You missed it : The Whags

You Missed it : The Whags with Mountain Standard Time

“I’m just going to have a couple white claws and stay for sound check, I’ve got to work in the morning” Vince said when I walked into the bar. He had done sound for the Whags the day before at the Hot Springs and had Monday off so he thought he’d give them another listen. The members of Mountain Standard Time weren’t so fortunate. “I’ve gotta be back at the hospital at 5:30am, I got called in” Gabby said as she wired up her pedalboard. 

We got the Whags and Mountain Standard Time plugged in and sounding good. We were a little behind schedule – finishing MST’s check 20 minutes into doors. Not too bad. I slapped one of The Whags’ stickers on one of the stage monitors and threw a pot pie in the microwave in the kitchen. Dinner break. 

I come back out. “Hey, I’m doing lights for The Whags” Vince says, slapping down two black cherry whiteclaws down in front of the lighting console to claim his spot.  I was ok with this development, because it made my night easier and I get to push Vince’s buttons instead of the ones on the lighting console.  “Hey, fire up the hazer, MST’s getting on the stage!” I said, nervously glancing around the empty room.  A quick glance at the dashboard for my credit card  reader confirmed my suspicions and my mood sank as I realized we were doing this show purely for the Love of Music. 

With the Whags hunkered down in a booth and our six ticket holders settled in, MST took the stage. “They’re sounding really good tonight”, Vince said, throwing a rainbow chase across the upstage lights. Rocking through their set, Phil the bartender stood and watched between slinging PBR’s. 

They finished up their set and the Whags took the stage. Playing mostly unreleased material, they jammed for about an hour and a half , ripping through “Jones Wood”, “How We Hear” , and “Copacetic”, they played tunes off both of their releases – Routine for Now and Smile Maker.  There was plenty of room for dancing, and dance the people did. “Yesterday was a little demoralizing for us, thanks for clapping” they remarked, referring to their show the day before at the Hot Springs. It’s a more chill vibe over there – people sit in the pool and talk, and the music is more part of the background.  “This is a cool place, we’ll be back on a Saturday next time!” they said after the show, packing up their van with gear. With a new T-shirt in his hands, Vince paid his tab and started asking the band when they were coming back to town. We need to get them on the Gallatin Underground, after all. 


Patrick Lokken

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Hornbread : Freshly Baked Album Review

Hornbread: Freshly Baked album cover

Taking over the studio at the MSU School of music,  Hornbread recorded their first album- Freshly Baked.  Released on June 9th, 2023 the eight tracks take the listener on a raucus high speed journey through post-covid college life with a stop in the middle to cover a few ska and funk standards –  “Keasby Nights” by Catch 22,  a Tower of Power tune- ” What is Hip?” , and “Party at Ground Zero” by Fishbone. 

The album kicks off with a cheerful blast from the horn section in “This How it Ends (Dad’s Song) ” and the energy carries through to the end , building with “What is Hip?” and “Stink Bug Rug”.  

“Vitamin R” is a love song to Rainier, the band’s favorite beer.  “Stink Bug Rug” combines gypsy jazz and ska in an inventive way and puts the pedal to the metal, drifting through speedy funky grooves and jazzy interludes.  The album ends with “Blue Cheese”.  Starting with a catchy drum and bass groove, the horns come in and the lyrics take on take you on a high speed chase through a lunch break gone awry. 

All told, I think if you’re in your friend’s car and jacked into the bluetooth, they won’t kick you out into traffic if you put on Hornbread : Freshly Baked. With solid high energy grooves, great pacing and a variety of sounds, it’s a half hour of your life well spent. 


Austin Belluscio – Guitar
Tyler Lennon – Bass
Nathan Rodacker – Drums
Pete Briccetti – Main Vocals
Noah Ziegler – Bass trombone
Gunter Roylance – Trombone
Tanner Rubino – Trumpet
Cole Orelup – Trumpet


-Patrick Lokken


Recap : Duckworth Presents Pinky and The Floyd

I never met Milton Menasco. 

     I saw posters for “Milton Menasco and the Big Fiasco” all over the place for decades, and when I started doing regularly doing sound in 2012 I kinda figured one way or another I’d run into him. Unfortunately I never got that opportunity – Milton’s ticker stopped ticking on March 18th, 2022.  In two years that ripped a piece of everyone’s heart out, we lost Joe Knapp, Milton Menasco, and Noel Lacey.

     Milton had a passion for music and skiing that sustained him through dark winters, and it was a life goal for him to create a foundation to make these activities more accessible for others that are struggling. Fortunately Milton’s dreams continue on, though the efforts of friends and family. The Milton Menasco Foundation was created to support mental health by creating recreational opportunities for people that are struggling. With help from Duckworth Co and Pinky and the Floyd, the first fundraiser for the foundation was held at the Filling Station on 10/6/2023, to great success. 

Ripping through classic Floyd tunes with ease, the band was met with loud and boisterous applause. Two encores weren’t enough to satisfy the fans, who wanted more. 

The fundraiser was a great success, with proceeds benefiting Suffer Out Loud, The Help Center, and the Bridger Ski Foundation.  Many thanks to everyone that was a part of it!

Patrick Lokken

Photos by Nate Garvine