“Artists in residence” and “Top Hat” are not two phrases one normally expects to hear in the same sentence. Though long a central hub in the Missoula music scene, the Front Street nightclub has typically centered its evening business plan around late-night shows by local rock, blues, and folk acts and a sprinkling of touring bands.
This month, that familiar cocktail comes with a twist, when local chamber-folk quintet Stellarondo sets up shop for a series of early-evening shows on Thursdays at the Top Hat. Billed as a residency, the series is, as much as anything, a polishing shop for the band, which will hit the road early next year in conjunction with the release of its first official album. [Read More...]