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Old 05-27-2010, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Manhattan Island
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OK, so I am constantly searching for a place to relocate to after I leave Asheville, and Montana is definitely one of the places on my list. Everything about it sounds like it's right up my alley: hunting, fly fishing, mountains, plains, and of course, lots and lots of SNOW! However, there is one thing I am concerned about. If I were to move to Montana, it would be to either Bozeman or Missoula, and I am wondering what it is like to try to go see live music in those places. Live music is an enormous part of my life, and I often travel 8-12 hours to go see my favorite band (who will remain nameless for several reasons). It would be a bit of a deal-breaker for me if there was not a music "scene" in these towns. I figure Bozeman must have some, since it's a college town, but I'm not too sure about Missoula. Help please!
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Old 05-27-2010, 07:52 PM
 
Location: NW Montana
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OK, so I am constantly searching for a place to relocate to after I leave Asheville, and Montana is definitely one of the places on my list. Everything about it sounds like it's right up my alley: hunting, fly fishing, mountains, plains, and of course, lots and lots of SNOW! However, there is one thing I am concerned about. If I were to move to Montana, it would be to either Bozeman or Missoula, and I am wondering what it is like to try to go see live music in those places. Live music is an enormous part of my life, and I often travel 8-12 hours to go see my favorite band (who will remain nameless for several reasons). It would be a bit of a deal-breaker for me if there was not a music "scene" in these towns. I figure Bozeman must have some, since it's a college town, but I'm not too sure about Missoula. Help please!
I would just make sure I could fly into the city of my choice for concerts, that is what I do. Then come back to my own piece of heaven.
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Old 05-28-2010, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Bozeman, Montana
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This free monthly newspaper covers entertainment, concerts, etc. in Montana, northern Idaho and Spokane. It is called Lively Times and is published in Charlo, MT.
Their schedule of events is online at:

Lively Times | Montana Arts and Entertainment Calendar, a complete statewide searchable database of music, concerts, events, theater, dance, recreation and art exhibits
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Old 05-28-2010, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Bozeman, Montana
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By the way, it would be worth subscribing to the printed Lively Times and get it by snail mail. It gives you a good picture of the communities they cover in Montana.
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Old 05-28-2010, 12:16 PM
 
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Based on my personal experience (having lived in both Bozeman and Missoula), you will be MUCH more satisfied with the music scene in Missoula. While neither town gets an abundance of touring artists, Missoula gets more, and also has more live music venues and a larger number of local bands/artists. Additionally, Missoula is less than 200 miles from Spokane, WA, which is always good for a quick roadtrip to see bands that never seem to stop anywhere in Montana.

Also, I would consider Missoula just as much of a college town as Bozeman, even though it has a larger non-student population.
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Old 05-30-2010, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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This free monthly newspaper covers entertainment, concerts, etc. in Montana, northern Idaho and Spokane. It is called Lively Times and is published in Charlo, MT.
Their schedule of events is online at:

Lively Times | Montana Arts and Entertainment Calendar, a complete statewide searchable database of music, concerts, events, theater, dance, recreation and art exhibits
This oddity caught my eye:
Lively Times | “Sister Creation” | Liberty Village Arts Center | Chester, MT (http://www.livelytimes.com/lt/event/evq99rtnhc/ - broken link)
Makes you wonder how many more of these tiny dying farm towns harbor some unique talent like that, not to mention a local museum full of curios.

Tho I'm not surprised to see this in Browning,
Lively Times | Barbara Gerard-Mitchell: “Dreamscape” | Museum of the Plains Indian | Browning, MT (http://www.livelytimes.com/lt/event/evq99rlyh7/ - broken link)
because the museum has been a fixture there for so long -- I can't imagine passing through Browning without taking time to stop in!
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Old 07-18-2010, 12:15 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Both of those towns get concerts and some fairly big names will come in. It goes in cycles though. Now if you are looking for live music in bars or parks, I know for a fact you can get that in Bozeman. I'm pretty sure Missoula has that too.
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