Around Town: Helena Area Arts & Entertainment News Posted July 7 | Local


Big Sky City Lights at The Myrna

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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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

Hell’s Belles performs at the Lewis and Clark Tap Room on Thursday, July 7.

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Entertainment at Lewis & Clark Tap Room

Transcendental Express is presented on Friday, July 8 at the Tap Room.

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Entertainment at Lewis & Clark Tap Room

Bozeman’s Lost Canyons will play Saturday, July 9 at the Tap Room.

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

the beauties of hell World Famous AC/DC Tribute Band on Thursday, July 7, 7-10 pm, $15 in advance, $20 day of show, 21+ with valid ID.

Jazz, funk and samba transcendental express Friday, July 8 from 7 to 10 p.m.

lost cannonsfrom Bozeman, plays Saturday, July 9, 7-10 p.m.

Are you looking for a good laugh? Come to the Montana Comedy Showcase in the Power Room on Saturday, July 9 from 5:30-6:45. Register your free tickets now.

Bone Dry Comedy Presents Comedian steve gillespie on Sunday, July 10, from 7 to 10 pm Tickets are available for purchase.

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

Concerts of the Band of the State Capital

The State Capital Band will continue its 120th concert season in the park on July 7 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.

Violin Jam of Old in Maxville

The Montana Old Time Fiddlers will bring their unique music to VFW Post 8292 in Maxville, located between Drummond and Philipsburg, on Sunday, July 10, from 2-6 p.m.

The program is free and open to the public, lunch will be available and dancing is encouraged. Guitar, mandolin, and banjo players are welcome to join in the jam, and anyone can come to listen to fiddle music from days gone by.

Old Time Fiddlers of Montana is dedicated to preserving old time fiddle music in Montana by providing educational and performance opportunities for all. For more information, call Dave at 406-685-3481.

I live at five

New Orleans group Dave Jordan & The NIA will perform rock ‘n roots on July 13 at Pioneer Park as part of the Alive at Five free outdoor concert series in downtown Helena.

The Telluride Blues and Brews Festival wrote of them: “The Neighborhood Improvement Association has a vibe that… ‘leans into the kind of laid-back, soulful roots rock that will put you in a New Orleans state of mind.’ Dave is a songwriter who artfully writes roots rock, ballads and pocket soul songs that reflect the musical melting pot that is the Big Easy.”

Alive at Five runs Wednesdays from 4:30 to 8:30 pm from June 1 to August 1. 3.

Rappin Cowboy Chris Sand in The Myrna

Rappin Cowboy Chris Sand in The Myrna Loy

Chris Sand, aka “Sandman the Rappin’ Cowboy,” performs with his four-piece band at The Myrna Loy on Thursday, July 14.

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“I can rap and I can rhyme,” says Chris Sand, the Rappin’ Cowboy, also known as the Sandman.

The prolific singer-songwriter, who has released 15 CDs and eight cassettes in just over two decades, will perform some of his most recent songs at The Myrna Loy at 7:30 pm on Thursday, July 14.

The 70-minute performance will be followed by a short interview with musician John Dendy and will air as a future Soundstage.

Sand’s toured the country extensively and shared stages with artists such as Corb Lund and Michael Franti & Spearhead.

He was featured in an award-winning documentary, “Roll Out, Cowboy,” focusing on his tour of the American West during the 2008 presidential election while trying to “get the country back together my way.”

The film won several awards and garnered some riveting feedback from critics.

“He looks like Hank Williams but sings like Dr. Dre,” wrote one. The film shockingly revealed that “small town America is not as conservative as we think.”

“I love connecting people,” says Sand. “I want to show how connected we are.”

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


‘State of Love’: new art exhibit at The Myrna

'State of Love': new art exhibit at The Myrna Loy

“Horse Mist #9,” by Anna LaLa DeMare, is a work featured in the “State of Love” exhibit at The Myrna Loy Jailhouse Gallery, in celebration of Montana Pride.

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Queer artists and their supporters are showcasing artwork in a new exhibit, “State of Love,” now through Tuesday, August 5 at The Myrna Loy Jailhouse Gallery.

  • “The Stone Catcher”: A colorful spirit sculpture of a woman made from found objects.
  • ”The Guardian”: a photo of a gray-bearded man in a turban holding a spear, almost in an attitude of prayer, standing at the water’s edge.
  • A portrait of a horse in the wind, woven from an airy wire mesh.

These are just a few of the pieces featured for this year’s Montana Pride art exhibit at The Myrna Loy, which accompanies Pride activities later this month.

Now in its second year, the exhibit reached a broader group of artists this year.

It features the work of 18 artists and five poets whose work exemplifies a journey toward openness, growth and, ultimately, love, says lead curator Janelle DeBray. The works are diverse, from jewelry to tapestries, from stained glass to gouache.

“This year, the curators invited allies to exhibit alongside LGBTQ+ artists. With nearly 30 submissions, the curators selected pieces with a strong sense of connection to the queer journey or intentional support of others on their journey,” said DeBray.

A series of Morgan Alexander Belveal photos, “Five Strangers,” “really captured me,” says DeBray.

“This show is about accepting people you don’t know and opening yourself up to ideas about love that you’ve never encountered before,” DeBray said.

Every photo in his series is of a stranger. “He captured them so beautifully that it’s so easy to fall in love with them,” DeBray said.

The opening reception is at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, July 19 at The Myrna Loy, 15 N. Ewing. It will be followed by a live poetry display with an ASL interpreter.

For more information, visit or call 406-443-0287.

Walter Piehl: Retrospective 1962-2018

Walter Piehl: Retrospective 1962-2018

“Self Portrait of the Cowboy Suite with Show Off” by Walter Piehl. Piehl will speak about his work on July 7 at the Holter.

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A closing reception and artist talk for the Walter Piehl exhibit will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. with the artist talk at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, at the Holter Museum of Art, 12 E. Lawrence.

As the saying goes, this is not Walter Piehl’s first rodeo. For more than 50 years, Walter has been an artist, mentor, and teacher. He is a history and art buff with a lifelong passion for the American West that stems from his upbringing in a ranching family that rode horses, raised cattle, and participated in rodeos. His paintings demonstrate a unique combination of Western and contemporary artistic styles.

His work pays homage to the mythical relationship between humans and horses, and the shared connection in rodeo and horse culture.

The event is free and open to the public.

Lists of Helena movies


760 Great Northern, 406-442-4225,

  • Thor: Love and Thunder, PG-13
  • 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
  • Sing 2, PG

Myrna Loy

15 N. Ewing, 406-443-0287,

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

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