Rimrock Hot Club Billings musicians debut Gypsy Jazz group
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Rimrock Hot Club Billings musicians debut Gypsy Jazz group

Music and arts culture in Billings continues to thrive, and Arthouse Cinema and Pub has created another space for live music. The independent theater in downtown has opened its doors to a variety of community events on Mondays and Tuesdays (days when movies are not showing). Rimrock Hot Club, in an intimate seating of 100…

Tippet Rise Performing Arts Center takes shape near Fishtail
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Tippet Rise Performing Arts Center takes shape near Fishtail

Montana’s majesty is a moving experience. The vastness of this state captivates audiences with prairie vistas and grand mountains upheaved from the earth. Nature’s organic brushstroke has created scenes of vastness and unconquerable beauty, earning the state its title of “Last Best Place.” The mountains of south central Montana and their immense presence struck philanthropists…

International Guitar Night

International Guitar Night

Brian Gore, founder of International Guitar Night (IGN), is the pied piper of guitar. In the 20+ years he’s been curating IGN, he’s brought together some of the most enchanting acoustic guitarists in the business to exchange musical ideas and perform their original compositions around the world. Gore (third from the left) began the international…

Kronos Quartet Founder David Harrington discusses music's role in healing after loss, Montana roots, and the stage life

Kronos Quartet Founder David Harrington discusses music's role in healing after loss, Montana roots, and the stage life

On the morning of Dec. 3, David Harrington was hailing a cab in San Francisco to take him to the recording studio. His quartet was to finish a 75-minute arrangement for strings. They spent the entirety of the previous day in the studio, and upon leaving late that night were hit with the news that…

Red Ants Pants Music Fest A captivating Montana backdrop draws record attendance at fifth annual event
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Red Ants Pants Music Fest A captivating Montana backdrop draws record attendance at fifth annual event

If Montana summers had a soundtrack, surely they would sound like the quick-rolling thunderstorms of White Sulphur Springs—distant and brooding and followed by rainbows—capped with liquid blue skies, sparkling sunsets, and nights as thick as molasses, rich with shooting stars. With, of course, a live concert and raging dance party in a cow pasture. More than 14,000 people…

Montana Folk Fest Butte, America rolls up its musical sleeves
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Montana Folk Fest Butte, America rolls up its musical sleeves

There’s richness to summer in Montana, a backyard of brilliant adventures and a well-cultivated love of music, connection, and place. Music thrives here, not only because of setting, but because it’s such a high. Live music in an outdoor setting gives us a jolt. It transfers energy through listeners and shrinks the distance between one…

Red Ants in Your Pants Dance your pants off, and, while you're at it, pick up a new pair

Red Ants in Your Pants Dance your pants off, and, while you're at it, pick up a new pair

Sarah Calhoun describes herself as a connecter. When she first launched her business, a company that makes workwear for women, Calhoun traveled the country hosting pants parties out of an airstream trailer, learning about her customer base in face-to-face connections. With this philosophy of direct human connection, Calhoun grew Red Ants Pants to a leader…

Montana’s Signature Music Festival Montana Folk Fest Hits its Stride
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Montana’s Signature Music Festival Montana Folk Fest Hits its Stride

One of the largest free festivals in the west, the Montana Folk Festival is the successor to the National Folk Festival, which held residency in Butte from 2008 – 2010. When the National Folk Fest moved on, Butte organizers were “having too much fun” and decided to keep the event going, said festival manager George…

Cure for the Common The Squeeze
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Cure for the Common The Squeeze

Before heading out on summer tour, Bozeman’s Cure for the Common brought their newest release, “The Squeeze,” to Billings. The album features Garrett Rhinard (vocals, keys, synth), Steve Brown (vocals), Matt Rogers (guitar), Weston Lewis (guitar, vocals), Jordan Rodenbiker (bass, vocals), Joe Sheehan (drums, vocals), Frank Douglas (lights, vocals), Jon Gauer (trombone), Tully Olson (trumpet), and Ben…