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

Fruit Bag Theatre Presents : The Rocky Horror Picture Show


No Cover

VIP Prop bags for sale

Come enjoy The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Filling Station!

8pm Doors open
11pm Rocky Horror Picture Show starts

Hornbread with Mint UV Halloween Party


Doors: 8pm, Show : 9pm

Cover : $10 in advance, $15 at the door

It’s a high energy, radioactive Halloween bash with Hornbread and MINT! We’re bathing the Filler in blacklight so be ready to glow!

Hornbread is Bozeman’s premier ska band with an MSU Battle of the Band trophy under their belt and a rippin album on streaming services with thousands of plays. They’ll get you moving!

Hornbread Socials:



MINT is keeping progressive funk alive in Bozeman with a mixture of originals and covers. Featuring some of MSU’s best and brightest music school grads, these guys have the chops to make the party groove!

MINT Socials:


Bozeman Magazine Presents : An Evening with 710 Ashbury

Show at 8pm

710 Ashbury Socials :

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The band 710 ashbury on a stageThe band 710 Ashbury sitting down in front of a flag





Helena’s GD Tribute – There are so many taglines and so much iconography to pull from when dealing with the Dead, but I finally landed on 710 Ashbury. 710 Ashbury was [the address of] an Old Victorian in The Haight district in San Francisco. Members of the Grateful Dead lived together at 710 in 1967. Maybe a little before and a little after but predominantly 1967 and its much-talked-about “Summer of Love.” 710 Ashbury didn’t come right out and say Grateful Dead, but it certainly made the connection.

Strumbucket with STiLGONE

Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm

Cover: $10 in advance, $15 at the door

Strumbucket is a five-piece “twang-funk” band from Jackson, Wyoming known for their colorful multi-genre live shows. Drawing from a wide range of sounds, their original music weaves together funked bass grooves, banjo driven twang, latin beats, electro-psych synth lines, and classic rock guitar. Listening to the group’s offerings, one gets the sense that a good laugh is one piece of the puzzle that keeps the fun meter in check.


Forming in 2018, the band has grown outside the local Jackson music scene, playing everything from rowdy bar gigs to fun-filled community events, local venues to supporting acts such as JoJo Herman (Widespread Panic), DJ Williams’ Shot’s Fired, Polyrhythmics, and The Ghost of Paul Revere along the way.


The band consists of Peter Henderson (drums), Lavender Jones (bass, vocals), Grove Miller (keys), Pat Bottini (lead guitar), and Alex Blackwelder (banjo, lead vocals). The band released their first full length album, Hold On, I’m Strummin’, in July of 2022.


Strumbucket is influenced by the likes of The Meters, Little Feat, and one non-mainstream band for which they’re known to cover frequently, Ween.

Mountain Standard Time with The Whags

Doors : 7:30pm , Show: 8pm
Cover : $10 in advance, $15 at the door

MST is a 6-piece multi-genre group based out of Bozeman, MT. Their unique sound consists of 70s rock with undertones of surf/psychedelic rock and jam styles. The young high-energy band consists of Alyssa Mandich (vocals), Gabby Rizzo (guitar), Trafford Turkiewicz (guitar), Aiden Doherty (keys), Ryan Totman (bass), and Eliot DeFrancesco-Evans (drums). Their enthusiasm is bound to bring great spirits and grooving times!


The Whags have been hard at work, making up for over a year of lost time together in the pandemic. In 2022 the Seattle band has embarked on two west coast tours and recorded their debut full length album with Adam Burd (Fleet Foxes, The Dip, Car Seat Headrest) at Avast Studios, filling large venue shows while keeping the spirit alive at smaller community events. Since releasing Smile Maker EP in 2019, one that received airplay on local independent radio giant KEXP and beyond, the band has gathered around them a robust and genial show family. Their open-ended approach to Americana, funk, and sunshine pop provides a musical tether for any concert goer. The band layers vocal-driven pop harmonies, anthemic guitar riffs, and jazz/funk rhythms that conjure swirly ballads amidst groove-heavy jams. On April 7 the band released their full-length album “Routine for Now”.

Sierra Gallagher Presents: Infinite Ammo, Geimreidh and Rid

7PM, 21+
Infinite Ammo
Powerviolence/grind from Missoula, MT
Black/thrash metal from Bozeman, MT
Brand new grind band from Bozeman, MT

Tophouse with Rob Wolf

Montana Booking Agency presents:


October 3, 2023

The Filling Station

Doors: 7 | Show: 8

$15 Advance | $20 Day of Show

TopHouse is a Montana-raised Americana/Folk band made up of Jesse Davis, Joe Larson, Will Cook, and Andy LaFave.

Created in 2015, the band began as a duo when two Music Composition majors at the University of Montana, guitarist/songwriter Jesse Davis and violinist William Cook, realized they loved playing music together and wanted to start – immediately. Lacking both a drummer and a singer, the first iteration of TopHouse was a virtuosity ‘Celtic folk’ instrumental duo with next-to-no connections. For about a year TopHouse performed in the bottom of parking garages in the cold Missoula air because “the reverb was cool.” William and Jesse eventually snuck their way into a local farmer’s market, and then moved onto the illustrious stardom of coffee shops, breweries, and weddings.

Joseph Larson, a singer, songwriter, and guitar/banjo player, joined the band in 2016. Joe wrote and performed songs, while Jesse’s songs like Where Are You and Summer Never Leaves – which, up to this point, had simply been instrumental violin pieces – finally came into their fullness. Joseph’s addition vaulted TopHouse to local fame, with the Missoulian naming TopHouse one the top 5 best new bands. Between 2017-2019 they released their self-produced EP Middle of Somewhere and their album Hopes & Fears while performing in festivals like the Bitterroot Celtic Festival, Avery Fest, and the Flathead Celtic Festival.

TopHouse moved to Nashville TN in October of 2019. They, like many musicians, were stranded at their shared home for most of 2020. During this year TopHouse wrote, recorded, and released their second album, Snapshot. When music city opened back up in 2021 TopHouse was invited to be the house band for Tennessee Brew Works and began performing in and around Nashville. After a difficult year of waiting and hoping, TopHouse prevailed, performing in events like the Local Show and going on their first official tours to Montana, Texas, and California.

In 2022 Andy LaFave the pianist joined TopHouse. Andy – an incredible songwriter and musician that regularly releases his own music under his solo project Don’t Dance – has performed with William and Joseph since childhood. With Andy’s help, TopHouse is working on their newest music release and will be ready to inspire the populace.