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.
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.
In an imposing paring, two distinctly different powerhouses of indie rock have come together for a co-headline tour: California post-hardcore band Thrice and Atlanta, Georgia indie rock five-piece Manchester Orchestra.
To celebrate 60 years in the Billings community, the Billings Symphony hosted virtuoso violinist Jennifer Frautschi for opening night. With delicate grace and charm, Frautschi performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major. The orchestra began the evening with a performance of the national anthem. Conductor Anne Harrigan, who travels between Billings and Michigan, where she…
^Ron Schuster, accepting the Freeman Lacy Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2012 Magic City Music Awards. Ron Schuster could tell a thousand stories through vinyl. At one time he owned more than 5,000 records but has since paired his collection down to an essential 2,500 albums. Armloads at a time, Ron’s records overtook the house…
With wispy blonde hair shining against the bright lights of the Alberta Bair Theater stage, face sharply defined by years of singing, a soft-spoken 62-year-old Emmylou Harris took the stage Tuesday night to a packed house.