Dennis Stroughmatt, who has performed his unique French Creole music at the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, the Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress as well as all over the country, will be perform at the Orpheum Theatre in Conrad on Nov. 3.

He will share the vibrant music of the French Midwest Creoles. Preserved by families in the Ozark foothills, this music is a blend of Celtic, Canadian and old-time sounds. It bridges the gap between contemporary Canadian and Louisiana Cajun styles.

The Pondera Arts Council is sponsoring the concert with supported from the Montana Arts Council (an agency of the state government) and the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, the PAC and its events are also funded in part by coal severance taxes paid based upon coal mined in Montana and deposited in Montana’s cultural and aesthetic projects trust fund.

Other coming events in Conrad are the Pondera Players dinner theater production of “Phil’s Diner” on Oct. 10-12, the Missoula Children’s Theatre in February, 2020, and “The Gothard Sisters” in March, 2020.

The Pondera Arts Council will begin selling the 2020 trip of the month raffle tickets in October. Proceeds from the trip of the month will help pay off the new addition to the Orpheum. Each month, the winning tickets for the trip and the $200 go back in for more chances to win through December 2019.

The public is always welcome to attend the monthly board meeting on the second Tuesday of the month in the new addition of the Orpheum at 11:30 a.m. The next meeting is Oct. 8. To see more of what PAC is doing in the community, visit its website at