Around Town: Helena Area Arts and Entertainment News Released June 30 | Local


Big Sky City Lights at the Myrna

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

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

They have appeared on “Good Morning America” ​​and will perform at top music festivals with Jason Isbell and Emmylou Harris.

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

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

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

Spear sang from her walk-in 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 their music as “independent acoustic folk music. There is usually harmony involved.

Their gigs tend to be “light, passionate and intimate,” says Spear.

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

What they create turns heads.

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

“We’re really excited to play The Myrna Loy,” Spear said. “I’ve wanted to play The Myrna Loy for probably a decade because it’s such a gem.”

This performance will be filmed for later broadcast on The Myrna Soundstage. The 70-minute concert is followed by a short onstage 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 the 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 p.m. with a $5 entry fee.

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Lewis & Clark Tap Room has planned the following events:

  • Country music by Bo DePeña on Thursday, June 30 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • More country music from Colby Acuff on Friday, July 1 from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 the day of the show.
  • The Fireside Collective plays bluegrass Saturday, July 2 from 7-10 p.m. with a $5 entry fee.
  • Igor & The Red Elvises perform Siberian surf rock music on Sunday, July 3 from 5-8 p.m. with a $5 entry fee.
  • Jazz music on the 4th of July from Marbin from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a $5 entrance fee.

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

Living at five

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

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

Alive at Five operates Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 1 through August 1. 3. The July 6 event will take place at the Great Northern Town Center.

State Capital Orchestra Concerts

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Jerry Secher plays the timpani during a past State Capital Band concert at Memorial Park.

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The State Capital Band will begin its 120th season of concerts in the park on June 30 at 8 p.m. at Memorial Park.

The concerts will be conducted by Robert Loveridge and performed by a group of some of the best local musicians. The 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 military.

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnics or snacks and enjoy a musical evening with your family and friends. Be sure to vote for your favorite piece. The top two favorites from each concert will be performed at the final concert.


Two open calls for Montana trans artists

The Holter Museum of Art and TransVisible Montana would like to invite any transgender, non-binary, or Two-Spirit artist who has lived or currently lives in Montana, to submit works to be exhibited from January 20 through March. 30, 2023 at the Holter Museum of Art in Helena.

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

The subject, medium and content are entirely up to the artist. Artists can submit entries for either or both projects.

The application deadline is August 15. Submit online at

1. Transilience Montana: Arts and Crafts

Display paintings, photographs, jewelry, woodworking, or other artistic mediums for display 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 video? The Holter wishes to offer this opportunity to explore a new medium, or to delve deeper into this art form to develop and exhibit new works.

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

Apply and learn more here:


MHS offers programs in June

The Montana Historical Society offers the following free program at 4:30 p.m. on June 30.

Explore the mystery of Meriwether Lewis’ death after the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-1806. The talk and book signing by Dave and Marti Peck, who co-wrote ‘So Hard to Die’, which examines how Lewis returned from the perilous journey with hope for a bright future, only to die twice fired three years later at the age of 35 in a remote inn in rural Tennessee. His death was originally ruled a suicide, but various medical and psychological theories have been offered by historians and others. This will be streamed live and archived on the MTHS YouTube channel.

List 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 Dominion, PG-13
  • The black phone, R
  • Lightyear, PG
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, PG-13
  • Scoob!, PG

The Myrna Loy

15 N. Ewing, 406-443-0287,

  • Official competition, R
  • Phantom of the Open, PG-13


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