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September 04, 2012

MISSOULA

The Montana Logging and Ballet Company will perform a benefit concert as their final Missoula public performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the George and Jane Dennison (formerly University) Theatre at The University of Montana.

The group will perform their iconic comedy, original music and political satire to benefit Family Promise of Missoula, a nonprofit interfaith network of Missoula congregations serving homeless families with children. Nonperishable food items also will be collected at the show for the Missoula Food Bank.

The concert is the final performance of the troupe’s farewell tour, capping the satirical singing quartet’s long career. Two other performances were held in Billings and Helena earlier this year.

Tickets cost $30 for general admission, $40 for reserved seating and $90 for reserved stage-front seating and are available through GrizTix and its Missoula outlets.

The quartet, which has been together for 38 years, achieved international fame for making people laugh and think about peace and social justice. The group is famous for its political satire on current events, which they deliver in sketches, songs, body humor and lyrical a cappella singing.

For several years, the group appeared monthly on all National Public Radio stations as the resident political satirists on “Sunday Weekend Edition.”

The four members of the Montana Logging and Ballet Company include Bob FitzGerald, Tim Holmes, Steve Garnass-Holmes and Rusty Harper. FitzGerald serves as the group’s manager, Harper is the idea man, Holmes is an internationally acclaimed sculptor and filmmaker, and his brother Garnass-Holmes is a United Methodist pastor, poet and writer. They say this is their final tour.

“This time we really mean it,” said FitzGerald, the founder of the group. “When professional quarterbacks can’t get out of bed in the morning anymore, they know it’s time to retire. That goes double for musicians.”

To purchase tickets online, go to http://www.umt.edu/griztix. For more information, call Barbara Blanchard, Family Promise coordinator, at 406-529-4488.

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Contact: Tom Webster, director, George and Jane Dennison Theatre, 406-243-2853, thomas.webster@mso.umt.edu; Barbara Blanchard, Family Promise coordinator, 406-529-4488, .