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Foundation Gala Dinner and a Show

Meet John Dunnigan

Born to Play, Not Run

Musician. Songwriter. Entertainer. Funny man. Baseball coach. Pancake maker. Lawn mower. John Dunnigan is many things. He’s also one lucky, plucky guy. He’s been fortunate to play music for a living almost his entire life. Pick any stringed instrument and odds are he can pick it - guitar, banjo, pedal steel. He also blows a mean harp. During his career, John has played with Bonnie Raitt, Asleep at the Wheel, Norton Buffalo, The Dirt Band, Kris Kristofferson and many others including Bruce Springsteen.

Growing up in Northern California, John experienced the same electric jolt that sparked many a young musical career – he saw the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. It rocked his world. He bought a guitar and soon began playing some of the leading venues in California - pizza venues, that is. John later toured the country with a band and eventually landed in Big Fork where he pulled off the road and decided to plant roots.

As he played around the Flathead Valley night after late night, it slowly dawned on John that he was destined for mediocrity. So, he developed a solo act and started writing original songs that were both heartfelt and hilarious. Songs like “I Don’t Touch, I Just Look” and “I’m Too White To Sing Reggae.” Over the years, he has recorded several CDs that feature some of the leading musicians in the Flathead Valley.

Since arriving in Montana a generation ago, John has raised a lot of roofs with his spirited, crowd-pleasing music. He has also raised two sons (Andy and Jimmy) with his wife (Andrea). Simply put, John Dunnigan is a devoted family man and dynamic, first-rate entertainer.

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Start time: 6:00 PM
End time: 10:00 PM
Location: Sanders County Fairground Pavilion, 30 River Road, Plains, MT 59859
Cost: $35
Contact: Barry Fowler, CFVH Foundation Director
Phone: 406-826-4858
Email: bfowler@cfvh.org

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