Arts and Entertainment
May 2, 2019
Wes Urbaniak and the Mountain Folk (WUMF) are out on tour for the month of May across the state of Montana to play music at craft breweries and to tell, share, and create new stories.
In building this tour, Wes and Whitney Urbaniak posed a question: “We love our Montana home and we love our breweries, music, and communities, too. What could we do that combines all our Montana-ness into one program?” Wes Urbaniak and the Mountain Folk are a nationally touring band, but they have quite a diverse skill set and quite a spark for the Montana way. They are using that skill set to expand the connection the breweries already have in their own communities with that of the broader Montana populous and beyond.
Wes Urbaniak, as a musician and luthier out of Huntley, MT, plays all-original music that he has written, recorded and produced over the course of 16 years. The stringed-instruments, such as custom guitars, ukuleles, and basses, that he designs and builds combine repurposed or salvaged wood with traditional pieces. Each instrument has a unique story and character, and the band plays the instruments that Urbaniak builds.
WUMF will be playing at 15 independent craft brewers in Montana. They head east first to start in Wibaux and then up to the Hi-Line along US Highway 2. Circling back south through the Missouri Breaks will take them to the center of the state to Harlowton. Then, starting in the latter half of the month, they merge onto I-90 to go west to the mountains, first to Bozeman and then reaching up to the northwest region. Eureka is the furthest north town at which they’ll stop, and they’ll dance around Glacier National Park to reach Columbia Falls and Cut Bank. Swinging down to the Flathead Lake Region takes them to Bigfork, and then it will be on to Philipsburg and then to the capital city of Helena. The Madison range will be calling at the end of the month, and so the tour van will carry them to Big Sky. Lastly, they’ll play in Billings for a last special show to wrap up the month.
Not only will they be bringing their music to the breweries, but they are going to fill the story bucket full up. At each brewery, they will be creating a story podcast episode for the Montana Brewery Stories Hopcast with the brewery owners, staff, and patrons. Urbaniak will also film shots of the road, towns, and breweries to continue the visual story of the journey.
More information can be found at http://wesurbaniak.com/ , and the direct link for pictures, bio, and music is http://wesurbaniak.com/press-kit. Videos and songs are to be found on these links as well. Urbaniak will be available for interviews and airtime, and he would very much appreciate your time to share the story. Press passes are available by request through email or phone: firstname.lastname@example.org or (406)672-0351
Specific content for this tour is as follows:
Main Tour Page: http://wesurbaniak.com/brewerytour
Facebook Tour Page: https://www.facebook.com/tours/2050037218440273/
Facebook Brewery Stories Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/588364714965895/