Overcast to celebrate Whoop-Up at Orpheum/Weigand Auditorium

FOR THE DOGS  —  The third grade class at Prairie View School, on Wednesday afternoon, presented Chief of Police Gary Dent with a check for $102. The students raised the money to improve things for the animals. The class picks a “good cause” and then raises funds to contribute back into the community. Readers may recall that an earlier fundraiser was to help the bridge walkway at the Pondera Medical Center.  I-O Photo by Buck Traxler



Add some cowboy music to your Whoop-Up celebration this year.

The Pondera Arts Council (PAC) is proud to present singing cowboy, Ken Overcast in concert on June 1 at 7 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre/Wiegand Auditorium.

Overcast is a third generation Montanan who, with his wife Dawn, continues the family tradition of ranching in the Milk River area near Chinook. Both Ken and Dawn’s families can boast of over 100 years of living in that region of northern Montana.

He is an award winning musician, song writer and author.

He has eight CD recordings in his saddle bags, one of which (Montana Cowboy) was named “Cowboy CD of the Year” by True West Magazine.

Overcast teamed up with Wylie Gustafson to write the song, Montana Lullaby which was designated as Montana’s state lullaby in 2007 making Montana the first state to have an official lullaby.

His nine year old granddaughter, Molly Halingstad will also be featured. She is an amazing fiddler.

In addition Overcast has authored six books of entertaining stories. The book entitled Sittin’ Round the Stove, Stories from the Real West was given the Will Rogers Medallion award in 2009. He says of his stories, Except for the itty-bitty parts I made up, they’re all plum true.”

Reflecting his personal upbringing, Overcast says his music is cowboy music, distinguishing it from mainstream country music. “I think that cowboy music is just genuine. It’s not contrived,” he says.

In his concerts Overcast says his goal is to make sure that people have a good time through the genuine songs and stories of cowboy life and humor.

Plan to make the Whoop-Up concert with Overcast part of your Whoop-Up celebration weekend.

Tickets are being sold at Olson’s Drug, Creative Addictions and the Theatre. You may want to purchase your ticket(s) early to ensure you have a seat for the one-of-a-kind concert.