Musically speaking, it’s a hot week in Billings.
While Magic City Blues festival fans gear up for their favorite weekend Aug. 3-4, popular local and touring acts abound.
On Saturday, Cedar Ridge will play their mix of folk, rock, country and classics at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery. Ray Schneckloth, Eric Peterson and Randy Harkin provide a wide range of great covers — for no cover charge — beginning at 8 p.m.
Midweek, the Austin, Texas-based hot jazz and Western swing trio Hot Club of Cowtown will burn up the stage in the tap room at The Pub Station. The combined forces of fiddler and vocalist Elana James, guitarist Whit Smith and bassist Jake Erwin produce a one-of-a-kind, foot-stomping sound that just might singe your eyebrows. Hot Club of Cowtown plays at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Tickets are $25 and available at The Pub Station box office and thepubstation.com.
Also on Wednesday, while country star Chris Stapleton heats up Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark, music fans shying away from the arena scene can catch energetic country/rock/folk faves Laney Lou & The Bird Dogs at the St. John's Summer Concert Series. The Bozeman-based band features Lena “Laney” Schiffer on vocals, guitar and percussion; Matt Demarais on vocals, banjo and dobro; Ethan Demarais on bass; Brian Kassay on fiddle, mandolin and harmonica; and Josh Moore on vocals and guitar. The energetic folk-rock show opens with local duo Dan Page and David Cleaves at 6 p.m. Admission is free.
These concerts are just the tip of the musical iceberg melting in Billings this week. For a rundown of the week’s other country, jazz, bluegrass and rock offerings, check out the Club Wrap listings. But first, you’d better have your dancing shoes on.
See what's happening in Billings clubs this week
Alive After 5
at Café Italia, 2417 Montana Ave.
Carolyn Wonderland: 5-8 p.m. Aug. 2. Free.
St. John's Summer Concert Series
at St. John's Lutheran Ministries, 3940 Rimrock Road
Dan Page 6 p.m. Laney Lou & The Bird Dogs 7 p.m. Aug. 2.
2413 Montana Ave.
Jodie Johnston: 8-10 p.m. July 28.
Open Jam Night: 6-9 p.m. Aug. 1.
934 Lewis Ave.
Yellowstone Bluegrass Association jam: 7 p.m. July 27. (Upstairs.) Public welcome.
637 Anchor Ave.
Plug Nickel's: 7 p.m.-midnight July 27 and 2-7 p.m. July 29.
1123 First Ave. N.
Loud & Proud Karaoke with Daniel Pemberton: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Fridays and Wednesdays.
131 Calhoun Lane
Dinner dance: July 28. Barbecue rib dinner 6 p.m. Music by Jim, Tammy & Bonnie. $15 dinner/dance, $5 dance only.
3839 Grand Ave.
Russell Engesser, accordionist: 6-8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays.
4912 Laurel Road
Karaoke: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. nightly.
2502 First Ave. N.
Tickets at thepubstation.com, Pub Station Box Office, 2502 First Ave. N. or 877-987-6487.
Ticket price does not include service fees.
Junior Brown: Doors 7 p.m. Show 8 p.m. July 27. All ages. $25.
Toad The Wet Sprocket: Doors 7 p.m. Show 8 p.m. July 29. All ages. $39.50.
Pop Evil: Doors 7 p.m. Show 8 p.m. July 30. All ages. $25.
Lemuria, Katie Ellen, DUSK: Doors 7 p.m. Show 8 p.m. July 31. All ages. $13 advance, $16 day of show.
Hot Club of Cowtown: Doors 7 p.m. Show 8 p.m. Aug. 1. All ages. $25.
Kip Moore: Doors 7 p.m. Show 8 p.m. Aug. 2. All ages. $39.50.
10 Years: Doors 7 p.m. Show 8 p.m. Aug. 3. All ages. $15 advance, $18 day of show.
Stars ‘n’ Stripes Lounge & Casino
4910 Southgate Drive
Karaoke: 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Cocktail Katz: 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays.
Thirsty Street Brewing Co.
3008 First Ave. N.
Jazz jam: 8-10 p.m. July 20. Free.
Arterial Drive: 8-10 p.m. July 21.
323 N. 24th St.
Norrine the Outlaw Queen Band: 4:30 p.m. July 29. On the patio.
2700 First Ave. N. 245-9291.
The Nauman/Hammond Project: 7-10 p.m. July 29.
Yellowstone Cellars & Winery
1335 Holiday Circle, 281-8400
3/5 of Bucky: 8-10 p.m. July 27.
Cedar Ridge: 8-10 p.m. July 28.
Open Mic Night: 7-9 p.m. Aug. 1. For more information, text Dylan at 406-860-9978.
Yellowstone Valley Brewing
2123 First Ave. N.
Mipso, Maddie Alpert: Doors 5 p.m. Show 6 p.m. Aug. 1. $11. Tickets at door and 1111presents.com.