The Billings Outpost

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George Jones

American country music singer George Jones is appearing at the Alberta Bair Theater on Saturday, July 11.

Often referred to as the greatest living country singer, Jones has been performing his distinctive style of country since he was a young boy in Texas listening to family records and gospel music in church. In his teens, Jones relocated to Jasper, Texas, and began performing acoustic guitar. Now in his 70s, Jones has more than a dozen No. 1 hits and continues to record music and tour.

Tickets, priced at $56, can be purchased at the Alberta Bair Theater box office or online at


ABT 2009-10 season

Funny man and best-selling author David Sedaris, known for his witty and satirical humor books about his life, will appear at the Alberta Bair Theater on Thursday, Oct. 22.

Sedaris is the author of several autobiographical collections, including “Barrel Fever,” “Holidays on Ice,” “Naked,” “Me Talk Pretty One Day” and “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.” Sedaris has also edited an anthology of stories, “Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories,” and his essays appear regularly in Esquire and The New Yorker.

From David Sedaris to Gordon Lightfoot to “Cats,” the Alberta Bair Theater has a diverse lineup for the 2009-10 season. Individual and season tickets go on sale to the public July 25, and season pass renewals are taking place. For event information, visit


 No Bones about it

Rumors circulating about Bones Brewing Co. ceasing to host local bands have been squelched. According to a release from the venue, “This couldn’t be farther from the truth.”

“Local bands are the life blood of Bones and any forefront Billings music venue. Billings is very fortunate to have an extremely talented pool of local groups to choose from and Bones will continue to support the bands that complement our patrons’ musical tastes.”

Venue promoters did decide to cut back bookings for the summer because of the overabundance of events in the area this summer.

“We will be adding some more special shows, including as many local groups as we can, to give Billings music lovers other cost effective summer musical options,” the release stated.

The venue hosts the Fix at 6 on Friday, July 10, which features local nine-piece funk band Funk in the Trunk. Upcoming events at Bones include country music band Restless Heart July 12 and British rock band Foghat Aug. 1. Blues/rock musician Hamilton Loomis is the most recent addition to Bones’ summer lineup, and will be performing there on July 31.



Last week’s On Different Notes column incorrectly listed the date for Insane Clown Posse. The band is scheduled to appear in Billings Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Shrine Auditorium.


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