Did that really happen? 20 unforgettable moments from 2018
With so many wonderful moments in 2018, it’s darn near impossible to boil it down to just 20 highlights. From start to finish, this year has truly been a wild and wonderful ride for the Logjam Community.
Everyone who’s attended one of our events has their own special story. Each person enjoys a different show, from a different perspective.
Below, you can see what we, at Logjam, thought our Top 20 highlights were for 2018 (in no particular order).
Some of these are specific to staff members but most are collective favorites:
1 ~ Bon Iver performing over 2 hours in the pouring rain with no set break to a sold out audience to open the 2018 KettleHouse Amphitheater season. Rain didn’t stop show goers. There’s something about rain and weather for the first month of the Amp being open and how Montana took it in stride and still came out to enjoy the music despite a bit of rain. – Dan Torti, Vice President of Operations
2 ~ Logjam ranking 83 in the Top 100 Promoters Worldwide – Josh Meagher, Production Manager
3 ~ Three all star reggae lineups at the Amp. It’s hard to beat a summer day with some good vibes on the Blackfoot River. Seeing Stick Figure and Don Carlos perform with Slightly Stoopid was pretty sweet! – Sven Arneson, Community Engagement Manager
4 ~ Greensky Bluegrass with Fruition at KettleHouse Amphitheater – Jake Ferguson, Media Coordinator
5 ~ The iconic Blondie playing the Amp — at one point a huge moth flew in her mouth while she was singing & she reached in her mouth, grabbed it, then threw it on the ground & kept singing. It was so bad ass. – Pumpernickel Stewart, Creative Director
6 ~ Although the show was nearly canceled due to travel issues, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats made their way to the Amp for an amazing sold out performance – Craig Thomas – Sous Chef (Top Hat)
7 ~ The Lil’ Smokies welcoming Josh Farmer on stage at The Wilma for a very special version of “California” (watch below) and also seeing Smokies open for Trampled by Turtles at the Amp — a culmination of local music at its finest. – Ryan Torres, VP of Marketing
8 ~ Chris Lake bringing house music back to Missoula at a blow out Top Hat show – Chase Bjornson, Entertainment Manager
9 ~ Creating some of the healthiest, tastiest, and most diverse dishes we’ve made to date – Billy Metzger, Head Chef (Top Hat)
10 ~ Announcing that Logjam would be opening a new venue in Bozeman
11 ~ Both Rainbow Kitten Surprise and Tyler Childers selling out the Top Hat, then getting moved to The Wilma and selling it out as well
12 ~ Implementing our Going Green Initiative including a comprehensive recycling and composting program
13 ~ Raising $106k for the Blackfoot River Fund to conserve and protect the majestic waterway
14 ~Grammy award winning guitarist Peter Frampton performing his famed classic rock anthem “Do You Feel Like I Do” to a near sold out crowd at The Wilma
15 ~ The legendary and highly influential Bob Weir and Wolf Bros bringing the spirit of The Dead to Missoula with their performance at The Wilma
16 ~ Béla Fleck joining the Wood Brothers on stage at the Amp
17 ~Five sold out shows at KettleHouse Amphitheater (Bon Iver, Sheryl Crow, Pixies, Nathaniel Rateliff, Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly)
18 ~ Announcing that Logjam would be producing events at Ogren Park
19 ~ Alice Cooper getting his head cut off, then jumping out of a coffin after being resurrected from the dead and holding up his own head singing “Frankenstein”.. yea.. that happened.
20 ~ Hippie Sabotage crowdsurfing and taking selfies with the audience during their sold out Wilma show
Simply put, it was an amazing year, but we’re looking forward to an even more exciting 2019! Stay tuned…
Photo Credit: Neubauer Media & Cluney Photo