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  • 11:11 Presents
    Greensky Bluegrass
    Saturday, March 25, 2017
    Pub Station Ballroom (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)
    General Admission/All Ages
    Doors at 7PM/Show at 8PM
    $21 Advance/$26 Day of Show
    Tickets on sale Friday, January 27th at 10AM
    Additional fees may apply.
     
     
    Greensky Bluegrass is Anders Beck (dobro), Michael Arlen Bont (banjo), Dave Bruzza (guitar), Mike Devol (upright bass) and Paul Hoffman (mandolin).

    For more than a decade and a half, the members of Greensky Bluegrass have created their own version of bluegrass music, mixing the acoustic stomp of a stringband with the rule-breaking spirit of rock & roll. They redefine that sound once again with their sixth album, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted.

    Like the band's own name, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted is a collection of opposites, full of dark psychedelic swirls, bright bursts of acoustic guitar, soundscapes, solos, freethinking improvisation, and plenty of sharp, focused songwriting. It's wild and wide-ranging, showing off the diversity Greensky Bluegrass brings to every live show. At the same time, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted is unmistakably a studio album, recorded during two different sessions — one at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, North Carolina; the other at the Mountain House Recording Studio in Nedarland, Colorado — that comprise the band's longest block of recording time ever. The result is an 11-track album whose songs cast a wide net, mixing the full-throttle energy of a Greensky Bluegrass concert with the nuanced approach of a band that's still eager to explore.

    "You can call us an acoustic ensemble, or a drum-less rock band, or a rock & roll bluegrass band," says mandolin player Paul Hoffman, who, along with guitarist Dave Bruzza, handles most of the album's writing duties. "All of that shifting identity has taught us to cover a lot of ground. There's a flow to this album, just like there's a flow to our setlists. There are some aggressive, rocking moments. Some bouncy, funky moments. An acoustic think piece or two. It's a balance of moods and textures that we create as a band, almost like a mix tape.”

    Formed in 2000 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Greensky Bluegrass kicked off their career playing living rooms and open mic nights across the Midwest. By 2005, they were touring nationally, and by 2006, they were playing the first in a long series of appearances at the annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Bandmates Hoffman, Bruzza, dobro player Anders Beck, banjoist Michael Arlen Bont, and upright bassist Mike Devol spent most of the following decade on the road, fine-tuning a live show modeled not after the toned-down production of traditional bluegrass music, but the full-on spectacle of rock.

    "We play two sets of music every night with a big light show, and really care about creating a large scale production," notes Bruzza, adding that, "the goal isn't just to play important music. We want to cultivate an experience, where people can escape from their everyday lives for a minute and put their worries aside.”

    Playing as many as 175 shows per year, Greensky Bluegrass have graduated to headlining status at some of the country's most iconic venues, selling out amphitheaters like Red Rocks and world-class auditoriums like the Ryman. They've become a regular name on the festival circuit, too, adding Bonnaroo, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Austin City Limits, Forecastle,
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  • 11:11 Presents
    Rabbit Wilde
    Sunday, March 26, 2017
    Pub Station (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)
    General Admission/All Ages
    Doors at 7PM / Show at 8PM
    $13 Advance/Day of Show
    Tickets on sale Friday, January 27th at 10AM
    Ticket price includes base Ticketfly service charge. Additional fees may apply depending on purchase method.
     
    Though all four members of Rabbit Wilde grew up running around wooded areas of the same small town in the farthest Northwest corner of Washington state, brothers Zach and Nathan didn’t meet Miranda, the third founding member, until they had all ended up in New York City. This kind of backyard folk seasoned by the edge, polish and fervor of big-city inclinations is at the root of their high-energy sound and stage presence.

    The group revamps classic string band instrumentation with homespun percussion and the unique integration of six-string ukulele and Jillian Walker on cello. With their widely varying influences, three distinct vocal styles and copious amounts of foot-stomping, they demonstrate a sound and presence that’s at once original and familiar, appealing to audiences of all generations and genres.

    Voted best band in their home city of Bellingham, WA for the past three years, they have quickly risen to local renown and now tour extensively throughout the U.S. On their forthcoming full length The Heartland, Rabbit Wilde deliver on the promise made by their stellar fall 2015 EP Southern Winters; mining the best of the American songbook, melding the choicest bits of indie rock, pop, blues, soul, and orchestral arrangement in with their trademark brand of front-porch-shaking folk. The Southern Winters EP was recorded at the famed Bear Creek Studio (Fleet Foxes, Vance Joy, The Lumineers) and is available on iTunes, Spotify and at RabbitWilde.com.
    Tickets are available at 1111presents.com, Pub Station Box Office (2502 First Avenue North), or by calling (877) 987- 6487.
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  • 11:11 Presents
    Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters
    
Monday, March 27, 2017
    Eagles Ballroom (316 East Main Street, Bozeman, MT 59715)
    General Admission/21+
    Doors at 8PM/Show at 9PM
    $13 in advance/Day of show
    Additional fees may apply
    Tickets on sale Friday, 1/27 at 10AM
     
    The starting point for the new release from Chris Shiflett, All Hat and No Cattle, is the belief that in order to truly understand a style of music, total immersion is required.  The origins of this album, which features covers of nine old-school honky-tonk songs and one original, are simple enough.
     
    While touring around Foo Fighters’ album Wasting Light, lead guitarist Shiflett was struck with an idea for his other band, to tour as a cover band after learning as many classic honky-tonk songs as they could master. As a musician raised on a steady diet of AC/DC and KISS, who’s also a longtime fan of quintessential country and rockabilly artists like Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, and Johnny Burnette, the notion was rooted in a mix of reverence and revelry. Once he arrived home, the band got together and spent months rehearsing a set before performing a slew of shows through spring and summer 2012. All Hat and No Cattle is a selection of Shiflett’s favorites from those shows, timeless songs like Waylon Jennings’ “I Don’t Think Hank Done It This Way” and Owens’ “King Of Fools.”
     
    Tickets are available at 1111presents.com, Cactus Records (29 West Main Street) or by calling (877) 987- 6487.
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  • The Clintons, Alder Lights, Josephine Sunrise
    Friday, March 31, 2017
    Pub Station (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)
    General Admission/All Ages
    Doors at 7PM / Show at 8PM
    $13 Advance/Day of Show
    Tickets on sale now
    Ticket price includes base Ticketfly service charge. Additional fees may apply depending on purchase method.
     
    If you have Montana roots, you’ve no doubt heard of this energetic, driven four-piece, inspired by the soft, sensitive songwriting style of John Mayer; the quirkiness of the Red Hot Chili Peppers; and the in-your-face, loud-and-proud attitude exemplified by country stars Big & Rich. Their sound is diverse, but focused in a way that you can only call The Clintons.
     
    Tickets are available at 1111presents.com, Pub Station Box Office (2502 First Avenue North), or by calling (877) 987- 6487.
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  • Monsters of Rock with Kicking Karma
    Saturday, April 1, 2017
    Pub Station (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)
    General Admission/21+
    Doors at 7PM / Show at 8PM
    $13 Advance/Day of Show
    Tickets on sale Friday, February 17th at 10AM
    Ticket price includes base Ticketfly service charge. Additional fees may apply depending on purchase method.
     
    That's right boys and girls...it's time for the Monsters of Rock Tribute part deux! Once again we'll be bringing an evening of pure hair metal bliss to the Pub Station. We'll be busting out the big hair, denin, leather and spandex yet again. Those of you that were at the first show know the deal, so let's get even more audience participation in dressing up this time around. Join in the spirit of the event with your best rocker wear! We have some new surprises, and a slew of new 80's tunes to unleash on the crowd! Let's pack the place even more this time around! \m/
     
     
    Tickets are available at 1111presents.com, Pub Station Box Office (2502 First Avenue North), or by calling (877) 987- 6487.
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  • The Last Revel and The Crow and the Canyon
    Sunday, April 2, 2017
    Pub Station (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)
    General Admission/21+
    Doors at 7PM / Show at 8PM
    $13 Advance/Day of Show
    Tickets on sale Friday, February 17th at 10AM
    Ticket price includes base Ticketfly service charge. Additional fees may apply depending on purchase method.
     
    The Last Revel
     
    From the budding music scene of the Upper Midwest comes the cutting edge Front Porch Americana soundscapes of The Last Revel.  This powerfully talented trio of multi-instrumentalists from Minneapolis, Minnesota so naturally blends the genres of Folk, Rockabilly, Old Time String-Band and Rock to create a sound that is as equally original as it is timeless. 
    The Last Revel trio utilizes their multi-instrumental abilities to bring the acoustic guitar, upright bass, fiddle, 5-string banjo, harmonica, kick drum and three-part vocal harmonies together to consistently deliver “Bombastic live performances,” as well as delicate and haunting folk ballads.
    With their second, self titled, album released in May of 2015, The Last Revel further demonstrates their ability to create rich and delicately textured recorded material with a modern “tip of the hat” to the storied history of American folk music.
     
    The Crow and the Canyon

    Although the band has only been playing together since 2014, Crow and the Canyon sound like a band of age-old collaborators and friends. Their heartfelt yet cerebral lyrics, soaring vocals, and impressive instrumentals are endlessly listenable, while also remaining inventive and interesting. Their debut album, Leaving Soon, is a refreshingly contemplative take on high-spirited Americana songwriting which rewards repeated listening, and weaves back and forth between precise bluegrass, heartland acoustic folk, and bluesy country. The result is a series of songs that sound just as natural on a front porch in the heat of summer, in a dimly lit basement pub in the dead of winter or rollicking on a big festival stage. Their charismatic, engaging performances have garnered them a beloved reputation that keeps music lovers returning time and time again.
     
    Tickets are available at 1111presents.com, Pub Station Box Office (2502 First Avenue North), or by calling (877) 987- 6487.
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  • Obituary
    Monday, April 3, 2017
    Pub Station (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)
    General Admission/All Ages
    Doors at 7PM/Show at 8PM
    $17 Advance/$20 Day of Show
    Tickets on sale Friday, January 13th at 10AM
    Additional fees may apply.
     

    Upon switching their name from Xecutioner to Obituary, the career of one of the most successful and influential Death Metal bands began. Hailing from Florida and featuring John Tardy (vocals), brother Donald Tardy (drums), Trevor Peres (guitar), Allen West (guitar), and Daniel Tucker (bass), the band signed to Roadracer Records, a now defunct division of Roadrunner, for the recording of their debut album—the immense and immeasurably heavy “Slowly We Rot” (1989). The album was engineered by the legendary Scott Burns at Morrisound Studio, which would come to be the most sought after facility for production of albums during 1990’s rise of the Death Metal genre. Unlike much death metal preceding it, the album had a sludgy feel and integrated devastatingly slow passages along with obliterating overtures that reached far beyond any point of mayhem that metal had yet to reach; the result was a carnal pleasure for doom, death and thrash fans alike coupling the adrenaline of a speedball with the slow, degrading measures of a sewer at dusk. Like them or not, Obituary was unlike anything anyone had heard before. 

    “Slowly We Rot” was chaotic, bass heavy mix of manic guitar solos and crashing drums, but it was undeniably characterized by vocalist John Tardy’s disarmingly horrific, gargling style, that created guttural chasms of dread which though often strived for, to date have been paralleled by none. The ability to augment tempo so drastically became the band’s trademark along with Tardy’s unique vocal style, which distinguished them clearly from the rest of the emerging Florida Death Metal bands; nowhere is this more apparent than on the prophetic title track of their debut. The fact that Obituary refrained from printing lyric sheets with their albums led people to believe that they didn't actually write any lyrics. Some may question the verbosity or absence of documented lyrics, however, any true fan has each grunt, growl and howling grimace committed to memory like an utterance from God in painstaking form—what does not exist can not be remembered, and an Obituary show is testimony to the re-creation of what your ears couldn't believe in the first place. Once again bringing augmentation to irony, Live and Dead worked quite well for the quintet, dividing your conscience yet leaving much to the imagination; not since birth have your senses been so graphically assaulted yet pleased at the same time. While such differing sensations once seemed incongruous, Obituary have proven the ability to merge unlikely dichotomies, from their slow-as-hell-yet-fast-as-fuck style to the non-evil, homegrown approach to what would largely become the satanized, bastardized, make-up wearing movement known as Death Metal. 

    The maturation of the musicians into songwriters taking more visionary and complex forms would soon be heard world wide as Obituary took metal by storm in 1990. Despite their youth upon release of their sophomore offering, “Cause of Death” embodied the confident swagger of the most fearsome pack-leading hound. From the insidious growls of John’s vocals to the barrage of Donald Tardy’s thunderously-metered explosions of double bass, “Cause of Death” was the intentio
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  • World’s Finest
    Wednesday, April 5, 2017
    Pub Station (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)
    General Admission/21+
    Doors at 8PM / Show at 9PM
    $13 Advance/Day of Show
    Tickets on sale now
    Ticket price includes base Ticketfly service charge. Additional fees may apply depending on purchase method.
     
    It’s been a wild and crazy ride for the fellas in World’s Finest, since their modest beginning as an acoustic duo in Portland, OR living rooms in 2011. With a songwriting style rooted in Americana, the band banks on their ability to transcend genres of all kinds. String-centric and bluegrass-inspired compositions seamlessly transition into 3-Dimensional Psytrance, Funk, and Dub soundscapes, leaving their audience with a full circle experience of emotion and dance. Their appreciation for punk and ska can be found peppered throughout their shows and albums, made evident by up-tempo, high-energy offerings, reminiscent of such classic acts as NOFX and Operation Ivy. Never happy to settle, Chris, Dan, Sean, Evan, and Mike continue to push through boundaries and challenge themselves, while hoping to inspire their listeners to expect the most out of what a band in the modern age can be capable of conjuring up.

    Five years, countless shows, and 4 albums later, the band is still firing on all cylinders. The current lineup features 5 members: Chris Couch (Guitar/Vocals), Dan Hurley (Banjo/Vocals), Sean McLean (Sax/Guitar/Vocals), Evan Malfer (Bass), and Mike Apodaca (Drums). Their paths have all crossed in Portland, by way of Ohio, Illinois, Eastern Oregon, New York and California. As a result of such diverse upbringings, it was inevitable that the band’s sound reflected their coast-to-coast musical influences.

    The latest offering from World’s Finest is a 6 song EP, entitled “We Got Ourselves a Game Here”. Taking a new approach to their recording process, the band decided to record the album in front of a live audience at Hallowed Halls Studios in Portland. The result was nothing short of capturing lightning in a bottle. The quick paced track list of Ska-grass was wholly enhanced by their fans’ infectious enthusiasm and energy.

    World’s Finest has hit the West Coast Festival scene hard, making appearances at High Sierra, Northwest String Summit, 4 Peaks, What the Festival ?!, and Symbiosis, to name a few. Their unique style has allowed them to connect with fans from all different kinds of musical worlds. In addition, their chameleon-like approach to their live show has allowed them the honor to share the stage with such acts as Steel Pulse, The Motet, The Expendables, Rusted Root, The Skatalites, Fruition, and many others.

     
    Tickets are available at 1111presents.com, Pub Station Box Office (2502 First Avenue North), or by calling (877) 987- 6487.
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