Free, Free, Free: A Rundown of The Top Hat’s Weekend Shows

After shelling out cash on barbecue supplies and fireworks, few things are more attractive than those with the word FREE in front of them. This weekend, The Top Hat will offer three free shows, Milltown Damn, Useful Jenkins, and Crow & the Canyon back-to-back-to-back!

Click the date below for more event and artist information. A full list of upcoming events can be found here.


THURSDAY (Jul 6): Milltown Damn


Led by former lead-guitarist for the Lil Smokies, Pete Barrett, Milltown Damn represents the local Missoula bluegrass scene. The group plays more traditionalist bluegrass, comprised of Caleb Dostal (Banjo), Pete Barrett (Guitar), Troy Morgan (Bass), Paul Scarr (Mandolin), and Henry Reich (Fiddle)

10PM | 21+ | Free! | More Info


FRIDAY (Jul 7): Useful Jenkins


Exuding sunshine and festival vibrations is the 5-piece known as Useful Jenkins. The band builds on a bluegrass foundation, adding four part vocal harmonies and other genres (funk, hip-hop, etc) for a “strong, clean, and unique sound.” The up-beat result has been pleasing festival-goers and audiences in the region; building their fan-base since 2007.

10PM | 21+ | Free! | More Info


SATURDAY (Jul 8): Crow & the Canyon


Known for their “charismatic and engaging performance,” Crow & the Canyon will bring a Portland-based brand of spirited Americana to The Top Hat on July 8th. The group, playing together since 2014, exists in the genre-overlap between folk, Americana, bluesy-country, and straight-forward bluegrass. Check out this video and this gallery from the band opening for The Lil’ Smokies at The Wilma in 2016.

10PM | 21+ | Free! | More Info


Come down early as The Top Hat restaurant is also offering a variety of fresh yet filling options on the new spring menu. Grab a ticket, local brew, bite to eat, and find out more by stopping by The Top Hat in downtown Missoula.

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