Eclectic Americana band with blistering 5-part harmonies, the juice of bluegrass on steroids, and a raucous Celtic heartbeat, stopping by the Myrna on their way from Calgary Folkfest. Parsonsfield is known for its high energy and sonic evolution.
Their 2016 album, “Blooming Through the Black,” was recorded (on vinyl, no less) in a shuttered axe factory in Collinsville, CT, “an island of old Americana amongst a vast ocean of suburbia.” This is a group that has survived its struggles and triumphs, and are turning that energy into the desire to find rebirth and create anew.
“A lot of string bands like to talk about how they are innovating, but Parsonsfield actually delivers on that promise…their sound kicks out the windows of what most people think of folk and bluegrass.” (Folk Alley)
Why we invited them:
Innovation, bravery, energy. We can’t stop listening to them, and you won’t be able to either.
Presented in concert with Premiere Dance Company and Cohesion Dance Project
Called “One of today’s finest dance comedians and a knockout dancer,” by the New York Times, Helena native Nicole has enjoyed a long career with dance companies, rock bands and video artists around the country and been the subject of a feature article in DANCE TEACHER magazine.
Nicole started dancing with Rene Kowalski and Charlene White. She was a founding member of Premiere Dance Company and received a scholarship from Montana Dance Arts Association that allowed her to further her training out of state. She began her career as a professional dancer in Chicago at the age of 19.
After moving to New York City she co-founded the critically acclaimed KEIGWIN + COMPANY in 2003 and was the Associate Artistic Director and a featured dancer until 2013. She continues to work with Keigwin on a variety of projects including the Broadway Musical IF/THEN Starring Idina Menzel.
“It’s Wolcott’s expressiveness that transfixes. She is a stirring performer. Her battles with the messy and transformative qualities of paper reveal her emotionally delicate state as she struggles to keep the elements in her life balanced.”
Josh writes to his Myrna Loy fans:
I’ve been writing a lot of songs lately—they come in waves, and I seem to be riding one right now. I’m playing some special solo shows this summer to try them out. These shows will be mostly new songs, and a lot of me figuring stuff out along the way. It’ll be fun and weird and cool. So, if you wanna see some works in progress, come on down. Help me figure out just how sturdy these songs are.
Rock and Roll,
Why we invited him: These 2 nights are Ritter’s only Montana appearances on this “Works in Progress” solo tour, trying out new songs in some of his favorite places. (Listen for his new song, “Myrna Loy.”)
Call or stop by the Myrna Box Office to reserve FREE tickets — 443.0287 ex. 21
The Era of Mega Fires is a 70-minute, multi-media, traveling presentation hosted by Dr. Paul Hessburg.
Hessburg is with the Pacific Northwest Research Station, in Wenatchee, WA, and the University of Washington, Seattle, where he has researched wildfire and landscape ecology for more than 27 years. The presented material comes in the form of fast-moving, short, topic-based talks interspersed with compelling video vignettes. Think Ted X mixed with snappy documentary shorts. Megafires are wildfires over 100,000 acres and are exceptionally destructive to communities, wildlife and our natural spaces.
“I attended 3 of the Era of Megafires events, and worked with Sara Rolfs of North 40 and Paul Hessburg to link them in with community organizations around the west that are making the wildland urban interface a priority conversation. The big take-away from my experience was that this is a very effective teaching tool, and Paul’s commitment to polishing the presentation and content has paid off. They are now developing versions for all ages and demographics, and have had a chance to bring it to most schools in the Wenatchee School District. All the 6th graders saw the presentation this year before their Forest Classroom Experience Field trip, and many of them told me about what they learned from the Era of Megafires on our forest ecology hike.
Other partners and FAC network members seem to have very positive things to say as well. The program has been well received by almost all of the folks I have heard feedback from including land managers, citizens, urban dwellers, and tourists. My feeling is that sponsoring this valuable education tool would be a wise investment by USAA.”
Patrick Haggerty, Cascadia Conservation District