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The MonDak Heritage Center Announces The Sam West Trio Workshop & Concert


The MonDak Heritage Center presents Sam West Trio for Music at the MonDak, Friday, May 4 at the MonDak, 120 3rd Ave SE, Sidney. Sam West Trio will conduct a Sound-Writing Workshop at 5:00 p.m., followed by a concert at 7:00 p.m. The workshop and concert are both FREE to the public!

The Sound-Writing Workshop at 5pm is an accessible, interactive, and instructive presentation of contemporary songwriting, composition, and improvisation by vocalist and songwriter Sam West. Participants will learn how to utilize groove, chord structure, harmony, melody, and lyrics in an improvisational setting and apply them to their individual creative journey. The workshop concludes with a performance demonstration by Sam West Trio. Perfect for all ages!

Sam West Trio will give a concert performance at 7pm. Their influences and comparisons range from the lyrical craft of Tom Waits and Bob Dylan, the bass playing style of Jaco Pastorius and Chris Wood, and the melodic sensibility of Joe Henderson and Wayne Shorter. SWT is most comfortable in a live room where improvisation takes hold. Listeners can expect a fun foray of tunes by Howlin Wolf, Earth Wind and Fire, and the Funky Meters – as well as original compositions that range from blues, rock, funk, jazz – or, as some would call it, simply 'fusion'.

The band includes vocalist Sam West, percussionist Ron Coulter, and guitarist Jay Reed. From Nashville, West boasts a background in jazz, acoustic, and experimental music. His 300 original compositions range from jazz to folk to blues to free form. He studied jazz performance and creative writing at Middle Tennessee State University and has toured over 30 states and internationally. Coulter is Instructor of Percussion at Casper College in Wyoming. He has toured in 49 states and in countries across the world, and he's presented at over 90 universities. Reed hails from Toronto, Canada, and cites Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd as some of his influences. He's played thousands of gigs in 20+ years of performing.

For more information contact MDHC at (406) 433-3500 or visit


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