Exactly one year ago I posted my first blog as a freelance writer, saying, “After a stint in the corporate newspaper world, I found myself with an ignited desire to create my own place.”
As 2010 dawns, I’m pleased to say 2009 was a healthy year for music in Montana. I won’t dish out a “Top Ten” or “Best Of” on this blog, but I do want to reflect on the year in music and remind my fellow Montanans that we’re fortunate to live in a state that provides us front row access to some top notch performers.
We all make choices, including where we decide to call home. I place importance on community, affordability and quality, and Billings delivers. I thank the people playing and providing music in Montana. Your pioneer spirit does not go unnoticed, and your dedication to live music and culture makes Billings a musical hub of the West.
Shrine Auditorium floor does not collapse despite best efforts of sold-out crowd at Dropkick Murphys
Dropkick Murphys headline a show at Billings’ Shrine Auditorium Feb. 25, 2009.
Fishbone fuses funk into frozen Montana night
Fishbone founder, lead singer and saxophonist Angelo Moore performs at the Garage Pub.
Black Flag, SST founder Greg Ginn jams at Railyard
Greg Ginn plays bass with his band, the Taylor Texas Corrugators.
Lyle Lovett adds Billings date to Montana tour
Murder by Death channels ghosts of country music past
Sera Cahoone, Betsy Olson perform to hometown crowd
Sampling The Gourds’ tasty southern fruits
Queers unapologetic, just as punk should be
Cursive swells in small setting
After dragging his mic from the stage to the outdoors, Cursive frontman Tim Kasher sings in the midst of his fans.
CFAC raises money to benefit local charities
Bane engages sparse crowd
Hana Pestle sell out Venture
Railroad Earth lights up the Babcock Theater
Railroad Earth performing at the Babcock Theater Aug. 20.
The mighty Modest Mouse
Modest Mouse lights up the stage at the Alberta Bair Theater.
2009 Tuney winners announced
The Hold Steady returns
Little Brazil back in a big way
Emmylou Harris: a wistful, powerful presence
Emmylou Harris and Her Red Dirt Boys bid the crowd a farewell.
As 2010 rolls around, you’ll notice some changes to Pen and Paige, making it easier to track entertainment. Send me your feedback if you have suggestions on how to make this blog more accessible. I appreciate your support and thank you for reading.