Dennis Quaid to headline ZooMontana fundraiser

2012-02-26T14:45:00Z 2012-03-13T11:50:05Z Dennis Quaid to headline ZooMontana fundraiserBy ZACH BENOIT The Billings Gazette
February 26, 2012 2:45 pm  • 

ZooMontana will kick off the first of what officials hope will become an annual fundraiser with a concert headlined by actor and musician Dennis Quaid.

WinterFest will be held at 7 p.m. on March 24 at the Babcock Theatre, 2812 Second Ave. N.

Quaid has appeared in more than 70 films and television shows and sings and plays rhythm guitar. Well-known since the 1980s for his roles in movies such as “Innerspace” and “The Day After Tomorrow,” Quaid combined acting and music when he played music icon Jerry Lee Lewis in 1989’s “Great Balls of Fire.”

A ZooMontana news release said Quaid tries to make his performances fun for attendees and his band.

“The audiences have a blast, which is all we want,” he said, in the release. “I make a complete and utter fool of myself. I think that’s the only way to have fun (onstage), instead of trying to pretend to be cool and all the rest of that stuff.”

Also performing will be local band Dan Page and the Barncats and the trio of Wally Kurth, Christian Taylor and Pat McCormack. Kurth has written and performed music for the soap operas “General Hospital” and “Days of our Lives” and, along with Taylor, won an Emmy for Outstanding Original Song from a single played on “General Hospital.”

Jeff Ewelt, the zoo’s executive director, said all proceeds from the concert will go toward “education and conservation work” at the zoo. The event is being held in conjunction with Klover Productions, a local production and entertainment company dedicated to helping ZooMontana.

“We’re looking to do some more things during the winter and show the community that we’re serious about moving forward,” Ewelt said.

WinterFest tickets go on sale on Monday and can be purchased at ZooMontana, 2100 S. Shiloh Rd., or The Red Door Lounge, 3875 Grand Ave. General admission tickets are $58 each and VIP tickets — which include a dinner and silent auction at 5 p.m., reserved seats and access to an after show party — are $138. Visit or call 652-8100.



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