GREAT FALLS – The Sip ‘n Dip Lounge in Great Falls launched a competition on Thursday to find a new musical performer. The lounge is known for its tiki theme and “mermaids” swimming in the pool behind the bar – and of course, “Piano Pat”.
Pat Sponheim, the iconic artist who deceased in May, had been behind the keyboard singing favorites at Sip ‘N Dip since 1963. Pat was one of the reasons the Sip’ N Dip was named by GQ magazine in 2003 as the “# 1 bar on land for which it is worth stealing. “- coupled with the almost equally iconic sirens behind the bar.
A website called SipnDipMusicBar.com was created for people to submit applications and for people to view submissions.
The website pays homage to Pat and says she was an amazing woman – but they don’t want another Pat because “honestly we can’t fill her shoes.”
Applicants are not limited to playing the piano, but there are two limitations for applicants: “You and your instrument must adapt to the space that the staff prefers: no bagpipes, accordion or drums.”
- 25 AOT: Submissions (including videos) must be submitted by 5:00 p.m.
- SEPTEMBER 2: The finalists will be notified.
- 5-6 OCTOBER: The finalists perform in front of the judges.
- OCTOBER 8: Winner’s first official performance at Sip
There will be four judges. One is actually a husband and wife team – country music performer Aaron Tippen and his wife Thea (a native of Great Falls). Also on the panel is Sandra Thares, who is the Managing Director of Sip ‘n Dip; and Jim “Sarge” Sargent, a popular radio host in Great Falls. The fourth judge has not yet been chosen.