Locally Sourced Music: A Brief Look at Montana Made Musicians

Onlookers from other states might not think of Montana as having much of a music scene, especially a local one. But if you’ve lived around the area, you know it to be quite the opposite.

Places like Missoula, Bozeman and Billings are hot spots for local music, not to mention the plethora of other artists scattered throughout the Big Sky state. Luckily for us at Logjam, we’ve had the pleasure to work with a ton of Montana musicians.

If you want to, you can see local music just about every week at the Top Hat. Between Jazz Nights, Acoustic Avenues, Family Friend Fridays and other weekend shows, the Hat has plenty of local music.

Then, you add in “local support” and you can see Montana musicians opening for nationally touring artists at nearly all the Logjam venues, including the Wilma, Rialto, KettleHouse Amphitheater and again, the Top Hat. In the coming years, we imagine Ogren Park will even host a local act or two, and of course the ELM in Bozeman will feature local artists too… stay tuned!

Wondering who all the local artists are? Take a look below, and you can see a list of over 120 local bands that have played at Logjam’s venues in the past year. Maybe you recognize some of the names, or maybe you’ll get learn a few new ones! (Artists are in alphabetical order and based out of Missoula unless otherwise noted.)

• 710 Ashbury – Helena

• Acousticals

• Annalisa Rose – Western Montana

• Arrowleaf

• Arterial Drive – Billings

• Baby Tyger

• Basment Boyz

• Basses Covered

• Blessiddoom

• Blue Moon

• Bradley Warren Jr.

• Britchy

• Britt Arnesen

• Call of the Awakened – Great Falls

• Calvin and the Coal Cars – Red Lodge

• Canta Brasil

• Captain Wilson Conspiracy

• Carla Green Jazz

• Cello Mafia

• Ceres

• Charlie Apple

• Chloe Gendrow

• Chris Pumphrey and Friends

• Chutzpah

• Cole & the Thornes – Bozeman

• Cork & Spark

• County Line

• Cowboy Andy and The Salamanders

• Crypticollider

• Ryan Belski

• Dan Dubuque – Polson

• Dash – Bozeman

• DJ JC – Whitefish

• Djebe Bara Community Dance and Drum

• Dodgy Mountain Men

• Double Dirty Ocelot

• Eddwords

• Emzee

• Fates Fortune

• Foreshadow x Elair

• Fuuls

• Gamelan Manik Harum

• Good Old Fashioned

• Grant Jones – Billings

• Hardwood Heart

• Hawthorne Roots – Bozeman

• Headcase Harmony

• Hellgate Jazz band

• high on you.

• Insomnia Plague

• Jackson Holte & The Highway Patrol

• JCKSN

• Jeff Troxel w/ Missoula Jazz Collective

• Jetstar

• John August

• John Floridis Trio

• Jordan Lane

• Jupiter Beat

• Kenny james Miller Band – Kalispell

• Kimberly Carlson Jazz

• Kitchen Dwellers – Bozeman

• Laney Lou and The Bird Dogs – Bozeman

• Left On Tenth – Bozeman

• Letter B

• Lochwood

• Locksaw Cartel

• Louie Bond & The Country Swing Duo

• Louie Meisner

• Luke Dowler – Northwest Montana

• Magpies

• Mark Myriad

• Mass FM

• Matt Strachan and the Hoot Owls – Helena

• Middle Sea

• Mike Murray – Kalispell

• Milltown Damn

• Motorhome

• Mudslide Charley

• New Old Future

• Night Blooming Jazmine

• Norwell

• Ocelot Wizard

• Off in the Woods – Polson

• Panther Car – Bozeman

• Partygoers

• Patti Nolan

• Pedacter Project

• Pickin’ Pear

• Pinky and the Floyd

• PNUT BUTR

• Ptesseract

• Red Onion Purple

• Reed Feldman

• Rooster Sauce

• Rotgut Whines

• Shakewell

• Shakey Trio

• Shark Buffalo

• Squirrel Butter

• Straw Hat Riots

• Sweatshop Sneakers

• The Benevolents

• The Cleaning Crew

• The Dusty Pockets

• The Honey Horns

• The Horn Stars – Bozeman

• The Lil Smokies

• The Loose String Band

• The Lovedarts – Bozeman

• The Lucky Valentines

• The Salamanders

• The Skurfs

• The Sweet Groovalicious Funk Machine – Bozeman

• The Whizpops

• Timber Rattlers

• Time To Kill

• Tiny Plastic Stars

• Tom Catmull’s Last Resort

• Tomb Toad

• TopHouse

• Trio Noir

• Turkeyfoot

• Two Foot Titan

• UM Jazz Ensemble

• Uncommon Evolution

• Voodoo Horseshoes

• VTO

• Walking Corpse Syndrome

• Wardo