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Introducing The Fun Five, a list of five cool things to do this weekend

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We can all agree that Friday is easily the best day of the week, right?

And, if you’re like me, every Friday you’re looking for some fun things to do over the weekend. To make it easy for you, we’re starting a new segment titled “The Fun Five” in which we’ll break down five interesting things going down on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

We’ll probably start with things happening around Great Falls, for now, but that doesn’t mean it’ll be exclusive to Great Falls, either.

So without further ado, here is the Fun Five for Aug. 1-3.

Leo Bercier, left, takes on Nate Cook in the headline fight of 221 Industries' Intense Cage Fighting 14 during the Montana State Fair. Photo courtesy of 221 Industries
Leo Bercier, left, takes on Nate Cook in the headline fight of 221 Industries’ Intense Cage Fighting 14 during the Montana State Fair. Photo courtesy of 221 Industries

1) ICF 14 at Montana ExpoPark presented by 221 Industries. Friday at 9 p.m. Pacific Steel and Recycling Four Seasons Arena

In what’s sure to be one of the biggest happenings at the Montana State Fair this year,  the main event sees Great Falls’s own Leo Bercier taking on Nate Cook. Also on the card are a host of amateurs brawling in the cage including University of Great Falls wrestler Michael Ruiz, knockout artist Sam Atkins, Brandon Caldwell, Taylor Ibsen and Gauge Saunders.

All eyes will be on Bercier, however, as earlier this week on this very site he predicted that he would beat Cook via knockout. There are still tickets available at the door or online at goexpopark.com

2) Scarlet Harlot and The Farthest Edge at the Do Bar. Saturday at 8 p.m.

If you have not seen Scarlet Harlot, you need to get your butt down to the Do for an evening of hard rock covers from such bands as Journey, Ozzy and more. Check out some great photos of the band over at my friend Ace Winterrowd’s site GreatFallsmusic.com here.

You’ll also get a scintillating set from The Farthest Edge, a Billings band who recently opened for Saliva.

Check out some of their songs via. ReverbNation below:

 

 

3) Minneapolis-based band The Pines perform at Machinery Row. Sunday at 7 p.m.

The Pines play Sunday at Machinery Row in Great Falls. Courtesy photo
The Pines play Sunday at Machinery Row in Great Falls. Courtesy photo

If you like acoustic folk music with a bit of a rock and roll edge, these guys may be just what you’re looking for.

Formed in 2002 by vocalists, guitarists, and songwriters David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey, they interestingly both were raised in Iowa but met while living in Tuscon, Arizona. 

Benson’s father, Bo Ramsey, is an acclaimed musician best known for his work with Greg Brown, Joan Baez, and Lucinda Williams. While they started as a duo, soon Benson’s brother Alex Ramsey began sitting in with the two guitarists on piano. In 2004, the Pines recorded their first album titled “Sparrows in the Bell.”

They’ve since recorded two other albums, the newest being 2012’s “Dark So Gold.”

Check out the official video for their song “Cry Cry Crow” below

4) Jack Gladstone plays free show at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Saturday at 7 p.m.

Jack Gladstone, one of my favorite Montana performers, performs a free show to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Montana Wilderness Act of 1964 on Saturday.

The Montana Wilderness Association has information all about the Wilderness Act and it’s impact on Montana here and if you’d like to check out some more of Jack’s music online you can find it at this lovely website.

If you’re not familiar with Jack, he is a Blackfeet Nation resident and Jack’s Blackfeet grandmother was a granddaughter of Chief Red Crow, warrior diplomat on what became the Blood Indian Reserve in Southwestern Alberta, Canada.His mother, Pearl, is a descendant of German/North Dakotan homesteaders.

Jack Gladstone
Jack Gladstone

In 2011, Jack earned the “Best Historical Recording” award from the Native American Music Association for his masterpiece, Native Anthropology; Challenge, Choice, and Promise in the 21st Century.

Jack was, according to his personal website, “honored last year during Western Art Week with with the C.M. Russell Heritage Award that recognizes his contribution to “the legacy, culture, life, and country of Russell’s West.” He was the first Montanan and only Native American to be so honored.”

5) Giant Springs State Park’s “Art in the Park.” Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At least 20 area artists get together to display their works at the free Art in the Park event on Saturday.

Local artist Ron Paulick will instruct beginning artists on how to use shapes and values in a free workshop.

Expect to see several well-known area artists at the event such as Doris Boyle, Brett Corneliusen, Steve Nelson, Anita Ronning, Gloria Luna, Paulick, Kay Silk, Sherry Tuss, Vera Killebrew, Bobbin Maki, Norma Lawrence, Helen Gerhart, , Sandy Walker, Bonnie Flaherty, Sharon Brevig, Kathleen Zuelke, , Nancy Stephens, along with Marie and Wayne Daniels.

Lastly the C.M. Rusell Museum will have activities geared toward children, as well.

 

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