Logjam Presents

Jason Mraz

& The Superband - The Mystical Magical Rhythmical Radical Ride

Molly Miller Trio

KettleHouse Amphitheater

Missoula, MT
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Logjam Presents is pleased to welcome Jason Mraz for a live concert performance at the KettleHouse Amphitheater on Thursday, August 1, 2024. Tickets are on sale now at The Top Hat, The ELM, & online. General Admission standing pit tickets, reserved stadium seating tickets, and general admission lawn tickets are available. Shuttle and parking tickets for… Continue Reading

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6:30PM (door) 7:30PM (show)
$39.50-$69.50 (Adv.) + applicable fees
All Ages
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Logjam Presents is pleased to welcome Jason Mraz for a live concert performance at the KettleHouse Amphitheater on Thursday, August 1, 2024.

Tickets are on sale now at The Top Hat, The ELM, & online. General Admission standing pit tickets, reserved stadium seating tickets, and general admission lawn tickets are available. Shuttle and parking tickets for this event are also available for advance purchase here. All ages are welcome.

Available Ticket Types:

General Admission Pit: General admission pit tickets allow access to the standing room only section located directly in front of the stage.

Reserved Premium Stadium Seating: Premium Reserved Stadium seating tickets allow access to the reserved, stadium-style seating section located just behind the main pit of the amphitheater, closest to the stage.

Reserved Stadium Seating: Reserved Stadium seating tickets allow access to the reserved, stadium-style seating section located just behind the main pit of the amphitheater.

General Admission Lawn: General Admission Lawn tickets allow access to the upper standing section of the amphitheater located just above the reserved stadium seating section.

Take a look at these tips to best prepare yourself for a smooth ticket buying experience.

Additional ticketing and venue information can be found here.

All concerts are held rain or shine. Be prepared for extremes such as sunshine, heat, wind or rain. All tickets are non-refundable. In the event of cancellation due to extreme weather, tickets will not be refunded.

About Jason Mraz

“It’s a miracle that we’re here at all/
This mystical, magical, rhythmical, radical, ride.”

Jason Mraz is living full spiral. It’s not full circle, exactly, because he’s changed and his experiences have changed, but on his eighth album, Mystical Magical Rhythmical Radical Ride, the musician has found himself returning to a familiar junction in space. The new songs, which are unabashedly pop, see Mraz reuniting with numerous collaborators, including Los Angeles band Raining Jane and producer Martin Terefe, who helmed 2008’s We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. In fact, as Mraz looked at the number eight, he instead saw an infinity sign.

“We’re back together, but we’re not where we were,” the musician explains. “We have new perspective and new height, so we can collaborate in a new way. I feel like I’ve completed a ring of the spiral, and now I’m starting that ride again. There’s a sense of constant unwinding and ever-moving forward that is both predicable and always uncertain.”

The songs on Mystical Magical Rhythmical Radical Ride harken back to 2014, when Mraz worked with Raining Jane on his fifth album, YES!. Although the four-piece group has continued to record and tour with Mraz, the musicians have always wanted to recreate that experience of making an entire album in tandem. Mraz and Raining Jane wrote together throughout the pandemic, going on writing retreats whenever they could. Although Mraz had explored the reggae genre on his 2020 album Look For the Good, this time the musicians decided to go full pop — an idea that emerged at the request of Mraz’s mom June.

“I played her some acoustic demos and she was like, ‘Yeah, these are great, but y’all need to make a pop album,'” Mraz recalls. “She said, ‘Because you’re not getting any younger, and you better do it before it’s too late.’ So anytime we found ourselves needing to pick up the tempo, we’d say, ‘Do it for Mama June.’ It became bigger than five musicians who usually sit around a campfire playing acoustic songs. This album reflects a concerted effort to push ourselves and push the process with our hearts fully open.”

Last summer, after completing a U.S. tour, Mraz and Raining Jane recorded the songs in Terefe’s studio in New York City, fittingly arriving on August 8th and departing on August 18th. Although Mraz hadn’t worked with Terefe in years, the pair found an immediate sense of ease and fluidity in their process. Additional recording took place at Mraz’s home studio in Oceanside and in Nashville, where Mraz reunited with more of his long-time collaborators, Carlos Sosa and the Grooveline Horns and string arranger David Davidson.

While making the album was creatively fruitful, it also marked a difficult time for Mraz, who lost his stepfather on the final day of recording. His mom, to whom the album is dedicated, fell sick shortly after. The events underscored much of what Mraz and Raining Jane had explored lyrically on the album. The songs grapple with the emotions and experiences that come with being in your mid-40s, a time that is often ignored by pop songwriters. But even from a place of darkness, Mraz found that gleam of positivity, which threads through Mystical Magical Rhythmical Radical Ride.

“To me, music is magic because first there’s emptiness or silence and then I’m playing an instrument or singing, and, just like that, I’m a creator,” Mraz reflects. “I am alive to make this sound. So music is a medium through which this alchemy can occur, and I find that my lyrics reflect that. A song can stem from a place of shadow or darkness, but optimism will always be in my music. I always want to bring the listener back to the light.”

Mystical Magical Rhythmical Radical Ride opens and closes with the same singing bowl and synth sound, suggesting that it is an ever-continuing sensation. It is never finite or complete, but instead the songs spiral into each other, encouraging the listener to enjoy the album again and again. The opening track, “Getting Started,” underscores the idea that there is no end point to the human experience. For Mraz, being a musician in his mid-40s is only the beginning. The potential for self-expression is limitless, a truth that’s at the core of “Little Time.”

“That song looks at each decade in my life,” Mraz explains. “What I cared about and what I pursued may have changed, but there’s one thing that’s always been consistent, and that’s my dream of being a musician. I’m still living this dream I had as a kid. It takes a certain energy and commitment and belief to still live your dream throughout your life. That’s a recurring theme on this album. It’s about my quest to continue to be fully self-expressed and to continue to live this dream.”

That sense of authentic self-expression resonates throughout the album’s rousing, upbeat single “I Feel Like Dancing.” For Mraz, that song felt like the medicine he needed at the time he wrote it. It’s a reminder to dance your own dance without fear, no matter what it looks like. “Songs appear out of a real necessity, and this song appeared as I struggled with identity and self worth in my mid-40s,” he notes. “And I have to truly dance like no one’s watching.”

Elsewhere on the album, “Lovesick Romeo” is the album’s oldest track and imparts a modern-day idea: no means no. “Feel Good Too,” about enjoying the success of those around you, has a disco flair inspired by Mraz’s newfound love of roller skating. “Irony of Loneliness,” one of the album’s more pensive tracks, draws its title and central lyric from a poem by Rupi Kaur, who became yet another collaborator on the album. Throughout the album, there are hints of Mraz’s formative releases, including his 2002 debut Waiting For My Rocket to Come and 2005’s Mr. A-Z, but it ultimately finds a kinship with We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. It is, in fact, full spiral, reflecting the past but becoming something new.

For Mraz, Mystical Magical Rhythmical Radical Ride is another step forward on the unpredictable journey of life. Its optimistic, inspiring sensibility reflects the musician’s overall approach to being in the world. He continues to run his organic home farm, Mraz Family Farms, which grows coffee and avocados, and his nonprofit the Jason Mraz Foundation, which has a mission of shining for inclusive arts education, food security and the advancement of equality. He donated all of the profits from Look For The Good to various charities, and actively advocates for equality, climate preservation and arts education. Mraz, a two-time Grammy winner, Songwriters Hall of Fame Honoree and spokesman for the Good Tidings Foundation, always aims to use his position to empower others and inspire real-world change and positivity. It’s something he will carry with him as he moves into the next spiral, and one after that, and into infinity.

& The Superband - The Mystical Magical Rhythmical Radical Ride

Molly Miller Trio

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About Molly Miller Trio

Everything in Molly Miller’s career has come organically. The Los Angeles guitarist and songwriter has followed the path in front of her with a sense of curiosity and openness, proving that if you’re meant to do something, you’ll do it. From creating the Molly Miller Trio with Jennifer Condos and Jay Bellerose in 2016 to playing and touring with artists like Jason Mraz to teaching guitar at the University of Southern California, Molly brings a passion for music and a sophisticated, raw style to everything she does.

“The best things in life happen naturally, which has been true for me,” Molly says. “I’ve been able to have a diversified career that has served me very well and I think it all informs each other. Not only does it keep me busy, it keeps me challenged. I’m fortunate that everything I do brings me joy and the goal is to grow from it as well.”

Molly’s latest endeavor is The Ballad of Hotspur, Molly Miller Trio’s third album and follow-up to 2021’s St. George. The album, a collection of instrumental Americana jazz songs tinged with folk and Surf Rock vibes, harkens back to 2020 when musicians were forced off the road by the pandemic. Molly realized she could take advantage of the moment to write new music, so she and Jennifer began sending ideas back and forth. Eventually, the trio found themselves in the same room again.

“These songs came to life when the three of us played them together,” Molly says. “There’s something that’s really specific about the three of us. There’s a shared vision of what the music should be. We come from an eclectic mix of backgrounds, but it all melds together.”

The band went into LA’s Valentine Studios to record the album in April of 2022 after two years of writing and laid down the tracks in only two days. The trio self-produced the LP with the help of sound engineer Jason Wormer (T Bone Burnett). The aim was to capture the dynamic energy of the group’s live show in the studio, almost like snapping a photograph of a particular moment in time. “There’s no such thing as perfect, but the more real and alive a recording is the better it feels,” Molly notes. “To me, music is simply capturing an instance in the room.”

The Ballad of Hotspur draws its name from a character in Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 1, unfurling as a saga. Although the songs vary in style and tone, the overall piece draws the listener on an epic journey as the musicians embrace bold, playful instrumentation alongside moments of quiet reflection. From bluesy opener and first single “Cine” to jazz-tinged “Blues to Greens” to Western-inspired “66 West,” The Ballad of Hotspur showcases evocative glimpses into Molly’s experiences and thoughts over the past few years.

“Although they are instrumental, when I’m writing a song I almost always have lyrics moving through them in my head,” Molly says. “It might be a mantra or a message. So while people aren’t hearing literal song lyrics, there’s always an emotional space I’m writing and playing from that I think you can hear.”

The album is yet another facet of Molly’s impressive career. She’s been playing music since age seven, originally performing in a family band with her four siblings and drawing inspiration from artists like Jimi Hendrix, The Beach Boys, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. In high school, she got into jazz, an obsession that continued into her years studying at USC, where she eventually earned her BM, MM and Doctorate in Musical Arts. A few weeks after graduating in 2016, Jason Mraz asked Molly to play with him. The same year, she became the Chair of the Guitar Department at the Los Angeles College of Music. Since then, Molly has balanced performance and teaching, becoming a professor of Studio Guitar at USC in 2022. Along with Mraz, she’s played with artists like Black Eyed Peas, Scary Pockets, Sin Bandera, and Pomplemoose at the Hollywood Bowl, Royal Albert Hall and Coachella, and Molly Miller Trio has toured as an opening act for Mraz and performed at Monterey Jazz Festival, Dizzy’s at Lincoln Center, and SF Jazz.

Guitar is everything to Molly, whether she’s writing songs, playing live or sharing her talent with her students. It’s her voice. It’s a place of stillness. It’s a way of tapping into deeper thoughts and emotions. And, most importantly, it’s how she can be of use in the world.

“I found something that can connect with people and allow them to feel something,” she says. “I can connect with them by teaching or by playing. It makes me a better person, it calms me down and allows me to express myself. It’s amazing to me that my job can also be a source of such deep joy.”