John Roberts at Garage, Fruition plays Alive After 5 June 2 at the Pub Station

Fruition plays the free show from 5 to 8 p.m. Portland, Ore.-based band Fruition returns to the Pub Station in Billings on June 2 for the opening night of Alive After 5.

The band recently won Willamette Week’s Readers Poll for Best Alt-Country Act. Relix Magazine described them as landing “somewhere between The Band and a string band,” and the Lot Scene called their performance at Telluride “folk rock at its finest.”

This summer and fall, the quintet will make stops in a few markets they have never visited before, and return to several cities that have already begun warming up to what Rollingstone.com called “raucous originals filled with heartfelt lyrics and stadium-worthy energy.”

The band has completed recording for their new album and will be announcing release plans for new material later this year. The album was recorded during several weeks in Portland’s Cloud City Studio and features new songs from Jay Cobb Anderson, Mimi Naja and Kellen Asebroek.

John Roberts y Pan Blanco

Montana State University Billings horn player John Roberts brings his funk band Pan Blanco to the Garage Pub on Saturday, May 28.

This band is a who’s who list of musicians from the Billings area, featuring three percussionists.