Wildlands Festival Brings Magical Performances to Big Sky

Festival Raises Nearly $150,000 for Conservation

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BIG SKY – Though one of the Indigo Girls’ top tracks, “Galileo,” was originally released in 1992, the song bears new relevance when Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of the famed folk-rock duo perform it on the second and final night of the Wildlands Festival on Aug. 13 in Big Sky—especially with powerhouse singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile singing it on stage with them.

Penned by Saliers, the song explores the concept of soul.

“Maybe you squandered big bucks in your lifetime, now I have to pay,” the trio sang before a packed crowd in the Big Sky Events Arena. “But then again it feels like some sort of inspiration to let the next life off the hook.”

Saliers’ lyrics refer to reincarnation, but on this particular night, in this place, the words permeate the landscape like the rain that fell each night of the festival, taking residence within the festival’s theme.

In its second year, Wildlands is both celebration of and campaign for its namesake: the wild places that make Big Sky and its surrounding region a treasure. This year, $145,000 was awarded to three organizations working to protect such places. Wildlands is a bid to let the next life off the hook.