Student funk group hosting all-ages show

by Brook Gardner-Durbin

MSU funk group The Bent Bones knows how hard it can be to start a new school year. Students all, the foursome have started the last several years dreading new classes as much as any of their classmates.

This year, however, they’re changing the pattern, ringing in the new semester with an all-ages show.

“This is a cool community event, where people of all ages in Bozeman have a chance to see cool music,” said Hunter Hessian, the group’s drummer. Outside of Music on Main, he said, there aren’t many chances for anyone under 21 to see good live music. A music teacher in his spare time, Hessian is excited for the show because it will be “a great opportunity for all these younger musicians coming up to see some music that doesn’t suck.”

The group will be joined by Courtney Yovich, an award-winning singer songwriter recently returned to Bozeman after two years in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Andrew Hand Band, another rock/funk group headed by Music Villa instructor Andrew Hand.

The show will be a chance for The Bent Bones to raise attention for their kickstarter campaign — they’ve finished recording a new CD with grammy-winning Doc Wiley, but still need to raise money for mastering and pressing the new album.

“The album (“Drivin’ to the Rhythm”) is currently in post-production, and it will be released later this fall,” Hessian said.

When not recording, the group has spent the summer playing shows around the state, perfecting their material. And their work has paid off: The Bent Bones already has new material ready for their next-next album, including several tracks expanding their range with a horn section.

The doors open at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28 at Faultline North at 346 Gallatin Park Dr. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, with $1 off for Cat Card holders. Tickets are available at Cactus Records in downtown Bozeman or by contacting the group at