Gardiner Original Music Showcase
Gardiner: The Gardiner Original Music Showcase is slated for Saturday, June 29 at Gardiner, Montana’s Arch Park from 3-10pm. This live concert event celebrates the song writing, poetry, and original music of Ian Thomas, Jarret Kostrba, Lacy Nelson, Marley Ball, and Daniel Kosel. Montana Pig Roast plates from Gardiner’s Yellowstone Grill, beer, and wine are available for purchase. A portion of the event’s proceeds supports the North Yellowstone Education Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to work with the community to build sustainable support and enhance innovative educational opportunities for students, teachers and community members in partnership with Gardiner Public Schools.
Tickets are available at Gardiner outlets: Yellowstone Grille, Wonderland Café, and the Town Station or online at thegardineroriginalmusicshowcase.
General Admission is $28.50 (bring your own chair) and a VIP pass is $100, which includes a seat in a tented area, food and drink, autographed merchandise, and photographs with the artists. Remember to bring sunscreen.
Jarret Kostrba performs at 3pm. He is a Montana native whose music reflects the beautiful spirit of the mountains he calls home. Bringing uniqueness to every performance, Jarret’s artistry is within the Heavy-Folk, Soul, and Alt-Country genres. He has shared the stage with acts as varied as Incubus and Charlie Parr, and he has spent more than a decade performing for audiences across the west in several bands. Now as a solo artist Jarret has truly found his voice. Find him on YouTube.
Lacy Nelson performs at 4:30pm. She was raised in the red foothills of the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming. Lacy has strong Folk and Country roots, delivering a fresh perspective with poetry and music that is shaped by the wild prairie, her family, and life on a cattle ranch as the daughter of 4th-generation ranchers near Ten Sleep, Wyoming. She placed in the 2018 Wyoming Singer-Songwriter competition and will perform original songs from her new album at multiple music festivals around Montana and Wyoming this summer.
Ian Thomas performs at 6:00pm. He draws on a variety of American roots influences, delivering a captivating, raw performance and distinctive sound from his original compositions on guitar, harmonica, and kazoo. Ian’s latest release is his Band of Drifters album, "Live in 2016," of 14 original songs deeply rooted in the classic country and American folk sounds. He has shared the stage with The Avett Brothers, Taj Mahal, John Hammond, Cyril Neville, Corey Harris, Sam Bush, Shovels & Rope, The Wood Brothers, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Reverend Goat, Dr. John, and
more. Touring both here in the US and abroad, Ian has performed at festivals around the country, including Bonnaroo, Pickathon, Red Ants Pants, and Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. Listen to his music at www.bandofdrifters.com.
CELLO + GUITAR is the final act, performing at 8:00pm. This stunning musical duo of Montana musicians consists of Daniel Kosel and Marley Ball. Marley has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Alberta Bair Theater, Tippet Rise, and the Billings Symphony, while Daniel has shared the stage with Neil McCoy, Sawyer Brown, Granger Smith, Colt Ford, Aaron Einhouse, Coco Montoya, and Cypress Spring. This superbly diverse combination of sounds—the beautiful and elegant cello combined with a “street musician’s” sultry guitar and vibrant vocals lifts the soul, brings joy to listeners, and shows that music is the universal language.
Kosel is a Seattle born, Montana-raised poet, guitarist, vocalist, recording artist, songwriter, and touring musician. He has creatively blended Country, Rock, and Blues into an original genre known as Crues Music. Daniel is a former marketing professional, business entrepreneur, and Class C high school basketball coach who began his full-time professional music career in 2016. Daniel has performed hundreds of concerts in venues throughout the western USA and Canada, plus he has recorded and released three original albums: Beartooth Stage, The Rain, and More Than Enough in the past two years. Listen to his music at www.danielkoselmusic.com.
Marley Ball interned with the Billings Symphony and was a principal cellist of the Skyview Philharmonic Orchestra, the Billings Youth Orchestra, and All-State Orchestra in 2017. She performed at All-State Orchestra all four years of high school, All-Northwest Orchestra in 2017, and Carnegie Hall as part of the Honors Performance Series. After graduating from Skyview High School in Billings, Montana in 2018, Marley is currently pursuing a degree in Cello Performance with hopes of teaching and performing professionally.
See The Gardiner Original Music Showcase and GardinerNYEF on Facebook for more information. Sponsors include: Midnight Blues Entertainment Group, Daniel Kosel Music, Langlas & Associates, Gardiner Chamber of Commerce, Insty Prints-Livingston, North Yellowstone Education Foundation, and Montana Whitewater Rafting Co.
The North Yellowstone Education Foundation mission is to work with the community to build sustainable support and enhance innovative educational opportunities for students, teachers, and community members in partnership with Gardiner Public Schools.