Livingston Hoot 2021 2021-02-11T02:26:29+00:00


(Livingston, MT) The producers of the Livingston Hoot have announced the postponement of the Livingston Hoot until August 4, 2022. John Lowell and Joanne Gardner Lowell, with Mighty Fine Time, LLC, made the tough decision to move the event after speaking with representatives from the Park County Health Department.

“It just breaks our heart to go another year without a Hoot,” said John Lowell. “We are ALL so ready to gather, enjoy our neighbors and friends and some live music, but until this vaccine is more widely distributed, the Hoot is just too risky.” 

“Luckily for us all, both Wylie and Marc will be back with us in 2022,” added Lowell. “They’ve been so great about rolling with it through this year’s cancellation and now this postponement. I know when we can finally meet on Main Street, the streets will be full of happy dancers. We all miss the Hoot!” 

Headliner Marc Broussard is an artist with a unique gift of channeling the spirits of classic R&B, rock and soul into contemporary terms.

Broussard released his debut album, Momentary Setback, independently at age 20, but his gift for making music was evident well before then. He made his stage debut at age five belting out “Johnny B. Goode” while sitting in with his father’s band, Louisiana Hall of Fame guitarist Ted Broussard’s – the legendary The Boogie Kings.

In 2004, he made his major-label debut, with Carencro. The album’s thematic centerpiece is “Home.” that hickory-smoked slab of Bayou soul that’s aged and evolved along with the singer himself. That album, and the others that followed, revealed Broussard as an old-school Southern soul singer blessed with both a rarefied talent and an innate stylistic and emotional authenticity, an artist whose old school blend of rock, R&B, soul, and sensitivity have made him one of the most indelible artists of his generation.

TV Performances include: The Tonight Show, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Larry King Live, CBS This Morning Saturday, Miss USA Pageant (NBC), New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival/AXS-TV, and many more. Marc Broussard has graced the stages in venues across North America and internationally and has performed at festivals including New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Bonnaroo, 30A Songwriters Festival and SXSW.  He has toured with Zac Brown, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Matthews Band, Chris Isaak, Willie Nelson, Maroon 5, and Gavin DeGraw amongst others.

Returning to open the Livingston Hoot in 2022 are crowd favorites Wylie and the Wild West. 

Wylie Gustafson is a native Montanan singer/songwriter with 22 albums and 3 decades of performing, writing, and recording under his belt.  He is one of the few authentic voices of the American West who steadfastly celebrates and sings about the active rural culture of America.  As on critic called him, “…the coolest cowpoke around.”

In 2020 Wylie was inducted into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame.  In 2017 he became a member of the Montana Pro Rodeo Wall and Hall of Fame.  His western lifestyle and the recording studio are inseparable. “The connection between my cowboy life and my music is extremely close,” he says. His music has been baptized with a hardy dose of trail dust and horsehair.

For over the last 30 years, he and his band, The Wild West, have performed their refreshing blend of cowboy, western, traditional country, and yodeling music. They are hugely popular on the festival and theatre circuit. Stateside, they have performed at such prestigious venues as the National Folk Festival, MerleFest, the Bumbershoot Festival, The Stagecoach Festival, A Prairie Home Companion, The Conan O’Brien Show and the Grand Ole Opry (with over 50 guest appearances).  Worldwide, their universal appeal has taken them to China, Russia, Australia, Europe, South America, and Japan.

In the meantime, John and Joanne Gardner Lowell are watching the regulations for gathering outdoors and planning some other summer events, but of a much smaller scope. They’re also working on a winter music festival that would bring people to Livingston in months tourism typically drops off. During the break with no work in 2020, the pair traveled to Nashville where they produced the International Bluegrass Music Virtual Awards Show, which was streamed in October and is currently running on the Circle TV network. 

Lowell adds, “Our hands are tied until the virus is under control but when it is, we can’t wait to get back into the live music business!”