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Spring Creek at Babcock
Spring Creek is a band on a mission. Embracing the techniques, style and general mastery of bluegrass’ forefathers, Spring Creek fuses these fundamentals of bluegrass with a classic and contemporary spirit to enliven and nurture people’s passion for this traditional music. This band destroys any negative stereotypes of bluegrass music. From old bluegrass standards to Elton John covers to original tunes, Spring Creek’s live performances appeal to an ever-broadening audience because of the band’s untiring passion, energy and innovation. The band members of this Colorado-based quartet, most of whom started out as young Southern musicians, create their traditional yet fashionable music with a banjo, bass fiddle, acoustic guitar, mandolin and the harmonies of all their voices. The musical result is a soulful blend of originality and culture. Since forming five years ago, Spring Creek has earned numerous awards at bluegrass festivals and has produced three albums. As the band tours to promote its latest album, “Way Up on a Mountain” on Rebel Records, it will make two stops in Montana. At 8 p.m. Friday, Spring Creek will perform at the Babcock Theater before moving on to Great Falls for a performance the next day.
Charlie Parr at Railyard
Charlie Parr, it seems, wants only his music to be liked. By mentioning his lack of hygiene, unfitting remarks and failures at most things in life, Parr seems to intentionally put off his audiences. Yet when he performs and proves that music is the only thing he’s ever done with confidence, this and his musical talent do anything but push people away. As a one-man show, Parr performs original and traditional folk, Americana and roots music while accompanying himself on National resonator guitars, a 12-string guitar and fretless banjo. His full, well-rounded sounds and ability to master and carry all these sounds individually verifies Parr’s talent and achievements, whether he likes this attention or not. Along with country and R&B Austin-based artist Ramsay Midwood, Charlie Parr will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at the Railyard Ale House.
One Act Opera Festival
On Wednesday, July 15, Rimrock Opera Co. traveled to Powell, Wyo., for the first of four concerts in its summer One Act Festival. After another performance in Wyoming on July 16, the festival heads to Billings for the final two shows. The schedule for the rest of the festival is as follows: “Riders to the Sea” and “Gianni Schicchi” – Thursday, July 16, at 7:30 p.m. at WYO Theater in Sheridan, Wyo. “Sister Angelica” and “The Impresario” – Saturday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Babcock Theater “Riders to the Sea” and “Gianni Schicchi” – Sunday, July 19, at 2 p.m. at Yellowstone Country Club. All performances will include two of the four one-act operas, one comedy and one tragedy. Under the direction of Rimrock Opera Co.’s general director, Douglas Nagel, more than 30 mostly local vocalists will sing these operas in English while musical director Sandi Rabas provides piano accompaniment. For more information about the festival contact Rimrock Opera Co. at (406) 671-2214.