The ELM; Turning Up the Volume on Bozeman's Music Scene

Posted on December 20, 2019 by Kali Gillette

Bozeman’s music scene is about to reach a whole new level. The ELM, a world-class new music venue opening April 2020, is set to put Bozeman on the map for even more music opportunities.

The venue is being built by Logjam Presents, an independent Montana music promotion company that is known for its amazing venues such as The Wilma, Top Hat, and Kettlehouse Amphitheater in Missoula. The quality of music they bring in is incredible; think big names like Robert Plant, Lyle Lovett, and Bruce Cockburn, but also regional favorites such as The Lil Smokies. Currently, Logjam manages the music at the newly remodeled Rialto and concertgoers have been giving rave reviews.

Nick Checota, owner of Logjam talks about his decision to expand into the Bozeman market, “The main reason is we felt there was a demand from our customers. We could see from ticket sales that many of our customers were driving over from Bozeman for shows we were hosting in Missoula,” he said. “In large part, this was because Bozeman did not have a sufficient venue of more than 500 people capacity. As a result, most acts would skip the market.” He goes on to explain, “It can be a challenge to encourage bands to go out of their way to play in Montana. Bozeman and Missoula do not fit into the ideal routing, so by having venues in each town, we can entice artists to come to Montana and play two shows which makes the idea more economically feasible.”

Working closely with Matt Dugid, with Paradigm Architecture in Missoula, Acoustical Engineer, Skip Kahane from Missoula, plus Layne McKay, Logjam’s on-staff technical director, Checota has created a contemporary design with best-in-class sound production and maximum functionality. The level of detail is impressive, from excellent site lines and efficient customer circulation to safe and secure entry points, the flow of the venue easily accommodates 1,500 people.

“We have learned quite a bit about customer flow and queuing from remodeling and constructing our venues in Missoula, which we took into careful consideration in creating the environment of the ELM,” Checota said. “The actual performance space will be the highlight of the venue.  We have put considerable time and effort into creating a space that has great view lines, great sound, and has a unique and interesting aesthetic.”

The ELM will double as a private event space, perfect for things such as a large banquet or corporate party.  Adjacent to the building is the RSVP Motel, a 1960’s era motor inn newly refurbished into a boutique hotel. Visitors will love the hip accommodations and convenience of being right next door.

Located at 506 Seventh Avenue in midtown Bozeman, the ELM is part of a vast revitalization of one of Bozeman’s original hubs. Focusing on urban density and infill, city plans include an expansion of sidewalks and bike lanes to make walking and biking easier.

The ELM is easily accessible from any part of town, as well as I-90.

To keep tabs on the progress of the ELM, along with upcoming show announcements, go to,

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