Challis may be a pretty tiny town with barely 1,000 residents, but the Braun Brothers Reunion has been making noise in Custer County for the past 10 years with classic Western and Americana tunes. This year promises to keep the tradition going strong, with a three-day festival running Thursday, Aug. 8-Saturday, Aug. 10.
Spearheaded by local legend Muzzie Braun, the event pulls in the entire Braun clan, along with a lineup from across the genre, from country to rock to rhythm and blues to bluegrass and beyond. What do these performers have in common? They all have a particular noncommercial vibe that you probably wouldn't find on MTV.
On Thursday, Muzzie is joined by honky-tonk superstar Dale Watson and the Lonestars, country singer Suzy Bogguss and sons-of-Muzzie, Micky and the Motorcars.
Taking the stage on Friday, Aug. 9, are No Justice, Canadian country import Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans, Todd Snider, Billboard bestsellers Turnpike Troubadours, and Texas originals the Randy Rogers Band.
Saturday's finale starts at 1 p.m. and sees the entire Braun clan perform, along with Tom Nazz and Jazz, Wade Bowen, Fender-strumming Redd Volkaert, Cody Canada and The Departed, and Reckless Kelly.
A three-day pass can be purchased for $105.95 (plus tax). A two-day pass for Friday-Saturday will set you back $71.95 (plus Uncle Sam's cut). Kids 6-12 years old get in for $15, while children 5 and younger get in free. Tickets are available online or at the gate. Cowboy boots optional.