Little Feat Announces ‘Waiting for Columbus’ Tour Dates with Hot Tuna at The ELM & KettleHouse Amphitheater

Longstanding, eclectic rock n’ roll band Little Feat will bring their Waiting for Columbus Tour to Montana for two shows in 2022 when they play at The ELM in Bozeman on August 3rd, and outdoors at KettleHouse Amphitheater near Missoula on August 4th. They’ll be joined by very special guests Hot Tuna, who’ll be playing an acoustic opening set.

The tour shares the name and celebrates the 45th anniversary of the band’s first live album which they recorded in 1977 and released in 1978. For more than 50 years, Little Feat has been busting out a freewheeling fusion of California rock and Dixie-inflected funk-boogie.

Since their formation in 1969, Little Feat has had a prolific career — making more than 40 combined studio, live, and compilation albums. Feat’s fabled collaborators have included Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Beck, Brian Wilson, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Plant, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Lang, and Leftover Salmon.

Easily one of the hardest working bands in show biz, today’s Little Feat is a six-member powerhouse consisting of band founder (and current Montana native) Bill Payne, Keyboards and Vocals; Sam Clayton, Percussion and Vocals; Fred Tackett, Guitars and Vocals, Kenny Gradney, Bass; Scott Sharrard, Guitars and Vocals; and Tony Leone, drums.

Little Feat played at The Wilma in Missoula for their 50th Anniversary Tour in 2019. Psychedelic-blues institution Hot Tuna actually played at the KettleHouse Amphitheater for the opening season in 2017 with Tedeschi Trucks. Many folks still claim that to be one of their favorite shows. We’re excited to have Little Feat & Hot Tuna teaming up for some guaranteed good times!


PRESALE: Limited Logjam presale tickets will be available online only (while supplies last) from 10am, Wednesday, December 8th to 10pm, Thursday, December 9th. A password will be provided via email after completing the Logjam Presale sign up form where it says GET TICKETS below. PLEASE NOTE: Logjam Gift Cards cannot be used for presale purchases. Learn how to purchase tickets with your Logjam gift card here.

PUBLIC ON SALE: Tickets for both shows will go on sale to the general public Fri, Dec. 10th at 10am, and will be available at the Top Hat in Missoula, online or by phone at 1 (800) 514-3849. Visit the specific event page below for tickets and more info.

About Little Feat

Little Feat is the classic example of a fusion of many styles and musical genres made into something utterly distinctive. Their brilliant musicianship transcends boundaries, uniting California rock, funk, folk, jazz, country, rockabilly, and New Orleans swamp boogie into a rich gumbo, that has been leading people in joyful dance ever since. It began in 1969 when Frank Zappa was smart enough to fire Lowell George from the Mothers of Invention and tell him to go start a band of his own. Soon after, Lowell connected with Bill Payne, which stirred up sparks. They then found drummer Richie Hayward. They were quickly signed by Warner Bros. and began working on the first of twelve albums with that venerable company. The first album, Little Feat, featured the instant-classic tune “Willin’,” and the follow-up Sailin’ Shoes added “Easy to Slip,” “Trouble,” “Tripe Face Boogie,” “Cold Cold Cold” and the title track to their repertoire. Paul Barrére, Kenny Gradney (bass), and Sam Clayton (percussion), joined up, and the latter two remain rock-solid members of Little Feat’s rhythm section. 1973’s Dixie Chicken gave them the title track and “Fat Man in the Bathtub,” as good a blues as any rock band has ever written. Their career to that point was summed up with the live Waiting for Columbus, truly one of the best live albums rock has ever heard. Fifty years on the road cost them Lowell George, then Richie Hayward and Paul Barrére, but the music has carried them forward. When you spend your life on the road you can get eaten up by the stresses, or you can hold on to your music and your friends and the joy of the people out front and keep the priorities straight the way the Featsters have. Little Feat in 2021 is: Bill Payne, Keyboards and Vocals; Sam Clayton, Percussion and Vocals; Fred Tackett, Guitars and Vocals, Kenny Gradney, Bass; Scott Sharrard, Guitars and Vocals; and Tony Leone, drums. Fifty years on, they’ve been up and they’ve been down and they know where they belong—standing or sitting behind their instruments, playing for you. And anything’s possible, because the end is not in sight.