8:30 – Delusionist Joey Pipia
One Illusion from Joey’s full show: a unique theatrical event where wonder and the absurd are presented as one; the audience leaves affirmed in the belief that life is profoundly marvelous. No fancy boxes, no smoke or mirrors. Instead it’s just the magic—straight up, fast-paced, funny and amazing.
8:47 – The Great Bear Folk Theatre
For over 20 years, The Great Bear Folk Theatre has been combining storytelling, theatre and folk music to create an evening of interactive entertainment that will have you laughing at their tandem-told versions of classic folktales, tapping your toes to Omar’s original music, and dabbing a tear away at Kori’s engaging personal stories. With their extensive theatre backgrounds, stories come alive in a unique, entertaining way. You’ll find yourself wanting to join the storytelling movement sweeping across the country.
9:04 – Thomas Pandolfi
Thomas Pandolfi is a unique pianist who is especially at home in the music of Beethoven, Chopin and Gershwin. His highly popular “themed” programs, many of which include his amazing transcriptions of crossover literature, are positively spellbinding. His equally engaging personality, charisma and stage presence embrace the audience in the most wonderfully captivating way. One walks away from a Pandolfi concert with a song in one’s heart, definitely wanting to hear more and more.
9:21 – Neal Lewing
Black Paw Music, a subsidiary of Port Polson Players, offers a full range of educational, entertaining and uplifting family-friendly musical and theatrical attractions. At the forefront, a series of music/history programs illustrate Montana events or individuals with relevant traditional and original folk music. Primary focus of this series features “Meagher of the Sword”, the story of Montana’s first governor. No one else offers the catalogue of programs from Bear Paw Music. Not enough choices? That’s OK. Customized shows are our specialty—any venue, any event, any audience. Several of Neal Lewing’s shows are available through Humanities Montana and have taken him across the country, to Ireland and beyond.
9:38 – Rebecca Folsom Trio
A writer in Nashville for many years, Rebecca’s songs tell poetic and succinct stories of bittersweet perseverance, redemption, and forthcoming liberation. A delicious blend of acoustic guitars, mandolin, bass and uplifting three-part harmonies, the sound is rich and yet spare enough to let the song shine through and shoot straight to the heart. Grammy-nominated performers create uplifting community experiences!
9:55 – Jonathan Kingham
Jonathan Kingham weaves folk, jazz, country and R&B sensibilities seamlessly together in an upbeat acoustic concert. A gifted lyrical improv artist, his audience interaction keeps listeners fully engaged and on the edge of their seats. Sharp songwriting and mesmerizing performances have garnered him numerous national awards. A prior Washington State Arts Commission Rostered Teaching Artist, Kingham is also in demand as an artist-in-residence teaching songwriting.
12:30 – Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom, performed by Guy Mendilow Ensemble
Embark on a musical trek to kingdoms long forgotten and bustling towns now vanished. Follow the stories of vagabond queens, pauper poets and lovers lost to the sea, all set to spellbinding arrangements of old Sephardi songs worthy of symphonic film scores. Wrap up these tales with lush, soulful harmonies evoking flamenco’s gustiness and the longings of Fado, all combined with heart-pounding percussion and intricate soundscapes.
Journey through the Balkans to the Mid-East beginning in Sarajevo and winding through Salonica and Jerusalem. Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom is a semi-theatrical adventure where intertwining music and storytelling conjure an imagination lost to war and upheaval. Leap into wild rides and fantastic yarns with the Guy Mendilow Ensemble, an award-winning quintet of world-class musicians from Israel, Palestine, Argentina, the UK and the USA. This ensemble of internationally savvy world musicians delivers a richly-textured global experience of haunting beauty.
12:47 – Fred Crabtree
Fred plays a different style of harmonica and guitar, a folksy, jazzy, bluesy Americana style.
1:04 – Cascade Quartet
The Cascade Quartet is Montana’s only professional string quartet. They serve as the resident chamber ensemble for the Great Falls Symphony, performing concerts, interactive school shows, community collaborations, and residency activities for rural and urban communities throughout Montana and the Northwest.
1:21 – Patrice Webb
Patrice Webb is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Sandpoint, Idaho who regularly tours the Western United States with her unique blend of folk, country, swing and blues. She has released two CDs, both of which are receiving international airplay. Patrice is also the host of Sugar Mountain house concerts out of her home in Sandpoint.
1:38 – An Evening of Contemporary Piano with Jason Farnham
What do you get if you mix Jerry Lee Lewis, Beethoven, and Victor Borge in a blender? We invite you to come find out! A highly-acclaimed pianist, Jason Farnham has performed his popular show, An Evening of Piano, throughout North America for audiences of all ages since 2008. Fans have affectionately dubbed Jason “Schroeder” from Peanuts because of his zany toy piano, his witty comedy antics, and the comfortable way he interacts with the audience. The variety includes jazz, pop, bossa nova, blues, stride piano, and classical with a modern twist! And of course, playing the piano upside-down Amadeus-style has become Jason’s trademark. Audiences enthusiastically rave after the show, “I’ve never seen anyone play the piano quite like that before.”
1:55 – Maracujá
Maracujá takes you on a journey around Latin America through music. From fiery Cuban Son and Brazilian samba-funk, to soothing bossa nova and wistful boleros, Maracujá plays music for dancing, music for listening, music to make you smile. Maracujá can perform in intimate settings as a duo or trio or grow to a full band to play high-powered Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms to make a crowd swing and dance.
3:45 – Too Marvelous for Words: Nat “King” Cole Tribute
Too Marvelous For Words: A Celebration of the Nat “King” Cole Trio is a fun and swingin’ journey into the early days of Nat King Cole. Before “The Christmas Song” and “Mona Lisa” that we know from the crooner standing in front of the orchestra, Nat was recording and playing (from the piano bench!) some of the tastiest and most influential music of the day, leaving an impact not only on an array of singers, but also on such pianists as Oscar Peterson and Ahmad Jamal.
Drawing on his experience as both an actor and a singer/pianist, Peter Smith (creator) effortlessly weaves in stories from this period in Nat King Cole’s life as they relate to the song selections, creating an evening that is fun, informative and leaves the audiences tapping their feet and pondering the fascinating tidbits of Nat’s life.
4:02 – Everything Fitz
The Fitzgerald family’s musical journey began early in life as they studied the unique style that evolved with Irish, Scottish and French immigrants. Developing their art form from these deep and lasting roots, Everything Fitz presents a high-energy program which blends traditional jigs and reels, bluegrass, jazz, Celtic and stepdance routines. This is a show for all ages and musical tastes. Be ready to be entertained!
“I think together they are a beautiful blend of gorgeous fiddle music, and top rate, absolutely exhilarating dance routines.” Natalie MacMaster
4:19 – Louie Bond & His Country Swing Duo
Where jazz and country meet, Louie Bond and Kimberlee Carlson perform classic Texas swing and country swing with stellar guitar work and an excellent vocal duo blend.
4:36 – Take 5
The Take 5 Jazz Quintet captures the spirit and festiveness of the golden age of jazz and beyond. These Boise, Idaho based performers borrow from their extensive jazz roots and explore a varied program of music spanning a half century of jazz. Joyful, sultry and magnetic are words to describe the band’s featured vocalist, Shirley Van Paepeghem. She is joined by a talented ensemble whose versatile backgrounds include being Director of Vocal Jazz at Boise State University, touring with 3 Dog Night, Rick Springfield and Tina Turner, and performing for the Walt Disney Company. The band’s combined teaching experience with undergraduate and master’s degrees offers them the ability to present effective student outreach programs guaranteed to inspire young talent.
On stage, Take 5 combines magnetic stage presence and superb musicianship with wonderful musical arrangements and dynamic vocals to create a unique, fun and enjoyable performance of classic American jazz.
4:53 – Fubuki Daiko
Combining their traditional Japanese training with their North American roots, this dynamic taiko drum group melds hard-driving percussion and gentle bamboo flute melodies in heart-felt displays of musicianship, humor, and sheer physical stamina.
Resource Room Artists
Resource Room admission is by conference badge only.
Drum Brothers present high energy performances that celebrate a diverse mix of world instruments and sounds: West African djembe and dunun drums, middle Eastern frame drums, Australian didgeridoo, close harmony vocals, acoustic guitar, flute and saxophone, and original arrangements and compositions. They’ve performed at numerous venues throughout the Northwest and Canada, have been a featured act at the Seattle World Percussion Festival, and recently were guest artists on the Montana PBS program, 11th & Grant with Eric Funk. Drum Brothers have been at the forefront of the American hand drumming movement since it began in the early 1990’s. Over the years, they’ve offered numerous school and community rhythm classes, drum circles, and more recently, interactive team building events for organizations and community groups. The ensemble is comprised of Matthew and Michael Marsolek, Lawrence Duncan and Colin Ruggeriero.
Main Street Souvenirs is a musical and cinematic explosion of Americana. Exploring small town America, and featuring the Great Plains. Pianist/visual artist, Scott Kirby, takes us on a journey through the Heartland with his live piano performance, original art (projected on a screen), photography, video and storytelling.
Tra le Gael
Sliding from one Celtic tune to another, Tra Le Gael will effortlessly pull you across the moors and into a rollicking pub. This ensemble can melt your heart and set your foot to tapping with their lovely renditions of traditional reels and jigs as well as contemporary compositions. Hailing from the Flathead Valley, Tra le Gael is an affordable Montana choice when you are looking for musicians who can easily entertain in a concert hall as well as enamor youngsters in an energetic outreach program with harp, dulcimer, fiddle, whistles, mandolins, guitar and drums. Featured on Montana PBS’ 11th & Grant with Eric Funk, the members of Tra le Gael, with poise and panache, share their joy with audiences of all ages.