Formed in 1990, Hooligans is Bozeman's longest running roots rock/americana/blues/jam band. Inspired by the improv driven music of the San Francisco scene as well as early folk, blues and great rock’n’roll, Rich Robiscoe, Tom Garnsey and Bob Britten began gigging around Bozeman in 1982. Robiscoe and Garnsey played with Rocky Mountain faves Hyalite Blues from 1983-89 and, due to the demands that food, beer and rent soon placed on them formed Hooligans shortly thereafter.
Hooligans current lineup has been been intact since the early 90’s and includes Robiscoe on bass, Garnsey, guitars/vocals, Betsy Wise/vocals and Ron Craighead, drums/vocals. Special guests often include Tom Murphy on mandolin and vocals, Stu Allen (JGB and Dark Star Orchestra) and on occasion Little Feat keyboardist Bill Payne.
Crowds have come to expect great, rock, reggae, blues and Americana tunes from artists as varied Bob Marley, Muddy Waters, John Hiatt, Grateful Dead, Traffic, Dylan, Hot Tuna, Van Morrison and The Band as well as lots of spirited jamming throughout. The bands sets are shaped by a genuine affection for a great song played well with lots of wiggle room for band members musical personalities to shine... Flexibility is a key ingredient in the bands success. Hooligans can shift effortlessly from sweet acoustic-based folk/rock to gut bucket blues to soaring free form jams at the drop of hat, allowing them to work in many situations with almost any audience.
Hooligans musicianship and genre-bending mobility has given them countless opportunities to share the stage , jam with, or open for some of music’s finest including: The Band, Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs) Burning Spear, the Wailers, Dave Mason, Tim O’brien, String Cheese Incident, Widespread Panic, Inner Circle, Sonny Landreth,jj Cale, Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna, Matt “guitar”Murphy, Charlie Musselwhite, Little Women, Daryll Johnson (Neville Bros/Emmylou Harris) Zigaboo Modileste (meters), John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Steve Kimmock, the Meditations, Toots and the Maytals, Tony Furtado, The Coasters. The Holmes Brothers, Cj Chenier, Timbuk 3, Commander Cody, Leftover Salmon, Black Uhuru, David Bromberg and many more -- too difficult to remember!
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