Orgōne, Kottke set the Babcock stage

New Orleans funk band Galactic in performance at the Babcock Theatre in May, 2010.

Frontwoman for the Los Angeles-based funk band Orgōne,  Fanny Franklin let a modest crowd of fans at the Babcock know, “This band has been on the road for two months. We love it. You know why? We live for music. You all live for music? I can tell. You’re out here. In the snow!”

In her Chuck Taylors and high-waisted jeans, the sultry singer summed up spring fever in Billings and warmed the crowd with her groovy charisma.

The first days of spring have already brought an impressive lineup of musicians through Billings. Orgōne opened for New Orleans-based group Galactic, which took the stage at the Babcock on Tuesday, March 22, their horn-fueled funk rock rolling through the historic theatre.

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Leo Kottke to perform at the historic Babcock Theatre

Guitar legend Leo Kottke performs Thursday, March 24 at the Babcock Theatre.

The week ends with a slathering of excellent music, starting Thursday at the Babcock Theatre with guitar legend and fingerpicking extraordinaire Leo Kottke. He performs an all-ages show starting at 8 p.m. at the historic theater.

In his 24 years of performance, Kottke has been instrumental in creating the combination of bluegrass, bottleneck-blues, and classical rhythms. Born in Athens, Georgia, Kottke grew up in Oklahoma and Wyoming, and had a brief stint in the Navy before settling in Minnesota.
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