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Rock group Tantric performing at the Do Bar on Friday

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Tantric performs in Great Falls on Friday at the Do Bar.
Tantric performs in Great Falls on Friday at the Do Bar.

The past 10 years haven’t been too easy for the Kentucky-based rock band Tantric.

The group has undergone a number of lineup changes and several times when it was just one man holding the band together, it could have turned into just a memory of what once was.

The determination of that one man,  lead singer Hugo Ferreira, however, has kept Tantric alive and continuing to produce quality original music.

Starting in 2005, the band started unravelling when bassist Jesse Vest left the group to, as he cited, “spend more time with his family.”

This was followed by the arrest of drummer Matt Taul in 2007 on drug charges that sent him to prison for a short period of time. Taul was later released and later returned to the band Days of the New, the first group he and Todd Whitener formed in 1995.

The final chip to fall from the Tantric puzzle came later in 2007 when Whitener left, saying he was “frustrated with the band’s record label complications and the “lack of support and recognition for the band to succeed,” according to various interviews at the time.

That left Ferreira as the only member of the band left and searching for a new group of musicians to play with. Ferreira later recruited several new musicians, who stuck with him for six years until again Ferreira was left as the only member of the group when he announced plans for the record “37 Channels.”

Ferreira again regrouped before touring with “37 Channels” and now is touring the country with his third band under the Tantric name.

The band, which now features drummer TJ Taylor, lead guitarist Derek Isaacs, bassist Scott Wilson and Ferreira, performs a show at the Do Bar in Great Falls on Friday.

Doors open at 8 p.m. Opening for the band are The Nixon Rodeo and local band Odds Unfavored.

Late last year, the band announced the release of the album “Blue Room Archives” which contains  seven previously unreleased songs from the band’s entire career and newly recorded acoustic versions of their two biggest hits “Breakdown” and “Mourning” along with two new versions of the previously released songs “Mind Control” and “Fall To The Ground.”

The group was supposed to perform in Great Falls at the Hideout Lounge last July due to “severe engine issues” with their tour bus.

Friday’s show is being presented in Great Falls by the local rock radio station Q106. Tickets to the show are $12 for general admission and can be purchased here.

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