Andy, Laura and Nicole Wilson are ready to rock. The family trio known best around town as country act The Cimarron Band will hang up their cowboy hats to play sets of rock ‘n’ roll, debuting their new band, Triage, at Bugz’s Bar & Casino this weekend.
The husband, wife and daughter team have a long history of making music together. Though they're well-known for their country music performances, the trio are eager to perform their rock repertoire.
“We know so many rock songs from over the years, we’re looking forward to finally having an outlet for it,” said Andy.
The original Cimarron Band formed 38 years ago. While Laura and Andy played with the other band members back then, Andy recalled, young Nicole would sometimes nap backstage, curling up in instrument cases while Mom and Dad jammed nearby.
Later, in high school, Nicole played bass in a punk band. About four years ago, she joined her parents in Cimarron.
Nicole, now 25 years old, can really wail, Andy said.
To help keep her from being limited to country music, Andy got the idea to form Triage. Wanting to help Nicole hone her rock and blues tendencies, he invited her to join him for a few father/daughter gigs at Snow Creek Saloon in Red Lodge.
“It’s evolved from there. She is so good, I want to help give her an outlet.”
All three members of Triage harmonize vocally. “Nicole can really wail, but I like to let it rip, too,” Andy laughed.
When singing together, Andy plays lead guitar, Nicole covers keyboard, fiddle and guitar, and Laura plays keyboard, piano and bass.
Laura is “the backbone of our group," not just on stage but in life as well, Andy said of his wife. "And she's a real monster on the keyboard.”
Each of the members has a unique rock specialty, too. Andy is more adept with older rock, while Laura has an ‘80s focus and Nicole, in addition to covering bluesy rock from greats Etta James, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner and Susan Tedeschi, will also bring newer rock hits to the group’s setlist.
“We have a lot of stuff and are really looking forward to putting it out there,” said Andy.
The band’s catalog is vast, and the trio always welcomes audience requests so everybody in the crowd has something they can really get into, Andy said.
Triage chooses rock songs based on the music’s danceability. As luck has it, Bugz’s recently installed new flooring, including a brand new dance floor. And during dance breaks concertgoers can try their luck at one of 20 games in Bugz’s casino.
Triage will take Bugz’s stage at 9 p.m. on Friday. An encore performance will start at the same time on Saturday. Bugz’s is located at 1341 Main St. Both shows are free.
For more information about the Wilsons' music, or to see videos of live performances including Nicole's take on Tina Turner's "Proud Mary," go to Cimarron Band's Facebook page.
See what's happening in Billings clubs this week
Bugz's Bar & Casino
1341 Main St.
Triage: 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
2413 Montana Ave.
Counting Coup: 8:30 p.m. Nov. 30.
Open Mic & Jam Night: 6-10 p.m. Nov. 28.
Brian Zoller 7 p.m., John Roberts Quartet 9:30 p.m. Dec. 1.
637 Anchor Ave.
Larry Fallsdown: 7 p.m.-midnight Nov. 30 and 2-7 p.m. Dec. 2.
High Horse Saloon & Eatery
3953 Montana Ave.
7th Avenue Band: 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
Last Chance Cider Mill and Pub
2203 Montana Ave.
Holiday Pint Night: 5 p.m. Dec. 4. Holiday song karaoke, raffles, visit from Santa, preview of NOVA Center for the Performing Arts’ “A Christmas Carol.”
1123 First Ave. N.
Loud & Proud Karaoke with Daniel Pemberton: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Fridays and Wednesdays.
131 Calhoun Lane
Big Sky Dance Club: 1:30-5 p.m. Dec. 1. Music by Jim, Tammy & Chuck. All ages. Public welcome.
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.
Dumpweed (Blink-182 tribute), Silverbow Society: Doors 7 p.m. Show 8 p.m. Nov. 30. All ages. $5.
Strangeways (KISS tribute): Doors 7 p.m. Show 8 p.m. Dec. 1. Ages 21 and older. $10.
John Roberts Y Pan Blanco: Doors 6:30 p.m. Show 8 p.m. Dec. 7. All ages. $10.
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.
Josh Aguiar Qunitet: 7-10 p.m. Dec. 2.
Yellowstone Cellars & Winery
1335 Holiday Circle, 281-8400
Doug McShane & Lowell Cooke: 7-9 p.m. Nov. 30.
Song Dog Serenade: 7-9 p.m. Dec. 1.
Open Mic Night: 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays. For more information, text Dylan at 406-860-9978.
3/5 of Bucky Beaver: 7-9 p.m. Dec. 7.