16 July 2010
Rob Quist and Great Northern
This group gave a 90 minute concert at the big gazebo at St John's enlarging campus on the corner of Shiloh and Rimrock on Thursday evening. Quist played mainly banjos and did most of the singing, along with a piece of his front porch, and a really fine and accomplished acoustic guitarist, a competent bass player and a painfully thin lady of a certain age who played a nice subdued fiddle, when Quist asked her to.
[Sorry, I lost my program so I don't remember the names of the sidemen, or sidepeople I guess one says when they are a mixed company.]
St John's being an old folks home, it probably was not surprising when the kids were joined in front of the gazebo by a guy and his girl having some fun. He moved up the main aisle relatively slowly with a cane, which he pointedly put down on the gazebo cum bandstand, and then started swinging his partner in earnest. Got a big hand from all of us.
This was a lot of fun, mostly bluegrass with a few other things thrown in. I can understand why Quist's bands are so popular. He mentioned that his Mission Mountain Wood Band was blown away on the Sunday of Father's Day by the tornado and accompanying winds and storm we had here in Billings but that they were planning on coming back some time in August.
The food was good, the grounds well cared for, the people fun to talk to, and the music was very well appreciated by a large audience (?500 to ?1000). That is just part of it above. Many tried to stay out of the sun around the periphery. The ever-present Rimrocks in the background, of course.