Psychedelic art rock band, The Bright Light Social Hour, has announced a headlining concert at the Top Hat in Missoula on Friday, March 29, 2019. They’ll be supported by indie singer-songwriter Walker Lukens.
The Austin-based quartet will be touring in support of their forthcoming album, Jude Vol. I, which is slated to drop on Feb. 1. It will be the band’s third full length album — their first since 2015’s Space is Still the Place. Making the new album was a healing and cathartic process for the band. They were writing it while their former manager, Alex O’Brien, who’s also the brother of vocalist/bassist Jackie O’Brien, committed suicide following a long battle with bipolar disorder.
Jackie reflected, saying, “It was a terrible thing, but it was also the most beautiful thing I’ve ever experienced and probably will ever experience. 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 the ripples it caused in all of our lives, especially in our relationships, with an underlying theme of trying to wrap our heads around all of this.”
In 2011, The Bright Light Social Hour won Band of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year at the 29th Annual Austin Music Awards during SXSW.
Tickets go on sale Friday, January 18th at 10AM at The Top Hat, online or by phone at 1 (800) 514-3849. Presale tickets will be available on Jan. 17 (details below). All tickets are general admission standing room only with limited bench seating available on a first come first served basis. All ages are welcome. Additional ticketing and venue information can be found here.