate. Camping is $20 per person for the weekend.

The festival benefits the Red Ants Pants Foundation, which supports women’s leadership, working farms and ranches and rural communities.

Local food and craft vendors will be on site. The festival begins with a free street dance in downtown White Sulphur Springs on July 23. Additional activities include the agricultural and work skills demonstration area, the Side Stage featuring a dozen bands from across the region, a kids tent and the Montana Bard and Mustache State Finals, back by popular demand.

 

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