This Week in Entertainment: January 16th thru January 22nd

Local tunes at the Top Hat, Justin Townes Earle plays the Rialto, BTSM brings the bass to the Wilma, and more!

Take a look at this week’s lineup below.


Thursday, January 16th
Shooter Jennings at the Rialto



The son of famed country musicians Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter’s love for country music is essentially engrained in his DNA. The Nashville-born artist released his debut album Put the “O” Back in Country in 2005. He’s since released 7 more full length studio albums, including 2018’s Shooter.

He’s had music featured in the 2005  film adaption Dukes of Hazzard and the FX original series Sons of Anarchy. His 2013 release The Other Life inspired the film of the same name, which won the Best Short Film at the 2013 Horror Hound Festival. Shooter appears in the film as “The Gunslinger.” In addition, he’s been seen on screen in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line (playing his father) and also in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

8:00 PM | All Ages |  SOLD OUT

Thursday, January 16th
Jesse, The Ocelot at the Top Hat



Jesse, The Ocelot was born from the mountains, and learned at a young age his song from the songbirds. He’s traveled the cosmos in search of the secret and wants to share the beauty with anyone who will take the time. Taking influences from Thom Yorke, Leslie Feist, Robin Pecknold, and Jeff Buckley. Lush, atmosphere harmonies and intense lyrics make up most of his sound. Blending color and emotion, Jesse will take you on a journey you didn’t know you needed to take.

8:00 PM | FREE | All Ages | More Info

Friday, January 17th
The Ghost Peppers at the Top Hat



The Ghost Peppers (formerly known as High Voltage) are an alternative rock band based in Missoula, MT. Their sound revolves around melodic vocals, engaging grooves and bombastic guitar: something for both the headbangers and the dancers. After a hiatus following the release of their last full length self titled album, the band is back in the studio writing new songs and developing their song.

Recently, they have started implementing some of the Pop/Rock tunes from guitarist Josh and bassist Dan’s project, RHINES, as well as some fun covers, to diversify their live sound and broaden their appeal across the clubs. The Ghost Peppers featuring RHINES are excited to play both older favorites and new tunes when they return to their favorite Missoula club, The Top Hat, on Friday, January 17th.

10:15 PM | FREE | 21+ | More Info

Saturday, January 18th
Justin Townes Earle at the Rialto



Son of alt country musician Steve Earle, and named after influential folk musician Townes Van Zandt, Justin has certainly embraced his Americana heritage over the years. His critically acclaimed, debut EP, Yuma, came out in 2007. Since then, he’s put out eight more albums. In 2009, he received an Americana Music Award for New and Emerging Artist of the Year.

His song “Harlem River Blues,” off the album of the same name, received an Americana Music Award for Song of the Year. 2012’s Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now, was ranked #37 on Rolling Stone’s list of the top 50 albums of 2012. Rolling Stone also had this to say about Justin: “The son of country-rock renegade Steve Earle has grown into a songwriter to rival his dad.”

8:00 PM | All Ages | Tickets & More Info

Saturday, January 18th
Cycles at the Top Hat



Cycles epitomize the power-trio format with ripping guitar, fat bass grooves played out through furious slapping, and viciously dynamic drum beats flowing over intricate tempo changes. Each member wields a unique take on their instrument that when played together, forms a truly fresh and cohesive sound.

This show will also feature local support from Missoula’s own pysch-rock trio Crypticollider.

10:15 PM | $5 | 21+ | More Info

Tuesday, January 21st
The Children’s Center Fundraiser at the Top Hat


Community Action Series at the Top Hat


As part of the Logjam Foundations’ Community Action Series, Logjam Presents will host a fundraising event for The Children’s Center where 25% of all food and beverage sales between 6pm – 9pm at the Top Hat will be donated to The Children’s Center.

The Children’s Center (CC) is a NAEYC accredited early childhood education program, serving children 2 to 6 years. Our program is open Monday through Friday from 7:30am to pm year around. CC offers a diverse selection of activities to meet the individual needs of each child, with a variety of creative and educational activities and establishing a balance of quiet and active periods.

6:00 PM | FREE | All Ages | More Info

Wednesday, January 22nd
Black Tiger Sex Machine at the Wilma



BTSM’s show is a unique experience that strikes the perfect balance between a live performance and a DJ set. Along with their music, their signature Tiger helmets and their apocalyptic Kannibalen world have attracted legions of faithful followers called the BTSM Church.

In 2016, they released their debut album, Welcome To Our Church, which The Huffington Post hailed as “one of the best electronic albums of the year.” Their critically acclaimed sophomore album, New Worlds, came out in 2018. The album’s lead single “Zombie” currently has over 1 million streams on Spotify. They’ve played at many high profile festivals like Electric Forest, EDC Las Vegas, Lollapalooza Paris, Paradiso and Shambhala. In 2018, Black Tiger Sex Machine had their three part Ceremony Tour, as well as their first foray into Asia, all after dropping

8:00 PM | All Ages | Tickets & More Info

Wednesday, January 22nd
Zion I at the Rialto



With more than two-dozen albums, mixtapes, EPs and vibrant collaborations, the Oakland based MC/Producer Zion I (a.k.a. Zumbi) is in the top echelon, as far as conscious party-rocking hip-hop. After years of collaboration with producer Amp Live and DJ K-Genius and other notables, the Oakland-based rapper/ songwriter has evolved as an independent touring artist. Zion I’s most recent album, Ritual Mystik, came out in 2018.

He’s collaborated with Rebelution, Bassnectar, Too Short, Devin The Dude, Black Thought, Linkin Park and Matisyahu. Zion I has played at countless music festivals including Coachella, Rock the Bells, Treasure Island Music Fest, Lightning In A Bottle, Outside Lands, California Roots Music and Arts Festival, Hangout Music Festival, Splash Fest (Germany) and more.

8:00 PM | All Ages | Tickets & More Info


Complete event listings can be found here.