Bluesgrass, reggae and acoustic Veer Union coming to Billings
Reggae giants, The
Meditations, playing Nov. 2
Wednesday, Nov. 2, Pub Station, all-ages show starts at 8 p.m.
The Meditations - Ansel Cridland, Danny Clarke and Winston Watson -- recorded their first hit single “Woman is Like a Shadow” in 1974. The group made its mark and sealed their place as reggae legends with the release of the first two albums “Message From The Meditations” and “Wake Up” produced by Dobby Dobson.
Known the world over as Jamaica’s legendary harmony trio, The Meditations captured the hearts of reggae fans around the world. This led to collaborations with Lee Scratch Perry. Scratch, who produced for Bob Marley and the Wailers, asked them to do back up vocals for “Punky Reggae Party,” featuring Marley on led vocals.
Marley was so pleased with their harmony that he went in search for the group to do more back up vocals for him. It is said by many that “The Meditation is Bob Marley’s favorite group.”
2 modern bluegrass
sharing Pub bill
Steep Ravine with The Railsplitters, Sunday, Nov. 13, Pub Station. All-ages show starts at 8 p.m.
Fusing elements of folk, jazz, bluegrass, and rock, Steep Ravine continues to enthrall audiences with their soulful California sound. Songwriter Simon Linsteadt (guitar, lead vocals) and Jan Purat (violin, vocals) began playing music together in high school in Northern California, later moving on to study music at UC Santa Cruz and the California Jazz Conservatory. They met bassist Alex Bice (bass, vocals) through jam sessions in Santa Cruz. Percussionist Jeff Wilson, a close musical compadre, is the band’s most recent addition.
Fresh off the success of their first album, and taking first place in Rockygrass’ Best New Band Competition, Colorado natives, The Railsplitters got busy touring the U.S., meeting wider audiences, and of course, spending hours in the tour van.
As you can imagine from five members traveling across the United States, the musical array pouring out of the van onto the open highway was wildly eclectic, crossing over genre and time. From boundary breaking trip hop and electronica groups like Gorillaz and Thievery Corporation, to more direct influences like The Infamous Stringdusters and Lake Street Dive, the musical potpourri heard in their time on the road eventually began to seep into the band’s own music.
Jon Wayne and the
Pain returns to Billings
Wednesday, Nov. 30, all-ages show starts at 8 p.m.
Electronic reggae-dub jam band innovators, Jon Wayne and The Pain have been mesmerizing fans for nearly a decade, with their signature JWP cosmic-blend of electronic beats, fused with upbeat roots-reggae music and a psychedelic funk.
The Twin Cities based ensemble burst onto the scene in 2007, following their debut self-titled album. Since then, they have been building a dedicated Midwest loyal-fan following through extensive touring, influential songwriting and multi-dimensional jamming.
Over the past few years, the band has gained steadfast momentum with invitations to perform on some of the nations most renowned music and art festivals, as Electric Forest, Summer Camp, Cali Roots and Wakarusa to name a few.
Reggae jammer Aaron
Kamm playing Pub
Wednesday, Dec. 7, Pub Station, 9 p.m., age 21-plus.
The St. Louis, Mo., band Aaron Kamm and the One Drops merges flavors of roots reggae, Mississippi River blues, improv-laced jams, and soulful vocals. With a high-energy performance and a unique sound this band is a must-see.
The Veer Union
Playing acoustic show
Friday, Dec. 16, 9 p.m., age-21-plus, Pub Station
This year marks the 10-year span between The Veer Unions’ first album “Time To Break The Spell” and their new release appropriately titled “DECADE.” This is the first full length album release since their 2012 release “Divide The Blackened Sky.” This marks 10 years of The Veer Union and their struggles of overcoming adversity.
It has taken “The Veer Union” four years to rebuild and form a nwe union with new members Ryan Ramsdell on rhythm guitars, Dan Sittler on lead guita/vocals, touring drummer Tyler Reimer and Amal Wijayanayake on bass.