Here are the first shows at the renovated Yellowstone Valley Brewing
Yellowstone Valley Brewing will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 23 after a complete renovation. Located at 2123 First Avenue N., YVB will be open Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will be host to live music.
Jazz Jam featuring the Music of Thelonious Monk, Thursday, Jan. 24, Yellowstone Valley Brewing, 2123 First Ave. North, 6 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $5, plus possible service fee.
Big Sword hosts the first set, second set is open to jam players, so bring your best Monk tune.
Parker Brown and The Bleedin’ Hearts
With Allied Music Teen Band, Friday, Jan. 25, 6 p.m., Yellowstone Valley Brewing. Tickets for the all-ages show are $10.
Blending elements of soul, rock, and neo-mysticism, Parker Brown and his newly re-formed trio bring listeners an experience equal parts groove, exuberance, and contemplation. These guys have played together in jazz combos, acoustic sessions, funk, rock and country bands for years; and this aged integration becomes apparent in the contagious energy of their shows. You may jump for joy and you also might cry as you partake in the dappled sounds of Brown and his buddies.
Featuring: Parker Brown, vox/guitar; Erik Olson, piano/bass; and Keller Paulson, percussion
"Brown’s songwriting is quite remarkable; he can tell a story in a way I’ve not heard a lot of since those heady days of the Brill Building,” said the UK’s Rocking Magpie.
Kicking Karma plays Garage
Saturday, Jan. 26 at Yellowstone Valley Brewing, 5:30 p.m. doors, 6 p.m. show, $6 cover charge
The Billings-based rock band includes: Frank Wilson - lead vocals and keyboards; David Gray - lead guitar and vocals; Robert Eberts - rhythm guitar and vocals; Brad Ross - bass and vocals; Bart Barkac – drums.
Not Your Boyfriend’s Band plays Jan. 25
With The Always Be Creative Band, Jan. 25, 9 p.m., Pub Station Taproom. Tickets for the age-21-plus show are $10 plus possible fees.
In 2016, Billings Montana received a new original music band called “Not Your Boyfriend’s Band” which continues to bring alternative rock, soulful blues, sketch ska, and an edgy granite style to the region’s rock and soul music genres.
Each member brings a different flavor to the group’s rock style, and fans were soon part of a diverse audience that welcomed a new and different sound for Billings.
With decades of combined professional stage experience, the talent and energy of Not Your Boyfriend’s Band immediately drew interest and crowds to local and regional venues, that welcomed one of Montana’s most versatile Rock artist groups, who have played with soft, medium, hard and even metal groups from all over the area.
Second annual Great Montana Winter Beer Fest at Pub Station
Saturday, Jan. 26, 6 p.m., Pub Station Ballroom. Tickets for the age-21-plus even are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.
The event features unlimited beer and cider samplings (including limited edition offerings) from the following brewers: Yellowstone Valley Brewing, Angry Hank's, Microbrewery Uberbrew. Red Lodge Ales Brewing Company, Last Chance Pub & Cider Mill, Harvest Moon Brewing, Bozeman Brewing, Lewis & Clark Brewing Company, Black Eagle Brewery, Katabatic Brewing, Old Skool Brewery, Canyon Creek Brewing, Montana Brewing Company, Black Tooth Brewing Company, and others.
Bob Seger announces rescheduled concert at Billings' MetraPark
Rock legend Bob Seger has been cleared by his doctors to once again take to the road. Seger and the Silver Bullet Band will hit the stage at MetraPark on Jan. 29, making up for a 2017 concert that Seger had to cancel due to health issues.
The 73-year-old rocker, who to date has sold more than 53 million albums and is known such hits as “Night Moves,” “Hollywood Nights,” and “Against the Wind,” suffered from a ruptured disc before the tour. As symptoms worsened, he had to undergo back surgery and postpone the remaining tour dates, including a stop in Billings.
All tickets for the originally scheduled concert on Nov. 13, 2017 at Rimrock Auto Arena will be honored for the new date. Remaining tickets go on sale Tuesday at noon at metrapark.com. Reserved seat ticket prices are $55, $75, $95 and Golden Circle at $110.
Of the 8,000 tickets that were sold for the original date, only about 1,000 were turned back after the show’s postponement, according to Ray Massie, MetraPark’s sales and marketing director.
“There may be some really good seats in that thousand,” said Massie, who estimates about 2,000 tickets in total remain for sale.
Current ticket holders who may want a refund must return their tickets no later than noon on Tuesday.
Seger formed the Silver Bullet Band in 1974. More than three decades later the group is still touring and releasing new music. In an interview with Rolling Stone about his health scare, Seger said he thought he’d be done by age 30.
“My original plan was to do it for five years between the age of 25 and 30 and then buy a motorcycle and drive across Europe, and then get a real job. It didn't work out that way. The more you do it, I guess, the more you love it,” he told Rolling Stone’s Andy Greene.
In a press release announcing the rescheduled tour dates, it was noted that Seger is feeling great and ready to hit the road.
Daniel Kosel hosting CD release show
Friday, Feb. 1, Yellowstone Valley Brewing, 6 p.m. tickets for the all-ages show are $10.
Everyone is warmly invited to attend the CD release soiree for Daniel Kosel's new solo album, “More Than Enough” at Yellowstone Valley Brewing.
Kosel in his latest release offers hearty lyrics and dark, elegant poetry delivered by the Roberts-based singer-songwriter earthy, deep voice and the sweet tones of a Guild Starfire IV electric guitar. Kosel will play works from his new album as well as favorites from his freshman albums.
Billings Symphony celebrates Black History Month with Motown Magic
Motown Magic takes place at the Alberta Bair Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 2. Tickets are from $14 to $50.
The Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale will celebrate Black History Month with a set of Motown hits, including the music of Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Jackson 5 and more. The concert will feature guests Sydney Morton and Jarran Muse.
Morton is from Cincinnati and started training in ballet at four years old. Growing up in a musical family (her grandfather was a Broadway performer and music teacher), she also sang in school choirs and played piano from a young age. Her interest in the performing arts grew, and eventually included other styles of dance and acting, and she obtained a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan as well as studying Shakespeare in London at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Muse recently performed the role of Marvin Gaye on Broadway and in the National Touring productions of "Motown the Musical." Some of his other Broadway/international tours include Green Day’s "American Idiot," Irving Berlin’s "White Christmas," "Dreamgirls," "Hairspray," "42nd Street," and the newly Broadway bound inspirational musical "Born For This."
Wyoming’s Two Tracks play Feb. 2
The Two Tracks, Thursday, Feb. 7, Yellowstone Valley Brewing, 6 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $5.
Americana covers a broad spectrum of music these days, and it’s easy to get lost in trying to define its particular parameters. If one was to determine an overreaching definition as music that reverberates with heart-felt emotion, and songs that speak to the listener with honesty, conviction and integrity, then The Two Tracks, a band based out of Sheridan Wyoming clearly fits the bill.
Their recently released album, “Postcard Town” further affirms the promise and determination shown on their eponymous debut, which No Depression described as “creating an instant connection...in truth there’s not a single offering here that doesn’t engage the listener practically from the get go," and by The Alternate Root as “rural warmth...infusing their tunes with a feel for the open spaces of The West.”
Rising country star Cody Johnson playing Pub
(This Show is sold out)
Saturday, Feb. 2, Pub Station Ballroom, 8 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $25, plus possibly fees.
It’s Cody Johnson’s time.
After landing two releases in the Top 10 of Billboard’s country albums chart on his own CoJo label and selling 74,000 tickets for a single show, one of Texas’ most-sought-after talents finally agreed to sign with a major label. Warner Music Nashville won a Music Row sweepstakes and enticed Johnson — who’d turned down several majors before — to join the team and take a shot at turning a concert success story into one with multimedia, national hit-making cred.
Johnson’s passionate, rowdy concerts have already drawn comparisons to Garth Brooks, and the music from his previous albums — inspired by ‘90s country foundations, but built for the 21st century — has made him a familiar presence on Texas and Oklahoma red-dirt radio.
Johnson’s introductory Warner project, "Ain’t Nothin’ to It," ups the ante. After writing the bulk of his previous material, he put out word in Nashville that he was open to songs from other sources, and the results were astonishing. A-list writers — including Chris Stapleton, Radney Foster and Brothers Osborne guitarist John Osborne — came to the table with songs that suited Johnson’s life and disposition. Music fans who are just now coming to the table will get a quick understanding of Johnson, from the rowdy troublemaker in the swampy “Doubt Me Now” to the devoted family man in the title track to the self-penned ex-bull rider in “Dear Rodeo” to the devoted Christian in “His Name Is Jesus.”
Yellowstoned hits Yellowstone Valley Brewing
Saturday, Feb. 2, Yellowstone Valley Brewing, 6 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $8.
Known for their positive-loving vibe, Yellowstoned is a psychedelic reggae dub-hop collective from Billings. they have shared the stage with The Movement, The Wailers, Jon Wayne & The Pain, Sol Seed, TAUK, and others.
A.J. Fullerton sets Yellowstone Valley Brewing date
Wednesday, Feb. 6, Yellowstone Valley Brewing, 6 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $7 in advance and $10 at the door.
A.J. Fullerton is a 23-year-old progressive roots artist raised in Western Colorado. Winner of eight 2017 Colorado Blues Society "Member's Choice Awards.”
He has steadily built a reputation as one of the hottest rising talents on the Colorado music scene. A.J. is well known for his skillful guitar, and powerful vocals, often called "beyond his years." His style of playing falls somewhere between the finger picking & slide of Country Roots music, and the groove based uptempo sensibilities of Blues and Rock & Roll.
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt to perform an evening of acoustic songs at ABT
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt will bring their “An Acoustic Evening” tour to the Alberta Bair Theater on Thursday, Feb. 7.
Lovett, a singer, composer, and actor, has a music career spanning 14 albums. Known for his storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in an inclusive, eclectic manner that breaks down barriers.
Hiatt, who resides in Nashville, has just completed his 23rd studio album, "The Eclipse Sessions." Long celebrated as a skilled storyteller and keen observer of life’s twists and turns, Hiatt is known for sharp, incisive lyrics and witty turns of phrase. This latest album features a more rugged and rootsy guitar playing with words wider and more wry.
A frequent performer in Montana, Lovett performed in 2011 with Willie Nelson in Billings and White Sulfur Springs and 2016 in Billings with Robert Earl Keen.
Tickets ranging from $55 - $75 go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at the ABT Box office, 2801 Third Ave. N., by phone at (406) 256-6052 or at www.albertabairtheater.org.
Maddie Alpert sets Yellowstone Valley Brewing date
With Bill Moved Away, Friday, Feb. 8, Yellowstone Valley Brewing, 6 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $6.
Maddie Alpert is a singer-songwriter from Billings. Bill Moved Away is a slowcore/indie rock ode to our dear friend Bill who moved away. We hail from Billings, and now Bill does not.
Dusty Pockets play remodeled Yellowstone Valley Brewing
Saturday, Feb. 9, Yellowstone Valley Brewing, 2123 1st Ave N., 6 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $10.
The Dusty Pockets tell meaningful stories, delivered with grit, wrapped in beautiful melodies and driven by powerful grooves. Their self-invented genre, “recreational Americana,” is indicative of the band’s mission to make seriously good music and have fun at the same time.
Their debut release, “Hard Line,” is a ten-song album that cherry-picks from the band's wide and growing catalog of original songs. Centered on a strong foundation of American musical traditions, "Hard Line," and the band's live shows, showcase a collection of tunes that scratch the itch for twang, soul, and rock'n'roll all at once.
The Dusty Pockets are Dave Walther (guitar and vocals), Matt Rogers (guitar), Garret Rhinard (keys), John Alex Griffith (bass and vocals), and Joe Sheehan (drums and vocals).
Pub Station brings sexy cabaret – with food
The Dirty Sexy Chocolate Show, Thursday, Feb. 7, Pub Station Ballroom, 8 p.m. Tickets for the age-21-plus show are $26 in advance and $31 at the door, or $181 for a reserved table for six, plus service fee.
After four years of sold-out runs, The Dirty Sexy Chocolate Show comes to Billings. For one night only: sultry singing, raucous dancing, original music, sock puppets, and obscene amounts of chocolate — all in the same show. Join CheffyPants and his sexy kitchen crew as they prepare a decadent chocolate dessert on stage, which you get at the end
The Missoula Independent called it “Unrestrained…Dedicated to the sensual, erotic joys of chocolate. This production goes through a lot of tarps!”
Along the way you’ll devour smoking hot choreography, songs and antics, original music, and of course a maddening amount of chocolate.
NothinginMind.com described it as “Dessert theatre that dishes up a healthy dose of seasoned wit and a significant measure of class.”
'My Furry Valentine' featuring Dead Presleys raises funds for animal shelter
“My Furry Valentine” Fundraiser featuring Dead Presleys is 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Pub Station Ballroom. General admission tickets for the all ages show are $20 plus applicable fees, available at the venue and at Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter, 1735 Monad Rd.
Celebrate Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter's 10-year anniversary with a concert featuring the Dead Presleys, a rock 'n’ roll band both in music and spirit. The band believes in big drums, ripping guitar solos, soulful vocals and driving bass, and also slow blues ballads.
“Our motto is simple,” says vocalist/guitarist Kerry Sherman, “serve the song. Whatever it takes to make the song great, whether that’s going simple or more complex with arrangements. Whatever it takes. If you take care of the music first, the rest comes easy.” While they take the music seriously, they're loose with everything else, making for a fun, adrenaline-filled live show. After all, it’s rock 'n’ roll.
They'll bring their rock motto to raise funds for the shelter. All proceeds from ticket sales for the event go toward services YVAS provides, including caring for injured and homeless pets, educating the public about animal welfare and community services. A 50/50 raffle and silent auction will take place, and general donations also accepted.
Chris Robinson Brotherhood returns
Thursday, Feb. 14, Pub Station Ballroom, 8 p.m. Tickets to the all-ages show are $25 plus possible service fees.
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood are on tour in support of their latest studio album "Barefoot In the Head.” In the middle of one of their most prolific periods to date, the band is riding a creative wave with a slew of studio and live records coming out amidst a rigorous tour schedule that only seems to fuel their fire even further. Their stellar new album, “Barefoot In The Head,” marks the CRB's third studio release in just two years, and it finds them pushing boundaries and breaking new ground with more joy and wonder than ever before. Overspilling with stunning musicianship and infectious energy, the album showcases the continued growth of Robinson's songwriting partnership with his bandmates: guitarist Neal Casal, drummer Tony Leone, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, and bassist Jeff Hill. It revels in the kind of adventurousness that can only come from five artists tuned into the same sonic wavelength.
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood are proving themselves among the most prolific rock and roll bands of their time. The quintet have honed their kinetic chemistry and immersive sound into a singular vision, which Uncut Magazine calls, "...a celebration of how American musical traditions can be at once honored and psychedelically expanded.”
Phil Aaberg, Jeni Fleming join for dinner show
Friday, Feb. 15, Pub Station Taproom, 8 p.m. Tickets for the age-21-plus show are $100, which includes dinner from Lilac and wine. Reserved tables for six are $600. Ticket fees may apply.
Grammy and Emmy nominated composer and pianist Phil Aaberg, and Montana's beloved vocalist Jeni Fleming join musical forces in creating what will no doubt be an incredibly special and memorable night.
Hot Club of San Francisco brings back music of 1930s Parisian jazz clubs at ABT
Hot Club of San Francisco, 7:30 p.m. February 15 at Alberta Bair Theater. Tickets range from $22 (students) to $42.
Be carried back to the tight, smoky jazz clubs of 1930's Paris with the Hot Club of San Francisco. Often called gypsy jazz, the music of The Hot Club of San Francisco has entranced audiences around the globe for more than 25 years. This ensemble celebrates the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Quintette du Hot Club de France.
The HCSF borrows the instrumentation of violin, bass, and guitars from the original Hot Club while breathing new life into the music with innovative arrangements of classic tunes and original compositions from the group’s superb lead guitarist, Paul Mehling and features the silken violin of two-time Grammy Award-winning Evan Price, the velvet vocals of Isabelle Fontaine, and a swinging rhythm section.
Acoustic Guitar has hailed the group’s playing as “intricate, scorching and often brilliant.” With frequent national and international tours—from Iceland to Lincoln Center and the Monterey Jazz Festival—The Hot Club of San Francisco keeps this historic music fresh and alive.
Colorado string band Trout Steak Revival to play YVB
Trout Steak Revival plays Yellowstone Valley Brewing, 2123 1st Ave N., on Feb. 21 starting at 6 p.m. Tickets for the all ages show cost $11, plus applicable fees.
Defined more by expressive songwriting and heartfelt harmonies rather than any one genre, Trout Steak Revival crosses over and blends the bounds of folk, indie, bluegrass, and roots evoking its own style of Americana. With five band members all contributing unique lyrics, lead vocals, acoustic instrumentation, and harmonies, Trout Steak Revival delivers memorable tunes to an energetic fanbase that grows hand-in-hand with the band.
Ever since winning the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, Trout Steak Revival has quickly become the quintessential Colorado string band. The band won an Emmy Award for a soundtrack they contributed to Rocky Mountain PBS, Westword named them Denver’s Best Bluegrass Band, and they were nominated as a Momentum Band of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association.
Their latest album, "Spirit To The Sea" expands Trout Steak Revival's repertoire beyond Colorado bluegrass without leaving behind the communal nature of the band’s origins. This album provides a mix of music crafted out of love, fear, heartbreak, wonder, joy, and freedom, providing a glimpse into the soulful depth of the individual members of Trout Steak Revival.
Wes Urbaniak joins forces with the 'Mountain Folk' for new band
Wes Urbaniak and the Mountain Folk perform Feb. 22 at Yellowstone Valley Brewing. Doors at 5:30 p.m., show at 6 p.m. Tickets for the all ages show are $7 in advance, plus applicable fees, and available at the door.
Wes Urbaniak’s experimental expressionism puts fire to the gasoline structure of folk music. As his songwriting began to develop and his content deepen, the pursuit for the absolute dynamic of the solo musician in real time rose up and what was learned was continually reinvested into his artistry.
Urbaniak's songwriting can be thought of as a quilting of life lived, lessons learned, humility sought, and understanding earned through the processes of becoming a steady and thoughtful man.
In order to develop a more whole and full sound, Urbaniak has enlisted the skill sets of David Baneulos, bass/guitar, and Mat Regele, 8-string ukulele/bass. They are the Mountain Folk that bring up the steady, the harmony, and the melody behind Urbaniak.
Corb Lund plans Ballroom bash
Saturday, Feb. 23, Pub Station Ballroom, 8 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $25 in advance and $28 at the door.
Corb Lund is an award-winning, vintage country performer, who spent his 20s in an indie rock band. He embraces his rich and rustic western heritage with a style that’s unique, honest and resolute, while touching on a range of cowboy themes both past and present — from rough-and-tumble tales of lawless frontier saloons, to the somber realities of running a modern family ranch. He sings about a life that he and his ancestors have lived themselves, paired with his quick-witted, wry observations of today’s world. As a result, his writing resonates emphatically with rural and urban audiences alike. It’s a classic sound with a twist, something of a rarity these days, but one that evokes the spirit of the American West, winning over appreciative audiences at rodeos, fairs, festivals and other events where tales of fearless explorers, determined homesteaders and committed cattle ranchers still holds a powerful sway.
“I feel a deep bond and shared roots with the audiences I perform for, especially out West,” Lund says. “Coming from a multi-generational ranching family from Alberta, Canada, and Utah before that, I relate closely to cowboy culture and its authenticity. It’s a part of the U.S. I especially enjoy touring as I feel very at home there.”
Ant and Slug return, topping 4-artist bill
Atmosphere, with deM atlaS, The Lioness, DJ Keezy, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 8 p.m., Pub Station Ballroom. Tickets for the all-ages show are $31.
Musically, Ant has continued to define Atmosphere’s sound, ranging from a healthy mixture of upbeat and fun, to the more iconic, moody and personal. Through out the 1990s, Ant spent countless hours in his basement with a wealth of records, a keyboard sampler, a turntable and a four-track, working with a who’s who of the Twin Cities’ Rap talent of that time. Those experiences tuned his ear, molded his work ethic, and shaped his vision. In turn, those lessons have continually become more prominent in the Atmosphere aesthetic, blending live musicians and sampled production with his keen sense of how to compose a well-arranged song.
As for the lyrics, Slug started his passion for rhyming with an obsessive-like penchant for the way words intersect, as well as how those words can be manipulated for unexpected and clever meanings. But, at the same time, early on Slug expressed an interest in doing more than simply proving he could be witty, but also writing about subjects that speak to people personally, as well as emotionally. These practices also naturally helped the Atmosphere fan base to expand beyond the usual independent hip hop audience, extending their reach to an alternative audience who also related to the personable appeal and emotional range of both Slug’s songwriting and Ant’s musical backdrops. Particularly, Slug has been consistently successful in leveraging his understanding for the power of words, recognizing that a song containing the right story or personal perspective can be extremely effective in capturing and holding the listener’s attention.
John Roberts y Pan Blanco heat up Yellowstone Valley Brewing
John Roberts y Pan Blanco, Friday, March 1, 6 p.m., Yellowstone Valley Brewing. Tickets for the all-ages show are $10.
From a rural background in Montana, John Roberts began on piano and trombone at a young age. After graduating from Montana State University-Billings with a bachelor’s degree in music performance, he moved to Los Angeles to earn his master’s degree from the California Institute of the Arts.
Focusing on vocals, trombone and keyboards, Roberts has been touring, recording, and performing in Los Angeles, the U.S. and around the world, including: Mexico, India, Asia, Europe, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia and Africa.
After 16 years of professional experience in Los Angeles, Roberts is now faculty at Montana State University Billings as a jazz, music theory, low brass and world music instructor. He works as a clinician and guest artist, continuing to hone his skills as an educator by sharing the “real world" of music performance and industry with his students.
Clutch bringing its 'Book of Bad Decisions' tour
Friday, March 1, 8 p.m., Pub Station Ballroom. Tickets for the all-ages show are $31 in advance or $35 at the door, plus applicable fees.
With the release of their highly anticipated 12th studio album, the gloriously titled “Book of Bad Decisions,” it would be easy to suggest that legendary Maryland rockers Clutch have made their finest record to date. This may even be true. You see, the thing about Clutch is that since their 1993 debut “Transnational Speedway League,” they've been in the business of writing classics, and even the most rabid fan would have trouble picking just one. “Book of Bad Decisions” won't make that task any easier.
Recorded over three weeks at Sputnik Studios in Nashville, “Book of Bad Decisions” was produced by four-time Grammy winner Vance Powell (Seasick Steve, The White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys, etc.), a man who apparently knows that a one degree angle change in microphones makes a difference to how an instrument sounds. Interestingly, his name first came to the band's attention via country star Chris Stapleton.
With each band member contributing riffs to the album — including drummer Jean-Paul Gaster who has added mandolin to his repertoire — there was no shortage of material, each song road-tested long before it reached the studio. Hell, with 15 songs, “Book of Bad Decisions” could easily pass as a double album. Always wary of repeating themselves and retreading old ground, there is even — for the first time on a Clutch album — a horn section that swings like James Brown's pants.
Arterial Drive books March 2 show
With DASH, Saturday, March 2, Pub Station Taproom, 8 p.m. Tickets to the age-21-plus show are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, plus possible fees.
“Every time we're asked what genre we play we struggle to pin down a consistent answer,” the band says in a press release. “But this ambiguity is fundamental to the core of our band.”
Music is collaborative, a collection of various inspirations. Arterial Drive embodies this idea with its six songwriters whose musical styles and training come from exceptionally different walks of life. Our music is a stew of rock 'n' roll, progressive, electronic, indie, alternative rock, and jazz. To simply choose and stick to one genre seems an injustice to not only our music but our diverse fan base that has grown to love the Arterial Drive sound, the band says.
DASH was formed out of a love for light-a-fire under-your-ass rockin' soul music and a desire for honest and entertaining lyrics. Founded in February 2018, the group has worked to refine its dance party sound and keep you on the dance floor all night. Their first studio album 'SUPER' was released on Oct. 11 and is out on all streaming services.
DASH was voted Best New Local Band, #2 Best Local Album, and #5 Best Local Rock Band from the Bozeman Magazine's Bozeman's Choice in 2018.
"DASH's rhythmic funk style will have you on the dance floor and rocking out to the unknown" -For the Love of Bands
All That Remains tops Ballroom bill
With Attila and Escape The Fate, Thursday, March 21, 6:30 p.m., Pub Station Ballroom. Tickets for the all-ages show are $29.50, plus possible fees.
Since their formation in Massachusetts in 1998, All That Remains have built an undeniable legacy upheld by airtight songcraft, knifepoint metallic instrumentation, and stadium-size hard rock hooks.
As a result, they’ve outlasted trials, tribulations, and trends to stand tall as one of this century’s most consistent purveyors of heavy music with a bulletproof canon of arena-worthy anthems. All That Remains’ discography is highlighted by successes including radio hits in the top 10 such as “Two Weeks,” “What If I Was Nothing,” and their first No. 1 “Stand Up.” they are averaging one million monthly listeners on Spotify (an unprecedented feat for a metal band in any era), while cumulative sales eclipse one million albums worldwide. Not to mention, they’ve earned five consecutive Top 10 debuts on the Billboard Top Rock Albums Chart and four in the Top 5. Most recently, 2017’s “Madness” spawned the smash cover of Garth Brooks’ “The Thunder Rolls,” which trended on VEVO and generated 21 million plus total views and 8 million Spotify streams in under a year’s time.
Styx and Larry the Cable Guy to appear together at MetraPark in Billings
Styx and Larry The Cable Guy will "git-r-done" in Billings on Saturday, March 23 at Rimrock Auto Arena. Touring together under the "Laugh. Rock. Seriously" tour, the odd pairing come together for rock hits and jokes. Seriously.
The comic and band members ran into one another at a convenience store in Sarasota, Florida. “Now we are pairing up for a fun night of music and comedy, something we could all use a big dose of...” Styx guitarist and lead singer Tommy Shaw said in a press release.
Larry the Cable Guy has always wanted to work with Styx, he said. "Not only because their music has been a soundtrack to my life, but also to try and get back the 18 bucks I loaned him for honeybuns and coffee from that day in Florida.”
Styx has a lengthy history in the Magic City, performing at MetraPark several times in the 1980s, and with REO Speedwagon in 2002, 2005, and 2009. Larry the Cable Guy performed at MetraPark in 2005, 2007, and 2009. Styx returned to Billings in 2010 with Foreigner and Kansas, and again in 2012.
The stand-up comedian has branched out into acting and country music, and has his own comedy channel, "Jeff and Larry’s Comedy Roundup," a partnership with SIRIUSXM and Jeff Foxworthy. He's been in numerous television shows and feature films including voicing the character in Disney/Pixar's "Cars" and the sequels.
Styx is one of the most successful arena rock groups in music history, originating in Chicago in the late 1960s. The group has produced many iconic ballads, including the hits "Come Sail Away," "Lady," "Mr. Roboto," "Too Much Time on My Hands," and others. They were the first band in rock history to have four consecutive certified multimillion-selling albums in a row: 1977’s "The Grand Illusion" (1977), "Pieces of Eight" (1978), Cornerstone (1979), and "Paradise Theatre" from 1981. Styx’s 16th studio album, "The Mission," was released in 2017 on the band’s label, Alpha Dog 2T/UMe. Shaw, who describes it as their most bold and emblematic album, co-wrote the story line with Will Evankovich (Shaw Blades, The Guess Who).
This incarnation of Styx is approaching a decade and a half together on the road, featuring Tommy Shaw and James Young on lead vocals and guitars, Ricky Phillips on bass, guitar and vocals, Chuck Panozzo on bass and vocals, Todd Sucherman on drums, and Lawrence Gowan on keyboard and vocals.
Ticket prices start at $39.50, on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at the MetraPark Box Office, MetraPark.com, or by phone at 800-366-8538.
Chase Rice brings his country hits
Saturday, March 23, Pub Station Ballroom, 8 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $35, plus possible fees.
Fame often has a chilling effect on one’s psyche. However, much as he’s done his entire life, when faced with a No. 1 major label debut album in 2014’s “Ignite the Night,” as well as a pair of Top 5 singles with the RIAA Platinum-certified “Ready Set Roll” and Gold-certified “Gonna Wanna Tonight,” Chase Rice turned his cheek and took the path less traveled.
As he readily recounts, the country music maverick has only grown more self- aware, mature and grateful in the wake of his success. “I’m a different person in a lot of ways,” Rice says looking back at his younger self, who moved to Nashville following the sudden death of his father “having no clue what the hell I was doing,” wrote a batch of killer songs and went for broke in the country music industry. “I was searching,” Rice says. “I didn’t know who I was as an artist. But now, it’s a new me. It’s a whole new deal. Now I know exactly where I am in life.” He laughs. “Well, not exactly. But I’ve got a better idea, anyway.”
Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs return to Billings for YVB show
Saturday, March 23, Yellowstone Valley Brewing, 6 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $10.
Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs are an energetic folk-rock band based out of Bozeman. Combining a soaring four-part harmony and rock 'n' roll drive, a Bird Dogs show gets people dancing and singing along to original tunes and covers alike.
With a combined 30 years of experience in blues, rock, country, metal, folk, and indie bands, the members of Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs found their common ground in bluegrass and country music, and bring a truly unique sound to the folk scene.
Born under the big sky in Bozeman, Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs consist of Lena (Laney) Schiffer on vocals/guitar/percussion, Matt Demarais on vocals/banjo/dobro, Ethan Demarais on bass, Brian Kassay on fiddle/mandolin/harmonica, and Josh Moore on vocals/guitar.
mewithoutYou brings the fuzz to the Pub Station Taproom
With Tigers Jaw, Tuesday, March 26, Pub Station Taproom, 8 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $15, plus possible fees.
It is no mistake that mewithoutYou have become one of today’s most fascinating experimental rock acts. The last 15 years have borne witness to the Philadelphia five-piece exercising stylistic evolutions and aerial dynamics with humbling dexterity and untamed ambition. At their roots may be a theatrical progressive punk/post-hardcore band, but they’ve never been content to remain comfortably within a familiar genre. Their continuous multi-directional movements have left them increasingly difficult to classify, the growth of their branches impossible to predict. The group’s sixth full-length album, Pale Horses, is the best evidence to date of their eclectic agility.
The one constant in mewithoutYou’s storied career has been lead singer Aaron Weiss’ ability to sketch ornate, thought-provoking narratives. Seamlessly weaving his signature holler amidst whispered storytelling and stream-of-consciousness outpourings, his latest offerings vacillate between the emotionally wracked, vibrantly symbolic, and ambiguously metaphysical.
Shakey Graves returns to Ballroom
Thursday, March 28, Pub Station Ballroom, 8 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $27 in advance and $30 at the door, plus possible fees.
Back in December 2017, Shakey Graves proclaimed on his Twitter page, “Next album. New sound. Sell your suspenders.” The tweet was tongue-in-cheek, but Alejandro Rose-Garcia, the Austin native who’s been plying his trade as Shakey Graves since 2007, was making a dead-serious point about his latest album, “Can’t Wake Up.” This ambitious, audacious work heralds an artistic metamorphosis for the 30-year-old veteran, whose risk-taking in painting outside the lines has been rewarded tenfold. “This record is the most I’ve ever intentionally worked on a project, musically speaking, in terms of the scope of it and how much thought went into it,” he says. “It’s a dense album; there’s a lot of information going on.”
Rose-Garcia has been encouraged to go for it by Dualtone, which has given him a standing offer to release any album he feels warrants a wider release. “They’ve been really wonderful in a lot of ways,” he marvels, “but especially in the sense of trusting me and being very supportive of my putting out DIY stuff in between. Because that’s what this record is — a bigger version of DIY. That’s why I make stuff; I would do it if no one was watching me. The inherent pleasure I get out of creating anything isn’t for other people’s ears any more so than my own.”
Jessica Eve hosts CD release show
Friday, March 29, Yellowstone Valley Brewing, 6 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $7.
From an early age, Jessica Eve set out to become a performer and professional singer songwriter. Natural ability will only take a talented artist so far, but a strong will and determination has helped push this artist forward and continues to drive development and success. From a small town in Montana this songwriter has a little bit of everything in her writing.
Pixies to play Alberta Bair in Billings on April 3
Wednesday, April 3, 8 p.m. reserved seating tickets are $49.50 and $59.50. Additional fees may apply. Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. A special online-only presale is Thursday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with the an exclusive password from JadePresents.com.
“Head Carrier” is the seventh Pixies album, in a lifespan stretching back 30 years to their formation in Boston, Massachusetts. But there is a new element to the Pixies’ DNA this time.
Bass player Paz Lenchantin joined the Pixies at the start of 2014, before the release of “Head Carrier’s” predecessor, “Indie Cindy,” but after its completion. If there was any lingering uncertainty regarding her official status, even during the two years of touring that followed, that’s changed now. Her position was sealed, emotionally, when she sang one of the new album’s stellar moments, “All I Think About Now,” which is a tribute to Kim Deal, the original Pixie whose role Paz now occupies. The genesis of “Head Carrier” began even as “Indie Cindy” was being made — a direct consequence of Kim Deal’s decision to quit the band in June 2013 during a recording session at Rockfield Studios in Wales.
Recorded in just three weeks, “Head Carrier” has the sonic hallmarks of a classic Pixies album — tungsten guitar riffage, sun-soaked harmonies, rhythmic pummel and lyrical intrigue — while never pandering to nostalgia. Aligned to its palpably fresh momentum, many of its songs have a poignant undertow, acknowledging its creators’ real time/real life journey.
Elsewhere, the songs offer a typically varied buffet of Pixies esoterica: rural roadside prostitution in France and Belgium, the Mesopotamian deity Baal, and the legendary American actor Jack Palance, who makes a cameo appearance in the rambunctious “Talent,” one of two songs whose primary musical influence Black Francis attributes to The Stranglers.
That the Pixies could have a viable present in the 21st century, let alone a bright future, seemed impossible during the 10 years following their break-up in 1993, and again following Deal’s departure. But there’s always been a whiff of alchemy to this band that confounds the natural order of things. It’s a large reason why they remain so special, and so beloved.
Jeremy Enigk bring his Ghosts Tour to the Pub Station
Thursday, April 4, Pub Station Taproom, 8 p.m. Tickets to the all-ages show are $16 in advance and $18 at the door, plus possible fees.
Jeremy Enigk was the singer/guitarist of Sunny Day Real Estate, the Seattle quartet widely credited as the big bang of the post-hardcore, indie rock variant of emo that would spend the next decade morphing into a massively commercial enterprise.
You can’t blame Sunny Day Real Estate for that, though. They were just a young, powerhouse band who happened to be several years ahead of their time.
His influential solo album, “Return of the Frog Queen” came in 1996. This isn’t to claim some kind of Velvet Underground/Big Star status for the album, but it is to say that you can draw a straight line between “Frog Queen” and elements of Elliott Smith, Belle & Sebastian, Rufus Wainwright, Destroyer, the Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, Sufjan Stevens, Beirut, Grizzly Bear, Joanna Newsom, Bon Iver, and many, many other artists who have come to define the past two decades of indie music.
Last Revel brings ‘front porch’ songs
Thursday, April 4, Yellowstone Valley Brewing, 6 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $7 in advance and $10 at the door.
From the storied music scene of the Upper Midwest comes the cutting edge front porch Americana soundscapes of The Last Revel. This powerfully talented collective of songwriters from Minneapolis naturally blends the genres of folk, old-time string band and rock to create a sound that is as original as it is timeless. Drawing influence from their salt of the earth Midwest ethos, the band’s songs are rooted in the characteristic that has made that region the heartbeat of America.
The Last Revel utilizes their multi-instrumental abilities to bring the full spectrum of modern Americana to life with lush arrangements of three-part vocal harmonies, acoustic and electric guitars, upright bass, fiddle, and 5-string banjo to consistently support impassioned performances of their honest and heartfelt songwriting.
Breaking Benjamin, Asking Alexandria to play Rimrock Auto Arena
Headlining a four-band tour, Breaking Benjamin returns to Billings with Asking Alexandria, Underoath, and Diamante on April 8.
Founded by Ben Burnley, Breaking Benjamin is known for chart-topping music and energetic live performances. Their discography includes 2002’s “Saturate,” 2004’s “We Are Not Alone,” 2006’s “Phobia” and 2009’s “Dear Agony.” They released "Dark Before Dawn" after a six-year hiatus in 2015 and followed up with "Ember," the band's sixth studio release, in 2017.
The self-produced Ember contains an abundance of high-caliber, melodic hard rock, according to the band's website. Burnley describes the album title as "an ember can either be the end of something or the beginning of it."
Breaking Benjamin last performed in Billings in 2016 at the Shrine, and performed a show in Bozeman in November.
Tickets, priced at $39.75, $45, and $59.75, go on sale Friday at 10 a.m., available at the MetraPark box office, by phone at 1-800-366-8538 or online at metrapark.com.
Bart Crow returns to Pub Station in April
Wednesday, April 10, Pub Station Taproom, 8 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $10.
Born and raised in Maypearl, Texas, country music singer/songwriter Bart Crow made his first attempts to write songs while in the United States Army and started first performing live while studying at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. Perhaps the most significant milestone in his past involved moving with his wife Brooke to Austin, where they worked tirelessly to establish Bart as an artist.
Crow has put together an impressive track record as a recording artist, having lofted six No. 1 singles onto the Texas Music Chart — one of which, “Wear My Ring,” sold over 165,000 copies. He has sold over 40,000 albums, released five self-co-produced records in just over a decade, including Dandelion, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers South Central chart. He’s been cheered in Country Weekly, on CMT, and one of Rolling Stones “artists you need to know.” His YouTube videos and concert footage have drawn more than 5.7 million views.
Halestorm returning for April 20 Shrine Show
With Palaye Royale and Beasto Blanco, Saturday, April 20, 7:30 p.m., Shrine Auditorium. Reserved seating tickets are $39.50 in advance and $43.50 at the door.
Since their inception in 1998, Halestorm has toured extensively with a diverse variety of artists, including Eric Church, Joan Jett, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice Cooper, ZZ Top and Evanescence, playing around 2,500 dates around the world to date. Most recently, the band scored a 2019 Grammy nomination for “Best Rock Performance” for “Uncomfortable,” their second nomination after their 2013 win for “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance.” Halestorm has also made history: “Love Bites (So Do I)” ascended to No. 1 at Active Rock radio in the U.S., making Halestorm the first female-fronted group to earn the top spot on the format.
Today Halestorm exists as a beacon of hope and inspiration, particularly female musicians who want to brave the challenges of the music industry. Lzzy Hale has been a pioneer in rock and proven that women have a place on the stage. Every night on tour, women — and men — in the audience can look to her and realize they too have the power to carve out their own path. Two decades into an accomplished career, Halestorm represents the results of true passion and hard work. The band has out-survived many of its peers and the musicians are still having fun after all this time.
ATLiens bring their spacey EDM to the Pub Station Taproom
Saturday, April 27, Pub Station Taproom, 8 p.m. tickets for the all-ages show are $20. Service fees vary by purchase method.
Masked Atlanta, Georgia DJ duo ATLiens create trancy trap and bass music and have supported tours for other artists including Diplo, Zeds Dead, Flux Pavilion, Nero, Doctor P, HeRobust, Hucci, Anna Lunoe and Sleepy Tom.
'Weird Al' Yankovic announces summer tour with a stop in Billings
The notoriously zany “Weird Al” Yankovic is heading out on tour in 2019, bringing with him a smorgasbord of outlandish, ridiculous and good-humored parody performances. Yankovic will play in Billings on Aug. 25 at Rimrock Auto Arena.
According to Yankovic on his Instagram page, the “Strings Attached” rock and comedy tour will be his “most full-blown, over-the-top extravaganza ever,” full of hits and classics. “We’re pulling out all the stops for this one,” said Yankovic, who plans to bring costumes, props and a video wall on the summer tour.
At each stop on the tour, he also plans to perform with a full symphony orchestra. Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale hasn’t been contacted yet, but Michelle Dawson, Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale’s marketing manager said playing with Weird Al is “definitely something we would consider.”
Recently, the symphony provided music for the Broadway musical "Chicago," played with Jewel during the Billings Clinic Classic, and is slated to perform music for Mannheim Steamroller on Nov. 18 and Cirque Musica Holiday’s Wonderland on Nov. 27 at MetraPark.
“If we get contacted, generally we do them,” said Dawson.
Yankovic last performed in Billings in 2012.
According to a press release, “Weird Al” Yankovic is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history, earning four Grammys and 15 career nominations. He is best known for his hilariously irreverent parodies of hit songs, including “Eat It,” “Like A Surgeon,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise,” “White & Nerdy” and “Tacky."
Yankovic is one of only four artists to have Top 40 singles for the past four decades (other artists include Michael Jackson, Madonna and U2). He recently received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Tickets ranging from $35 to $125 go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the MetraPark Box Office, by phone at 800-366-8538, or online at www.MetraPark.com.
Mountain Goats to redeem the monsters in Billings
Friday, Aug. 30, Pub Station Taproom, 9 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $25, plus possible fees depending on method of purchase.
The Mountain Goats are John Darnielle, Peter Hughes, Jon Wurster and Matt Douglas. They have been making music together as a quartet for several years. Three of the members live in North Carolina. Their songs often seek out dark lairs within which terrible monsters dwell, the band says in a press release. But, their mission is to retrieve the treasure from the dark lair and persuade the monsters inside to seek out the path of redemption. As Axl Rose once asked in the song, “Terrible Monster,” “What’s so terrible about monsters anyway?” This is the question the Mountain Goats have been doggedly pursuing since 1991. They will never leave off this quest until every option has been exhausted.
Country hit-makers Sawyer Brown playing Ballroom in October
Friday, Oct. 4, Pub Station Ballroom, 8 p.m. tickets for the all-ages show are $35, plus fees if applicable.
“There were five of us thinking that we can/This is the life and times of a travelin’ band.”
Those words end the first verse of the title track to Sawyer Brown’s new CD “Travelin’ Band.” The life and times of a traveling band — if ever there were a band who is well qualified to paint a picture of what it means to be a travelin’ band, it’s Sawyer Brown.
Founded in 1981, the band celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, having played more than 4,000 shows over the course of those years, logging mileage well into the seven figures.
“We are just who we are, period,” says lead singer Mark Miller when asked for some of the secrets to the band’s longevity. “From the beginning, we didn’t want to sell ourselves as something we weren’t. We’re blue collar, working-class guys from the neighborhood who just happen to get up on stage at night and make music.” He then adds with a laugh, “OK, guys from the neighborhood who made some questionable clothing choices in the ‘80s."