Esteemed mandolinist, Jeff Austin, will return to Missoula with the Jeff Austin Band for a live concert at the Top Hat on Friday, July 26, 2019. Having a weekend show with Jeff is a surefire, all-out party… plus, it’s the day before Trampled by Turtles hit the KettleHouse Amphitheater with Haye’s Carll. It should make for an awesome weekend of music.
Jeff is no stranger to Missoula. Whether it be at the helm of his old group Yonder Mountain String Band, or his current musical ensemble, the Jeff Austin Band — he’s been bringing his unique brand of full throttle bluegrass to Missoula since the early 2000s. Check out the photo gallery from his 2016 show here.
“I’ve learned a lot from the people I’ve played with,” says Austin who has shared stages with such luminaries as Del McCoury, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Earle Scruggs, Jon Fishman, and Phil Lesh. And it’s artists such as these who have helped crystalize Austin’s idea of what he wants to do as he moves forward with his eponymous project. “From both the rock side and the bluegrass side,” he explains, “I’ve learned a lot about song structure, solo ideas, playing with guts, and being who you are.”
When it comes to dynamics and structure, Austin taps the variety of sounds and styles he’s absorbed from theater, jamming, nearly twenty years of performance, and his love of experiencing live music as a fan. It’s that inner concert enthusiast that binds him to his own audience and a powerful exchange between the stage and the crowd. “I hope they take with them exactly what I hope they leave with us,” he says. “And that’s inspiration.”
Tickets go on sale Friday, March 1st at 10AM at The Top Hat, online or by phone at 1 (800) 514-3849. Logjam presale tickets will be available on Feb. 28 (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.