The Rialto proudly presents
Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball
10 West Main St.
Bozeman, MT, 59715
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Swamp Dawg: Swampy Southern Soul and New Orleans style Fonk and Second Line.
Evolving out of the Bozeman/Livingston, Montana, area (and points in between), Swamp Dawg is a new project dedicated, by it's four founding members, to melting the polar ice caps by bringing a steamy, slinky, sweaty, swampy sound and groove out of the Great Frozen North.
The core six of the group consists of Susan Miller at vocals; Blaise Arsenault, guitar and vocals; Jamey Warren, bass guitar; Pete Christensen: keys; Danny Bee: guitar and vocals; and Michael "Mikey G" Gillan, drums and vocals.
Susan Miller originally hails from Illinois, but is happy to call Montana her home. Susan grew up in Musical Theater performance, and since moving West has sung with local area groups Poco Loco, L-Town Blues, and now Swamp Dawg. She also remains heavily involved in local theater production.
Blaise Arsenault, having spent his early life in upstate New York, has spent the past 22 years living and performing music between Bozeman, Mt. and Brattleboro, Vt. He has been a member of local groups Jawbone Railroad, Power Wagon, Sleeveless Lizards, Banjo V, and is a founding member of Doctor Gravy, as well as appearances with local singer/songwriter Joe Knapp and the group Moth. Blaise is very excited and honored to be on the Swamp Dawg soul, blues, funk, and groove train!
From the windy city of Livingston, Montana, bassist Jamey Warren has been laying down the groove for numerous local acts for over 10 years now. Rock, Blues, Country, and even Metal riffs have been known to flow from his fingertips while playing with Livingston bands: Strangeways, 30-Ott Hicks, Someday Miss Pray, and Little Jane. Now Jamey has found his true calling laying down deep soulful funk lines for New Orleans inspired Swamp Dawg.
Pete Christensen is a keyboard player from Minneapolis who played with James Loney's Lolo's Ghost, Stephanie Winter's Ye-Ye Pow 60's French pop band, and many other super talented artists & musicians in various sessions, sit-ins, hootenannies, recordings and stages. In 2015, Pete moved to the mountains in Montana to escape the noise and energy of the city. He stopped by the Roost one day for some Southern Fried Chicken. There, he met fellow chicken-lover drummer Mike Gillan who was hatching a plan to put a New Orleans-esque swamp band together. A few rehearsals, a Fat Tuesday party in a welding shop turned Bourbon Street, and the mix of these cool groove players and the rest is Swamp Dawg history. In addition to Swamp Dawg, Pete has played with Scottie Nelson & Richie Robiscoe of Dirt and currently plays in Doc Wiley's "The Waiting".
Danny Bee writes a bunch of songs and sometimes stands up in public to sing them. He also plays the electrified guitar. He plays right-handed like Mel Bay. After exhausting the vaudeville circuit in the 1930's, Mr. Bee formed the cult rock band Brown. Repeated mishaps involving the use of live apes on stage forced Brown to disband. About the time TV became big, he formed the variety act known as Big Ol'. Apart from original music, this group was known for it's chainsaw juggling and ventriloquism. After the other members of the band left to join the circus, Mr. Bee decided to focus on his solo act. While buying a rabbit's foot from a cross-eyed man in Mississippi he was told to join a band that sounded like it came from the swamp. The next day Mr. Gillan called.......Coincidence?
Drummer/Percussionist Michael Gillan cut his musical teeth in the richly diverse music mecca of the San Francisco Bay Area. After his relocation to Montana in 1976, "Mikey G" has gone on to be a founding member, and often times the main instigation, for such local groups as Big Caboose and the Soul Penetrators,
Montana Rose, Backburner Jazz Quartet, Poco Loco, The Dave Walker Band, and Bad Betty Organ Combo. Michael has also been called upon to provide percussive backing for National and Inter-National artists Tracy Nelson, slide guitarist Roy Rogers, Huey Lewis, The Drifters, The Platters, and several others. Swamp Dawg is Mikey G's brainchild, having delved heavily into the New Orleans Second Line style of drumming over the past several years.
Chris Sage is a veteran disc-jockey who's been DJing around Montana for 10 years and has held multiple residencies in Bozeman bars and venues since 2012. Known primarily for his underground house and techno influences, his sets can also consist of a wide range of styles of music including funk, disco, electronica, hip-hop, and reggae.
$20.00 - $23.00
Come join us for a Rialto-style Mardi Gras celebration! With traditional N'awlins blues from local favorites, Swamp Dawg, and fancy dancers will be putting on a show, then we'll be dancing the night away with the impeccably curated tastes of Chris Sage.
This will be a party not to be missed. Come dressed in your best and be prepared to get down with the get down. Masks will be available for purchase at the door if you forget yours. No worries...we have you covered.