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AARP Montana Presents the Myrna Soundstage Concert Series online!

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Join AARP Montana and people from across the U.S. to view the monthly Myrna Soundstage Concert Series online. 

The Myrna Soundstage Concerts are free and available to everyone -- AARP Membership is not required!

What are Montana musicians doing these days? You're about to find out! 

Come discover new artists and new works in this monthly concert series available to enjoy online. The Myrna Soundstage brings you diverse genres, traditions, artists and voices you may not know about—but should!

Register below to receive an e-mail reminder about upcoming concerts!
Register to receive an email reminder and the viewing link from AARP Montana for the monthly Myrna Soundstage episode. You can tune-in from the comfort of your own home to watch this unique concert series any time after the monthly launch.

  • LOS MARVELITOS AND THE DAVID & DEIDRE CASEY BAND
    • Tuesday, March 15 @ 4 PM: Watch the replay here >>
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      This episode was filmed during the pandemic lockdown and it features the Helena band Los Marvelitos — playing original and traditional songs from south of the northern border. Tropical cumbias and borderland ballads, with soulful surf and a hint of hypnosis. Also featured is Helena’s David and Deidre Casey Band with two of Montana’s top singer/songwriters. Their music features lush harmonies and adventurous songwriting in the American folk tradition. If Helena has its own sound, this is it.


  • TOM CATMULL’S LAST RESORT BAND AND TRAVIS YOST
    • Tuesday, April 12 @ 4 PM: Watch the replay here>>
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      Tom Catmull’s Last Resort is an exercise in musical evolution. Tom’s sound is amplified, elevated and occasionally made more sinister by the creative musical syndicate of Jaime Rogers, Travis Yost and Jesse Netzloff. Ever popular across Montana, this band has continued to round a stylistic corner, trading in its previously roots-inspired inclinations for the seductive impulse of a sleeker American pop rock sound. Also featured in this episode is Travis Yost, who makes dreamy pop-rock songs out of an acoustic guitar, a bluebird voice, and an ability to wring every last bit of meaning out of every word. Enjoy this Soundstage episode filmed during the pandemic lockdown.


  • ENCORE EPISODE: JUNIOR AND IZAAK OPATZ
    • Tuesday, May 10 @ 4 PM: Watch the replay here>>
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      This encore episode features: Junior, a trio of singer/songwriters packing a quiver of instrumental skills. They deliver sparse folk, pop, and cosmic country. Layered vocals, playful arrangements. Think: The Roches, with a sweetgrass twist. Izaak Opatz, a wonderfully askew songwriter and pioneer of Dirtwave, (“folk music with catchier clothes.”) You’ll get strong, slightly depressive, hilarious, radiant songs with a backsplash of heartbreaking charm.


  • BONUS ENCORE EPISODE: SUPAMAN AND CHONTAY STANDING ROCK
    • Tuesday, May 24 @ 4 PM: Click here to receive an e-mail reminder >>
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      This encore episode features two unique, sensational voices from Indian Country: Supaman and Chontay Standing Rock. One is an internationally touring Crow rapper whose powerhouse work inspires kids and adults across the country. The other is a rising young Chippewa Cree artist whose heartfelt songs quietly upend all expectations of traditional Native American music.

      Award-winning Supaman, (aka Christian Takes Gun Parrish) is an Apsaaloke (Crow) musician, dancer, and rapper. His one-of-a-kind presentation combines Native culture, comedy and urban hip hop culture in a fresh, captivating, powerhouse style. His uncanny ability to motivate, encourage, and inspire through dance and hip hop music keeps him at the forefront among his contemporaries and has made him a powerful voice for Indigenous issues, especially among youth.

      Chontay Mitchell Standing Rock is a Chippewa-Cree hand-drum champion and singer/songwriter from the Rocky Boy’s Reservation. Chontay’s soaring voice and deep roots in his Cree traditions bring an innovative, fresh voice to the Montana landscape.


  • ENCORE EPISODE: MATT STRACHAN & THE HOOT OWLS
    • Tuesday, June 14 @ 4 PM: Click here to receive an e-mail reminder >>
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      Matt’s songs dig deep into life’s struggles, while the band delivers an uplifting energy that gets folks up dancing. Often compared to American Aquarium’s BJ Barnum, Matt has a way of bringing listeners into honest stories that resonate and bring emotional responses. The Hoot Owls include Paul Brantley on Bass Guitar/Harmonies, Brian Luehr on Lead Guitars, and Kyle Sayler on Drums. This encore episode reflects the music of Montana…..enjoy!


  • BONUS ENCORE EPISODE: QUENBY & HIRSHBERG
    • Tuesday, June 28 @ 4 PM: Click here to receive an e-mail reminder >>
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      This encore episode features Missoula folksinger Larry Hirshberg has been performing for four decades in numerous combos, and as a solo artist for the last ten years. His quirky, listenable songs highlight his prodigious skills as a guitarist–and both have made him a favorite at Montana festivals and brew pubs. An evening with Larry is always an adventure.

      Quenby Iandiorio is a Livingston transplant from Austin, TX, whose country/Americana songs have been featured in three films. Her voice is transportive and she is a consummate storyteller. Definitely a star on the rise!


  • CHRISTMAS IN JULY -- CELTIC COWBOY CHRISTMAS
    • Tuesday, July 12 @ 4 PM: Click here to receive an e-mail reminder >>
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      Enjoy Christmas in July! This special Christmas episode recorded during the peak of the pandemic in 2020, features Celtic Cowboy Christmas, one of Helena’s favorite traditions. Willson & McKee and Dublin Gulch celebrate the Holidays in this film, recorded live on The Myrna Loy’s stage. Nationally touring duo Willson & McKee specialize in traditional Irish and Scottish music and have won numerous songwriting awards for their originals. Dublin Gulch is Butte’s favorite Irish folk band, bringing stories and great music to audiences across the state. Their Celtic Cowboy Christmas is a warm-hearted community tradition that usually sells out.


  • BONUS ENCORE EPISODE: ZINNIA
    • Tuesday, July 26 @ 4 PM: Click here to receive an e-mail reminder >>
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      Hometown Helena girl Rachael Cardiello, now based in Toronto, dropped into Helena for a special concert by Zinnia, in June 2021. This encore episode features portions of that concert, plus an entertaining interview with host John Dendy. Pop singer/songwriter Rachael Cardiello is joy with depth, salt, and sequins. Some call her “Kate bush meets Meatloaf.” To a nearly sold-out audience, the band played songs from the album the band launched at The Myrna Loy in February 2020, “Sensations in Two Dot.” They also debuted stripped-down versions of new songs. It was a fun night in person, but this close-up glimpse, plus the great conversation is a treasure. Because what’s the music without the stories?


  • ENCORE EPISODE: DAMMIT LAUREN!
    • Tuesday, August 9 @ 4 PM: Click here to receive an e-mail reminder >>
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      This encore episode of Dammit Lauren features unmistakable vocals, a driving base line and outstanding guitar work. Dammit Lauren is an original alt/psych rock band based in Big Sky, MT. Focusing on original material, the quartet blends their assorted backgrounds into a soulful alternative rock sound that combines pop hooks with rocking jams.

      This episode features interviews by guest host Max Hay.


  • ENCORE EPISODE: ROTGUT WHINES AND JOSEPH RUNNING CRANE
    • Tuesday, September 13 @ 4 PM: Click here to receive an e-mail reminder >>
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      In this encore episode, Rotgut Whines combines soulful rhythms with energizing tempos and passionate storytelling to create their signature sound: Fingerpickin’ Soul and Roll. Andrew Murphy’s crisp beats and deep baritone voice alone is worth the watch. He’s the perfect match for Evan Manuel’s flying fingers and catchy melodies. Please enjoy the pair’s ability to create the powerful sound some fans have described as “magic.” Though born on opposite coasts, the duo met in the Montana mountains in late 2014, when they became roommates and bonded over a shared love of music.

      This encore episode also features Rotgut Whines and Joseph Running Crane. Featured in several publications, including “Montana Americana Music: Boot Stomping in Big Sky Country,” Joseph Running Crane represents a new generation of Americana musicians. He grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation and is a seasoned veteran of the Missoula music scene. Joey earned a 2019 fellowship with the prestigious First Peoples Fund. His early influences were hard rock, though his recent songs have taken on a more wistful tone with an acoustic sound.
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