The frolic that was the annual Missoula Aber Day Kegger of the '80s probably never can be repeated — or even reborn — but a reunion on the banks of the Flathead River aims to be as close as possible.
Montana’s own Mission Mountain Wood Band will be joined by Sam Riddle (whose father, Steve, was one of the founders of the Mission Mountain Wood Band) and Andrea Harsell with Luna Roja at the Regatta Shoreline Amphitheater in Polson on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 3 to 9 p.m. Gates open at noon.
Harsell, from western Montana will open the show. Mission Mountain Wood Band, who played more than 300 shows nationwide during the '70s but routinely returned to the rodeo grounds up Miller Creek and often stole the original Aber Day shows from higher profile but not guaranteed high-energy groups, will take the stage next. The band currently plays gigs around the state, both private and public. Sam Riddle, who played basketball for the University of Montana, regularly performs in Las Vegas.
The Riddles have never been on the same bill.
“I can’t wait. I am so excited,” said the younger Riddle, who spent summers in Polson and traditionally wowed the crowds during the slam dunk contest as part of the Three-on-Three Tournament.
Flathead Lake Brewing Co. will debut its Aber Day Ale, sold only on site.
The Aber Day Kegger is part of Summerfest on Flathead Lake, with an art show, car show and Friday night entertainment outside at the Red Lion Ridgewater.
This is a family-friendly event with vendors and souvenirs. Food and beverages will be available on site. Folding chairs, blankets and umbrellas are encouraged, but coolers and pets won't be allowed on the grounds.
Tickets cost $35 in advance, $40 at the gate, and can be found at grizalum.com and at local shops across western Montana. Children 6 and younger get in free, while tickets for those between the ages of 7-12 are $15. Proceeds from the show will be distributed to local nonprofits by the Anderson Broadcasting Charitable Foundation. Free parking for both cars and RVs is available at the Polson Fairgrounds, with additional hotels and camping within minutes of the venue.
The Aber Day Kegger is co-sponsored by the UM Alumni Association and Missoula Liquid Assets LLC.