Missoula Symphony with Chris Botti
(Friday, June 15)
The Missoula Symphony Orchestra is getting the amphitheater treatment on Sunday with a concert at Big Sky Brewing, where they'll back world-traveling trumpet player Chris Botti. It's the first collaboration of its kind for the symphony, who hopes to bring more guests like Botti to Missoula for summer concerts in the future. (See full preview for more information.)
(Monday, June 18)
Nicki Bluhm has been through a divorce and a move to Nashville, a combination that might worry you that her new album, "To Rise You Gotta Fall," might descend into dirges. That's not really the standard mode for the blue-eyed soul singer, though. While her new songs involve no shortage of soul-searching and introspection, she still sets them to warm retro soul and sings with the brightness she's known for.
She plays at the Top Hat, where doors open at 7:30 p.m.; the show's at 8. Tickets are $17, all ages, at logjampresents or the Hat. (Cory Walsh)
Andrea Von Kampen
(Tuesday, June 19)
Nebraskan singer-songwriter Andrea Von Kampen will share the lightly twangy voice — which impressed the staff on All Songs Considered — at the Top Hat's Acoustic Avenue night. She'll starting at 8. It's free and all ages.
Captain Wilson Conspiracy
(Wednesday, June 20)
This modern-leaning jazz combo performs in various configurations depending on who's available, and whether pianist Keaton Wilson is in town or has an able substitute.
The show starts at 7 p.m. It's free and all ages.
Primus and Mastodon
(Thursday, June 21)
Les Claypool’s eccentric funk-metal group is joined by fellow thrashers Mastodon at the KettleHouse Amphitheater, after Primus’ last visit to the Big Sky Brewing amphitheater in the summer of 2017.
Now that that’s out of the way, I can tell you about the opener — Los Angeles-based JJUUJJUU (for the first half of this week, I thought their name was JUUJUUJUUJUU. Not actually any weirder, right?).
In 2013, bassist Phil Pirrone enlisted a rotating crew of musicians to help him release experimental music as JJUUJJUU. His first full-length, “Zionic Mud,” came out in April, 2018.
The music is suitably far-out (the title track sounds a bit like Tame Impala if Kevin Parker decided to just go completely weirdo galactic. Be warned, it’s one of the most straightforward songs on the record). The preorder special “astral projection kit” — which includes the “Zionic Mud” LP, a T-shirt, enamel pin, slipmat, rolling papers and branded grinder — sadly is sold out on the band’s website.
The band’s Facebook page says it best: “A cup thrown in the ocean contains the ocean while the ocean contains the cup. We are JJUUJJUU and so is you.”
It might be worth going just to see if those grinders are available for individual purchase.
Tickets are still available through logjampresents.com. (Peter Friesen)