Taj Mahal added to Red Ants Pants Festival lineup

2012-05-23T11:00:00Z 2012-05-23T11:35:05Z Taj Mahal added to Red Ants Pants Festival lineupBy JACI WEBB jwebb@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS-Grammy-award winning performer Taj Mahal has been added to the Red Ants Pants Festival lineup, joining other headliners Emmylou Harris and Mary Chapin Carpenter July 26-29.

Over a career spanning nearly 50 years, Taj Mahal has won two Grammies and earned nine Grammy nominations. He was one of the first major recording artists to fuse blues with world music, including rhythms from the Caribbean and West Africa. His music, which is constantly evolving, blends elements of reggae, calypso, jazz, zydeco, and gospel.

In the 1960s, Taj mingled with blues greats like Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters and opened for famed artists such as Otis Redding, the Temptations and Martha and the Vandellas. Today, Taj’s music continues to influence a generation of recording artists.

This is the second year for the music festival, which is organized by Red Ants Pants, the first-ever company dedicated to manufacturing workwear for women.

The festival takes place in a cow pasture on the Jackson Ranches outside White Sulphur Springs, and kicks off with a street dance on Thursday, July 26. The concert performances start at 4 p.m., Friday, July 27, and run through Sunday evening.

A three-day weekend pass is $115 in advance and $130 at the gate. A one-day pass is $45 in advance and $50 at the gate. Camping is $10 per person and the wristband is good from Thursday through Sunday nights. Camping passes are only available on site (there will be enough room for everyone).

There will be a free shuttle between White Sulphur Springs and the concert venue, which is three miles away.

Tickets are available now at Cactus Records in Bozeman, Rockin’ Rudy’s in Missoula, No Sweat Café in Helena, Forde Nursery in Great Falls, Red Oxx in Billings, Conley’s Books in Livingston, and Red Ants Pants in White Sulphur Springs. Cash and check only. Online tickets and more info is available on the festival website: http://redantspantsmusicfestival.com.

Performers include: Emmylou Harris and the Red Dirt Boys; Wylie and the Wild West; Mary Chapin Carpenter; Corb Lund; Taj Mahal; Sweetback Sisters; Justin Townes Earle; Wagons; Rodney Crowell; Jeanne Jolly; Billy Joe Shaver; Growling Old Men; Hayes Carll; Ben Bullington; Abigail Washburn; Little Jane and the Pistol Whips



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