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The Lazy Owl String Band
Jan
26
8:00 PM20:00

The Lazy Owl String Band

Doors at 8. Music at 9. 21+

Tickets in advance $5. At the door $8.

Tickets available at Cactus Records and online by following the link!

Lazy Owl String Band is bringing driving stompgrass to Bozeman. Grab some whiskey, put on your dancing shoes, and get ready for a good time when you come out to see them.

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Cancelled: Terrapin Flyer w/ Melvin Seals
Jan
30
7:00 PM19:00

Cancelled: Terrapin Flyer w/ Melvin Seals

Unfortunately, Terrapin Flyer Cancelled this show. Online tickets automatically refunded, Cactus Records tickets refunds available in store.

Terrapin Flyer began in 1999 as the house band for the Sunday Grateful Dead Jam at the Boulevard Cafe in Chicago. Through the many associations developed there and many that have continued since, the band has grown into one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired touring acts in the nation. The band draws from the a variety of skilled musicians including Grateful Dead keyboardists Tom Constanten, Bob Bralove and Vince Welnick (RIP). They also tour with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals and Ratdog guitarist Mark Karan. Additionally, they have done one off shows with many guest musicians including grammy award winning blues harpist Sugar Blue, and musician, songwriter and music journalist David Gans. The band has headlined major festivals and prominent venues across the nation.

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Orgone
Jan
31
8:00 PM20:00

Orgone

Doors at 8. Music at 9. 21+

Tickets in advance $15. At the door $20.

Tickets available at Cactus Records and online by following the link!

Now and always, Orgone delivers dirty, organic, California soul with heart; music that grabs you by the collar, pulls you to your feel and shoves you wantingly onto the dance floor. It all started with two kids from the San Fernando Valley, whose shared affinity for gritty soul records of the 60s and 70s collided with the colorful music cultures brewing in Los Angeles during the late 90s. That friendship sparked a movement, and Orgone has been delivering nothing but gold to the funk faithful ever since.

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The Movement
Feb
1
to Feb 2

The Movement

w/ KBong and Cole & The Thornes

Doors at 7. Music at 8. 21+

Tickets in advance $12. At the door $15.

Tickets available at Cactus Records and online by following the link!

Formed in 2003 by a trio of Sublime and Pixies fans, The Movement’s debut album, ON YOUR FEET (2004), has been heralded as one of the “top 10 reggae rock albums of all time,” and the band has toured with legends from 311 to Parliament, Slightly Stoopid to Dirty Heads, Wu-Tang Clan, Steel Pulse, Stick Figure, Pepper, and more. In 2008, the group met Chris DiBeneditto, a Philadelphia-based producer who had worked with like-minded artists such as G. Love & Special Sauce. Relocating to Philadelphia, they recorded SET SAIL at DiBeneditto’s Philadelphonic Studios, and during the recording process recruited they Jason "Smiles" Schmidt on bass and Gary Jackson on drums. In 2012, they released SIDE BY SIDE, debuting at #2 on the Billboard Reggae Chart, and followed it in 2014 with BENEATH THE PALMS, a surprise acoustic album as a free gift to their fans. Shortly thereafter they began working on what would become their finest album to date, GOLDEN (Rootfire Cooperative), which hit #1 on iTunes and Billboard Reggae charts and was voted 2016 Album Of The Year by Surf Roots Radio. 

In 2017 and 2018 the band toured Amphitheatres around the US, and performed at landmark events including Cali Roots Festival, Reggae Rise Up, Levitate Festival, One Love Cali Reggae Fest, and Closer To The Sun. In early 2018 the band announced a new album in the works, with anticipated release in Spring 2019. On tour now.

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The Dusty Pockets
Feb
2
7:00 PM19:00

The Dusty Pockets

Doors at 7. Music at 8. 21+.

Tickets in advance $9. At the door $12.

Tickets available at Cactus Records and online by following the link!

The Dusty Pockets tell meaningful stories, delivered with grit, wrapped in beautiful melodies and driven by powerful grooves. Their self-invented genre, “recreational Americana,” is indicative of the band’s mission to make seriously good music and have fun at the same time.

Their debut release, “Hard Line,” is a ten-song album that cherry-picks from the band's wide and growing catalog of original songs. Centered on a strong foundation of American musical traditions, "Hard Line," and the band's live shows, showcase a collection of tunes that scratch the itch for twang, soul, and rock'n'roll all at once.

The Dusty Pockets are Dave Walther (guitar and vocals), Matt Rogers (guitar), Garret Rhinard (keys), John Alex Griffith (bass and vocals), and Joe Sheehan (drums and vocals).

Eric Funk, producer of the Emmy-award winning PBS show, 11th and Grant, describes Dave's "timeless voice" and The Dusty Pockets as: "old blues, rock-inspired, jazz-infused."

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AJ Fullerton Band (FREE)
Feb
7
8:00 PM20:00

AJ Fullerton Band (FREE)

Doors at 8. Music at 9. 21+.

FREE SHOW!

Raised in the mountains of Western Colorado, A.J. is a multi-award winning Blues & Progressive Roots artist. In the few short years of his professional career, A.J. has won a number of awards & accolades. 

At the 2017 Colorado Blues Society "Members' Choice Awards" A.J. won an unprecedented 8 awards for:
- Best Guitarist
- Best Solo/Duo
- Best Band
- Best Male Vocals
- Best Slide Guitar
- Best Songwriter
- Best Acoustic Act 
- Best Local Recording (“Kalamath”)

He was recently mentioned in the Oct. 2018 edition of Rolling Stone (France) as one of the top up & coming artists out of Colorado. 

His playing style falls somewhere in between the finger picking & slide of Country Roots music, and the groove based uptempo sensibilities of Blues Rock.

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The Buffalo Ruckus
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

The Buffalo Ruckus

Doors at 7. Music at 8. 21+

Tickets in advance $7. At the door $10.

Tickets available at Cactus Records and online by following the link!

The Buffalo Ruckus’ music has been described as a compendium of roots, Americana, southern soul, psychedelic postmodern avant-garde and experimental country-fried rock. The songwriting is pure and soulful with stories of heritage, spirituality, redemption, love gained and love lost. Spun from the timbers of heart and soul, the Ruckus took its first musical breath in the middle of 2013. They quickly gained public attention after winning both the 2014 Texas Music Showdown and 2014 Shiner Rising Star competitions. The band has quickly spread its musical wings and taken its heavy soul-fueled sound through Texas, Georgia, New York and the Midwest.

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Scott Pemberton Band
Feb
28
to Mar 1

Scott Pemberton Band

Doors at 8. Music at 9. 21+

Tickets in advance $9. At the door $12.

Tickets available at Cactus Records and online by following the link!

Scott is an emerging force on the festival circuit, with his wild approach to the guitar and nimble funky band he is immediately recognizable and undeniably original. He doesn’t use a strap, often plays the guitar like someone would play piano and performs with the uninhibited joy and intensity of someone who recognizes that every time we make music is an honor and a gift.

Pemberton's sound is much like the vibe of his native Portland: freaky, fun and just the right amount of weird. The best way to categorize his music is with the moniker “Timber Rock”. Scott naturally applies his own lens/stamp to the sounds of the Pacific North West, the region he has always called home. The deep jazz, NW rock/grunge, blues roots and the west coast funk. It’s all there, and often all in the same song. Listeners are finding this honest, original and to-the-point music refreshing and fun.

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John Craigie (Early Show)
Mar
1
6:00 PM18:00

John Craigie (Early Show)

w/ Hanna Haas

Doors at 6. Music at 6:30. 21+.

Tickets in advance $12. At the door $17.

Tickets available at Cactus Records and online by following the link!

***Please note: there will be seating in the front part (near the stage) at The Filling Station. There will be more tickets sold than seats, and remaining tickets will be standing/back only. If you would like a seat, please arrive early. Seated patrons are determined by when they arrive at the show, not by who buys tickets first!***

Renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, and off-the-cuff clever observations, John Craigie carries on the legacy of classic singer-songwriters, while blazing a trail of his own.

Recently, that trail twisted and turned into new territory for the Portland, OR performer who The Stranger appropriately dubbed, “the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg.” His music speaks loud to both audiences and fellow artists. Todd Snider notably hand-delivered a gift on-stage, and Chuck Norris has sent fan mail. His fifth full-length album, No Rain, No Rose boasted two collaborations with Gregory Alan Isakov, namely “Highway Blood” and “I Am California.” Both quickly cracked 1 million Spotify streams and counting, as his knack for a captivating narrative and rustic aural palettes powered the 13-track offering together.

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Laney Lou &amp; The Bird Dogs
Mar
1
to Mar 2

Laney Lou & The Bird Dogs

w/ The Sweet Lillies

Doors at 9. Music at 9:30. 21+

Tickets in advance $14. At the door $18.

Tickets available at Cactus Records and online by following the link!

Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs are a relentlessly energetic folk-rock band based out of Bozeman , Montana. Combining a soaring four part harmony and rock 'n' roll drive, a Bird Dog show gets people dancing and singing along to original tunes and covers alike. 

With a combined 30 years of experience in blues, rock, country, metal, folk, and indie bands, the members of Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs found their common ground in bluegrass and country music, and bring a truly unique sound to the folk scene.

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Moon Hooch
Mar
3
7:00 PM19:00

Moon Hooch

w/ Partygoers & Aramboa

Doors at 7. Music at 8. 21+

Tickets in advance $13. At the door $17.

Tickets available at Cactus Records and online by following the link!

If any band is a poster child for turning the power of positive thoughts and intention into reality, it’s the explosive horn-and-percussion trio Moon Hooch. In just a few short years, the group—Wilbur, fellow horn player Wenzl McGowen, and drummer James Muschler—has gone from playing on New York City subway platforms to touring with the likes of Beats Antique, They Might Be Giants, and Lotus, as well as selling out their own headline shows in major venues around the country. On ‘Red Sky,’ their third and most adventurous album to date, the band uses everything they’ve learned from their whirlwind journey to push their sound to new heights, bringing together the raw, transcendent energy of their live performances and the sleek sophistication of their studio work into a singular, intoxicating brew that blends elements of virtuosic jazz, groovy funk, and pulse-pounding electronic dance music.

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Modern Sons w/ Mad Pattern, Henry + Isla
Mar
8
to Mar 9

Modern Sons w/ Mad Pattern, Henry + Isla


Doors at 8. Music at 9. 21+

Tickets in advance $7. At the door $10.

Tickets available at Cactus Records and online by following the link!

Rooted in grunge and garage rock the four piece brings an ubiquitously sonic ambience with crunchy guitars and sophisticated bass lines. Organic structures are not based in a particular style of music but rooted in the expression of experience and the song itself. The Modern Sons effectively and skillfully uses textural changes of dynamic to step into another sub genre of rock they coin as Indie-Alt Rock.
“What caught my ear the most is that they are one of the few bands I have seen that is effectively and skillfully using textural changes of dynamic. What I mean by this is that from my experience most acts generally stick to one style and generally use whatever change dynamics are stereotypical to that style. They rarely venture into other territory, and as a result it is homogenized and predictable. Modern Sons is not that, they use textural dynamic changes and structures that are not based in a particular style but are rooted in the expression of experience and the song itself, resulting in soundscapes that convey a story and a destination from an epic journey. The lyrical storytelling in the vocal style combined with soaring shimmer of guitar, the grit of bass punch, and the solid, intricate thunder of drummers” ~Shiloh, Drummer for Arkheron Thodol

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Adrian Legg (seated show)
Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

Adrian Legg (seated show)

Doors at 7. Music at 8. 21+

Tickets in advance $25. At the door $28.

Tickets available at Cactus Records and online by following the link!

Globally acclaimed by critics and fans alike for his unique acoustic and electric fingerstyle guitar playing, Adrian Legg masterfully blends diverse musical styles, influences and inspirations to create a distinctive sound all his own. With multiple awards and accolades spanning four decades, Legg has been heralded as a “guitarist of astonishing virtuosity, (whose) imagination and melodic invention seem unbounded,” (Q magazine); “ridiculously talented,” (Music Week) and “simply the best acoustic guitar player I’ve ever heard.”(guitar icon Joe Satriani). Setting the stage for his international success in the decades to follow, Legg was named as Acoustic Guitarist of the Decade by the UK’s Guitarist Magazine(1984-94), and Best Acoustic Fingerstylist in Guitar Player Magazine’s Readers’ Poll for four years in a row. (1993-96).

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The Brevet
Mar
22
8:00 PM20:00

The Brevet

Doors at 8. Music at 9. 21+

Tickets in advance $10. At the door $14.

Tickets available at Cactus Records and online by following the link!

One listen and it’s immediately clear that The Brevet have undergone a dramatic evolution on their explosive, ambitious new album, LEGS. Synthesizing the raucous energy of their live show with sonic precision of their extensive studio history, the collection is the California five-piece’s most deeply personal and lyrically sophisticated yet, tackling perception and identity in the digital age with both subtle nuance and blunt force. The songs remain as cinematic as ever, full of rousing choruses and sing-along hooks, but they carry more weight here, propelled inexorably forward by thunderous percussion and blazing electric guitars that blend rock and roll snarl with R&B swagger.

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Lincoln Durham
Mar
26
7:00 PM19:00

Lincoln Durham

Doors at 7. Music at 8. 21+

Tickets in advance $10. At the door $15.

Tickets available at Cactus Records and online by following the link!

Lincoln’s musical odyssey began when his grandpa, Charlie, and dad, Ed, put a fiddle in his hands at age 4. He would grow into an accomplished fiddle player winning the Youth Fiddle Championship at age 10. Lincoln afterward followed the path so many musicians have, finding his vice in the seductive, siren-like callings of the electric guitar. Or, in Lincoln’s case, the acoustic slide guitar with gnarly pickups haphazardly screwed into it.

Lincoln’s true biography is in his live show. The passion in his sweat drenched, electrifyingly mesmerizing one-man-band show draws you in to feel every scar and drop of blood in his painfully intimate lyrics. It takes something beautifully “off” to get on stage with just hands and feet for a band, driven by a howling voice, and morbidly preach a music that harkens back to the old blues masters, Son House and Fred McDowell, infused with the edge and angst of Punk and darkened from the bad influences of Tom Waits and Nick Cave.

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The Bright Light Social Hour
Mar
30
to Mar 31

The Bright Light Social Hour

Doors at 8. Music at 9. 21+

Tickets in advance $11. At the door $15.

Tickets available at Cactus Records and online by following the link!

From great tragedy comes great art. Or, at least, that’s the hope. In creating their new albums, Jude Vol. Iand Jude Vol. II, The Bright Light Social Hour found making music to be a healing, cathartic process after the band was deeply shaken by grief. In 2015, around the release of the Austin group’s second album Space Is Still The Place, Jackie’s brother Alex, the band’s manager of four years, was deep in the delusional throes of severe andsudden bipolar 1 disorder. It was a time of immense stress and intensity for the musicians, who began writing songs for a new album in their home studio on LakeTravisas Alex spiraled. The songs took a turn when Alex took his own lifeon the shore of the lake, witnessed in its aftermath by Jackie. “It was a terrible thing, but it was also the most beautiful thing I’ve ever experienced and probably will ever experience,” Jackie says. “This was all happening as we started the record. Not all the songs are about Alex, but I think even the ones that aren’t all have a bittersweet mix of overwhelming beauty and terrible loss. The music deals with theripplesit causedin all of our lives, especially in our relationships, with an underlying theme of trying to wrap our heads around all of this.”The contiguous albums, titled after Alex’s middle name, areabout what it means to lose someone and then be left to pick up the pieces. They’reabout relationships and politics and confronting your own emotions head on. Because of these intense thematic cores, the musicians searched for a more streamlined way to express themselves in song. WhereSpace Is Still The Placeis cloudyand filled with distortion, Jude Vol. Iand Jude Vol. IIseek clarity and clean, boldlinesamidst the haze. There are elements of shoegaze, drawn from bands like My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive, as well as Krautrock and New Wave, resulting in dreamy textures with distinctarticulations of emotion right beneath the surface.

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The Murlocs
Apr
16
7:00 PM19:00

The Murlocs

Doors at 7. Music at 8. 21+

Tickets in advance $12. At the door $15.

Tickets available at Cactus Records and online by following the link!

Five fellas with roots firmly placed in their own blown-out, distorted demented dance party brand of soulful RnB. Formed in the end of November 2010 and originally from the coastal town of Ocean Grove the group has since gone on to play such music festivals as Meredith, Queenscliffe, Boogie and Falls. As well as supporting such acts as Gary Clarke Junior, Mac Demarco, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, The Pixies, Earthless, Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks, Wavves and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.

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Phutureprimitive
Apr
26
to Apr 27

Phutureprimitive

Doors at 8. Music at 9. 21+.

Tickets in advance $15. At the door $20.

Tickets available at Cactus Records and online by following the link!

Phutureprimitive is the moniker of Bay Area producer and songwriter Rain. Early childhood photos reveal Rain sitting at the piano plinking keys, grinning from ear to ear… a true sign of things to come. Continuing his early fascination, Rain was later drawn to electronic music, inspired by its ability to combine the best of organically played instruments and the synthetic pleasures of sounds more exotic to the human ear. After beginning a DJ career in the 90s, Rain began incorporating the music he was making in his home studio into his DJ sets. That was all it took to trigger a full blown love affair with electronic music and the process of its creation… and Phutureprimitive was born.

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Arlo Guthrie
May
4
7:00 PM19:00

Arlo Guthrie

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Alice’s Restaurant “Back By Popular Demand”

Doors at 7. Music at 8. ALL AGES

Tickets in advance $39-49 At the door $47-57.

Tickets available at Cactus Records and online by following the link!

Born in Coney Island, New York in 1947, Arlo is the eldest son of Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, a professional dancer with the Martha Graham Company and founder of The Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease, and America’s most beloved singer/writer/philosopher/artist Woody Guthrie. Arlo has become an iconic figure in folk music with a distinguished and varied career spanning almost sixty years.

Growing up Guthrie, Arlo was surrounded by such renowned artists as Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, Ronnie Gilbert, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, to name only a few. Not surprisingly, Arlo drew from these influences and he in turn became a delineative artist bridging generations of folk. He and Pete Seeger created a legendary collaboration that was sustained for over forty years. The last Pete & Arlo show was in November 30, 2013 at Carnegie Hall, only a few months before Pete passed away at the age of 94.

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Sneaky Pete &amp; The Secret Weapons
Jan
18
to Jan 19

Sneaky Pete & The Secret Weapons

w/ Permafunk

Doors at 8. Music at 9. 21+

Tickets in advance $9. At the door $10.

Tickets available at Cactus Records and online by following the link!

Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons is a collective of musicians channeling original music through a lens of hazy funk and unending groove, all witnessed and interpreted from the peaks and valleys of the Rocky Mountains. Their genre-blending sound of funk, rock, jazz, and hip-hop moves from the streets of New Orleans to smoky jazz dives, exotic Latin ballrooms, intergalactic spaceships, and late-night laser-filled clubs.

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Dead Night at The Filler!
Jan
5
7:00 PM19:00

Dead Night at The Filler!

featuring Joe Knapp, Joe Kirchner, Luke Flansburg, Kelly Nicholson, Rich Robiscoe, Brett Goodell and more!

Doors at 7. Music at 8. 21+

Tickets at the door only: One for $3, Two for $5!

he temperature keeps risin - everybody gettin' high -
Come the rockin' stroke of midnite, the whole place gonna fly!

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That 1 Guy New Years Eve
Dec
31
to Jan 1

That 1 Guy New Years Eve

Doors at 9. Music at 10. 21+

Tickets in advance $20. At the door $25.

Tickets available at Cactus Records and online by following the link!

Come celebrate the new year with the incredibly original That 1 Guy at The Filler!

Combining elements of classical music with electronica, Silverman puts his classical training to good use creating music that is ethereal, gothic and heart pounding. “It’s pretty serious,” says Silverman, about his one-man concert performance, equal parts music, technology, science, art and spectacle and suitable for audiences of all ages, as he uses his hands and feet to create an industrial tribal rhythm that must be seen and heard to be believed. “There’s a lot to take in. When people see me play, they just intuitively get it.” 

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Hellbound Glory
Dec
8
8:00 PM20:00

Hellbound Glory


w/ Jackson Holte & The Highway Patrol

Doors at 8. Music at 9. 21+

Tickets in advance $10. At the door $15.

Tickets available at Cactus Records and online by following the link!

Barreling through the gates of country music, HELLBOUND GLORY, is justifying rightful ownership to the band’s declarative namesake. In defining their sound, distilled of equal parts melody and bar-room-thump, this Reno, NV based band is packing the house to a growing legion of fans coast to coast. Front man and songwriter, Leroy Virgil, explains; “We just really dig the challenge of a new audience. We’ll walk into a new room full of folks that haven’t heard our music, play a 4 or 5 hour night, and drive away with more people that consider themselves fans. I’m not a flashy guy but I like showing off.”

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World's Finest &amp; Chain Station
Dec
7
to Dec 8

World's Finest & Chain Station

Doors at 8. Music at 9. 21+

Tickets in advance $9. At the door $12.

Tickets available at Cactus Records and online by following the link!

World's Finest:
It’s been a wild and crazy ride for the fellas in World’s Finest since their modest beginning as an acoustic duo in Portland, OR living rooms in 2011. With a songwriting style rooted in Americana, the band banks on their ability to transcend genres of all kinds. String-centric and bluegrass-inspired compositions seamlessly transition into 3-Dimensional Psytrance, Funk, and Dub soundscapes, leaving their audience with a full circle experience of emotion and dance. Their appreciation for punk and ska can be found peppered throughout their shows and albums, made evident by up-tempo, high-energy offerings. Never happy to settle, Chris, Dan, Sean, Evan, Alex, and Kirk continue to push through boundaries and challenge themselves, while hoping to inspire their listeners to expect the most out of what a band in the modern age can be capable of conjuring up.

Chain Station:
Chain Station is a 4-piece, high-energy, get ‘em out on the dance floor string band from Denver, Colorado. Their music is well-steeped in Americana roots, with vocal harmonies that are high, lonesome, and tight. Their picking ranges from lightning-fast to mountain mellow. They are a bluegrass band that would satisfy a picky old-timer and delight fans of newgrass, a delicate balance indeed.

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Dirtwire
Dec
2
7:00 PM19:00

Dirtwire

w/ Moontricks

Doors at 7. Music at 8. 21+

Tickets in advance $12. At the door $15.

Tickets available at Cactus Records and online by following the link!

Dirtwire sits on the back porch of Americana’s future, conjuring up a whirlwind of sound using traditional instrumentation, world percussion, soundscapes, and electronic beats. Comprised of David Satori (Beats Antique), Evan Fraser (The Dogon Lights; Bolo), and Mark Reveley (Jed and Lucia), each performance brings us all to a mysterious crossroads of beats, blues, African, Asian, and South American sounds. The result is a rebirth of Americana and a post-millennial psychedelic journey to downhome goodness.

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The Salamanders, The Artisanals, Mad Pattern
Nov
17
to Nov 18

The Salamanders, The Artisanals, Mad Pattern

Doors at 8. Music at 9. 21+

Tickets in advance $7. At the door $10.

Tickets available at Cactus Records and online by following the link!

The Salamanders: 
Hailing from Bozeman, Montana, The Salamanders are a four piece garage country band that formed in 2006. Led by the heavy hand of the baritone guitar and a driving rhythm section, The Salamanders put on seriously energizing live performances and throw down recordings laced with a creative edge. They are everywhere.

The Artisanals:
Somewhere on a dusty road or a well traveled interstate, right at this very moment, a rock n’ roll band is pounding the rock. They’re probably wearing the same clothes they had on yesterday, and reminiscing about last night’s gig. Inspired by a guitar lick that cuts to the bone or a melody that lingers on refrain, this band is following a path forged by countless other musicians who’ve lived and died in dive bars or ‘made it’ with their posters taped to bedroom walls. What makes this band of brothers any different? This band is The Artisanals.

Mad Pattern:
New Bozeman band made up of patterns and parts... tight, hard-rocking, dynamic, and soulful groove-based original music for the masses.

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Nov
9
to Nov 10

12th Annual Bozeman Bluegrass Festival

ChickenJam West Productions and Bridger Brewing is proud to present the 12th Annual Bozeman Bluegrass Festival at The Emerson Theater & Ballroom. Matt Broughton, of Bridger Creek Boys, has been keeping this ole' thing running for 11 years and we are excited that he has entrusted us to carry it on in the future. This year's festival is also brought to you in part by Lionheart Caregiving. They will have a booth at the festival, so stop by to thank them for helping bring great music to Bozeman!

This will be the biggest Bozeman Bluegrass Festival yet, with such amazing acts as: Peter Rowan & The Travelin’ McCoury’s doing Bill Monroe, Hot Buttered Rum, Laney Lou & The Bird Dogs, Larry Keel Experience, Dead Horses, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Whitewater Ramble, Armchair Boogie, The Fresh Boys, Bridger Creek Boys, Lazy Owl String Band, and Benjamin Jaffe (of HONEYHONEY).

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The Jauntee
Nov
8
to Nov 9

The Jauntee

w/ Something & The Anything

Doors at 8. Music at 9. 21+

Tickets in advance $7. At the door $10.

Tickets available at Cactus Records and online by following the link!

In a world filled with instant gratification, gimmicky over saturation and a lack of true improvisation, The Jauntee pays tribute to music’s ability to transcend simple entertainment and cultivate a truly distinctive experience. The Jauntee has fostered a musical community based on a breadth of original material that engages fans through nightly exploration and risk taking. Averaging over one hundred shows a year, with each containing a unique set list and their own special improvisational moments, the band is constantly expanding upon what defines them and their live performances.

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TAUK w/ Exmag
Nov
7
to Nov 8

TAUK w/ Exmag

Doors at 8. Music at 9. 21+

Tickets in advance $15. At the door $18.

Tickets available at Cactus Records and online by following the link!

On their new album Shapeshifter II: Outbreak, New York-bred band TAUK offer an unsettling but ultimately exhilarating look at artificial intelligence and its potential to upend our world. With its dynamic sense of tension and cinematic mastery of mood, TAUK's all-instrumental blend of progressive rock, hip-hop, and jazz proves to be the perfect backdrop for such explorations, giving way to an album that's both powerfully hypnotic and intensely thought-provoking."We're all very much interested in A.I., and this idea of machines getting out of the hands of the people trying to control them," notes TAUK guitarist Matt Jalbert, whose bandmates include bassist Charlie Dolan, keyboardist Alric "A.C." Carter, and drummer Isaac Teel. "This album felt like a good setting to tell that kind of story, but in a way where we could have fun with it and let the listener escape into a whole other world."Equally inspired by classic sci-fi like Blade Runner and more recent films like Ex Machina, Shapeshifter II: Outbreak embeds that narrative into TAUK's most sonically adventurous, emotionally expansive work to date. A continuation of their early-2018 EP Shapeshifter I: Construct, the new album picks up its predecessor's narrative thread with "Prelude": a fantastically unsettling intro track whose frenetic keyboard work and chilling vocal samples set the tone for what's to come. "The idea is that in the EP you're seeing the construction of this being, and in the album you're seeing it break out and become something that you can't ignore anymore," Carter explains.

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Them Coulee Boys &amp; The Two Tracks
Nov
2
to Nov 3

Them Coulee Boys & The Two Tracks

Doors at 8. Music at 9. 21+

Tickets in advance $9. At the door $10.

Tickets available at Cactus Records and online by following the link!

Them Coulee Boys:
Allegedly founded at a bible camp, and born in the back valleys of Western Wisconsin, Them Coulee Boys craft a brand of Americana that blends punk, bluegrass, and rock & roll. Somewhere underneath the energy, the exuberance, the wit, and the passion of Them Coulee Boys lies a heart. It's a heart filled with sincerity, honesty, and the will to make the world a better place. This heart is not only evident in every song, but also in Them Coulee Boys as a whole. These songs are meant for dancing, for excitement, but are also for thought, and for the quiet moments. Them Coulee Boys seek to balance the high with the low, the happy with the sad, and the love with pain. It's how we live our lives, and they make music that reflects that.

The Two Tracks:
Americana covers a broad spectrum of music these days, and it’s easy to get lost in trying to define its particular parameters. If one was to determine an overreaching definition as music that reverberates with heart-felt emotion, and songs that speak to the listener with honesty, conviction and integrity, then The Two Tracks, a band based out of Sheridan Wyoming clearly fits the bill. Their recently released album, Postcard Town (self-release, May, 2017) further affirms the promise and determination shown on their eponymous debut, which No Depression described as “creating an instant connection...in truth there’s not a single offering here that doesn’t engage the listener practically from the get go," and by The Alternate Root as “rural warmth...infusing their tunes with a feel for the open spaces of The West.”

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Polyrhythmics w/ Left on Tenth
Nov
1
to Nov 2

Polyrhythmics w/ Left on Tenth

Doors at 8. Music at 9. 21+

Tickets in advance $13. At the door $16.

Tickets available at Cactus Records and online by following the link!

Rich with bold brass and hypnotic percussion, Polyrhythmics' latest album, Caldera, showcases the instrumental eight-piece's impossibly tight grooves and virtuosic musicianship as they tear through a singular blend of funk, soul, psychedelic rock, R&B, progressive jazz, and Afrobeat. Calling to mind everything from Antibalas and the Dap-Kings to The Meters and Fela Kuti, it's without a doubt their strongest work to date, merging the infectious power of their live show with a sleek and nuanced studio sophistication.

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Rotgut Whines w/ Mario Miner Jr
Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

Rotgut Whines w/ Mario Miner Jr

Doors at 8. Music at 9. 21+

$5 at the door.

LAST MINUTE SHOW! Tell your friends!

About Rotgut Whines:
Rotgut Whines combines soulful rhythms with energizing tempos and passionate storytelling to create their signature sound: Fingerpickin’ Soul and Roll. Lead singer/guitarist Evan Manuel and drummer/backup vocalist Andrew Murphy prove wrong the old adage that there is more strength in numbers. Murphy’s crisp beats and deep baritone voice provide the perfect supplements to Manuel’s flying fingers and catchy melodies. First-time listeners are often shocked at the pair’s ability to create the powerful sound some fans have described as “magic.”

Though born on opposite coasts, the duo met in Helena in late 2014 when they became roommates and bonded over a shared love of music. Rotgut Whines was officially formed in April 2015 and, one year later, the bandmates moved to Missoula with plans to record their first album. Still roommates, they ease of their friendship is obvious on stage and creates an effortless vibe that captivates audiences. Their palpable energy and passion make it impossible not to get up and dance.

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Upstate Rubdown
Oct
3
8:00 PM20:00

Upstate Rubdown

w/ Wind & The Willow

Doors at 8:00. Music at 9:00. 21+

Tickets in advance $7. At the door $10.

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Upstate is an acoustic septet drawing inspiration from every corner and decade of America's musical heritage. Based in New York State's Hudson Valley region, the band has spent years cultivating its sound, and continues to grow by the tune. The instrumentation includes Harry D'Agostino on upright bass, Ryan Chappell on mandolin, Dean Mahoney on cajón, and Christian Joao on flute and alto/baritone saxophone. The dynamic rhythm section supports a three part vocal harmony powerhouse of founding members Mary Kenney and Melanie Glenn with recent Nashville-transplant Allison Olender.

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Jonathan Richman
Oct
2
7:00 PM19:00

Jonathan Richman

Doors at 7. Music at 8. 21+

Tickets in advance $15. At the door $20.

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Jonathan Richman has been playing music, recording and touring for most of his life. Jonathan and his drummer Tommy Larkins win fans wherever they play. In the early 1970s, Jonathan formed the noted band The Modern Lovers. Tommy Larkins was in the groups Naked Prey, Giant Sand and other popular bands in Tucson, Arizona.

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Brothers Gow
Sep
27
to Sep 28

Brothers Gow

w/ Something & The Anything

Doors at 8. Music at 9. 21+

Tickets in advance $9. At the door $12.

Tickets available at Cactus Records and online by following the link!

Situated between deep improvisational musicianship and dynamic, original songwriting, Brothers Gow brings to the stage an imaginative style of modern rock, progressive funk and unpredictable retro-electronic jams. Through an exploration in lively and evolving sound, Brothers Gow has managed to stay true to its roots, which are found in the vibrant vocal styles and extensive range of front men Kyle Merrill (guitar/vocals) and Ethan Wade (bass/vocals). Merrill's emotional solos in tandem with skilled shredding are balanced by the avant-garde bass musings and riff writing of Wade. Brothers Gow is rounded out by wild syncopation and explosive grooves from drummer Nathan Walsh-Haines, and the exploratory and harmonic subtleties of keyboardist Alex Mello who joined the lineup in early 2018.

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Shook Twins
Sep
19
8:00 PM20:00

Shook Twins

w/ Kelly Nicholson Band

Doors at 8:00. Music at 9:00. 21+

Tickets in advance $15. At the door $18.

Tickets available at Cactus Records and online by following the link!

Born and raised in Sandpoint Idaho, Shook Twins are an Indie folk-pop band hailing from Portland, Oregon. Identical twins, Katelyn and Laurie are the main songwriters, but they also back up their band member Niko Slice (electric guitar, mandolin and vocals) adding his uniquely compelling songs to the mix. Barra Brown is on Drums, vocals and Drum Pad, and Josh Simon is on Bass, vocals, Electric guitar, and synth. Central to Shook Twins’ sound is their wide range of instrumentation: banjo, acoustic and electric guitars, electric bass, mandolin, electronic drums, face drum (beat-box), glockenspiel, ukulele, banjo-head drumming and their signature Golden Egg. Beautiful twin harmonies, layered upon acoustic and electric instrumentation, coupled with Laurie’s inventive use of percussive and ambient vocal loops, and Katelyn’s re-purposed telephone microphone, set their sound apart, creating a unique and eccentric blend of folk, roots, groove and soul.

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Thomas Gabriel (Grandson of Johnny Cash)
Sep
15
8:00 PM20:00

Thomas Gabriel (Grandson of Johnny Cash)

Doors at 8:00. Music at 9:00. 21+

Tickets in advance $10. At the door $15.

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T.G. - as those closest to him call him - is the oldest grandchild of Johnny Cash. Predominately raised on the road, he often dreamed of a life as a successful career musician. When he was young, his grandfather would call him onstage, to sing “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

At 21, he was in the studio trying out his voice. Johnny would say, “Son, you sound a lot like I did when I was younger; work on those vocals.”

Johnny also insisted that T.G. have a back-up option, so he went to the police academy, and into police work.

Life and adversity has kept him from pursuing his dreams, but he has regained control over his life, and is back in the world that holds so much potential for him.

Along with his voice that sounds so much like his grandfather’s, he brings a wealth of stories from his memories of his childhood and of growing up a member of such an iconic family.

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Lake Street Dive
Sep
10
6:00 PM18:00

Lake Street Dive

Doors at 6. Music at 7. All Ages, 5 and under free!

Tickets in advance $32 + fees. 

Tickets available at Cactus Records, Bridger Brewing and online by following the link!

***Every ticket purchased online for Lake Street Dive includes a CD of the new album Free Yourself Up, released on 5/4/18. You’ll receive instructions via email on how to redeem your album shortly after ticket purchase.***

Lake Street Dive will release Free Yourself Up, its second album with Nonesuch Records on May 4. The band -- drummer Michael Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, singer Rachael Price, and guitarist/trumpeter Michael "McDuck" Olson - self-produced the album at Goosehead Palace Studios in Nashville with engineer Dan Knobler. Lake Street Dive formed in 2004 while students at New England Conservatory and have been touring non-stop ever since, growing from basement venues like The Lizard Lounge in Boston, MA to selling out Radio City Music Hall in New York City. For this album, the quartet drafted touring keyboardist Akie Bermiss to join them in the studio. Adding another player to the process freed up the band members to explore a wider range of instrumental textures, construct more full-bodied arrangements, and build on their well-known background harmonies. "This album is based in the realities in our time," Kearney reflects, "which have inevitably become part of everyone's daily life. It's something you think about and obsess over -- and write songs about. Free Yourself Up is about empowering yourself, emboldening yourself, no matter what's going wrong.”

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