Is Wibaux ready to rock?War Machine from the original Rock City — Detroit, will be among the bands at the first-ever Field of Rock in Wibaux, Mont. on June 13 beginning at 3 p.m.
By: Beth Wischmeyer, The Dickinson Press
War Machine from the original Rock City — Detroit, will be among the bands at the first-ever Field of Rock in Wibaux, Mont. on June 13 beginning at 3 p.m.
Six bands will be performing throughout the day with a headliner performance by War Machine, a KISS tribute band.
The event is at “The North 40,” a 40-acre field located at 131 Frontage Road in Wibaux.
“This is our first year we’re going to try it, hopefully it’ll be an annual event,” said Becky Titus, vice-president of ESP Productions, the group organizing the event. “We’ve been working on it since last year.”
The group being big fans of live entertainment was a motivating factor in organizing the event, Titus said.
“There’s not a lot of (live entertainment) around here, so we thought that instead of complaining that there’s never anything going on we can foot the bill and make something go on,” Titus said. “We just want to bring more entertainment to eastern Montana.”
The town has a population of 567 people, according to the 2000 census.
Vendors, food, beverages, a tattoo artist and free camping are also included in the weekend, with room for campers, motor homes and tents. There are no electrical or water hook-ups.
A shuttle will be provided to Glendive, Mont. for $5 a person.
Costs for the event will total between $15,000 and $20,000, with part of the funds coming from businesses and private donations, Titus said.
“We think it’s going to be big and it’s going to be fun and hopefully we’ll be able to start doing this a couple of times a year,” said Eric Palmer, president of ESP Productions.
Though ESP Productions is based out of Glendive, Titus said Wibaux had what they were looking for: A spacious outdoor area where people can camp.
So far, they’ve sold between 300 and 500 tickets and Palmer said he hopes to sell between 1,500 and 2,000.
“It’s 40 acres of land so we could have tens of thousands attend,” Palmer said.
Starting the afternoon will be the band Phoenix, The Culprits, Cheaps Numan, Doublebak, Illegal and War Machine.
“‘War Machine” is really good, you wouldn’t know they weren’t the real deal,” Palmer said. “They are going to hang out afterwards and sign autographs for people.”
Anyone who dresses up in a KISS costume will be entered in a contest for a chance to win a signed guitar from the band.
“There’s been some indoor events similar to this in Glendive that have rock bands come in but it’s just for 21 and over,” Titus said. “We do have a big security staff so any age is welcome to come. It’s the same price for everyone.”
There are a few open spots for vendors available, but they must buy a ticket, she said. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the EPEC Center in Glendive.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Call Titus at 406-939-3929 to purchase tickets.
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