Must-See Live Act Big Richard Comes to Montana

Neo-acoustic, bluegrass group, Big Richard, will make their way to Montana for two shows in 2023. They’ll perform at The Top Hat in Missoula on February 9th, and The ELM in Bozeman on Friday, February 10th

Formed less than two years ago, the bluegrass quartet Big Richard has quickly made a name for itself with standout live performances, despite not yet having a full-length studio-produced record. However, they have released a live album and three cover singles in 2022, and have a whole studio album in the works.

One of the things that set Big Richard apart from other bluegrass bands is their all-female lineup. This is somewhat of a rarity in the more jam-oriented bluegrass circuit, and it gives them a unique and refreshing perspective on the genre.

Each member has played in several other projects. Big Richard is comprised of Bonnie Sims on mandolin (Bonnie & Taylor Sims/Everybody Loves An Outlaw/Bonnie & the Clydes), Joy Adams on cello (Nathaniel Rateliff/Darol Anger/Half Pelican), Emma Rose on bass + guitar (Sound of Honey/Daniel Rodriguez/Whippoorwill) and Eve Panning on fiddle (Lonesome Days). They’re no strangers to big performances and their experience and skill can be heard in their shows.

Recently, Big Richard has been added to notable festivals such as Strings ‘n Sol and Telluride Bluegrass Festival, which are very hand-picked. Only top-notch bands are picked — further proof of their talent and growing popularity.

They’re already becoming known for being witty, quirky, and full of great stage banter. This gives them character and helps them connect with the audience, making their shows welcoming and comfortable. Recently, The Colorado Sound’s listeners voted Big Richard as their favorite “Band on the Rise.”

With all the buzz around the band — it’s only a matter of time before they start playing to sold out crowds on big stages. Now’s your chance to see them up close and personal at two of Montana’s best venues! With their unique all-female lineup, witty stage banter, and skilled musicianship, they’re guaranteed to put on an unforgettable show.

And if you need another reason to go to Big Richard’s concerts — both shows will feature local support! Missoula-based bluegrass band Ten Cent Mule will open on Feb. 9th and Bozeman-based songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Ryan Acker (of The Last Revel) will open on Feb. 10th.

Don’t miss your chance to see one of the most exciting up-and-coming bluegrass bands in the scene today. Click the GET TICKETS button below and grab your tickets today!


PUBLIC ON SALE: Tickets for both shows are available at the Top Hat box office, The ELM box office, online or by phone at 1 (800) 514-3849. Visit the specific event page below for tickets and more info.

About Big Richard

The world-class musicians in Big Richard initially convened in 2021 for a festival date. The quartet showed up to the one-off like it had been together for years, bursting with jaw- dropping virtuosity; playfully irreverent stage banter; stunning four-part harmony vocal interlace; imaginative arrangements; a refreshingly eclectic repertoire; and a healthy dose of lady rage.

Quickly things for the Colorado-based, neo-acoustic supergroup morphed into something way bigger than a one-and-done appearance. The sellout club shows, and the confirmed festival dates across America drastically changed its members’ lives and, in one case, livelihood—fiddler Eve Panning left the security of her middle school teaching job to go on the road. Now, Big Richard is poised to penetrate the Americana music world and beyond. To date, the quartet has issued 3 singles, the Live from Telluride album, and it has new music on the way. “You know the satisfaction when you add the missing piece to a puzzle?,” asks cellist Joy Adams. “That’s the feeling we have—there was a hole for aggressive and empowered females in this scene. We are filling that with Big Richard.” She continues: “We take what we do seriously, but we don’t take ourselves seriously.” Bassist and guitarist Emma Rose adds: “This group is an opportunity to share our full selves—be honest with emotions, showcase our chops a bit, and break through the wall of what women are expected to be.” Continue reading…