Thursday, May 18, 2017
10 a.m.–8 p.m. at the Yellowstone Art Museum
Admission is free all day for everyone in honor of International Museum Day.

Museums as tools for creating peaceful communities

The worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day on and around 18 May 2017.

The theme of International Museum Day 2017 is Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums.

This theme focuses on the role of museums that, by working to benefit society, become hubs for promoting peaceful relationships between people. It also highlights how the acceptance of a contested history is the first step in envisioning a shared future under the banner of reconciliation.

By choosing to say the unspeakable in museums, the theme of IMD 2017 looks at how to understand the incomprehensible aspects of the contested histories inherent to the human race. It also encourages museums to play an active role in peacefully addressing traumatic histories through mediation and multiple points of view.

We invite cultural institutions of all types around the world to join in this celebration, which will focus on the link allowing for a vision of the future above and beyond taboo subjects and towards a better understanding of one another.

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day in 1977 to increase public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society, and it has been steadily gaining momentum ever since. In 2016, International Museum Day garnered record-breaking participation with more than 35,000 museums hosting events in some 145 countries.


 

Friday, May 5, 2017, Pub Station Ballroom (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)

General Admission/All Ages

Doors at 7PM / Show at 8PM

$28 Advance/ $31 Day of Show

Tickets on sale Friday, 4/7 at 10AM

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

Superjoint, formally Superjoint Ritual, is an American metal band formed by Phil Anselmo, Joe Fazzio, and Jimmy Bower in the early 1990s, later to be joined by Hank Williams III, and Kevin Bond. Their style can be considered a mix of Pantera's style of groove metal and hardcore punk. A small trace of black metal can be heard, as well. Bands like Venom, Slayer, Celtic Frost, Voivod, and Darkthrone have been noted as influences also. The name Superjoint Ritual comes from a lyric in the Darkthrone song "The Pagan Winter". According to Bower, Anselmo wrote 70-80% of the group's music.

Despite their early '90s establishment, it wasn't until a decade later, after the folding of Pantera, that the group recorded any albums. It was then that Superjoint Ritual garnered significant TV exposure on programs such as MTV2's Headbangers Ball and Fuse TV's Uranium.

However, the group's time in the spotlight would prove short lived. A dispute between Anselmo and Fazzio led to the band's eventual split in late 2004, which was confirmed by both Hank Williams III and Jimmy Bower.

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



 

Pub Station Ballroom (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)

General Admission/All Ages

Doors at 7PM / Show at 8PM

$26 Advance/Day of Show

Tickets on sale Friday, 4/7 at 10AM

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

Conor Oberst has partnered with Plus1 so that $1 from every ticket sold will go to support Planned Parenthood and their work delivering vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people in the US and worldwide.

Conor Oberst joined his first band at the age of 13 and has been releasing music since 1993. Over the next two plus decades, he’s released cassette-only recordings, split 7-inches, and a dozen albums of uncommon insight, detail, and political awareness with his band Bright Eyes,  under his own name, as a member ofDesaparecidos, as leader of the The Mystic Valley Band, and with the Monsters of Folk supergroup.

In Fall of 2015, and after more than a decade of living in New York City, Oberst returned to his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, somewhat unexpectedly. Like John Lennon so famously said: “Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.” After canceling a tour with Desaparecidos due to serious health issues, Oberst returned home to recuperate. The musician was unexpectedly back home at loose ends and faced with some long, cold, claustrophobic winter nights, with nothing really to do. Such conditions were the same as those that contributed to the very early songs he penned in his boyhood bedroom. This resulted in the anxious poetry, heightened self-awareness, and revealing confessionals that catalogued his doubts, demons, and nightmares.

“It wasn’t premeditated at all. I don’t know if you know what Omaha is like in the winter, but it’s just paralyzing. You’re stranded in the house. Every night I was staying up late, making a point to play the new piano I had just bought and watching the snow fall outside the house. Everybody would be asleep and I would just go into this one room, make a fire, and play all night. In November I had a whole pick-up truck full of firewood delivered and I thought, ‘I’m never going to run out of it.’ Before I knew I had gone through half of the firewood and I had five songs. By February I had burned through it all, and I had 15 songs. I had just spent the whole winter making fires and playing music.”

Making and playing music has always been a healing balm for the sometimes troubled musician. And this time it especially seemed important. It was if he was writing himself back to sanity. Back to understanding what is really important and has meaning for him. And in the same kind of immediacy with which the songs were written, Oberst realized he needed to record them right away, in order to capture the kind of raw intensity and rough magic behind them. When Oberst wrote and recorded the songs, with just voice, piano, guitar and harmonica – he intended to ultimately record them with a full band. In the midst of putting together that band - upstate New York's The Felice Brothers plus the legendary drummer Jim Keltner (Neil Young, Jackson Browne, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and many more) - the passionate responses Oberst was getting to those first solo recordings, from friends and colleagues, encouraged him to release the songs as-is, in their original sparse form, released in October 2016 as Ruminations. Pitchfork called it “a record like none other in Oberst’s catalog, stunning for how utterly alone he sounds,” and the UK’s Sunday Times called it, “The rawest album yet from the forever troubled one-time voice of a generation.  Political and very, very personal,” saying Oberst is “one of the best songwriters around.”

Meanwhile, Oberst simultaneously moved ahead with his plans to record with the band, heading to the famed Shangri-la Studios in Malibu to record Salutations - co-produced with Keltner and engineered by long-time musical compadre Andy LeMaster. Guest contributions come courtesy of Jim James, Blake Mills, Maria Taylor,M Ward, Gillian Welch, Gus Seyffert, Pearl Charles, Nathaniel Walcott, and Jonathan Wilson.

Salutations includes full band versions of the ten songs from Ruminations, plus seven additional songs, some from an additional session at Five Star Studios in Echo Park in fall 2016. Oberst says of the Salutations sessions: "Jim (Keltner) was really the captain of the ship and the spiritual leader of the project. We leaned heavy on his fifty-plus years of musical insight to get us to where we needed to be. He brought such depth and dignity to the proceedings that made everyone else involved rise to the occasion. It was a true stroke of luck that he got involved when he did.”

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



 

Pub Station (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)

General Admission/21+

Doors at 7PM / Show at 8PM

$13 Advance/Day of Show

Tickets on sale Friday, 4/21 at 10AM

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

After 4 years and 3 months, 2 tours overseas with 1 tour of combat in Iraq as a United States Marine, Scott Brown traded his guns in for guitars and hit the road. The Scooter Brown Band was formed in 2005 and played mainly in and around Houston, Texas. It wasn't until 2009 with the release of their first studio album, "Between Hell & Texas," that they gained a notable presence in the music scene. Along with their growing notoriety came their first radio single "Apology." Other radio releases were soon to follow and include "Whiskey Talkin", "Soldiers Christmas Eve", "Feels Like Home,", "Summer Song". In 2010, Scooter Brown Band put out the album "LIVE at BIG TEXAS". In 2013, they followed up with their next studio album, "VALOR." The title track was co-written by Navy Seal & American Sniper, Chris Kyle.

The newest self-titled album "Scooter Brown Band" was released in September 2015. This album is a move in a different direction for the band with a lot more "Southern Rock"
influence. Radio singles, "Hard Times" & "Olivia" have already come off this record with great response.

SBB has put out four records but their live show is where people truly become
fans. SBB has toured Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri,
Alabama, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Wisconsin, New York, Washington D.C., and Tennessee, headlining shows and opening for some of the biggest names in the business. In 2016, Scooter Brown Band was fortunate enough to join forces with well established Nashville booking agents at APA & manged by David Corlew of the Charlie Daniels Band.

With 2 of the 4 members being prior military, the band spends a lot of time doing work for Veteran Support Organizations like Base Camp 40 - Warriors in the Wild, Lone Survivor Foundation, and the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation.

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



 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, Pub Station (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)

General Admission/21+

Show at 9PM

No Cover Charge/Free

Finding themselves in a world dominated by corporate pop masquerading as country music, Deception Past is proof that talent, ambition and honesty still has a place in the American music landscape. Taking a big step forward, the band’s new self-titled record demonstrates their most thoughtful and heart-felt work to date. Driven by the desire to create authentic music that connects with listeners across generations, Deception Past has always strived to bring audiences that unmistakable magic heard in the music of the country legends they hold in such high regard.

Growing up in different corners of Washington State, the band came together in Seattle in 2012. Originally a no holds barred outfit of twelve friends, liquor and a common love, Deception Past has slowly solidified their lineup, sound and drive. Led by the powerful vocal harmonies of brothers Andrew, Joseph and Tyler Pettersson, Deception Past is a family band in the true sense of the word. “We’ve been playing music together our whole lives,” Andrew explains, “and we probably will be until we die. At times it can be a wild emotional ride, but at the end of the day music's in our blood and that love of music hold us all together.” And the wheels keep on turning – tours in 2012 from Portland to San Diego and 2015 through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah have kept Deception Past running on all cylinders.

From driving drum beats, hot lead guitar, sweet mandolin and sultry pedal steel, the band is constantly trying to improve their craft and show the world that country doesn’t have to be what the radio tells you. The release of their latest self-titled album in November 2016 shows the band in their best form yet. The songwriting, playing and production is a major leap forward for the band and they are looking forward to touring extensively after it’s release.

Info available at thepubstation.com