A soul reunion of the South Park Line will result in two Billings shows next week — Wednesday at the Garage Pub and Thursday outside Walkers Grill for Alive After 5.
Every musician has a band they never forget and for many, it’s the South Park Line, said drummer and Walkers owner Bill Honaker.
Named after a defunct railroad, the original six-piece funk/rock/jazz horn band performed at just about every high school, college, bar and concert venue in Montana and surrounding states from the late 1970s well into the 1980s.
“In those days, live music was alive and plentiful, as were the venues to hear it,” Honaker said.
Now, 30-plus years later, the band is coming together from all over the country for the Billings shows.
The Garage Pub show runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and the Thursday show runs from 5 to 8 p.m. as part of the Alive After 5 series. Both shows are all-ages.
Admission to the show at the Garage Pub is $7 and the Alive After 5 show is free.
Several local musicians will be joining the band, making it a 15-piece band, playing soul, funk and R&B. Between the different members of the band, they have shared stages with the Tower of Power Rhythm Section, the Temptations, Huey Lewis, Ike Turner, the Four Tops, Michael Bland (of Prince), Natalie Cole, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mose Allison and Bobby McFerrin.
They all perform professionally and are involved in writing, recording and education projects, some of which include the Tokyo Theme Park, David Lansberg Movie Studios, McNally-Smith College of Music, and Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles.
The South Park Line Band includes: Kimberly Michaelson, Lanie White, Lauren Williams and Tana Mayo on vocals; Rich Mayo on vocals and guitar; Joe Elliott on guitar; Will Honaker on bass; Kathy Honaker on keyboards; Bill Honaker on drums; Dean Cromwell on percussion; Kent Erickson on trumpet; Alan Fauque on alto sax; Sam White on tenor sax; Ryan Matzinger on baritone sax; and Jerom Hein on trumpet.