Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett coming to Missoula

The Missoula Osprey and Play Ball Missoula, in conjunction with the Knitting Factory, announced today that Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett and His Large Band will perform live in concert at Ogren Park Allegiance Field on Tuesday, August 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets for the show will go on sale beginning Friday, June 3 at 10 a.m.

The event is entirely General Admission and tickets are $49.50. This price does not include ticket surcharges that will apply. Tickets will be for sale at the new MSO Hub box office located at 140 N Higgins, by phone at (406) 543-3300, and online at MissoulaOsprey.com. [Read More...]

Mellencamp, Dylan rock Missoula

On Tuesday night, as the setting sun shimmered meekly through a blanket of grey clouds that lay over the Missoula valley, Stephen Hoffman of Coeur d’Alene stood halfway between second and third base at Ogren Park, tilting toward center field as he listened intently to John Mellencamp singing a solo acoustic version of “Save Some Time to Dream,” off his brand new album, “No Better Than This.”

“Yeah,” breathed Hoffman at the song’s end. “That was awesome. Wow. Good song.”

The same, presumably, didn’t cross the mind of the four men who stood in a knot next to him, two of them discussing their favorite Bob Dylan songs as a third barked a beer order into his cell phone.

Such was the scene at Tuesday night’s double-bill Mellencamp/Dylan concert, the largest in Missoula since the Rolling Stones rocked Washington Grizzly Stadium four years ago. With a crowd of more than 6,000 in attendance, the two legendary performers gave their fans – who seemed to comprise roughly equal factions in the ballpark – plenty of old favorites and a few curve balls over the course of the evening. [Read More...]

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Mellencamp/Dylan and Black Crowes: Tickets still available

With the first eight months of the current year almost gone, the number of household-name concert headliners in Missoula can still be counted on one finger. By the end of next week, we’ll almost reach a handful.

Crammed into the final days of August and the first day of September, Missoula is playing host to a sudden string of big-name acts: The Beach Boys (last night, at Ogren Park), John Mellencamp and Bob Dylan (next Tuesday, also at Ogren Park), and the Black Crowes (next Wednesday, at Ryan Creek Meadows, 30 miles east of town).

Yet it appears that our unusually paltry season of big-name shows hasn’t spawned overwhelming demand for those concerts. As of press time Thursday – just hours before the Beach Boys concert was set to begin — tickets to all three concerts remained available, with numerous tickets to last night’s concert still available and thousands of tickets still available to both of next week’s concerts. [Read More...]