The contra dance season has begun again - and this year, the venue has changed. The first Friday and third Saturday contra dances are now held at the Bozeman Senior Center, a wonderful community space on the north side of Bozeman that features a great wood dance floor, a nice stage, a warm, inviting atmosphere, and plenty of parking.
Dec. 31 there will be the annual New Year's Eve contra dance at the Masonic Temple, upstairs at 14 N. Tracy in Bozeman. Music by Bebe LeBoeuf, with Amy Letson calling the dances.
On Jan. 2, we will host a CD release concert for the new album Cornstalk Fiddle by Sassafras Stomp. The show will be at the Verge Theater on N. Main in Bozeman.
Two events on Jan. 31 - we will co-host a concert by local bluegrass favorites Kane's River at the Ellen Theatre in downtown Bozeman, and the Montana Reel and Strathspey Society will have their annual Burns Night celebration.
Burns Night is the annual celebratory tribute to the life, works, and spirit of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns. Each year, Burns Night is celebrated on, or near, the Bard's birthday, January 25th. Burns Suppers range from stentoriously formal gatherings of esthetes and scholars to uproariously informal rave-ups of drunkards and louts. Most Burns Suppers fall in the middle of that range, and adhere to the time honored format: eating a traditional Scottish meal, sampling Scotch whiskey, and reciting works by, about, or in the spirit of The Bard, Robert Burns.
Our Burns Night is on the 31st of January, starting at 6:00pm at the Lindley Center. The evening starts with a potluck dinner, and haggis will be provided. You may bring alcohol, but over-indulgence will not be tolerated and we encourage you to have a ride plan. After dinner is a short open-mic session, and guests are invited to perform musical acts, recite poetry, or sing. The evening will be capped off with outrageously energetic ceilidh dancing in which all can participate.
Seating is limited! Donations are accepted at the door. For more information contact Bob Spetz or Lance Picton by email at CelebrateBurns@gmail.com.
In memory of Ben Bullington, who passed away a year ago, we are proud to present an archive of Ben's performances we have featured on the KGLT Sunday Music Spotlight.