Aug. 21, 2017
The community of Bonner, MT is a tiny one. Just east of Missoula, the logging town is home to just over 1,600 people. It’s rich with mountains, rivers and bighorn sheep. It’s pristine and idyllic, like something you’d see on a postcard of the western frontier.
Logjam Presents wants to share that natural beauty with music lovers.
The promotions company is active in the region. Already exclusive managers of the Top Hat Lounge and The Wilma in Missoula, Logjam opened the 4,500-cap KettleHouse Amphitheater in July along the stunning Blackfoot River in Bonner, less than 10 minutes outside of town.
“We wanted to build a venue that provided concertgoers an amazing music experience in a location that personifies the environmental surroundings,” says Nick Checota, owner of Logjam Presents.
The setting is just the start.
Still in its infancy, KettleHouse has already had a spectacular run of shows, starting with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band in mid-July, followed by Ween and the Wheel of Soul Tour featuring Tedeschi Trucks Band, Wood Brothers and Hot Tuna. All three sold out.
Checota hopes to turn KettleHouse into a destination venue, serving as an anchor for backpackers and tourists.
“Whether it is a scenic trip to Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park or the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area, or a fishing trip to the Blackfoot, Clark Fork or Bitterroot rivers (all three rivers are less than 20 miles from the venue), we believe concertgoers will combine a trip to see great music with an outdoor Montana experience,” Checota says.
As far as competition goes, KettleHouse is in a class of its own. “There are few dedicated outdoor music venues that match the facility, the acoustics and the setting,” Checota says.
That’s because KettleHouse is a labor of love. Checota and the Logjam team live in the community and they want to do right by it, focusing more on the artist and concertgoer rather than the bottom line. They’ve invested heavily in their venues, doing major remodels on both the Top Hat and the Wilma, with an emphasis on service and production. Now with the addition of the KettleHouse, Montana could become one of the most unique live music settings in the country.
“Once the word gets out, people will travel to see their favorite bands while enjoying one of the most beautiful regions in the U.S.,” Checota says.
Need a quick getaway? Head for the Montana mountains and catch a show at KettleHouse Amphitheater. For tickets and info, visit logjampresents.com.