December Cover Artist: Kelly Hartman

Kelly Hartman grew up in the mountains, quite literally, in a tiny valley just a half a mile from Yellowstone National Park. Her parents are wildlife photographers, so she spent much of her childhood hiking through the woods on the search for the…

Twiddle Your Thumbs & Wait For Phase 3?

Brian Ripple

Bozeman has a vibrant art scene, but it is hurting. Many artists thrive on and need recognition. This is why we have movie openings, art galleries, and art walks, and this is why we have live music and concerts.As a musician, a huge majority of my…

"These Boots Were made For Walkin'"

Michael Jochum

So, I’ll tell you my Ted Nugent story. It was right around 1986. I was one of the “session guys in demand,” and I got a call to play on a Ted Nugent record. During that period of time, I was deep into some illicit drugs that caused…

Winter Weavings

Kelly Hartman

Winters are long in Montana, especially when you grow up in the mountains at Silver Gate, Montana, like I did. For those with an artistic bent (I went to college for art), a long winter can be a joyous time for cozying up with your favorite crafts…

Stepping Into The Unknown

Clowning Around with 406Cirque

Ruby Zitzer

Many of us have a narrow vision of what it means to be a clown, usually built off images of clowns in scary films. Due to these horrifying associations, we are often far from feeling comforted or open to the idea of being around clowns. I would argue…

SLAM COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund grants over 8K to Montana Creatives

At the onset of COVID-19, SLAM (Support Local Artists and Musicians) knew it would hit artists hard and quickly mobilized the SLAM COVID-19 Relief Fund for Montana creatives. Since April, SLAM has provided $8,250 to 23 different Montana creatives…

November Cover Artist: Aaron Zulpo

Aaron Zulpo paints stories. His subjects ranged from personal, historic, western, and fictitious adventures. His desire is to delight the audience creating images that are understandable while being visually complex to stimulate the act of…

An Interview With Record Store Day's Michael Kurtz

Brian Ripple

Record Store Day is an annual event which began in 2008 and is held on a Saturday every April, as well as every Black Friday in November to celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store. The day typically brings together fans…

“TOP SECRET”

Michael Jochum

Over the course of my 50 year career I’ve always contended that the studio is my home away from home. It’s where I feel the most power, and a profound sense of peace. The dissection of the recording process, the almost surgical attention…

Moving to Bozeman, Montana? Here Are 10 Things You Need to Know

Angie Jamison

This article was written by Angie Jamison at Bozeman Real Estate Group. To read the original article click here https://bozemanrealestate.group/blog/10-things-you-should-know-before-moving-to-bozeman-montana. Bozeman is a special place. Those who…

2021 Bozeman’s Choice Reader Poll Vote Now Thru Nov 7

Angie Ripple

Each October since 2014, we’ve asked our readers and the greater Bozeman community to vote in the Bozeman’s Choice Reader Poll. Thankfully it’s October, and we get to ask you to vote again, and as you put your stamp of approval on…

October Cover Artist: Jennifer McClellan

"Creativity Takes Courage" -Henri Matisse Jennifer McClellan has been pursuing the free feeling of creating art in nature since 2004. “When first I ventured out to do a plein air painting in 2004, I was unsure of what I was getting myself…

Double Trouble

Michael Jochum

It was early 1986, and I was playing with Jackson Browne. It happened to be Jackson’s birthday that night, and after show festivities were quite a spectacle at the Ritz Carlton hotel somewhere in the United States. I believe it was…

Record Store Day Drops October 24th

As those who have been following the Record Store Day news know, the 2020 Record Store Day celebration (like most events) was cancelled due to Covid-19.  Still, something had to be done to get titles from the list of limited-edition vinyl and CD…

Up The Theatrical Creek

Kevin Brustuen

In mid-June of this year, I was walking along the East Gallatin River one afternoon when I saw a fascinating sight:A young man named Jacques, dressed in white and holding his flute as he sat beside the East Gallatin River in Bozeman, looked up at a…

September Cover Artist: Callie Albrecht

Callie Albrecht was born and raised in the Gallatin Valley in the early ‘90s. Shortly after graduating high school, she embarked on a journey abroad to Central America. There she spent four years for Bible education work and was able to enjoy a…

A Quarantine Interview with Kitchen Dwellers Max Davies

Brian Ripple

When COVID-19 shut down the country, the live entertainment industry was hit extremely hard. Bands and artists, venues, promoters, production companies and many more people have been stopped in their tracks with no clear plan as how to continue, or…

Baroque Music Montana

Kevin Brustuen

Alessandro Stradella was one of the 17th century’s finest Baroque composers—and one of its most threatened composers due to his passion for wine, women, and song. Stradella lived in Venice, played the lute, composed music, and performed…

August Cover Artist: Rod Benson

Rod Benson was born and raised on the Montana Hi-Line. He taught high school science for 37 years, serving as an Earth Science teacher at Helena High from 1994-2019. After a brief retirement, Rod started teaching again at Hays-Lodge Pole High School…

What Sweet Pea Festival and SLAM Festival Will Look Like This Year

Cassie Pfannenstiel

The Sweet Pea Festival is one of the highlights of summer in Bozeman. It is a three-day, family-friendly festival with a mission of “promoting and cultivating the arts.” The festival usually features a long list of activities for people…

Local Artist Brown Bags It

During stay-at-home times, many of us found restaurant take-out bags piling up in our “reuse-it-someday” supplies. One Bozeman local, illustrator Marla Goodman, has plenty of ideas for what to do with all that brown paper. While most…

Top 10 Classic Bozeman Businesses

Angie Jamison

Western CafeThis one is getting a fresh burst of popularity thanks to the younger generations having found out about it.  It’s also where everyone wants to bring visitors to give them the “Montana” experience.  What we…

July Cover Artist: Nic Fischer

Nic Fischer is a proud father of two daughters, a narrative landscape painter, and frequent sufferer of summit fever. For nearly a decade, he has focused on painting landscapes as viewed from the top of a mountain, offering a new perspective of…

Norman Huynh Appointed Bozeman Symphony’s New Music Director

Abby Bradford

The Bozeman Symphony Board of Directors are pleased to announce internationally recognized conductor Norman Huynh has been appointed its new Music Director. Huynh was publicly announced the Bozeman Symphony’s new Music Director at a virtual…

Bozeman's Brand New Record Store - The Wax Museum

Brian Ripple

Brian Ripple: What is The Wax Museum and where is it located? Kels Koch: The basic idea of The Wax Museum is to provide folks with a place to find affordable quality used vinyl, as a lot of people are either starting a record collection for the…

MT Summer Bucket List

Sarah May

With summer travel shifted to more staycation and less epic destinations, building a summer bucket list is a perfect way to make the most of a summer spent living locally. Whether you’re building a list full of solo adventures or planning one…

June Cover Artist: Lindsey Hove

Lindsey Hove was born in Billings, MT and moved to Bozeman in 2006 to attend Montana State University. Lindsey’s passion for photography started by taking photos at live music events and he recalls, “I’ve always been involved one…

Record Store Day 2020

You all know how much we love Record Store Day, not the least because it allows us to see all of you at once, jammed into our store cheek to jowl like livestock on a factory farm! We love it because we love every diseased one of you germ-carriers…

Jerry Joseph The Beautiful Madness

Jerry Joseph announces the release of The Beautiful Madness, produced by Patterson Hood with Drive-by Truckers as his backing band, on August 21, 2020 on Cosmo Sex School/Soundly Music in North America and Décor Records/El Cortez in Europe…

May Cover Artist: Ken Thorsen

Ken Thorsen was born and raised in beautiful Bozeman, Montana where he continues to live with his wife Maggie and one of their three sons. If you are a regular reader of Bozeman Magazine you have likely seen Ken’s past contributions of writing…

Haufbrau Open Mic (The Pandemic Sessions)

Cammie Reid

Up until March 16, 2020 the Haufbrau, part of Bozeman’s infamous Bar-muda Triangle, hosted live music seven nights a week, with Open Mics on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. When the entire state of Montana was given the stay-at-home order…

Arts in the Time of Plague

Kevin Brustuen

This time of the pandemic and stay-at-home orders is a time of catching up on things, right? I’ve always wanted to sleep in, deep-clean the house, read that pile of books, fix that door latch so it closes properly, clean the garage, write…

April Cover Artist: Linda Kelly

Linda Kelly has been exploring Montana’s wilderness for over 25 years and still today is an avid hiker and horsewoman. She has had a lifetime career as a graphic designer and wildlife photographer.“I’m passionate about protecting…

Dead Sky: Navigating The Golden Road

Greg Louzan

Born out of a common love for Grateful Dead music, Bozeman’s own Dead Sky has been responsible for rampant bone shaking and face thievery in the Gallatin Valley over the last two years. The band is made up of some of Montana’s most…

Love For Local Business in the time of COVID-19

Seth Ward

As I sit down to write, the local economy and social landscape is changing quickly and dramatically. Life will have changed more by the time this gets to print. The disruptions are impossible to ignore, and causing us all some anxiety, to say the…