Music man: Traveling busker hits the Downtown Mall

Music man: Traveling busker hits the Downtown Mall

“This is everything I have right here,” says multi-instrumentalist Mike Collins Jr., gesturing to the ground on the Downtown Mall outside of the Paramount Theater. There beside him are a foot drum, a banjo, and a case with scattered dollar bills and a handful of CDs (with brown paper lunch bags in lieu of jewel cases). It […]

Americana troubadours Rebecca Rego and The Trainmen return for a gig in support of Tolono, the band’s debut album. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Rebecca Rego and The Trainmen

Stories often become more profound when coupled with the upbeat mix of dueling guitars—at least that’s the case with the music of Rebecca Rego and The Trainmen. Borrowing from country and folk, the Wisconsin band relates unique experiences through song, sharing intimate moments. Whether it’s a ballad about the bars in Chicago or the changing […]

Image courtesy of The Paramount.

ARTS Pick: The Secret Garden

In a world where over-the-top productions dominate entertainment, it’s nice to find a theater company that relies on talent and imagination. Such is the mission of the Missoula Children’s Theatre. The Montana-based troupe hosts a cast comprised entirely of children grades 1-12 who share all of the responsibilities of production; assistant directors, actors, and choreographers […]