There’s no better way to wind down from a stressful school year than with live music. While you’ll probably find yourself plastered against the wall of a bar more often than beneath the multicolored lights of a Lady Gaga concert, Bozeman’s music scene is surprisingly good, and the friendly, interactive atmosphere at these shows is better than a 50,000-person stadium anyway.
The Filling Station caters to the rock & roll/punk scene, The Zebra books great house and hip-hop acts, and the Haufbrau gives our local musicians a place to strut their stuff. More of a DIY (do-it-yourself) diva? The Bacchus, Colonel Black’s, and the Buffalo Jump all offer karaoke throughout the week.
The best way to get out and shake your groove to live music in Bozeman is to check out our local bands. Favorites include Pinky and the Floyd, Cure for the Common, Archer’s Mob, and Flatt Cheddar. Or check out the Bozeman natives who have spread their wings to tour beyond our borders, but still come back to their roots: the Clintons, the Dirty Shame, the Kitchen Dwellers, Ten Foot Tall & 80 Proof, and Little Jane & the Pistol Whips. These intimate local shows allow you to get up close and personal—as long as you don’t mind sharing your personal bubble with the rest of Bozeman.
If you haven’t noticed yet, Bozemanites love outdoor music. During the summer, check out Music on Main, where every Thursday evening, Main Street shuts down for a community-wide party. On Wednesdays throughout summer, the Emerson hosts Lunch on the Lawn with live music and local food vendors. The Sweet Pea Festival features outdoor concerts throughout the three-day event, and if you’re hanging out in Big Sky, hit up the weekly summer shows at Music in the Mountains. Closer to home, there’s the occasional street performer blessing downtown meanderers with sidewalk tunes.
Admittedly, Bozeman doesn’t host many big- name acts. However, when they do make their way through town, the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse is the place to go. In years past, we’ve seen John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Plain White T’s, and Brad Paisley. The Gallatin County Fairgrounds and the Emerson Cultural Center have hosted their fair share of famous musicians as well, including Yonder Mountain String Band, Atmosphere, and Modest Mouse.