Saturday, July 29, 2017: Pub Station Ballroom (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)

General Admission/All Ages

Doors at 7PM / Show at 8PM

$33 Advance/$36 Day of Show

Tickets on sale Friday, 3/31 at 10AM


Ticket price includes base Ticketfly service charge. Additional fees may apply depending on purchase method.

Times are tough for just about everyone these days, especially for those who live in what is often referred to as the “flyover states,” in the heart of the country. People have become tougher, their skins have grown thicker and they have become much harder to win over. That especially holds true when it comes to the music that rolls into the bars, music halls and honky tonks of their towns. The overwhelming success that Turnpike Troubadours have had on the so-called Red Dirt circuit of those states says a lot about the quintet’s authenticity and fire, particularly because their music is not exactly what that scene in known for producing.

“When we first started playing, people couldn’t have cared less that we were there,” recalls Troubadours’ frontman Evan Felker. “They were there to drink beer and raise hell and they didn’t really care what music was playing while they did it. But as we went on and as we got better, they started to listen. I mean, they were still drinkin’ plenty of beer, but before too long, they were actually coming to hear us and asking us to play our songs, and not just covers of traditional favorites and all the other stuff we’d been doing.”

Not only did the crowds get more attentive, they kept getting bigger. As time went on, and the Troubadours broadened their touring circle, they moved on from tiny clubs in the more obscure corners of the Sooner state and started hitting – and selling out – prestigious venues like Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, the Firehouse Saloon in Houston and Antone’s in Austin.

Over the course of the past five years, Felker, bassist RC Edwards, fiddle player Kyle Nix, guitarist Ryan Engleman and drummer Gabe Pearson, have honed the rowdy, quick-witted sound that’s brought folks of all stripes together in front of those stages. And on Goodbye Normal Street, the Troubadours’ third full-length album, the band takes that blend of nice and easy and nice and rough and distills it into a 43-minute ride that takes in the scenery of America’s Heartland and the inner workings of a group of 20-somethings on a quest for something better.

“This time around, we tried to balance things out,” says bassist Edwards, who shelved a steady gig as a pharmacist in late 2011 to concentrate on the band. “We wanted to combine the idea of getting something perfect, the way you can only do in a proper studio, with the energy of playing in front of a thousand people jumping around and screaming.”

They attack that goal with gusto on Goodbye Normal Street, putting the pedal to the metal on “Before the Devil Knows We’re Dead” (a breakneck romp about regular folks who lived hard and died in a blaze of glory) and dialing back to a sensual closing-time waltz on “Call a Spade a Spade” (a cheater’s lament on which Felker duets with Jamie Wilson of the Trishas).

Felker, who writes the majority of the lyrics – with an assist from Edwards, who penned the semi-autobiographical “Morgan Street,” about the band’s hardscrabble early days - has a knack for capturing slices of life in vivid detail. He can hit hard emotionally with a song like “Blue Star” (a bittersweet tale of a veteran returning from war) or tweak the listener with something like “Gin, Smoke and Lies” (on which he contrasts his own romantic plight with that of a rooster who manages to satisfy 20 partners, and not just one).

“All the songs are about people we know,” he says. “And yeah, some of them are probably about me to some degree – the guy who ticks off the wrong girl from Arkansas, and the guy who doesn’t always like what he sees himself becoming. Mostly though, I think they’re just honest.”

The band – which took its name from the Indian Nation Turnpike that connected so many of the smaller towns where they cut their teeth – gradually evolved from offering acoustic explorations of tunes by Townes Van Zandt and Jerry Jeff Walker to kicking out three or four sets a night of full-throttle roadhouse country – tinged with the punk rock attitude that was in the air during the members’ teen years.

“We all pretty much grew up with hardcore country music around us,” says Felker. “I mean, sure, there was rock stuff in there, but the real old-school stuff, plus exposure to folks like Jason Boland and Cross Canadian Ragweed, really affected what we were playing. We’re really a product of both our influences and our environment. It wasn’t something that we sat in a room and dreamed up in one day.”

That’s clear. The raw-boned energy of their 2007 debut, Bossier City, cut on a shoestring budget and aimed squarely at getting boots on the dance floor earned raves from many corners, including No Depression, which dubbed it “a testament to the small towns in which they were raised … with stories of longing, humor, tragedy and general life in rural America.” The quintet broadened its horizons on its sophomore outing, Diamonds and Gasoline, which spawned the Americana favorite “Every Girl” and brought them to the attention of folks throughout the country, and overseas.

And with Goodbye Normal Street – the name a reference to another longtime band residence as well as a state of mind that they left behind long ago – they set their sights on conquering even more expansive territories. With songs like the blue-collar anthem “Southeastern Son” and the universally understandable breakup plaint “Wrecked,” they look pretty likely to conquer them.

“This music, at its best, can put into words what we have been thinking for our entire lives,” says Felker, “and even at its worst, it gets people drinking beer and makes people happy. Either of those is fine with me.”

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


"The Billings Community Band presents its spring concert, "Outdoor Forces," on Sunday April 23rd at 3:00 at Alberta Bair Theater. Ticket prices are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students."

In remembrance of George Wilson

Featuring 2014 National Entertainer of the Year Drag King Chase McGroin

Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Pub Station Ballroom (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)

General Admission/All Ages

Doors at 6PM / Dinner & Show at 7PM

$25 For Couple / $15 For Single

Tickets on sale Friday, 3/24 at 10AM

Ticket price includes base Ticketfly service charge. Additional fees may apply depending on purchase method.

Dinner includes pasta and salad bar w/ dessert

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



Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Pub Station (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)

General Admission/All Ages

Doors at 7PM / Show at 8PM

$13 Advance/ $15 Day of Show

Tickets on sale Friday, 3/24 at 10AM

Ticket price includes base Ticketfly service charge. Additional fees may apply depending on purchase method.

In Life we must expect the unexpected, go into the unknown head on, and have the strength and determination to keep moving forward" - ETU

Engage the Unseen or ETU started in the winter of 2012 in Billings, MT. The band worked tirelessly on perfecting their songs and performance skills. Once they believed they had enough solid material to enter the studio. Engage The Unseen began working with Matt Ryan, Formally of the Billings Band “The Farthest Edge” on their first 7 song EP “Just Shut up and Listen”. In April of 2015 the Ep was released to much local praise along with some national praise.

A video for "Rise" caught the Attention of the WestFall Recording Company in Long Island, NY.Anthony Lopardo and Ray Marte sought to bring the band to New York to Record a full length album among other services that would help the band progress to the professional level they wanted to achieve.

 ETU has gone through a few lineup changes in their short time, but now have the strongest foundation to build upon.

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


March 22, 2017

Billings, Montana - The Yellowstone Art Museum unveils a new installation by a Brazilian-born artist now based in Boulder, Colorado. The installation of Archaea: Rosane Volchan O’Conor is a fusion of the artist’s interests in biology, music, and the visual arts. Educated at the Escola de Musica Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and the Royal Academy of Music in Brussels, O’Conor moved to Boulder in 2011, drawn by the city’s cultural, educational, and outdoor offerings. Her installation Archaea alludes directly to the unique history of the Yellowstone Caldera’s history and micro-biome.  “Archaea” are microscopic organisms that survive in extreme environments.  They were first studied in Yellowstone National Park, where they are responsible for the magnificent coloration of the famed Morning Glory hot spring.

Rosane Volchan O’Conor, Paracentrotus, 2014, ink on Mylar and monoprint. Photo Courtesy of the artist.O’Conor’s installation draws from the biomorphic forms of this branch of scientific inquiry as well as the intense coloration of the geyser basins.  Her immersive installation is suggestive of biological forms crawling off the walls, hanging crystalized in space, and mutating into clusters across the floor.  Using welded metal wire, torch-bent glass and neon, acrylic, paper, Mylar, porcelain, and other conventional and unconventional materials, O’Conor creates a miniature universe.  To stand within this installation is to discover a bustling, interconnected world of micro-organisms existing independent of the laws of scientific reality.  The environment is at once chaotic and harmonious, expansive, and intricate. Rosane O’Conor’s prints, which underscore her Brazilian heritage, will also be featured. These works not only clarify the artist’s sculptural vision, but draw from a long tradition of decorative forms that are imbued with intense color and bold compositions and design. The prints align the descriptive aspects of scientific drawing with the spirit of twenty-first century curiosity.

O’Conor is not the first and will not be the last artist to be inspired by the profound beauty of Yellowstone National Park. However, her unique visual, musical, and scientific interests blend into a visual symphony that is enigmatic, intriguing, and beautiful to behold.

As an adjunct to the exhibition, the museum is privileged to exhibit three historic watercolors by Thomas Moran that stem from the Hayden Expedition of 1871. These works are on loan courtesy of the National Park Service. Visitors will have a unique opportunity to compare the differing approaches that these artists have taken when interpreting the subject of one of the nation’s best loved parks.

The English artist Thomas Moran (1837-1926) was the first professionally trained artist to paint extensively in what would become Yellowstone National Park.  Moran signed on as expedition artist with Ferdinand Hayden’s U.S. Geological Survey.  Photographer William Henry Jackson also accompanied this expedition, and the two of them created the first and some of the most lasting images of Yellowstone.  Moran’s intensely colored paintings and sketches were greeted in the East with skepticism, but eventually his work is credited with helping to persuade the federal government to create the world’s first national park in 1872.

O’Connor’s installation and Thomas Moran’s watercolors will be on view from March 23, 2017 through August 6, 2017.  A public reception will take place 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 23rd. The museum is free to museum members, and the general public is welcome for a modest admission fee.  For more information about this and other current exhibitions, visit the museum’s website, or call 406-256-6804.

Yellowstone Art Museum

401 North 27th Street

Billings, MT 59101


The nationally accredited Yellowstone Art Museum is the region’s largest contemporary art museum offering changing exhibitions, adult and children’s art education, café, Art Collectors’ Corner, Visible Vault, and a 7,500-piece permanent collection.  The Yellowstone Art Museum hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, & Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday & Friday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m.  – 4 p.m.  Admission: Members free, $6 adults, $3 students with valid ID, $3 children 6 – 18, under age 6 free, $4 discount price (please inquire).