The Missoula Downtown Association has officially put out a call to artists interested in exhibiting at this summer’s River City Roots Festival. Applications are due by May 1; visit the MDA’s Web site for application info.
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This time of year, there’s always something going on in Missoula’s arts scene. Tonight, there’s simply too much, even if your tastes are limited just to music.
Here’s a quick, partial run-down. If all of this sounds worth attending….well, you’re probably SOL, as several events overlap directly. But whether your tastes run to opera, world-music, Baroque, or rock ‘n’ roll, there’s a great show for you. [Read More...]
Tomorrow night, I’ll be back behind the drums for the first time in a long time, playing with my old band, Two Year Touqe. The band, formed by Paul and Sarah Copoc years ago in Missoula, folded up when the Copocs decided to move to Canada a couple of years ago.
Last night, we got together for the first time in a long time at Walking Stick Toys to run through our setlist for the reunion show. We were joined by Bryan Hickey, the founding bassist (and my next-door neighbor), who had left the band prior to its dissolution. It was super fun to run through all these old tunes; I was surprised how easily they all came back to me.
In advance of tomorrow’s gig, I thought I’d share a little of the past writing that I and others at the Missoulian have done about Touqe and its founders. [Read More...]
Thanks again, Sasquatch: Just got official word that Modest Mouse and Talkdemonic will swing through Missoula this summer for an outdoor concert at the Big Sky Brewing Company, on their way to the blowout band bonanza at the Gorge.
Here’s the press release with ticket info… [Read More...]
Most people around here have never heard Dan Bern’s name. I certainly hadn’t when his CD, “Dog Boy Van,” came across my desk back in 1997. At the time, I was working as marketer for a small nightclub in Bloomington, Ind. Yet, I’ve never forgotten his name since. Back then, Bern was a singular oddball in the uber-serious contemporary folk scene: as gifted a singer and guitarist as any, but blessed with a sense of humor shared by few. His hilarious Bob Dylan spoof, “Talkin’ Alien Abduction Blues,” remains one of the funniest folk-song sendups I’ve ever heard.
And while you may never have heard that tune, odds are good that you might have heard some of his other songs. [Read More...]
Monica Huggett knows that some people might view her passion for Baroque music as nothing but an intellectual pursuit. After all, Huggett hails from the American hub of musical academia: the Juillard School, the New York music conservatory where she serves as artistic director and founder of the historical performance program.
But the way she sees it, these old tunes aren’t just elevator-music for the ivory tower; they’re a wide-open gateway to human emotions.
“Sometimes I suspect people might think that those of us doing early music are just a bunch of nerds and musicologists,” said Huggett in a telephone interview early this week. “But we only play these old instruments because we think they make the music more exciting. You know, classical instruments have become more and more homogenous and similar over the centuries, so that a symphony orchestra sounds like one big instrument. But on old instruments, you hear these different colors that are so much more vivid and individualistic. It’s really a great way to sort of rediscover the beauty of music.” [Read More...]
Local photog Eileen Rafferty, an instructor at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, has started up a new quarterly photo journal, titled “Butterflies and Anvils.”
Looks like a promising forray; you can check out info about it here.
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