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PHOTOS: Opening night at Under the Big Sky Festival

by CASEY KREIDER
| July 17, 2021 3:00 AM

Scenes from opening night at Under the Big Sky Festival in Whitefish on Friday, July 16.

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Mike Murray and Chris Krager perform on the Big Mountain Stage at Under the Big Sky Festival in Whitefish on Friday, July 16. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Billy Strings performs at Under the Big Sky Festival in Whitefish on Friday, July 16. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Mike Murray performs on the Big Mountain Stage during Under the Big Sky Festival in Whitefish on Friday, July 16. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Fans watch as Billy Strings performs at Under the Big Sky Festival in Whitefish on Friday, July 16. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Billy Strings performs on the Great Northern Stage at Under the Big Sky Festival in Whitefish on Friday, July 16. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Billy Strings performs at Under the Big Sky Festival in Whitefish on Friday, July 16. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Billy Strings performs at Under the Big Sky Festival in Whitefish on Friday, July 16. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Mike Murray performs on the Big Mountain Stage during Under the Big Sky Festival in Whitefish on Friday, July 16. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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A festival-goer takes a nap on the grass near the Great Northern Stage at the Under the Big Sky Festival in Whitefish on Friday, July 16. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Billy Strings performs on the Great Northern Stage at Under the Big Sky Festival in Whitefish on Friday, July 16. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Dwight Yoakam performs on the Great Northern Stage at Under the Big Sky Festival in Whitefish on Friday, July 16. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Billy Strings performs at Under the Big Sky Festival in Whitefish on Friday, July 16. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Billy Strings performs at Under the Big Sky Festival in Whitefish on Friday, July 16. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Fans listen to a performance by Billy Strings during the Under the Big Sky Festival in Whitefish on Friday, July 16. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Mike Murray performs on the Big Mountain Stage during Under the Big Sky Festival in Whitefish on Friday, July 16. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Fans watch as Mike Murray performs on the Big Mountain Stage at Under the Big Sky Festival in Whitefish on Friday, July 16. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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From left, Paul Merendino, Ross Bridgeman, Todd Cowart, Mike Murray and Chris Krager before their performance at Under the Big Sky Festival in Whitefish on Friday, July 16. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Fans dance during a performance by Dwight Yoakam at Under the Big Sky Festival in Whitefish on Friday, July 16. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Billy Strings performs at Under the Big Sky Festival in Whitefish on Friday, July 16. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Billy Strings performs at Under the Big Sky Festival in Whitefish on Friday, July 16. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Dwight Yoakam performs on the Great Northern Stage at Under the Big Sky Festival in Whitefish on Friday, July 16. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Fans dance during a performance by Billy Strings at Under the Big Sky Festival in Whitefish on Friday, July 16. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Billy Strings performs before a massive audience at Under the Big Sky Festival in Whitefish on Friday, July 16, 2021. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Mike Murray performs on the Big Mountain Stage at Under the Big Sky Festival in Whitefish on Friday, July 16. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)