By Tracy McNew
The CARD Foundation’s annual Big Sky Bash is scheduled for Saturday, July 14, and ticket sales open on Tuesday, May 1.
“We anticipate that this year’s show will be our best one yet,” said Jason Williams of the CARD Foundation, “we’ve got rock and roll instead of country music, and we’re bringing in four bands instead of two or three. The show will go on until around 1 a.m.”
The 8th annual Big Sky Bash will be held at J. Neils Park in Libby. Gates will open at 5 p.m. and the music is scheduled to begin at 6. The four bands include headliner, Skid Row and openers The Flathead V8’s and Dead Fervor along with afterparty artist Devon Wade.
The Big Sky Bash features food booths, a beer tent, a 50/50 raffle, a guitar raffle, and even a VIP area for event sponsors. Band merchandise will be also be available for purchase.
Tickets can be purchased at the CARD Clinic, Montana Machine, The Montanian, Managhans Furniture, The Western News, Libby Chamber of Commerce, Rivermist, and Steins Market in Troy and Eureka. They cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Don’t forget your sunscreen and a lawn chair.
The CARD Foundation’s annual concert event helps fundraise for needed improvements at the CARD Clinic, Williams said.
Last year, the foundation donated money to install railings around the dangerously sloped patient parking area at the clinic, and this year the foundation has provided funding to hire an architect who is redesigning the area to get rid of the slope altogether. This will make it safer for patients accessing the CARD Clinic during slippery winter weather.
“We have a great mix this year, said Williams, of famous rock and roll artists and local favorites. We anticipate tickets selling out, so get yours soon.”
Skid Row’s famous songs include 18 And Life, Youth Gone Wild and I Remember You.
Dead Fervor is a high energy rock and roll band that tours with Skid Row, and The Flathead V8s and Devon Wade are both local.
According to the CARD Foundation’s event press release, The Flathead V8’s, based out of the Flathead Valley formed in 2016. They’ve taken the local music scene by storm, bringing their high octane brand of rock and roll to stages all over Montana. They play a wide assortment of cover material, both classic and contemporary.
Devon Wade, a local artist from Sand Point will play the after party.
“This will be Devon Wade’s second year in a row at the Big Sky Bash,” said Williams, “he was a huge hit last year so we brought him back again.”