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Philipsburg 9th Annual Summer Charity Concert & Auction

Philipsburg 9th .Annual Summer Charity Concert Auction 2018


Event Details:


  • Gates Open at Noon.
  • Food and beverage on site all day.
  • Families welcome
  • Auction between bands
  • Sorry no coolers, no dogs
  • Tickets $25.00 Advance/$30.00 Day of Event
  • BUY TICKETS ONLINE @ www.philipsburgrotary.org/
  • All proceeds got to local community projects


Philipsburg, MT —  Nestled in a high mountain valley in Western Montana is the town of Philipsburg.  Once a fading mining town it is now a colorful tourist destination and base camp for hikers, fly fishers and rock hounds who visit the nearby wilderness.  House Beautiful magazine recently named Philipsburg the “prettiest small town” in Montana.

In the heart of the three block long historic downtown is Winninghoff Park.  In the winter it is a skating rink with Zamboni tended ice and free skating.  In the summer it becomes Winninghoff Arena and the grassy terraced hillside above the rink has filled with as many as 3,000 people attending the annual August Summer Concert.  This Rotary Club charity event is so popular it has drawn as many as four times the small town’s population for a day of music.

One goal of the local Rotary was a large permanent stage at the concert site.  This year, thanks to fund raising and careful planning with the town government, a new stage will be launched during the 8/18/18 concert.  The almost $25,000 structure was paid for by local donors including a $10,000 contribution from the Markovich Family Foundation of Missoula.

Headlining the event is Post Falls legend Kelly Hughes and his band.  Asked to invite some favorite co-performers, Hughes is sharing the bill with Spokane’s four-time national fiddling champion Justin James and Inland Empire Blues favorite Sammy Eubanks.


“What a gas to be christening this beautiful new stage,” said Kelly Hughes “My family has lived near Pburg on and off for three generations so it is wonderful to be the first group to perform on this important local venue.”

The Philipsburg Rotary’s Concert Chairperson, Leeann Tenesch,  said picking Hughes and his band was a natural.  “Kelly has been a wonderful supporter of our charitable work here in Philipsburg.  That, combined with the fact he puts on a dynamite show made it appropriate he be the headliner when we open our new stage.”   The event is all for charity and includes a limited number of auction items between the bands.

The August 18th concert takes place from 2PM to 7PM with James, Eubanks and Hughes going in order.   The concert grounds open at noon and there are beverages and food onsite all day.  There is ample free parking and free shuttles to the site.   Net proceeds from the event go to local charitable causes and Rotary events at the downtown venue have raised over $250,000 in the last decade.  

“If you have never been to Philipsburg I can’t begin to tell you how much fun this is as a place for a concert,” said Hughes.  “The arena is right downtown in the heart of the historic district, a block from the brewery, restaurants and all the shops.  It is grassy with great acoustics.  You bring a chair or a blanket and there is not a bad seat in the entire arena.  It’s absolutely a favorite of our guys.”

Additional information on the event can be seen at www.philipsburgrotary.org.

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For further information:

BUY TICKETS ONLINE @ www.philipsburgrotary.org/

For more information contact: Jim Jenner

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