Thanks to Logjam Presents, the Kettlehouse Amphitheater in Missoula has an endless array of top-notch concerts underway! Added to that list? Sultry singer song-writer Bonnie Raitt! Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by Melissa Etheridge in 2000, Raitt will bring her blend of R&B, folk, blues, pop, and rock to the Kettlehouse on September 8th! Raitt is a ten-time Grammy Award winner and is on the 100 Greatest Guitarists and Singers list by Rolling Stone Magazine. Raitt’s career took off in the late 1980s, and around that time, I had the opportunity to see her perform LIVE at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle in 1989! My brother-in-law and sister sprung for the tickets (thank you!), and like that, we witnessed greatness on stage as Raitt played master guitar alongside Danny O’Keefe. To say it was a night to remember is an understatement!
Tomorrow (December 10th), several unique holiday events are underway in the surrounding area, including the Butte Symphony Guild's Holiday Home Tour. If you've never taken this tour, you're in for an incredible surprise. The homes featured are not only beautifully displayed with gorgeous holiday decor but are extraordinary in architectural design. There's still time to get tickets to tomorrow's Holiday Home Tour, as the event runs from noon to 4 p.m. at marked locations throughout Butte. Tickets are only $15, or two for $25 through any guild member or by visiting Kennan's Jewelry in the Butte Plaza Mall, Isle of Books at 43 E. Broadway in Uptown Butte, or The Corner Bookstore at 1877 Harrison Avenue. Tickets can also be purchased at any of the featured homes; The Kelly Mansion at 829 W. Park, The Copper King Mansion at 219 W. Granite, Victorian masterpieces on Park and Antimony Street, and the B'nai Israel Temple at 327 W. Galena.
73 years in the making, the Butte Symphony Orchestra opens its season with 'Music of Dance through the Ages'. This performance at the Mother Lode Theatre in Butte, gets underway October 22nd with a pristine line-up of music to include Weber's Invitation to the Dance, Bordin's Polovetsian Dances, and Brahm's Hungarian Dance No. 5. and more. This cultural experience makes a great gift for friends or family, and may be a great way to stay out of the dog house if your spouse or significant other claims, you never take them anywhere!
Then all joking aside, and just like that, within months, on March 25th, everything tragically changed. The dynamics of what was once the Foo Fighters came to a halt as news of the passing of 50-year-old drummer Taylor Hawkins, stunned and saddened the music world. Foo Fighters were set to perform in Bogota, Columbia, where Hawkins succumbed to a drug-related cardiovascular collapse. From that moment on, the grieving process began for bandmates, family members, friends, and countless fans. Things would never be the same for the band, as Foo Fighters' concerts were instantly canceled across the globe, including their scheduled stop at Big Sky. It was adamantly the scenario. Foo Fighters would not be making a trip to Montana, and even if they did, it wouldn't be the same without Taylor!
Summer days and outdoor concerts might be in the rearview mirror, but that doesn't mean that we are slowing down on the number of live events here in Montana. Luckily we have tremendous venues throughout our state continuing to bring in great musicians. Her...