Alberta Bair: Great shows on horizon

Chris Isaak, Straight No Chaser, Riders in the Sky headed to Billings

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Tickets go on sale today (May 11) for Straight No Chaser and American Idol Live! and are on sale Monday, May 14, for Chris Isaak, who just added a stop at the Alberta Bair to his summer tour.

And although the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s concert is sold out, tickets still remain for Riders in the Sky, who bring their latest show, 40 Years The Cowboy Way, to town June 21. Known by many for their Grammy-awarded “Woody’s Roundup,” featured in Pixar’s Toy Story 2, Riders in the Sky have been preserving the heritage of Western music and adding to its library over the past four decades. Tickets are $20-$37.

Chris Isaak: Wide ranging musicality

Chris Isaak arrives on the ABT stage at 7:30 p.m. July 31; tickets are $45-$75, and go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, May 14.

In the course of Isaak’s career, he has released nine albums, twelve singles, been nominated for two Grammy awards, acted in several motion pictures and starred in his own critically acclaimed TV series. His legendary concerts with his longtime band Silvertone have entertained tens of thousands of people for over two decades. Even his hair has its own fan club.

“I’ve never tried to jump on a trend, and I’ve never had to jump off of one,” says Isaak, whose range of musicality extends from the rockabilly rebel reflected in his hit “Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing,” to the brokenhearted crooner of “Wicked Game,” to the breezy acoustic storyteller in “San Francisco Days.”

American Idol Live! on tour

After a monumental return to television this year, American Idol is taking the show on the road this summer with the American Idol Live! tour arriving Aug. 30 at the Alberta Bair. Tickets at $35-$57 and went on sale at noon Friday, May 11.

See this season’s talented Top Seven finalists: Cade Foehner, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Catie Turner, Gabby Barrett, Jurnee, Maddie Poppe and Michael J. Woodard with special guest, Season 8 American Idol winner, Kris Allen.

American Idol Live! 2018 gives fans the unique opportunity to see the artists up close and personal.

Straight No Chaser returns to ABT

Acclaimed a cappella group Straight No Chaser returns to the ABT stage on Thursday, Nov. 1, with its One Shot Tour. Tickets start at $39 and went on sale Friday, May 11.

“This concert announcement gives a peek at the Alberta Bair Theater’s upcoming 2018-19 Season,” said programming director Jody Grant. “We’re excited to welcome Straight No Chaser back to our stage. The show nearly sold out in 2013 so we’re urging fans to get their tickets early.”

The upcoming tour, which kicks off Sept. 12 in Helsinki, Finland, coincides with the 10th Anniversary of the band signing with Atlantic Records and the release of its debut album, Holiday Spirits. A video of the group performing “12 Days of Christmas” went viral, becoming the most viewed video of 2007 on YouTube.

Now, 10 years later, and with six full-length albums and four EPs under their belt, the group will hit the road to celebrate. Additionally, Straight No Chaser is working on new music, with details to come over the next few months.

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