Fruit Bats Announce Return to Bozeman

Time-tested indie folk band Fruit Bats will return to The ELM in Bozeman on Sunday, May 21, 2023.

The band has had many lineup changes over the past 20 years, but continues to revolve around band founder, Eric D. Johnson, who was also a member of indie giants, The Shins. Johnson also plays in the supergroup Bonny Light Horseman, who recently garnered two Grammy nominations for Best American Roots Performance (“Deep In Love”) and Best Folk Album (Bonny Light Horseman).

Fruit Bats have noted influences that include Supertramp, The Byrds, The Kinks and pop radio from the late ’70s and early ’80s. Fruit Bats’ 2022 release, Sometimes A Cloud Is Just A Cloud: Slow Growers, Sleeper Hits And Lost Songs (2001–2021), a 23-song collection comprising favorites and unreleased rarities.


PRESALE: Limited Groove presale tickets will be available online only (while supplies last) from 10am to 10pm, Thursday, November 17th. 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 will be available at 10:00AM on on Friday, November 18th online or by phone at 1 (800) 514-3849. Reserved balcony loge seating and general admission standing room tickets are available. All ages are welcome.

About Fruit Bats

Eric D. Johnson, the creative force behind Fruit Bats, doesn’t spend a lot of time looking in the rearview mirror. “Maybe it speaks to some Midwest thing,” he says. “Don’t be overly reflective or navel-gazing. And as a songwriter, you always want to be looking forward, not backward.” But with the 20th anniversary of his first Fruit Bats release (2001’s Echolocation) on his mind, it seemed as good a time as any to take stock of his work—and he’s doing so in the form of Sometimes a Cloud Is Just a Cloud: Slow Growers, Sleeper Hits and Lost Songs (2001–2021), a two-disc collection that tracks the history of Fruit Bats from its earliest days to right now.

Thoughtfully compiled by Johnson himself, this set is split in two distinct halves. Set in reverse chronological order, the first disc cherry-picks from Fruit Bats’ official releases, including fan favorites—“Humbug Mountain Song” from 2016’s Absolute Loser and “The Bottom of It” from his 2019 Merge debut Gold Past Life—alongside some of Johnson’s more personal choices like “Glass in Your Feet” from Echolocation. “I was 25 when I made that record,” Johnson remembers. “I was even younger than that when I wrote that song. I think I hadn’t yet learned to write from the heart. I was trying to create a sound. It wasn’t even so much about the song at that point.” Continue reading…