Author: Jack Guy

Get your Celtic on with Jack!

We don’t need much of an excuse to take the beautiful summertime drive down the Bitterroot.

But for those of you looking for a good reason, may we suggest the upcoming Bitterroot Celtic Games & Gathering in Hamilton?

Whether as a participant or just an onlooker, a fun experience is pretty much all but guaranteed at this 9th annual event. The list of activities is long, but here are some highlights:

• Highland Athletic Competitions: If super strong men in kilts hurling logs sounds like fun, then you don’t want to miss the Highland games. There’s lots of events for women and children in here too, and all participants receive a weekend pass plus a T-shirt. CLICK HERE for a schedule of events or to register.

• Dancing, drumming and piping competitions: Nothing brings us back to the old country like traditional Celtic song and dance, and the weekend is packed with competitions and showcases by all ages and abilities.

• Food: Nothing completes a festival like delicious food and drink, and at the Bitterroot Celtic Games & Gathering you’re going to be delighted by all the traditional fare options, including Scottish smoked salmon cheese pate, whiskey and scotch tastings and more!

Also, be sure to catch the Beards & Braids contest, the Tug-o-War and free piping and language classes throughout the weekend.

This year’s Bitterroot Celtic Games & Gathering kicks off at 9 am Saturday, August 18 and runs through the end of day Sunday. A full schedule of events is available HERE – or be sure to stay on top of the latest news and happenings on the group’s Facebook event page.

This year, 105.9 Jack FM is excited to be giving away TWO free weekend passes to the event. Just comment on the post over at Jack’s Facebook page and we’ll pick our winners at the end of the day Wednesday! Slainte!

-Zeke Campfield

Jack is offering a chance to up the ante on your summer fun courtesy of Montana Lottery!

Tune in to 105.9 Jack FM Missoula starting Monday, July 16th, for a chance to qualify for our weekly scratch ticket giveaway.

Just listen out all week long for a ring sound followed by the Summer Scratch Multiplier announcement. We’ll ask you a simple math question and you’ll text the answer to us at 406-848-1059.

Everyone who texts in the correct answer will be entered into a drawing, and then we’ll pick a new winner at random each Friday through August 3rd. If your name is drawn, you’ll earn 25 free scratch tickets! Simple as that!

Good luck, and happy winnings from your friends at Jack FM Missoula and Montana Lottery

Scratch ticket giveaway!
Rock the Rivers for FREE!

Skid Row.

That’s enough right there, but check this out: Everlast, Theory of a Deadman, Fuel, Eve 6 … the list goes on and on (and on).

We’re talking about Rockin’ the Rivers 2018, the huge annual metal bash that unfolds over three days every August in Three Forks, Montana.

This year’s line-up may be the greatest we’ve seen, and you can bet Jack’s already lacing up his combat boots and stocking up on hair grease for his favorite weekend of the year.

But this time around, Jack’s taking some special guests. Two, in fact, who won’t just win tickets to the fest – they’ll be taking VIP passes. That means you’ll be feeling “very important” as you enjoy not just great hard rock and metal performances, but also free camping and access to the special VIP party zone.

We’re talking shade, complimentary drinks and rubbing shoulders with other metal fanatics just like yourself.

So let’s cut to the chase – how can you get your mittens on a pair of these passes? It’s easy – just follow THIS LINK to our online submission form, enter your info, and we’ll pick a winner at random on July 27.

Yep, that’s it. Throw your name into the hat and you’ve got just as much a chance to win as the next guy.

Good luck, and rock on, Jackhead!

Here again is the link to sign up.

Weather pending, tonight marks the home opener of the 2018 Missoula Osprey season.

Yes, we know – you listen to Jack FM first and foremost because of the music. But we’d like to think that community and entertainment in general are also high on your reasons for loving Jack, and whether you’re a sports fan or not we think there’s a lot of great reasons to celebrate summer baseball.

To honor that, we’ve outlined three non-baseball reasons to get excited about the Osprey:

1. The peanuts and Cracker Jacks

OK, so Cracker Jacks aren’t on the menu at the concession stands at Ogren Park Allegiance Field – but peanuts certainly are, as are all the other iconic ballpark greats: Hot dogs, ice cream and, yes, beer. To be honest, we’re really not all that much into peanuts during our normal daily lives. But nothing helps pass those stagnant times between innings, during pitching changes – heck, between pitches – like cracking open a tasty nut and tossing the shell onto the concrete floor.

By the way, if you’re partaking in Osprey baseball just for the food then we recommend you get familiar with their nightly specials. Taco Tuesdays, anyone?

2. The actual osprey

When peanuts have lost their luster, there’s plenty of entertainment to be found circling above the stadium. The team’s namesake osprey – a mom, dad and their young, we presume, are often as engaging as the action on the diamond. You can’t see them actually fish from this vantage point, but you can see them head out empty-beaked and return with a tasty treat for the family. Sometimes just watching their giant, crowd-sweeping circles is enough. Are you mad, bro?

The Missoula Osprey is the only minor league franchise with a live mascot living in its natural habitat at their stadium.

3. Those crazy kids

Unless you’re a hardcore baseball fan, the best seats in the house aren’t the ones adjacent to home plate – they’re deep out in left field, in the general admission “seating”. On a grassy knoll, you’ll hardly find a game where there aren’t a throng of baseball runts doing everything BUT watching the game. They’re rolling, they’re chasing, they’re doing what kids do best. Most importantly, they’re waiting for a foul ball to land in their territory – and when it happens, let’s just say you’d better stay clear.

The best part, though, is when the foul falls just outside the grassy zone and the outfielder manages to scoop it up. These kids will say just about anything to get hold of that ball; they’re certainly not too proud to beg.

For just $20 you can sign your young one up for the Ollie Osprey Kids Club and pick up two general admission tickets to every Sunday home game, plus a child’s T-shirt, a kids’ clinic and an exclusive autograph session with Osprey players.

Whether it’s the ballpark concessions, birdwatching or modern day anthropology you’re seeking, there’s plenty of non-baseball reasons to catch a Missoula Osprey game. What other event is as fun for families as it is with a date – to say nothing of the joys of watching baseball alone? Tune in all season long for ticket giveaways, and enjoy the best of Missoula summer before it slips away!

For more details, check out the Missoula Osprey’s 2018 schedule or pick up your tickets HERE.

-Zeke Campfield

Missoula Osprey more than a sporting event
Fireworks show returns to Southgate Mall

You can have your Christmases and Thanksgivings and all those other high-pressure holidays.

But when it comes to our favorite annual celebration, Jack takes the Fourth of July without hesitation.

Fireworks-still-a-fizzleThink about it: There’s no requirement for gift-giving, the weather is usually nice, you can spend it with whoever you want, and it’s a holiday about patriotism. Oh yeah, and there’s the whole fireworks thing.

This year, Jack’s doubling down on his excitement because after a two-year hiatus the largest fireworks display on this side of the state is returning. We’re talking about the big explosions-filled, Americana music fest that goes down in the parking lot of Southgate Mall.

According to a mall’s Facebook post, the fireworks event is happening again this year after taking the last two years off. Not many details have been unveiled about “4th Fest” other than that it’s happening from 7-11 pm at the mall on Wednesday, July 4th. We assume more details will be coming soon.

Truth be told, despite being a (mostly) lifelong Missoula resident, we’ve only actually partaken in the festivities at the mall one time. That’s because the best thing about the show – and about living in the Missoula Valley – is that you can pretty much enjoy it from anywhere. Pick a mountain, a hill, a rooftop, bring a blanket and your own playlist and enjoy the show.

Because this is America, and while Jack’s always looking for a great excuse to celebrate there really is no better reason than love of country. And pretty explosions in the sky.

-Zeke Campfield