Mark Your Calendars for the 8th Annual
Crown Guitar Workshop and Festival!
Aug 27 – Sept 2, 2017
Information: 855-855-5900

Crown Passes Available February 15th,2017


Faculty Ben Peeler and slide virtuoso Sonny Landreth with amazing other slide heroes Jerry Douglas, David Lindley and Brent Mason for a week of slide and other amazing styles of guitar performance

Lineup for 2017:

  • August 26th is Summer Celebration at Flathead Brewery
  • August 27-Sept 2nd is Crown week
  • August 27th Registration and Private/Special Performance*
  • August 28th Classes start, Steak Fry and World Music Video/Jam at the Lodge led by Leni Stern*
  • August 29th Jerry Douglas & Brent Mason
  • August 30th David Lindley & Emily Elbert
  • August 31st- Mike Stern & Jason Vieaux
  • Sept 1st- Crown Jam with Students
  • Sept 2nd- Slide with Sonny Landreth and more


  • Sonny Landreth and Friends!!! 5 + Hours of Festival setting Music
  • Amazing All-star bands to support
  • Each evening, Special Surprise Guest Artists, Expanded Food Court, special VIP meet/greet for Crown Pass Holders!!!
  • More great events and announcements to come

What is Going on at the Crown Guitar Festival?

Whether you shred, strum, slide or pluck, it’s time to submit your skills for the chance to win cash, scholarships and guitars at Guitar Slinger: The Ultimate Guitar Showdown, presented by Upstream Music Fest + Summit.

Four amateur guitar virtuosos ages 13 and up will be chosen to compete in front of a crowd and a panel of celebrity judges including Ayron Jones of Ayron Jones and The Way, at MoPOP’s Sky Church.

Slingers can submit to compete in four categories; Acoustic, Jazz, Blues/Slide, and Rock/Metal. Prizes include a slot to play on the mainstage at Upstream Music Fest in May 2017, a scholarship to Crown Guitar Workshop and $2,250 in prize money! The competition will be followed by a rocking show headlined by a surprise Northwest band. Submissions will close February 1, 2017.

Sixteen Guitar Slinger Performances, four slingers in each category. Slingers will be judged on musicianship, technique, improvisation and style.

Acoustic If you’re playing on an acoustic guitar, you should submit here. Styles range from the fingerstyle techniques of Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel to the rich complexity of Michael Hedges. Jazz From old school jazz legends to modern If you’re playing on an acoustic guitar, you should submit here. Styles range from the fingerstyle techniques of Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel to the rich complexity of Michael Hedges.

Jazz From old school jazz legends to modern fusion, if you take inspiration from Al Di Meola, Pat Metheny, Joe Pass, Bill Frisell or Snarky Puppy you should submit here.

Blues/Slide Down and dirty blues, the kind you perfect in a smoke-filled back alley bar. You’re a little bit Joe Bonamassa and a little bit B.B. King, with a side of Bonnie Raitt. Definitely submit here.

Rock/Metal You came to rock, and we salute you. You love whammy bars, screaming bends and Marshall stack feedback. You honed chops listening to Steve Vai, Orianthi, Jimmy Page and Slash. Go to 11, then submit here.

Grand Prize One (1) Grand Prize slinger will win a fellowship to attend in the Crown Guitar Workshop and Festival, a Gibson guitar and will play on stage at Upstream Music Fest + Summit in May 2017!

Runners Up Three (3) runners up will each receive a swag bag compliments of KEXP and MoPOP and a cash prize of $750. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Must be a legal U.S. resident; age 13+. Ends 2/1/17 at 11:59:59pm PT.

To be selected as a finalist, must be available to perform in Seattle, WA on 3/18/17. 1 grand prize winner will get a fellowship for the Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop and Festival 2017, a Gibson guitar, and the opportunity to show off their skills by playing at the Upstream Music Fest + Summit in May 2017 (Total ARV: $11,500). Three runner-up winners will each receive an upstream branded swag bag (ARV: $200) and $750 cash prize.  

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101 Guitars Beatles Medley performed, filmed, and edited at the Crown Guitar Fest 2016. Let’s spread it around the world! Click here to check out the Crown You Tube Channel.


The splendor of Montana, the hospitality of a family-owned dude ranch, and the emergence of world-class guitarists and musicians make the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Create lasting memories as you see and hear music legends perform in the small meadow venue at Flathead Lake Lodge.  A diverse line-up presents a mix of emerging and established artists from all genres. Take part in a whole week of fantastic shows at this beautiful setting!

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The D’Addario Foundation provided a once-in-a-lifetime scholarship opportunity to Rock to the Future student and Philly resident, Lily McAndrew. Follow Lily’s journey to the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival in Big Fork, Montana where she performed with Dweezil Zappa.

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“We have built the Crown Guitar Workshop and Festival into a
one-of-a-kind, leading international guitar event.”

– David Feffer, COC Guitar Foundation Chairman and Founding Director

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The Crown Guitar Fest and related educational events throughout the year attract world- class artists, superlative teachers, eager students and enthusiastic audiences who appreciate the music of the guitar and the magical splendor of Montana.

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Donors and Sponsors make a huge impact in our local community with their support of the COC Guitar Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to celebrating all genres of guitar and preserving the wonders of Northwestern Montana.

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Crown Guitar Workshop & Festival in Bigfork, MontanaSeven spectacular days and nights at Bigfork, Montana’s 4 star Flathead Lake Lodge.

The magic of the guitar and the stunning vistas of Northwest Montana combine to make the Crown Guitar Workshop and Festival the most unique and highly praised event of it’s kind.

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  • Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 2882
    Bigfork, MT 59911
  • Physical Address:
    104 Crestview Dr Suite #105
    Bigfork, MT 59911
  • Phone: 855-855-5900
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