Upcoming Shows : 3 Billings bands, Country hitmaker Donahew hits Babcock, Metallica tribute Blistered Earth returns…

3 Billings bands share Sept. 25 bill

JEMS, Snow Bored, The Slivers. Sunday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m. Pub Station. Tickets to the all-ages show are $5.

JEMS, Snow Bored, The Slivers are all Billings-area folk rock, indie bands.

Country hitmaker Donahew hits Babcock

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 8 p.m. Babcock Theatre. Tickets to the general admission, all-ages show are $22 in advance and $25 at the door.

In just over 10 years, Casey Donahew has risen from being a favorite on the local Texas music scene to a nationally popular touring act who consistently sells out venues across the country. From “Red Rocks” to his regular stomping ground, “Billy Bob’s Texas,” Donahew burns up stages of all sizes, serving up his own sizzling brand of country to his devoted eager fans.

Donahew has topped the Texas charts time and again with each single, racking up 12 No. 1 singles throughout the course of his impressive, self-made career. With the help of wife Melinda, he has painstakingly carved out a niche for himself on the country scene and built his career from the ground up, one show at a time.

His efforts have pushed him to heights he never could have imagined when he first plugged in on stage at the Thirsty Armadillo bar back in Fort Worth’s Stockyards in the Fall of 2002, and began constructing his own field of musical dreams. The Lone Star favorite now routinely packs venues across the country selling out rooms on a regular basis.

Metallica tribute Blistered Earth returns

With opener Walking Corpse Syndrome. Saturday, Nov. 12, 9 p.m., Pub Station. Tickets for the age-21-plus show are $10.

Formed in December 2009, Blistered Earth bills itself as the best Metallica tribute band on the planet. Playing classic songs ranging from 1983’s “Kill Em’ All,” to 1991’s self-titled “Metallica” this tribute pays its respects to one of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time with the raw energy, showmanship, look and song selections that die-hard Metallica fans want to see and hear, they are the ultimate tribute to Metallica.

Legendary metal band Helmet to play Billings

With opener Local H. Friday, Dec. 9, Pub Station. Tickets for the 8 p.m., age-21-plus show are $20.

Helmet was formed in New York City in 1989 by founding members Page Hamilton, Henry Bogdan, Peter Mengede and John Stanier. The group signed to Amphetamine Reptile Records and released their first full-length album, “Strap It On,” in 1991.

The band found mainstream success with their Interscope debut, “Meantime,” which debuted at No. 68 on the Billboard 200 and spawned the hits “Unsung” and “In the Meantime.” In 1994, Helmet explored new sonic territories with the fan favorite and critically acclaimed “Betty,” which incorporated elements of jazz and blues into their “thinking man’s metal.” Following an additional album, Helmet broke up in 1998, while Hamilton explored other projects, including various collaborations and film scores.

In 2004, Hamilton reformed Helmet with a new lineup, releasing the album “Size Matters” that same year. Since their revival, Helmet has toured extensively all over the world.