Magic City Blues: Ben Harper, Huey Lewis and Jonny Lang

Fans from all over the country set their sights on Billings for Magic City Blues, dubbed Montana’s Urban Music Festival. The 13th annual event, Aug. 7-10, boasts an inspiring line-up, including blues artist extraordinaire Jonny Lang on Friday; the pairing of Ben Harper with harpist Charlie Musselwhite on Saturday; and Montana-rooted pop-rocker Huey Lewis and the News on Sunday. Read more



Kalispell composer contributes three works to Gettysburg at 150

Kalispell composer Craig Naylor has three ambitious pieces on Gettysburg at 150: Music of the American Civil War 1863-2013, a recent CD commemorating the sesquicentennial anniversary of America’s homegrown war. The compositions are nestled among 10 jewels of music from that period, including “Oh Shenandoah” and “Ashokan Farewell,” performed by the Sunderman Conservatory Wind Symphony of Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA. Read more



Bigfork Summer Playhouse: Tragedy, comedy and scantily-clad steelworkers

The summer season is in full swing at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse, with a selection ranging from Broadway faves to a laugh-out-loud tale of the travails and triumphs of scantily clad steelworkers. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Aug. 23, and Monday, Aug. 4, and 2 p.m. Sundays, July 13 and 20 and Aug. 10 and 17, at the theatre in Bigfork. Read more



Astoria - John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire

On paper, John Astor's plan to open a seaport on the West Coast and harvest and ship furs from the bountiful territory explored by Lewis and Clark, was marked for success. But Peter Stark’s new book, Astoria - John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival, reveals that the reality of the expedition was a startling contrast to the neatly proposed venture. Read more



Kevin Red Star celebrates a half century of art-making

Kevin Red Star shows recent works in July at Depot Gallery in Red Lodge, and shares the signature-artist spot with noted emerging artist, Susan Spero, and sculptor David McMasters on July 12 during the 41st annual Art in the Beartooths. Along with 30 other artists, Red Star will paint live, in quick-draw fashion, and talk informally with patrons during this day-long event, , sponsored by the Carbon County Arts Guild. Read more



The clarion call of The Dirty Dash: Coming to Billings and Missoula

Unless you’ve been in hibernation for the last two years, you've heard the clarion-call of The Dirty Dash. No, it wasn’t the mating call of a moose. It was the starting bugle of the best race in town ... heck, maybe the best race on the planet, but who has the time to fact check? This year’s runs muck up Metrapark in Billings on July 24 and the Flying H Stables in Missoula, Sept. 6. Check our Facebook page,, for race-entry giveaways. Read more