About Us

John and Joanne at "Hootquarters"

Joanne Gardner came to Montana in 2005 after ten years as Senior Vice President, Music Video Production at Sony Music where she oversaw videos for Beyonce, Ricky Martin, Aerosmith, Bob Dylan, Will Smith and hundreds more. Previously, she had been an award winning video producer and director at ACME Pictures with partner Rosanne Cash, worked for NARAS in the President’s Office, and worked in the film business in Nashville for many years. She produced the first Red Ants Pants Music Festival, the Paradise Valley Music Festival and co-created the Hoot with her sweetheart John Lowell. Joanne books many music venues, and loves to bring new music to the region.

John Lowell has been involved in the music business for the past 40 years as a world wide professional touring musician, producer, recording artist/engineer, songwriter, instructor and even worked as purchaser for Gibson guitar in Bozeman, MT.  A love of the outdoors has kept him happily living his life in southwestern Montana while expanding his career in the music industry.  In 2014 he teamed up with his fiancée Joanne Gardner to create the Livingston Hoot. The Hoot was a finalist for the Event Of The Year at the 2016 Governor’s Board Of Tourism And Recreation Conference, and now the pair is busy planning the entertainment portion of "An Evening At The Arch", the National Park Service centennial celebration. John continues to teach and tour all over the world with the Growling Old Men, the John Lowell Band and his Montana band the Two Bit Franks

Having chosen Montana as their home, both Joanne and John are excited about bringing quality music events to the area. Their events are unique in providing state of the art staging, audio and lighting as well as the best musicians available - the events aren't average, they're extraordinary. In addition to offering Hoot events to other small communities in Montana, they are creating a "dead of winter" music festival in Livingston, with details to follow. If you need some special music for your event, please call Mighty Fine Time to talk it over.