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Ray Lamontagne

Part of the Festival at Sandpoint series. This singer-songwriter offers a very special Festival performance highlighting his unique gift to connect with audiences through his stories of love and life. Many artists speak of their musical epiphanies, LaMontagne’s came as he worked in a shoe factory where he heard Stephen Stills’ “Tree Top Flyer” piped through the factory sound system and was inspired to follow his musical inclinations. He soon had a record deal with his debut album Trouble, and its title track, topping the charts and garnering critical acclaim. His voice, which has been compared to Tim Buckley, a young Van Morrison, Joe Cocker and even Ryan Adams, has continued to gain a following on his subsequent albums Till the Sun Turns Black, Gossip in the Grain, God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise and his most recent, Supernova. Hit songs like “You are the Best Thing,” “Let it Be Me” and “Repo Man” have been featured in movies and television shows including House, Parenthood, One Tree Hill, I Love You, Man, and performances on Saturday Night Live.

LaMontagne has selected The Belle Brigade to open for him on his summer tour. The vocal and instrumental duo, consisting of siblings Barbara Gruska and Ethan Gruska, come from a musical family. Their father, Jay Gruska, is a movie and television composer, and their grandfather is multiple-Oscar-winning composer John Williams. Doors open at 6 p.m. concert starts at 7:30 p.m.