The Bloomery Presents: Tophouse in Concert
”Fast-paced, high-energy foot stompers. Ballads that’ll make you cry. It’s kind of like a rock band married an old-fashioned bluegrass and had a little baby. And named it Tophouse.”
Created in 2015, Tophouse began as a duo when two Music Composition majors at the University of Montana, guitarist/songwriter Jesse Davis and violinist William Cook, realized they loved playing music together and wanted to start - immediately. Lacking both a drummer and a singer, the first iteration of Tophouse was a virtuosity 'Celtic folk' instrumental duo with next-to-no connections. For about a year Tophouse performed in the bottom of parking garages in the cold Missoula air because "the reverb was cool." William and Jesse eventually snuck their way into a local farmer's market, and then moved onto the illustrious stardom of coffee shops, breweries, and weddings.
Joseph Larson, a singer, songwriter, and guitar/banjo player, joined the band in 2016. Joe wrote and performed songs, while Jesse's songs like “Where Are You“ and “Summer Never Leaves” - which, up to this point, had simply been instrumental violin pieces - finally came into their fullness. Joseph's addition vaulted Tophouse to local fame, with the Missoulian naming Tophouse one the top 5 best new bands. Between 2017-2019 they released their self-produced EP Middle of Somewhere and their album Hopes & Fears while performing in festivals like the Bitterroot Celtic Festival, Avery Fest, and the Flathead Celtic Festival.
Tophouse moved to Nashville TN in October of 2019. They, like many musicians, were stranded at their shared home for most of 2020. During this year Tophouse wrote, recorded, and released their second album, Snapshot. When music city opened back up in 2021 Tophouse was invited to be the house band for Tennessee Brew Works and began performing in and around Nashville. After a difficult year of waiting and hoping, Tophouse prevailed, performing in events like the Local Show and going on their first official tours to Montana, Texas, and California.
In 2022 Andy LaFave the pianist joined TopHouse. Andy - an incredible songwriter and musician that regularly releases his own music under his solo project Don't Dance - has performed with William and Joseph since childhood. With Andy's help, Tophouse is working on their newest music release and will be ready to inspire the populace.
The Venue: The Bloomery
Nestled amidst vast Wyoming landscapes, The Bloomery‘s farm, flowers, and beloved once-wild Wyoming horses offer a scenic backdrop for outdoor summer concerts. With its sprawling fields and rustic charm, it embodies the spirit of The West, making it the perfect venue to sit back and soak in the sounds of Tophouse. Experience music, Wyoming-style!
The Bloomery is a family farm that lies just west of Casper, Wyoming. We produce field grown seasonal flowers while continually striving to learn the best ways to care for the soil, the abundant wildlife, and the native vegetation.
We love listening to music as much as we love growing flowers. Both bring beauty and hope into our lives, and it brings us great joy to share talented musicians with our Wyoming community. Add locally prepared cuisine and beer, and the sites and sounds of nature to a summer evening and the night is just about as perfect as it can be.
Come visit the farm and experience outdoor music, Wyoming style!
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