Mighty Fine Time was hired to produce the entertainment portion of the National Park Service centennial celebration. The event, called "An Evening At The Arch" was held on August 25, 2016 from 7-10 PM in Arch Park, near the historic Roosevelt Arch on the edge of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Montana. Performers at this important event included Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Leyla McCalla, John Jorgenson, Angella Ahn and many more fantastic musicians. Rodney Crowell was retained as the music director for this amazing experience, and was on the stage directing an all star "house band." A childrens choir from Cleveland called "The Singing Angels" performined an original piece with help from the school kids from Gardiner. Actor Bill Pullman was the emcee for the event, and former president Teddy Roosevelt made an appearance as well. (actually renowned Roosevelt re-enactor Joe Weigand.)
This was a ticketed event and although the tickets were free, there were only 6,000 of them. The first release of 2,000 tickets online on May 15, 2016 were snapped up in 90 seconds. There were two more releases. Folks who were not able to get a ticket to the event watched it from the comfort of their own home or anywhere there was a computer with internet access.
The event took place in two parts - a program with gorgeous National Park film footage, speeches from National dignitaries and songs to celebrate the Centennial. Part two was a musical performance with the musicians cutting loose for a 90 minute once in a lifetime concert for concert attendees and anyone watching the stream.
"Being a part of this historic event was a big responsibility and a great honor," said John Lowell, with Mighty Fine Time. "We were involved in the planning of this event with a core group of dedicated volunteers for nearly two years, and Joanne and I are proud of what this event became. It's going to be hard to top this one."
"This project was a labor of love and we thank our partners on the Gardiner Gateway Project for including us," added Joanne Gardner with Mighty Fine Time. "The Gardiner Chamber of Commerce, Yellowstone Park, Yellowstone Association, Park County, Montana - this team started the conversation about this celebration in 2014. There were dozens of partners, sponsors and helpers and this will absolutely be a grass roots, local initiative."