Judith Arts Society 2015-2016 Performing Arts Season
Information shared by Vicky McCray, Judith Basin Press News-Editor
August 28, 2015
Pub Night! - 7:00pm
Utica Community Hall
August 28, 2015
Pub Night at the Utica Community Hall
presents "Twang Klatch"
Lewistown band opens JAS season
Twang Klatch comes to Utica
The Judith Arts Society kicks off its 2015-2016 performing arts season this Friday, Aug. 28, at the Utica Community Hall. Dubbed Pub Night for the past several years, the first performance offers not only great music but also tasty hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. The eats will be ready by 6:30 p.m. and the music gets started at 7 p.m.
This year the JAS board welcomes Twang Klarch, a band of Central Montanans that came together after performing with separate groups and became united thanks to the camaraderie in the surprisingly diverse (and talented) Fergus County music scene.
Lead vocalist Charlie Denison started playing when he moved to Lewistown from Glendive. Denison, originally from Indianapolis and inspired by Ray Charles and Van Morrison, loves to put soul into the songs. When not playing music, Denison is busy writing stories for the Lewistown News-Argus, where he works as a staff writer.
Lead guitarist and vocalist Steve Hughes is a country picker extraordinaire with a colorful sense of humor and adored stage presence. Hughes moved to Lewistown four years ago from Harlem, where he worked as an art teacher.
Last year, Hughes and Denison were joined by Chris Headhunter, a choir teacher at Fergus High School who is also a highly talented keyboardist and sax player. Together they played a number of shows as a trio, including a performance on the side stage at Red Ants Pants Music Festival.
Most recently, the trio joined forces with bassist and vocalist Les LaFranier, who is perhaps best known performing with Mustache Pete. LaFranier spent several years performing on the road and still greatly enjoys performing. He lives in Lewistown, where he is enjoying being retired from a career working for the railroad.
Nik Scebba, known around the Lewistown community as KXLO’s Nik St. Claire, plays drums for Twang Klatch. Scebba stays busy in the Central Montana music scene, as he also plays drums with the Bent Willows and other groups. Scebba also used to play Santa Claus in Lewistown department stores and on the Charlie Russell Chew Choo Polar Adventure.
Twang Klatch plays a mix of country and blues Americana, sharing cover songs as well as original tunes.Admission to Pub Night is by season ticket or $15 at the door and includes the hors d'oeuvres and one drink ticket. Don't miss this first JAS concert; grab your guy or your gal – kids, too – and head to Utica on Friday night for a fun time in the old town with Twang Klatch
"Vince and Mindi"
October 25, 2015
4:00 pm - Hobson School
October 25, 2015
Presenting "Vince and Mindi"
A musical duel performing western and American roots music. They draw from swing, cowboy, bluegrass and old-time, interjecting humorous and interesting stories.
February 14 & 15, 2016
Presenting "Bryan Bowers"
An award-winning autoharp player. His program includes instrumentals, singing and stories. He does call-and-answer songs with audience participation.
April 3, 2016
Presenting "Tom Rigney & Flambeau"
This group specializes in fiery Cajun and zydeco two-steps, low-down blues, funky New Orleans grooves and heartbreakingly beautiful ballads and waltzes. Rigney, an electrifying violinist, composes most of the groups repertoire, but they also mix in a few classics from the Cajun/zydeco/New Orleans songbook.
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