Festival season is upon us, and if you didn't make it to Coachella or Sasquatch this year, here's the next best thing at a fraction of the cost (although, unfortunately, there will be no At The Drive In or Jack White). The sixth annual LYME Fest starts today at the Rock Creek Lodge about 25 miles east of Missoula, just off I-90 at exit 126. It's got all of your basic arts + culture festival fare: food and craft vendors, workshops including morning yoga and juggling lessons, a fire tent, art installations, music, and, of course, camping.
But don't expect to sleep much, and not because the fest straddles the sun-soaked solstice: taking a look at the schedule, there's going to be music practically all day and definitely all night, from the far reaches of electronica subgenres to a steady stream of folk, rock, blues and Americana bands. The full schedule is below so you can see exactly what we're talking about.
If you're looking for a few highlights within this sea of earthy love, here are two:
The Dodgy Mountain Men, featured in this week's Scope and pictured above, close out the live band stage at 1 a.m. Sunday morning with their brand of Stompgrass — a sound that weaves together, well, what pretty much every band playing before them will touch on. It's bluegrass without the banjo, country without the twang, rock without a trapset.
Tickets, which include four-day access and camping, run $55 in advance and $65 if you show up without one.