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Mar 16, 2023
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Bluegrass Favorite Makes Summer Stop at Wachholz Center

Big players in the bluegrass/country and Americana scene, the Steep Canyon Rangers, are set to perform at the Wachholz College Center this summer.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 17 at 10 a.m. for the July 7 concert that will take place on the campus of Flathead Valley Community College.

The Steep Canyon Rangers are made up of Graham Sharp on banjo and vocals, Mike Guggino on mandolin/mandola and vocals, Nicky Sanders on fiddle and vocals, Mike Ashworth on drums and vocals, Barrett Smith on bass, guitar, and vocals, and Aaron Burdett on guitar and vocals. The Steep Canyon Rangers have been on a journey that is uniquely their own. The band started in college at UNC-Chapel Hill, then dove headfirst into bluegrass in its most traditional form, and over the years has risen to the top of the bluegrass genre headlining top festivals such as Merlefest and Grey Fox Bluegrass.

Only to then be discovered by Steve Martin, a famous actor and banjo player. Martin has taken the Steep Canyon Rangers on over a decade-long tour introducing them to hundreds of thousands of new fans and giving them prime-time TV exposure. This has helped the Steep Canyon Rangers become the most recognizable modern name in bluegrass music.

The band has continued to tour extensively on their own, without Martin, and have expanded their genre into country, jam and Americana. The Steep Canyon Rangers are big players in the bluegrass/country and Americana scene today.

They are often compared to predecessors The Band, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and the modern Zac Brown Band.

Tickets range in price up to $65. The concert is at 8 p.m. on July 7.

For more information visit or by phone at 406-756-1400.