Rogers readies for Magic City Blues

Matt Rogers in performance with the S.O.B.s
Matt Rogers in performance with the S.O.B.s

Matt Rogers picked up his first guitar at age 9. At age 15 he was performing to crowds at the Magic City Blues festival.

“It was a surreal experience that I haven’t really appreciated until now,” Rogers said in a recent interview.

At the time Rogers was performing with the Tyler Burnett Band, and he’ll take the stage once again with some of the same musicians. Currently Rogers is playing with drummer Pat Epley and bassist Steve Brown in a group they’ve dubbed the S.O.B.s, short for Sons of Billings.

Continue reading Rogers readies for Magic City Blues

Magic City Blues lineup announced

Michael Franti in performance in Asheville, NC (Courtesy photo).
Michael Franti in performance in Asheville, NC (Courtesy photo).

The Magic City Blues music festival lineup for 2010 has been announced, featuring the husband and wife duo Derek Trucks (of the Allman Brothers) and Susan Tedeschi as the headliners on Friday evening and the rock/reggae/funk fusion band Michael Franti & Spearhead capping the festival on Saturday.

The festival, which features two stages of blues and rock acts sprawling down Montana Avenue in downtown Billings, takes place on Aug. 13 and 14.

This year’s lineup also includes local bands on both stages. The Stillwater Stage will feature rock act the Sons of Billings on both Friday and Saturday evenings, and Billings funk band Funk in the Trunk will appear on the Main Stage on Friday evening.

Continue reading Magic City Blues lineup announced