The seven-piece Billings band Shakewell is playing Yellowstone Valley Brewing Company's Garage Pub from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Cover charge is $5.

Shakewell is a musical brotherhood of lifelong friends and collaborators, all hailing from Western Montana. With a shared love for groove and songwriting, each member draws upon their influence to conceive an original music combining funk, jazz, soul and rock 'n’ roll.

Shakewell has released their first full length studio album, titled "Marzoula." It was produced and engineered by the power duo of Alan Evans (Soulive, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe) and Brad Smalling at Evergroove, Smallings’ isolated mountainside studio in Evergreen, Colorado.

The 14-track album playfully grapples with the conflicted nature of what it is to live in this day and age, and also the strange and unique perspective that the isolation of Montana affords. Conceptualized through this lens, "Marzoula" embodies the idea of being able to watch the troubles of this world from thousands of miles away, while experiencing them in person — via the internet — at the exact same moment.

Collectively, Shakewell has shared the stage with acts such as Fitz and the Tantrums, Snarky Puppy, Galactic, The New Mastersounds, Thievery Corporation, Orgone, Dumpstaphunk and The Wailers.

Hot Buttered Rum

A postmodern string band from San Francisco that combines bluegrass, reggae, folk and jazz, Hot Buttered Rum plays the Pub Station on Friday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. Tickets to all the all-ages show are $15.

At the center of the band is the enduring camaraderie of five best friends. The band was conceived on a backpacking trip of high school and college buddies in the High Sierra. What was dreamed up on mountaintops and around campfires has found its way into the hearts, minds and bodies of thousands.

It’s a sound that’s as tough to describe as it is easy to love. The Hot Buttered Rum phenomenon has steadily expanded to include a rich tapestry of fans, friends and family reaching from coast to coast. The band is politically and socially active and performs regularly to benefit environmental causes. They are also great outdoorsmen and conservators of our forest lands, as well as proponents of the slow foods movement.

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