“The natural beauty that surrounds us here in Montana inspires great music and, we hope, new friendships and collaborations.”David Feffer, Founder
Founded by classical-guitar enthusiast David Feffer eight years ago, Crown Guitar Fest has turned the arty, well-heeled town of Bigfork, Montana into an international center for the study and appreciation of the guitar.
David Feffer also says, “We don’t bring anyone here who isn’t nice. It doesn’t matter how famous or talented they are. They also have to be nice. That’s the magic ingredient that makes this all work.”
The week-long event takes place at Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge, a comfortable dude ranch that has hosted presidents (both Bushes) and gangsters (Bugsy Siegel) since 1945. Meals are served family-style in the log cabin’s Main Lodge, encouraging plenty of interaction between students, faculty and AIRs.
Around sunset, as the ranch’s horses gallop up the hill to their evening lodgings, a crowd streams toward the huge white tent in the pasture, which holds around 1000 people.
The Crown Guitar Workshop & Festival draws guitar lovers from all over the world. What really makes Crown Guitar Workshop & Festival unique is the opportunity to hang with top-notch artists during the day. Each Artist in Residence gives an afternoon clinic open to all students. They are very generous with their time and provide valuable and interesting insights.
Artists in Residence also drop in on the daily three-hour Crown Guitar Workshop classes in rock, blues, jazz and songwriting taught by the top-notch Crown Guitar faculty.
Sometimes, though, the most exciting moments occur by the fireplace in the Main Lodge, or on the grassy banks of Flathead Lake. That’s where guitarists do what they like to do most—sit around and trade licks.
Our 2017 Artists in Residence
John Oats, Ana Popovic, Dweezil Zappa, Shelby Lynne, Lee Ritenour, along with other outstanding musicians delighted the crowd with their virtuosity.
The intimate evening concerts take place in a huge white tent in a picturesque meadow at the Flathead Lake Lodge.
Around sunset, the ranch's horses gallop past the Crown Guitar Tent to their evening pasture.
At the Lodge you will enjoy a rustic ranch atmosphere, endless recreational activities, and unmatched hospitality by the Averill family and staff.
The Lodge offers the ultimate family vacation with unlimited horse & water activities and is located only 35 miles from Glacier National Park and the famous Going to the Sun Highway.