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Bair unveils season

The Alberta Bair Theater can entice nearly any community member to its box office with the unveiling of its 2009-2010 season, “Great Performances Start Here!” With never-before-seen acts to returning favorites, the upcoming season is flavorfully spiced with comedy, classical to popular music, dance, Broadway and much more.


The season lineup is as follows, with more acts still pending:


Sept. 10 – Gallagher, the 30-year comedic veteran known for his Sledge-O-Matic routine.

Sept. 26-27 – “The Barber of Seville,” performed by the Rimrock Opera Co. in honor of its 10th anniversary.

Oct. 6 – L.A. Theatre Works’ “War of the Worlds” and “The Lost World,” performed by America’s premier radio theater company.

Oct. 7 – Gordon Lightfoot, icon of American folk and country music.

Oct. 21 – The Trey McIntyre Project premieres its new multi-media ballet, “The Sun Road,” in Montana.

Oct. 22 – David Sedaris, a humor writer who addresses social and cultural subjects with wit.

Oct. 24 – Ahn Trio, Julliard-educated sisters who breathe new life into chamber music.

Nov. 14 – Junior Brown blends the sounds of country and rock ’n’ rock on his self-invented “guit-steel” guitar.

Nov. 21 – “Altar Boyz,” a Broadway musical-comedy spoof on a Christian boy-band.

Dec. 11 – Rita Coolidge sings her popular hits and Christmas arrangements with the Rimrock Opera Chorus for Kids.

Jan 6 – “Annie,” the popular Broadway musical, is back for its 30th anniversary tour.

Jan 30. – International Guitar Night, the longest running “mobile guitar festival,” returns with a new lineup.

Feb. 13 – “Leading Ladies,” a comedy performed by the Montana Repertory Theater.

Feb. 26 – The Kevin Locke Native Dance Ensemble, a full cultural experience with traditional dancing, ancient flute songs, Northern Plains sign language and more.

March 1-2 – “Cats,” one of the longest running shows in Broadway history.

March 10 – Leahy, a riveting group of sibling performers with deep roots in Celtic music.

March 19 – Cirque Mechanics Birdhouse Factory, a spectacle of acrobats, dancers, contortionists and clowns

March 31 – “Cabaret,” the Broadway musical that earned 12 Tony Awards.

April 3 – Crystal Gayle, the first female country artist to achieve platinum sales status.

April 24-25 – “La Boheme,” performed by the Rimrock Opera Co.

April 30 – The Boston Brass Quintet, plays classical arrangements to classic jazz standards.

May 11 – Second City Comedy, the next generation of comedic superstars to follow Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Mike Myers.

June 26 – The second Wild West Soiree, a family affair with gunfighters, singing, dancing, food and more.


Tickets are now on sale for these events. For more information visit or call the box office at 256-6052.


Hamilton Loomis

Because Bo Diddley was so impressed with the then 16-year-old Hamilton Loomis, Diddley invited Loomis to play next to him on stage by the end of their first meeting. This same raw talent and energy that first captured the attention of musical legend Bo Diddley continues to paralyze Loomis’ audiences to this day.


Although he’s grown up some, Loomis is still quite young considering his generous contributions to 21st century blues. Credited with redefining blues for contemporary audiences, bridging the gap between generations of music-lovers and being on the forefront of modern-day blues, Loomis seems to have actively responded to Diddley’s advice: “Innovate, don’t imitate.”


Loomis’ wide-ranging influences, including Otis Redding to Prince, provide ample material and opportunities to experiment with marrying the sounds of classic rock, funk and blues with more contemporary understandings of these genres. The musical result revolves around refreshingly new stylings and sound fusions, yet stays true to that traditional, soulful passion found in classic blues.


As a songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Loomis carries much of the weight for his four-man Texas-based band. Yet his band members’ patient and subtle expertise are the icing on the cake. 


Bones will host Loomis, his band and their “funk-i-fied Texas music” in an all-ages show from 6-9 p.m. this Friday.

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