Welcome to the 8th Annual Crown Guitar Workshop and Festival

JULIA RENSCH
AUGUST 28, 2017

Welcome to the 8th annual Crown Guitar Workshop and Festival! Our week has begun! Orientation was in full swing here yesterday, when musicians from all over the world came to Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork, MT to experience every musician’s dream. A concentrated week of music, workshops, mentoring and endless jam sessions. It’s a time to reflect, process and refine their craft. A time to renew, replenish and celebrate next to one of America’s most beautiful destinations, Flathead Lake. 

Flathead Lake Lodge has been owned and operated by the Averill Family since 1945. It’s hosted locals, celebrities, festivals and guests from around the world. An all-inclusive dude ranch experience where people come year after year to embrace a remote, unplugged lifestyle. Spouses and families often join the musicians of Crown each year and spend their days riding horses, kayaking, boat riding, painting, and exploring Glacier National Park.

The morning of orientation musicians, spouses, families, staff and volunteers gathered in the Main Lodge to hear an introduction from Founder David Feffer and Executive Director Steve Anderson. Familiar faces and new artists shook hands and embraced each other. People circled the room reconnecting with the lasting relationships they made in previous years. The residents of Bigfork look forward to the Crown Festival every year, willing to help and participate in every way they can. Gathering over 200 volunteers, it’s a heartfelt, meaningful production. 

It’s was a mesmerizing scene as the directors introduced themselves, floor to ceiling windows reveal miles of water behind the lodge, with sunlight racing across its ripples. A site that breathed creativity and new life into everyone within its reach. Steve Anderson asked guests to hang their egos up at the door, “If you haven’t done that yet, make sure you do. We are all equal here.” In an environment with beginners and Grammy award winning artists, this is a welcome neutralizer. It’s not about who you know or what you’ve accomplished once you walk into Crown. It’s about the music. It’s about the art. It’s about the people. 

For an inside look at the Crown Guitar Workshop and Festival this year follow our News and Events page. We’ll be posting inside looks into some of our most beloved Workshops, Master Classes, and events all week long.