• Event Time 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
  • Event Start Date 05/25/2018
  • Event Location 111 South Grand Avenue

George Winston Benefit Piano Concert for Hopa Mountain

Friday, May 25   |  7 – 9pm (doors open at 6)
$24 – on sale at Cactus Records online and at the store

On Friday, May 25 at 7 p.m. in the Emerson Cultural Center’s Crawford Theater, renowned pianist George Winston will perform a benefit concert in support of Hopa Mountain, a Bozeman-based nonprofit organization. This solo piano benefit concert will feature melodic folk piano songs from his recordings, Vince Guaraldi’s “Peanuts” pieces, and songs inspired by the New Orleans R&B piano tradition and the Harlem stride piano tradition.

Tickets are $24 per person. They can be purchased in advance at Cactus Records (online and in the store) and at the door. George Winston will also be holding a food drive for the Gallatin Valley Food Bank before the concert.  Non-perishable food will be collected at the door.

George Winston grew up mainly in Montana, and also spent his later formative years in Mississippi and Florida. During this time, his favorite music was instrumental rock and instrumental R&B, including Floyd Cramer, the Ventures, Booker T & The MG’s, Jimmy Smith, and many more. In 1971 he switched to the acoustic piano after hearing recordings from the 1920s and the 1930s by the legendary stride pianists Thomas “Fats” Waller and the late Teddy Wilson. In addition to working on stride piano, he also at this time came up with his own style of melodic instrumental music on solo piano, called folk piano.

For more information about George Winston’s Benefit Concert for Hopa Mountain, please email info@hopamountain.org or call (406) 586-2455. All tickets will be sold through Cactus Records until the day of the concert. Hopa Mountain invests in rural and tribal citizen leaders who are improving education, ecological health, and economic development (www.hopamountain.org).