In Friday's Enjoy, the writing staff takes a look back at 2007. From music to movies, the opinions are our own, but I think represent a pretty good selection of 2007's best in entertainment both locally and nationally. Below are are links to some of my favorite posts on the 5:01 from last year. Photos are by Gazette photographers Casey Riffe and Paul Ruhter and a few I snapped myself.
The Fabulous Thunderbirds brought the blues to downtown, opening the Montana Avenue Live concert series in June. Gotta love the rockabilly hands of guitarist Nick Curran.
Jared Steward kicked off this summer Fix at Six series in early June in the parking lot of Santa Fe Red's.
DJ Jimi Scott bid farewell to Billings in July and headed to Denver to attend grad school at DU.
On July 30, the Queens of the Stone Age left me sweaty when they performed the stage at the Shrine Auditorium.
Florida punkers Against Me returned to Billings for a show at the YVBC July 31. Here Tom Gable, lead singer of Against Me, belts out the popular anthem, "White People for Peace."
Duane Dopsie brought a crazy good squeeze box to town when he rocked at the Magic City Blues Festival with his band, Duane Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers. The festival took place Aug. 10-11.
Blues Traveler headlined the Blues Festival, showcasing the wicked harmonica skills of lead singer John Popper.
In August, The Rainbow Bar rocked, literally. Local indie rockers 1090 Club duked it out with metal maniacs, Endever, at the first ever concert at the Rainbow Bar.
The second-to-last Alive After Five in late August brought Bozeman's The Clintons to town, and packed the Railyard parking lot.
The Forecast was the not-to-be-missed musical event over Labor Day. Here Shannon Burns of the Forecast gives it her all at the YVBC Sept. 3.
I got to see The Flaming Lips perform in September at the first Monolith Festival at Red Rocks in Colorado. They shot confetti and rolled giant balloons over the audience.
Also at Monolith, I got to see Cloud Cult perform. Lead singer Craig Minow closed his show with "Take Your Medicine," embracing his wife as she sings along.
The Photo Atlas of Denver was amazing when they performed at the YVBC in October with 1090 Club and Little Brazil as part of a tour kickoff for 1090.
Conor Oberst, lead singer of Bright Eyes, performed at the Shrine in October...yummy.
Local indie rockers the 1090 Club were asked to open for Bright Eyes on both the Billings and Missoula shows.
November's tribute concert to Ralph Sappington honored the local musician, composer and teacher who died in May.
Ben Bridwell, lead singer of the Band of Horses, and his charming beard visited Bozeman in November, performing at the Filling Station in Bozeman.
Seether performed at the Shrine in early December.
The Clumsy Lovers played several shows in Billings in 2007, the most recent was at YVBC, with one huge change: Violinist Andrea Lewis was missing. Replacing Lewis was not one, but two new Clumsy Lovers members, who brought the house down in early December.
The annual Indie Bell Rock concert was a hit in late December. Acadia and the Asteroid cellist Cellist Alette Boogman announced it would be the band's last show.
Tyler Burnett headlined the Indie Bell Rock Concert.
Hana Pestle performed her last show of 2007 at YVBC before heading back to L.A. to continue perusing her dreams and launching her musical career.