Around Town: Helena Area Arts & Entertainment News Posted June 30 | Local


Big Sky City Lights at The Myrna

Big Sky City Lights (Susan O’Dea and Nick Spear) perform at The Myrna Loy on Thursday, July 7 for an indie-folk summer extravaganza.

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The pandemic brought them together, and now the Big Sky City Lights duo are gaining national recognition.

They have appeared on “Good Morning America” and will play at top music festivals with the likes of Jason Isbell and Emmylou Harris.

Big Sky City Lights presents all of the original music on Thursday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m. at The Myrna Loy, including songs from their 2021 album, “Wake Me When We Get There,” and “some new songs we just released.” write,” says Nick Spear.

He and his duet partner, Susan O’Dea, have sung together for years when they could and joked that one day, if they were in the same place, they’d be in a band.

Then COVID hit and Spear was in Flathead and O’Dea was in New York City, but they decided to collaborate online and form a band anyway.

Spear sang from her dressing room recording studio and O’Dea recorded from her bathroom.

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Spear jokes that “when the pandemic ended she came out of the bathroom and I came out of the closet.”

He describes his music as “acoustic independent folk music. Usually there is harmony involved.”

His concerts tend to be “joyful, passionate and intimate,” says Spear.

“They are also very funny. We have a good sense of fun.”

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O’Dea is a classically trained vocalist who studied at the Boston Conservatory and performs extensively throughout the country. She also sings with Broadway Inspirational Voices, a multiracial gospel choir in New York City. Spear is largely self-taught on guitar and vocals.

“We are very excited to play The Myrna Loy,” says Spear. “It’s been probably a decade since I wanted to play The Myrna Loy because she’s such a gem.”

This performance will be filmed for later broadcast at The Myrna Soundstage. The 70-minute concert is followed by a short on-stage interview with musician John Dendy.

Tickets are $12 and are available at 15 N. Ewing St. and For more information, call 406-443-0287.

Entertainment at Lewis & Clark Tap Room

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The Fireside Collective plays bluegrass at the Lewis & Clark Tap Room on Saturday, July 2, from 7-10 pm with a $5 cover charge.

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Lewis & Clark Tap Room has scheduled the following upcoming events:

  • Country Music by Bo DePeña on Thursday, June 30 from 7 to 10 pm
  • More country music from Colby Acuff on Friday, July 1 from 7-10 pm Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 the day of the show.
  • The Fireside Collective plays bluegrass on Saturday, July 2, from 7-10 pm with a $5 admission charge.
  • Igor & The Red Elvises present Siberian Surf Rock music on Sunday, July 3 from 5-8 pm with a $5 admission charge.
  • Jazz music on the 4th of July from Marbin from 5-8 pm with a $5 admission.

For information on all shows: Lewis & Clark Tap Room, 1535 Dodge Ave., or call 406-442-5960.

I live at five

East Helena’s Big Ska Country will play ska, rock and reggae in the July 6 installment of the Alive at Five free outdoor concert series in Helena.

“They do a lot of covers,” said Mike Rooney, former chief operating officer of Downtown Helena, Inc., who selected the bands for this summer. “They’re a really fun band to listen to.”

Alive at Five runs Wednesdays from 4:30 to 8:30 pm from June 1 to August 1. 3. The July 6 event is at the Great Northern Town Center.

Concerts of the Band of the State Capital

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Jerry Secher plays the timpani during an earlier State Capital Band concert in Memorial Park.

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The State Capital Band will kick off its 120th concert season in the park on June 30 at 8 pm in Memorial Park.

The concerts will be under the direction of Robert Loveridge and will be performed by a group of some of the best local musicians. Music for this concert will include marches and other patriotic favorites to help celebrate our country’s independence. Special recognition will be given to those who have served and are currently serving in each branch of the armed forces.

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnics or snacks and enjoy a night of music with your family and friends. Be sure to vote for your favorite piece. The top two favorites from each concert will be performed during the last concert.


Two open calls for trans artists from Montana

The Holter Museum of Art and TransVisible Montana would like to extend an invitation to any transgender, non-binary, or two-spirited artist who has lived or currently lives in Montana to submit work to be exhibited January 20-March. 30, 2023 at the Holter Museum of Art in Helena.

Be part of a museum-wide exhibition featuring trans artists in or from Montana. Join painter and digital artist Rae Senarighi from the Love Montana campaign, who will be exhibiting her work at the Baucus Gallery during the same period.

The theme, medium and content are entirely up to the artist. Artists may apply for one or both projects.

The application deadline is August 15. Submit online at

1. Transilience Montana: fine arts and crafts

Exhibit paintings, photography, jewelry, woodwork, or other art media that will be displayed in the Millikan Gallery at the Holter Museum of Art. The subject and the medium are completely open to the artist.

Apply and learn more here:

2. Transilience Montana: Photo/Video Project

Are you interested in photography or videography? The Holter would like to offer this opportunity to explore a new medium, or dive deeper into this art form to develop and exhibit new work.

Two recipients will receive a camera (can take video or photos) and a $250 stipend to offset the cost of creating a new body of work to be displayed in the Bair Gallery at the Holter Museum of Art from January to March 2023. Some pointers they are available on the app, but artists are not required to use them if they have their own concept.

Apply and learn more here:


MHS offers programs in June

The Montana Historical Society is offering the following free program at 4:30 pm on June 30.

Explore the mystery of Meriwether Lewis’s death after the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-1806. Lecture and book signing by Dave and Marti Peck, co-authors of “So Hard to Die,” which examines how Lewis returned from a perilous journey hoping for a bright future, only to be shot dead three years later at the age 35 in a lonely inn in rural Tennessee. His death was originally ruled a suicide, but historians and others have proposed various medical and psychological theories. This will be streamed live and archived on the MTHS YouTube channel.

Lists of Helena movies


760 Great Northern, 406-442-4225,

  • Minions: The Rise of Gru, PG
  • Top Gun: Maverick, PG-13
  • Elvis, PG-13
  • Jurassic World Domination, PG-13
  • The black phone, R
  • light year, PG
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, PG-13
  • Scoob!, PG

Myrna Loy

15 N. Ewing, 406-443-0287,

  • Official Competition, R
  • Ghost of the Open, PG-13

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