ZooMontana WinterFest Coming Soon! April 28th

Support Zoo Montana bu attending WinterFest!

The evening of music will take

place at the Babcock Theater in Billings on Saturday, April 28th at 7:00 pm.

Dennis Quaid and The Sharks have been performing in front of thousands of

people receiving rave reviews.

Dennis Quaid is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist. Quaid performs many original plus classic hits such as "Spill the Wine", "Gloria", and many more. The band's origins can be traced to one night when Quaid went to see actor Harry Dean Stanton and his longtime band (appropriately named the Harry Dean Stanton Band) perform at an L.A. club.

Quaid was invited to join the band onstage. At first reluctant because of his

decade long layoff from music, Quaid finally did perform with the band and was

successful enough that a member of Stanton's band approached Quaid about

starting a group of their own. They quickly began recruiting others for the band

and it wasn't long before Dennis Quaid & the Sharks, which specializes in "rock

'n' roll and country-soul," was performing at L.A. clubs. The band even throws in

a Jerry Lee Lewis song or two in the mix, such as "Great Balls of Fire," which

Quaid has firsthand experience performing, having played "The Killer" in a 1989

biopic. Quaid said the shows are as much fun for those in attendance as they

are for the band. "(The audiences) have a blast, which is all we want," he said. "I

make a complete and utter fool of myself. I think that's the only way to have fun

(onstage), instead of trying to pretend to be cool and all the rest of that stuff."

The musical evening will begin with Dan Page and the Barncats, a Billings

quartet that blends honky-tonk classics and finely crafted originals. The band is

made up Dan Page, Mark Bryan, Dennis Nettick-Simmons and Brad Edwards.

Shortly after the Barncats set, Rob Quist and the House of Quist will take the

stage. The House of Quist has been garnering industry attention with their high

energy live shows and compelling original songs, and is now recording with

producer heavyweight David DeVore (REO Speedwagon, Santana, Fleetwood

Mac, Elton John). Featuring Guthrie Quist on lead guitar, Halladay Quist on bassand Pat McKenna on percussion, The House of Quist is a tour de force with

soaring sibling vocals backed by thunderous drums. Rob Quist is a legendary

Montana musician and published poet who is the lead singer and songwriter for

such seminal groups as Mission Mountain Wood Band, The Montana Band and

Rob Quist & Great Northern; his award winning songs have been recorded by

Michael Martin Murphey, Loretta Lynn and Jack Gladstone, and he has been

inducted into UM School of Fine Arts Hall of Honors, recognizing him as "one of

it's greats".

Tickets for ZooMontana’s first annual WinterFest can be purchased at the Red

Door Lounge, (406-259-6419) or at ZooMontana (406-652-8100). There will also

be a limited premium VIP tickets for a dinner and silent auction at 5 p.m. which

will also include reserved seats and an after show wrap party. Proceeds of the

evening will support the education and conservation work of ZooMontana. This

concert is the first of many ZooMontana plans to host in conjunction with the local

entertainment company Klover Productions which is producing the event, an

organization dedicated to ensuring the future of ZooMontana.

About the ZooMontana

ZooMontana is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization committed to the

very best in animal care, conservation and education. The Zoo and Botanical

Park is dedicated to the preservation, conservation and education of wildlife and

their habitats. The Zoo is located at 2100 S. Shiloh Rd. in Billings, MT just of the

Zoo Drive Exit (443) of Interstate 90. Find the Zoo on the web at

www.zoomontana.org and on Facebook. Winter hours are 10am until 2pm.