Ian Thomas and The Band of Drifters

The Rialto proudly presents

Ian Thomas and The Band of Drifters

King Ropes, The Dead Yellers

Fri · February 2, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is all ages

Join us for a night of solid local country.

In an age of the southern pop virus being passed off as the genuine article, these bands are the real deal, the cure for the Nashville disease. So pull on your boots, dust off that cowboy hat, and throw on that flannel, because we're getting back to our roots with the sweet twang of Montana's own, by way of Tennessee, Ian Thomas and his Band of Drifters. Exorcise the demons with local hero Peter King and The Dead Yellers, and if you happen to get lost, you'll be rounded up by Dave Hollier and King Ropes. 

See you there, partner. 

Ian Thomas and The Band of Drifters
Ian Thomas and The Band of Drifters
Ian Thomas performing solo, with accompaniment, or with his Band Of Drifters; draws on a variety of American roots influences, delivering a captivating raw live performance and distinctive sound from his original compositions on guitar, harmonica and kazoo. His latest release is a full-band album "Live in 2016" of 14 original songs that are deeply rooted in the classic country and American folk sounds.
He has shared the stage with The Avett Brothers, Taj Mahal, John Hammond, Cyril Neville, Corey Harris, Sam Bush, Shovels & Rope, The Wood Brothers, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Reverend Goat and Dr. John and more. Touring both here in the US and abroad, he has performed at festivals around the country, including Bonnaroo, Pickathon, Red Ants Pants and Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. Currently, he splits his time between Tennessee and Montana.
King Ropes
King Ropes
KING ROPES is an experimental garage rock band based in Bozeman, MT . Their album DIRT, (released Jan,2017), is accumulating critical praise, and starting to get significant airplay on AAA/Americana/Alternative radio.

After years in Brooklyn, frontman, songwriter, and Bozeman native Dave Hollier did a short stint in LA where he finished recording the album, Dirt, for his new project KING ROPES. Hollier called on an eclectic roster of musicians from Brooklyn, LA, and Seattle, (between them the they have some impressive names on their CV’s, having played with The GooGoo Dolls, Willie Nelson, Lia Ices, Graham Parker, Silver Dollars, Widowspeak, The Growlers...). Add veteran LA engineer Barry Conley, (who’s recorded artists as diverse as Stevie Ray Vaughan, L7, Black Label Society, Dwight Yoakam), and you get some very interesting contrasting layers and textures. One hears an eclectic range of influences at work, from The Pixies to Neil Young, The Swans to Kurt Vile and Flaming Lips, Beck to Tom Petty, X to Kraftwerk.

Despite its far-flung influences, Dirt maintains a sharp musical and emotional focus, reflecting the band's potent chemistry and Hollier's distinctive songwriting voice.
"I'm interested in the contrasts between urban and rural, eastern and western, sophisticated
and raw, sweet and bludgeoning," Hollier states. "People think it’s weird, a kid from Montana to
move to New York in the 80s. NY was pretty gnarly then, and Montana was really isolated, geographically and culturally, but those two extremes define who I am, and I think this music reflects that. “

Back in Bozeman, Hollier is excited about the quality of local musicians he’s been able to play with, and a local incarnation of KING ROPES has been starting to gel, (Mark Wetstein, Bass; Zach McKinley, Guitar; Paul Decker, Drums).

Live, the band pulls out all the stops. From solid rockers and slow scorchers, to heartbreakers the band wears their bar band heart on their sleeves.
The Dead Yellers
The Dead Yellers
The Dead Yellers formed in 2011, with the ostentatious goal of finding a good excuse to smoke cigarettes and drink whiskey, and have been doing just that ever since. Relying on songwriting and simplicity rather than a love of NASCAR and Jesus, the band has carved out that difficult niche in the country scene with the conspicuous and stunning lack of a Johnny Cash or Waylon cover on their debut album, leading many critics to the conclusion that this must not be country at all.

They play both dancing and crying music.
Venue Information:
Rialto Bozeman
10 West Main St.
Bozeman, MT, 59715