In an effort to gain voters’ support for the construction of Dehler Park, the Billings Mustangs agreed to let the city of Billings use the stadium for community uses other than baseball up to 15 days per year. This agreement is written within the Mustangs’ 10-year contract, which is overseen by the Billings Parks and Recreation Department.
Last year, only a couple of these days were used to host Shakespeare in the Park. This year, however, the first annual Koncerts for Kidz series will utilize six of those 15 days, starting this Friday.
Sponsored by the Billings Brain Injury Support Group (an Optimist International Program), these themed concerts are geared at elementary through middle school kids, yet are expected to attract people of all ages. With gates opening at 5:30 p.m. and the shows starting at 7 p.m., these six free concerts will include vendors as well as feature local musicians and dancers.
The schedule for the Koncerts for Kidz series is as follow, yet performer names are still subject to change:
Friday, July 24 – Around the World – Alte Kameraden Band, Los Guadalupanos Mexican Dancers and Musicians, Billings Belly Dancers, American Indian Dancers and Drummers and Fire Spinning.
Saturday, July 25 – Celtic – Billings Caledonian Pipes and Drums, Celtic Sessions Ensemble and Red Lodge’s Scottish Highland Dancers.
Saturday, Aug. 1 – Folk and Bluegrass – Earthshine, Mulberry Moon and Robert and Constance Smith.
Sunday, Aug. 2 – Folk and Bluegrass – Jeff Troxel and Trevor Krieger, Molt’s Highway 302 Band and Wildwood Cloggers.
Thursday, Aug. 13 – Patchwork – Kostas, Cimarron Band and Ashley Miller.
Friday, Aug. 14 – Patchwork – Venture Theater actors/singers, Los Guadalupanos Mexican Band, Ashley Miller and Mulberry Moon.
Proceeds from these events will be split between the performers and the major sponsor. Because Montana is second in the nation for brain injuries, Ian Elliot of the Billings Brain Injury Support Group said he hopes these concerts will increase awareness of this tragic problem while supplying engaging entertainment for Billings’ youth.
For more information regarding the Koncerts for Kidz series, contact Mr. Elliot at 656-2744.
If most bands only dream of Staind’s success story, then Staind must be living the dream.
After roughly a decade, Staind now has six studio albums (the last four of which have debuted in the top three of Billboard’s Top 200), sold more than 12 million records worldwide and created a single (“It’s Been Awhile”) that sat at No. 1 on Billboard’s Modern Rock chart for 16 weeks, making it the No. 1 most played rock song of 2002. And that’s not all.
Self-described as performers of alternative, hardcore and rock music, the band members also fuse elements of pop music to create a dramatic and catchy final effect.
After years of making music, Staind’s music stays fresh, never growing stagnant from lack of innovation.
Featuring Shinedown, Chevelle, Halestorm and Staind, the Simulate This! Tour will give one performance in Montana 7 p.m. Wednesday at MetraPark. Tickets are still available for $35 or $39.50.