In the coming days, the local music scene could easily be called the Joe Sullivan show. Much like his biography says, Sullivan never stops playing. This week, music lovers have many chances to catch the Billings pianist and singer in action.
The versatile Sullivan will first play the Elks Lodge from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday.
Then, on Dec. 14, he’ll join one of his bands, Little Joe and the Cartwrights, for a night of old-style country music — the type born from blues and folk — sprinkled with a touch of jazz, from 7 p.m. to midnight at VFW Post 6774 in the Heights. The band will play there again from 2 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 16.
Between VFW performances, Sullivan will meet up with the Matt Austin Quartet for a full evening of jazz at Wild Ginger from 7:30 to 10:30 on Dec. 15.
Sullivan grew up in Billings and earned his music degree at Rocky Mountain College. He got his start on the road at age 21 with rockabilly musician and Sun recording artist Sleepy LaBeef.
Sullivan stayed true to his roots after returning to Billings, and spent more than a decade holding down the keys with local legend Jimmy Dressler and Big Country.
Sullivan has also played in many other groups.
When he isn't performing and practicing, Sullivan writes songs and arrangements. Many of his choir compositions are published and performed all over the country.
All four of Sullivan's upcoming shows are open to the public. Friday night’s show at the Elks Lodge is free for lodge members and just $5 for nonmembers. Music at the Heights VFW on Dec. 14 and 16, and Wild Ginger on Dec. 15 is free for everyone.
See what's happening in Billings clubs this week
2413 Montana Ave.
A Night of Art and Music: 5-11 p.m. Dec. 7.
"Shooting From the Hip: Northern Lights": 8:30-10:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Improv belly dance.
934 Lewis Ave.
Yellowstone Bluegrass Association Jam Session: 7 p.m. Dec. 7. (Upstairs lounge.) Public welcome.
Joe Sullivan Trio: 7 p.m. Dec. 8.
637 Anchor Ave.
Cimarron: 7 p.m.-midnight Dec. 7.
Little Joe & The Cartwrights: 7 p.m.-midnight Dec. 14 and 2-7 p.m. Dec. 16.
1123 First Ave. N.
Loud & Proud Karaoke with Daniel Pemberton: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Fridays and Wednesdays.
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.
John Roberts Y Pan Blanco: Doors 6:30 p.m. Show 8 p.m. Dec. 7. All ages. $10.
Extrinsic Collective: Doors 7 p.m. Show 7:45 p.m. Dec. 13. Featuring Amari, Matt Dreamer, DaNe RiCo, Slim fVk, Svvnteen, Kondro. All ages. $10 advance, $15 day of show.
Comedian Matt Braunger: Doors 7 p.m. Show 8 p.m. Dec. 14. With Charlie Mulluk, Gary Busby, Hunter Coleman. Ages 21 and older. $15 advance, $20 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.
1525 Broadwater Ave.
7th Avenue Band: 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dec. 7-8.
2700 First Ave. N. 245-9291
Rimrock Hot Club: 7-10 p.m. Dec. 9.
Yellowstone Cellars & Winery
1335 Holiday Circle, 281-8400
3/5 of Bucky Beaver: 7-9 p.m. Dec. 7.
Holiday open house: 2-7 p.m. Dec. 8. Featuring Chance Robinson Fine Art show.
Lunatic Fringe: 7-9 p.m. Dec. 8.
Open Mic Night: 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays. For more information, text Dylan at 406-860-9978.
Local 406: 7-9 p.m. Dec. 14.