Attic hosts evenings of music w/ Martha Scanlan, Country artist Sunny Sweeney puts on a show Friday, November 9th with special guest Jason Wickens
The Attic awaits! Fast becoming a destination for Bozemanites and other regional live music lovers, the Downtown Livingston bar and performance venue has an act to suit every palate. Here’s a look at some of the upcoming artists.
Martha Scanlan & Jon Neufeld celebrate the release of their new album with a performance on Saturday, November 3rd at 8:30pm.
Anyone familiar with the pair’s unique alchemy on stage will not be surprised by the sense of being taken into the moment – their shows are in themselves a journey of improvisation; the way Neufeld’s brilliant innovative guitar playing weaves effortlessly around Scanlan’s timeless songwriting is simply magical. This magical alchemy is at play throughout The River and the Light, released in October. The album presents some of her finest writing yet, and what has earned her the loyal cult following that seems to be steadily growing in spite of, or perhaps because of, her tendency to spend time off the grid rather than on it.
Neufeld’s production on the album, his ability to add layers and depth while maintaining the raw vulnerability of everything happening in the moment, is masterful. The addition of haunting old time fiddles and Cajun accordion of celebrated roots musician Dirk Powell and Black Prairie’s Annalisa Tornfelt seem to invoke something ancient, something deep in the American psyche in songs that are already layered with the complexity of belonging; this is not only a journey of the soul but a journey of the times we are living in.
Country artist Sunny Sweeney puts on a show Friday, November 9th with special guest Jason Wickens opening at 8:30pm.
From the Grand Ole Opry to the Billboard Country charts, from Nashville to Texas to Montana, Sweeney returns to Livingston, ready to burn the joint down with her fiery brand of honest-to-God country music. The performance will feature songs from her critically acclaimed 2017 release Trophy, including “Pass the Pain,” “Pills,” and the heartbreaking “Bottle by My Bed,” along with a masterful reading of the Chris Wall classic “I Feel Like Hank Williams Tonight.” With her hard-earned savvy and acerbic wit, Sweeney always surprises.
Wickens, co-founder of Bozeman’s own Live From The Divide, grew up on his family’s ranch in rural north-central Montana where he taught himself to sing and play guitar. At an early age, he was introduced to Texas-based artists like Houston Marchman, Walt Wilkins, Charlie Robison and Jason Boland who inspired him to write music and tell stories in a way that felt truly authentic to him. He has taken that passion and focused his efforts on writing and sharing stories through song. His self-titled debut album released in July. In addition to writing and performing his music, Wickens has worked with artists like Sturgill Simpson, Chris Knight, Radney Foster, Hayes Carll, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Steve Earle, Dale Watson and many others during his Live tenure.
Also in Livingston, the Attic hosts back-to-back Jazz Jams on Friday and Saturday, November 16th–17th. The performances will begin at 9pm each night and are sure to be a bebopping great time!
Advanced ticketing information is available at www.theatticmontana.com
The Attic is located at 110 N Main St. in Livingston, just above Whiskey Creek Saloon. •