American Acoustic: Punch Brothers & Watchhouse to Play KettleHouse Amphitheater 2022

There’s acoustic music, then there’s this. Teaming up for one of the most anticipated tours of the summer, Logjam Presents is honored to welcome the American Acoustic Tour featuring Punch Brothers and Watchhouse (formally known as Mandolin Orange) to the KettleHouse Amphitheater on July 27, 2022.

Grammy award winning Punch Brothers are no strangers to Montana, having performed along the banks of the Blackfoot River with Andrew Bird back in 2019. Since then, the group has been hard at work doing what they do best, writing and recording music that transcends traditional folk and classical bluegrass into a sound entirely their own.

Watchhouse, formally known as Mandolin Orange, is comprised of Andrew Marlin and fiddler Emily Frantz. Having evolved with time, they have become new flag bearers of the contemporary folk world, sweetly singing soft songs about the hardest parts of our lives, both as people and as a people. This event will mark the groups first Missoula performance under the new moniker and what a better setting then a beautiful summer evening along the banks of the Blackfoot River.



PRESALE: Limited Groove presale tickets will be available online only (while supplies last) from 10am – 10pm MT, Thursday, April 7th. A password will be provided via email after completing the Groove 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 go on sale Friday, April 8th, 2022 at 10:00am MT and will be available at the Top Hatonline or by phone at 1 (800) 514-3849. General Admission standing pit tickets, reserved stadium seating tickets and general admission lawn tickets are available. All ages are welcome. Groove shuttle and parking tickets for this event are also available for advance purchase here.

About Punch Brothers

Punch Brothers are mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny, and violinist Gabe Witcher. Their accolades include a Grammy® for Best Folk Album for their 2018 release, All Ashore, and praise from the media, including The Washington Post, which said, “With enthusiasm and experimentation, Punch Brothers take bluegrass to its next evolutionary stage, drawing equal inspiration from the brain and the heart.”

In November of 2020, when the world felt so full of uncertainty, Punch Brothers did the one thing that they could rely on: they stood in a circle, facing one another, and made music. A weeklong recording session, after quarantining and minimal rehearsal aside from a few Zoom calls, had culminated in their new record, Hell on Church Street — a reimagining of Bluegrass great Tony Rice’s landmark album, Church Street Blues — out on Nonesuch in January 2022. Hell on Church Street is a potent work by a band realizing their own powers and returning to the foundations of their music. Continue Reading… 

About Watchhouse

By the time 2019 came to its fitful end, Andrew Marlin knew he was tired of touring. He was grateful, of course,for the ascendancy of Mandolin Orange, the duo he’d co-founded in North Carolina with fiddler Emily Frantz exactly a decade earlier. With time, they had become new flag bearers of the contemporary folk world, sweetly singing soft songs about the hardest parts of our lives, both as people and as a people. Their rise—particularly crowds that grew first to fill small dives, then the Ryman, then amphitheaters the size of Red Rocks—humbled Emily and Andrew, who became parents to Ruby late in 2018.They’d made a life of this.

Still, every night, Andrew especially was paid to relive a lifetime of grievances and griefs onstage. After 2019’s Tides of a Teardrop, a tender accounting of his mother’s early death,the process became evermore arduous, even exhausting. What’s more, those tunes—and the band’s entire catalogue, really—conflicted with the name Mandolin Orange, an early-20s holdover that never quite comported with the music they made. Nightly soundchecks, at least, provided temporary relief, as the band worked through a batch of guarded but hopeful songs written just after Ruby’s birth.They offered a new way to think about an established act. Continue reading