Mount Helena Music Festival & Art Mart

Mount Helena Music Festival

The 14th Annual Mount Helena Music Festival will be the last full weekend in June—Friday & Saturday, June 28 & 29, 2013.  Last year’s MHMF was wonderful, and we can’t wait for an even bigger and better event this year.  The Sidewalk Art Mart will once again take place the same dates as the Mount Helena Music Festival.  We had great feedback from our 2012 crafters and look forward to another successful show in 2013.  The Festival Food Court will also be back in 2013!  We look forward to providing our festival-goers with a great variety of food, music, and craft/commercial merchandise. Click here to watch the video!  If you have questions or would like to be added to our mailing list, please call us at (406) 447-1535 or e-mail

Mount Helena Music Festival Bands

Whiskey rootBand Name: Whiskey Root

Genre: Rock, Blues, Reggae, Funk

Band Members: Chauncey Allison: Vocals, Phil Bouchard: Drums, Tom Askin: Bass, Tyler Phelps: Guitar, Tommy Harrison: Stringaphone

Description: Whiskey Root has been performing for the past two years building quite a regional fan base. What started out in Helena, Montana as seemingly purposeless jamming has evolved into something they love to do and work hard at it.  They play passionate, groovy “rock” music that incorporates many different styles ranging from hard rock, to blues, to funk matched by their engaging stage persona.  An upcoming talent that will get the festival started and fired up!


Performance times: Friday 6:00 p.m.


Randy McAllister 3Band Name: Randy McAllister

Genre: country, blues, soul

Band Members: Randy McAllister: Singer/Song writer/Multi-instrumentalist

Description: Randy McAllister is one of the premier singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist to emerge from Texas. Heartbreak, humor, high hair and tall Texas tales all play a part in the song writing of Randy McAllister. His music has been hailed as some of the most original and innovative being made today. While comparisons are not easy, it has been said that his music is a cross between Doug Sahm, John Hiatt and Delbert McClinton, with a blues man’s background and sensibilities thrown into the mix.


Performance times: Friday 7:30 p.m.




Mountain Heart InstrumentsBand Name: Mountain Heart

Genre: Acoustic

Band Members: Josh Shilling: Vocals/Guitar, Jim Van Cleve: Fiddle, Barry Abernathy: Banjo, Jason Moore: Bass, Aaron Ramsey: Mandolin/Dobro, Seth Taylor: Guitar

Description: Mountain Heart is the band that has been fearlessly revolutionizing the way acoustic music can be presented and played. The band’s name has been synonymous with cutting-edge excellence in acoustic music circles since the group’s creation in 1999. Widely known throughout the music industry for continually redefining the boundaries of acoustic music, the band has gained legions of loyal fans both as a result of their superlative musicianship, and more notably, their incomparably exciting live performances. As one of the most highly awarded ensembles ever assembled, Mountain Heart, or members of the band, have either won or been nominated for Grammy’s, ACM, CMA, and multiple IBMA Awards. They have appeared on the revered stage of the Grand Ole Opry in excess of 125 times and have shared the stage with acts ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Montgomery Gentry, Merle Haggard, George Jones and Brad Paisley to Alison Krauss, Tony Rice, The Avett Brothers, Yonder Mountain Stringband, Levon Helm, John Fogerty and Patty Loveless.


Performance Time: Friday Headliner


Ten Years GoneBand Name: Ten Years Gone

Genre: Classic Rock/90’s Alternative

Band Members: Ben Fandry: Lead vocals/Rhythm, Robert Doughty: Lead guitar, Kirk Fandry: Bass, Allen Langdon: Drums, Ken Nelson: Keyboard

Description: Ten Years Gone has been playing in Helena and the surrounding area for many years. We enjoy playing almost every kind of genre but focus on Classic Rock and 90’s Alternative. We have played many events in Helena such as the Lost in Foundation, Kay McKenna Youth Foundation, East Helena Rodeo, Bullfest, Lewis and Clarke brewery charities and many others. The collaboration of talent from each of the members really brings together a fun and entertaining atmosphere for people of all ages to enjoy. One of the first live performances by Ten Years Gone was at the Helena alive at 5 youth bands in 2006. A few new additions to the group since then has opened an endless possibility of music that is covered. We have also played numerous weddings, class and family reunions and private parties. One of the distinct features of Ten Years Gone is each member sings as well as plays an instrument to bring some amazing four and five part harmonies. Helena is one of the best places to be for live music and we love to play in our home town to keep the spirit of music alive for many years to come.



Performance Time: Saturday 1:00 p.m.


Big Daddy's Little Girl useBand: Big Daddy’s Little Girl

Genre: Swing, Jazz

Band Members: Moxie Merlot: Lead singer, Terry O’Hare: Guitar, Jeremy Terry, Luke Michealson, Jeremy Slead, Don Stone, Dennis Ferriter

Description: Big Daddy’s Little Girl combines big band swing, sultry jazz, and Rock-A-Billy riffs with a love of all things burlesque for a unique sound and exciting show that’s sure to get your heart a racing!

The band started in 2011 when lead singer and burlesque queen Moxie Merlot set out to bring a sound and style to the Helena music scene like nothing seen before or since.  The big band jazz sound of this amazing six-man ensemble is accompanied by Moxie’s sexy voice, seductive stage presence and  one of the largest dress, shoe, and feather boa collections this side of the Mississippi.


Performance Time: Saturday 3:00 p.m. 


Bruce AnfinsonBand: Bruce Anfinson & Gary Burgess

Genre: Western/Blue Grass/Folk

Band Members: Bruce Anfinson: Singer/song writer/acoustic guitar, Gary Burgess: Singer/song writer/acoustic guitar/banjo

Description: Montana’s Musical Ambassador — that’s what the Bozeman Chronicle called Bruce Anfinson. With the state’s natural wonders and rich cultural heritage portrayed so well in his songs, it’s a well-deserved title.

He has traveled the world with his music and has entertained folks from all fifty states. Bruce performed at the Volk Fest in Berlin, Germany, represented Montana at an international music festival in Taiwan and Japan and performed his music on Friendship Force tours in Thailand and Costa Rica. His music has been featured on National Public Radio All Things Considered and he has performed on the American Public Radio program, Mountain Stage, broadcast nationwide from Charleston, West Virginia.


Performance Time: Saturday 4:30 p.m.



rusty wright 2Band Name: Rusty Wright

Genre: Blues, blues-rock, Southern rock, Americana

Band Members: Rusty Wright: Guitar/Vocals, Laurie LaCross-Wright: Guitar/Vocals, Pete Haist: Drums, Dave Brahce: Keyboards/Organ, Dennis Bellinger: Bass guitar/Vocals

Description: In 2004 Michigan guitarists Rusty and Laurie Wright put together the first incarnation of the group that would become the Rusty Wright Band. It was only the band’s second show together when they opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd, a performance which garnered them a standing ovation and prompted Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke to exclaim “Dude – where the hell did YOU come from?”


Performance Time: Saturday 6:00 p.m.


 Yarn 1

Band Name: Yarn

Genre: Alternative Country, Americana, Roots

Band Members: Blake Christiana: Vocals/Guitar, Trevor MacArthur: Vocals/Guitar, Andrew Hendryx: Mandolin/Harmonica, Rod Hohl: Electric Guitarm, Rick Bugel: Bass, Robert Bonhomme: Drums

Description: Since their start in 2007, Yarn’s original Americana sound has developed into music that seekers of the unique see as the soundtrack to their lives. Yarn’s first four albums were recognized by the AMA’s and R&R radio charts, spending time in the top 5 at their highest point. Yarn has become one of the hardest-working and harder-touring bands for this generation’s digital natives and new music folllowers.


Performance Time: Saturday 7:30 p.m.


Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty 1Band Name: Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty

Genre: Nu Funk

Band Members: Al Al Ingram: Bass/Vocals, Derrick Johnson: Trombone/Background Vocals, John Paul Miller: Guitar/Vocals, Mary Frances: Keys/Vocals, Lee Allen: Drums

Description: Deeply rooted in Funk and fully committed to the ongoing evolution of the genre, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band has a sound that is unique yet has the power and soul to create lasting melodies and seismic rhythms.



Performance Time: Saturday Headliner 



Adult: $10 minimum donation per day
Student: $5 minimum donation per day


Donation Sticker final“I Love It Live” is how the Mount Helena Music Festival will be successful this year. Downtown Helena, Inc. and the Helena Business Improvement District strive to bring live music to Helena and are able to do this because of your generous s…upport. The festival this year will run on a donation basis with the suggested $10 minimum a day donation at the gate. Show us how much live music means to you by supporting the 14th annual music festival this weekend, June 28th through 29th at Women’s Park!

Registration Information

Registration forms and payment can be emailed to, faxed to 447-1533, or returned to the Downtown Helena Inc. office at 225 Cruse Ave, Suite B in Helena, MT.  Early Registration is due by Friday, June 14, 2013.  Late registration includes any applications postmarked after June 14; late fees will be applied.  As always, booth space may be limited to a specific number of vendors and site selection will be based upon postmark date of completed application and pay basis. We will do our best to accommodate your preferences, but are not making any guarantee.  Registration forms are available under each vendor category below.

Craft Vendor Information

Click HERE for MHMF Craft Vendor Information & Map of the Event Area

Click here for the MHMF Craft Vendor Registration Form

Commercial Vendor Information

Click HERE for MHMF Commercial Vendor Information & Map of the Event Area

Click here for the MHMF Commercial Vendor registration Form

Food Vendor Information

Click HERE for MHMF Food Vendor Information & Map of the Event Area

Click here for the MHMF Food Vendor Registration Form

Volunteer Information

Interested in being a volunteer? Downtown Helena Inc. is looking for people to volunteers to help out at the festival while enjoying free live music.

Current volunteer positions available:

Saturday- June 29th

Beer Pouring

Contact Information

Mount Helena Music Festival
225 Cruse Ave., Suite B
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 447-1535
Fax: (406) 447-1533
Jim McHugh, Executive Director,
Carly Garrison, Communications Coordinator,

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