Dirtwire Announces Return to Montana in 2024 with Dates at The ELM and Wilma

Self described “swamptronica” band Dirtwire will bring The Four Directions Tour to Montana in 2024, performing at The ELM in Bozeman on January 19th and The Wilma in Missoula on January 20th. Both shows will feature support from Free Creatures.

Dirtwire has cultivated a dedicated fanbase in Montana over the past few years, consistently delivering unforgettable performances (photos).

The band boasts a truly unique musical style that falls somewhere between Americana and electronica. They achieve this distinctive sound by blending traditional instruments, global percussion, soundscapes, and electronic beats, resulting in what they term “swamptronica.” Get a feel for their signature sound and check out the tracks “Sailing the Solar Flares,” “No More,” and “GoGo.” Their latest album, Embers, came out in 2022.

They have a great catalog of studio recordings, but nothing beats their live show! Their mysterious live performances include a plethora of globally sourced rhythms and beats that produce a one-of-a-kind experience.

Tickets/Event Details

PUBLIC ON SALE: Tickets for both shows will go on sale to the general public Thursday, October 26th at 10:00AM, and will be available at The ELM box officeTop Hat box office, online or by phone at 1 (800) 514-3849. Visit the specific event page below for tickets and more info.

About Dirtwire

Dirtwire stands poised between ancient Mother Earth and modern technology, a blend of ethnomusicology and the psychedelic trance state, gut-bucket delta blues and what the band variously dubs “back-porch space cowboy blues, swamptronica, and electro-twang.” It’s a sound informed by Dirtwire’s travels and performances around the globe, where East meets West and North joins South. From the favelas in Brazil, Femi Kuti’s Shrine in Lagos, Tokyo’s bluegrass clubs, Ayahuasca ceremonies in Central America, Gamelan performances in Bali, desert festivals in the Australian Outback, and the 20th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s modernized new capital Astana, the band spreads its message by building bridges across musical cultures in their own unique way.

Dirtwire plays an array of instruments both ancient and modern, including West African kamale ngonis, jaw harps, space fiddles, whamola basses, Rickenbacher electric 12 string guitars, bowed Banjos and mouth harps from around the globe, all interwoven into modern laptop beat creation. Hailing from the underground west coast electronic bass music scene Dirtwire finds itself at the forefront of experimental electronic music production mixing in their wide array of world instruments with sampled beats and 808’s. Dirtwire’s live shows are a communal psychedelic journey, ranging from down home boot stomping get downs, to bass and blues electronic mashups, to ethereal cinematic beat driven soundscapes. Woven into each is the exploration of where live instruments meet computer production, and where tradition meets experimentation.