Guitar One Records recording and touring artist Grant Ferguson tours Montana with his Modern Rock Orchestra (MRO), which premiered to sold-out venues in 2021. Performances this year are at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Dennison Theatre in Missoula, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28,, at the Babcock Theatre in Billings and 7 p.m Saturday, Oct. 29,, at the Ellen Theatre in Bozeman.
Ferguson, based in Red Lodge, has built a loyal following with his original instrumental rock music, and has been compared to guitarists Jeff Beck and Joe Satriani, who paved the way for the instrumental rock genre. His recently released sixth studio album – Windswept Isle – is currenting charting at #1 on the Roots Music Report Progressive Rock Chart.
Propulsive, melodic rock guitar in the hands of the Scottish-born artist is a powerful reminder of the instrument’s glory days. Influenced by some of the great axe masters, Jeff Beck, Gary Moore David Gilmour and others, Ferguson is pushing his all-instrumental sound toward a new rock vision. The breakout independent recording and touring artist has also composed award-winning music for film and dance.
He says that adding orchestral arrangements and a full string section of prominent local symphony players to a live rock band has created a modern, yet deeply traditional and soul-stirring sound that is attracting larger audiences of all ages.
“The idea of playing rock music with an orchestra isn’t new, but the music certainly is, hence the name,” says Ferguson. “So much orchestral rock features classic rock music which, while amazing, is essentially 40- or 50-year-old music. With MRO, we’ve merged genres in way that is fresh and captivating for audiences of all musical tastes.”
For tickets to the Modern Rock Orchestra:
Missoula: online at griztix.com or by calling 406-243-4051.
Billings: online at arthousebillings.com or by calling 406-534-1128.
Bozeman: online at theellentheatre.com or by calling 406-585-5885.