When the historic Ellen Theater reopens this fall, Guitar One Records recording and touring artist Grant Ferguson is a featured act, performing at 7 p.m. Friday, November 5, with his Modern Rock Orchestra (MRO ), which was recently sold out. held in Billings, MT.
Ferguson, based at Red Lodge, has built a loyal following with his original melodic rock music and has been compared to guitarists Jeff Beck and Joe Satriani, who paved the way for the instrumental rock genre.
Adding orchestral arrangements and a full section of strings from prominent local symphonic musicians to a live rock band created a moving sound that is both modern and deeply traditional that draws a wider audience of all ages and of all musical preferences.
“Strings have always featured prominently in my music. Adding an orchestra to my live shows kind of tapped into my musical roots in a way that feels like a hundred nights spent around the fire listening to the music of my ancestors, ”says Ferguson, who is born in Scotland and spent summers on the family farm in the Shetland Islands after his family immigrated to the United States.
For tickets for Modern Rock Orchestra: online at theellentheatre.com or by calling The Ellen Box Office at 406-585-5885.