The Second Annual Zootown Fringe Festival kicked it into high gear on August 13 with their first full day of performances. The first act to perform this year was the Rocky Mountain River Boys, a group composed of Ephie Risho, husband of Creative Director Michelle Risho, and his brothers, Abe and Sam. The performance took place at the family restaurant, The Silk Road.
The next events took place at Fringe Central aka The Brink Gallery. Kicking things off was the musical poetry of Cowboy Poet Chris Sand with his presentation of Montania. Sand has set his poetry about the wonders and everyday occurrences of life in the Big Sky State. His take on Montana was witty and fun. He was joined by Caroline Keys on banjo, who added a country twang to the mix. Sand will perform again on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the Roxy Theater in Theater 3.
Next up was Susie Risho, mother-in-law to Creative Director Michelle Risho, who read poetry from her book Enthusiasm of Waxwings, and told a few stories as well of growing up in Montana and life on the farm. Susie is the founder of Montana Storytellers, which is the fiscal sponsor of the Zootown Fringe Festival.
Last to take the stage at the Brink was Los Angeles actress and stand-up comic Katie Rubin. Rubin presented her stand-up routine Dick so Big, which was a raunchy but true telling of her experiences as a recovering alcoholic and a single gal trying to find the perfect date. Rubin kept the packed house mesmerized and in stitches as she covered a gamut of subjects. Rubin will be back on Friday as she presents her one-woman show Why I Died, a Comedy at the Crystal Theater. For more about that show, check out my review from her show at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
For the complete schedule of events, check out the Fringe's website.