Montana After Dark continues through August

The Sons of Billings perform on the Stillwater Stage on Montana Avenue for the first Montana After Dark summer concert series Friday, July 1, 2011 (Photo by Casey Page).

The Sons of Billings have embarked on a new project this summer they’ve dubbed Montana After Dark. The weekly concert series, taking place downtown on the Stillwater Stage (adjacent to McCormick Café), will feature the group in performance each Friday, with opening guests starting at 8 p.m.

Montana After Dark began July 1 with opening guest Dan Page. Canada-based Celtic jam band the Clumsy Lovers headlined the July 8 performance, and the Sons of Billings will headline the following dates, but the group assures each evening will be distinctive.

From guest vocalist Katy Kemmick to an acoustic set with Flowers From Her, the lineup brings together some of Billings more innovative musicians to share the stage.

“The entire thing has been designed by local musicians,” said Bryant Mettler, bassist for the Sons of Billings. He described the focus as being on artists in the local community—whether they be visual artists, musicians, or even craft brewers.
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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.

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