Nick Spear's brand of Americana Gothic meanders stylistically between Leonard Cohen, Peter Gabriel, Gordon Lightfoot, Mark Knopfler, and Kurt Weill. Part cowboy poet, part musical Hemingway, part circus freak, Nick Spear is a versatile songwriter with a passion for lyrical content. In an age where good singer-songwriters are about as in demand as television repairmen, Spear is at the ready, to fix your psychic tv. Enjoy the NickSpearience.

Nicholas Minaj

DJ Nicholas Minaj, aka Nick Ferrington, is a Mashup/Top 40 Remix/Progressive House DJ from Boston, MA. After starting his DJ career at age 13 in Whitefish, he made the move to Boston in 2010 where he performs regularly throughout New England. His online radio show, "Minajcast" has been ranked in the top 10 "trance" and "progressive house" charts on MixCloud while boasting nearly 15,000 listeners per episode. Along with a resume boasting gigs in downtown Manhattan and on the Vans Warped Tour, he is a regular guest DJ at the Boston location of internationally franchised Bootie club night, highlighting the best up-and-coming mashup DJs.


Nick classifies himself as a "party DJ", able to transition between genres and make sure everybody in the room is having a good time. "New Year's Eve is always a great night because people are just ready to rage", Ferrington explains. "We're putting a lot of production into this set effects, balloon drops, LEDs...things like that. It's going to make New Year's Eve at Crush a really unique way to spend the holiday and my goal is to keep the energy up all the way into 2015!"


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DEAN & RILEY is the folk duo formed by guitarist, Kyle Dean and violinist, Amelia Riley Thornton.

The two are based out of the small town of Whitefish, Montana located at the entrance to Glacier National Park.


Dean pulled up his rock-and-roll Illinois roots to follow the lure of the Rocky Mountain lifestyle, while Riley was raised on

bluegrass jams and classical violin lessons in Kalispell, MT.


Riley went on to earn two degrees in classical violin performance while simultaneously touring and recording with Bluegrass, Irish, Old-time, and Appalachian folk bands.

She brings a unique classical approach to fiddle improvisation, and blurs the lines between the two genres in her conversational solo melodies.


Listeners will find Dean’s music enigmatically familiar, as his original lyrics reflect the heartache and joy that we have all felt at one time or another.  His soft-spoken delivery and Midwestern earnestness offers comfort, evident particularly in Dean’s “can’t get ‘em out of your heart” choruses (these punctuated by Riley’s country vocal harmonies).


Dean has a knack for pushing buttons, and his up-tempo compositions get your foot tapping even as they reference sensitive emotional subjects.

But it’s not all seriousness, as you’ll quickly be reminded by the playful squeal of a rock violin riff.


Dean & Riley is folk music in its humanity.  It’s country in instrumentation.  It’s classical in its musicianship.

It’s rock-and-roll in its boldness.  You haven’t heard pop like this before.


Bringing the funk in ways George Clinton only dreams of, the James Brown / AC Slater influenced projection of energy behind the tables is the artist known as Danielsun! Often mistaken for a world famous teacher and carpenter, Danielsun! guides his masses through an electronic funk pop fusion of hip hop, soul, electro, and dub. Setting the right vibes for the right times, Danielsun! has played multiple festivals, club nights, and after hours shows across Montana turning on audiences to new cuts of their favorite classics. Catch one of his late night sets at Crush Lounge and get educated on the right way to get funk'd. Get the mixtapes here ---


DJ Schön Long is a 24 year old DJ and producer from Whitefish, MT. He has been a musician since the age of 15, learning rhythms on drums and other percussive instruments. Playing in several bands throughout his high school career, Schön learned early on that his greatest passion was for music. In Whitefish High School's first year percussion ensemble (Schön's senior year), Schön as well as his band mates went on to place first in each of their performances at the Montana State Music Festival.


Following his graduation from high school in 2008, his passion was redirected after discovering music by the likes of Deadmau5, Boys Noize and Crookers to name a few. Dance music certainly hit the heart like no style of music had before. From 2011 onward Schön has been purchasing gear, practicing his mixing style, and honing in his taste for groovy dance-floor beats. He has played numerous gigs around the state. If you want the opportunity to bounce to groovy dance floor beats, Schön will immediately get your rump shakin'.


Dixie Riddle is a regular solo artist The Crush Lounge.  Her twinkling voice is accompanied by her ukulele and along with her original compositions she brings choice covers that have made her one of the favorite evenings of entertainment here at Crush. When she is not serenading audiences, Dixie is a full-time ski and snowboard instructor at the Whitefish Mountain Resort Ski & Ride School and continues her summer employment with them, guiding Zip Line Tours daily up on the mountain.


Dixie is proud to have completed her 5 year education in the Communications and Theatre Department at Western State University in Gunnison Colorado, where she entertained at the Crested Butte Mountain Resort ski area during her college years. It was there in that prize Colorado community that she rediscovered and honed her skills on her beloved ukulele while spending countless days bouncing around the mountain on her snowboard.  Upon completing her education, Dixie returned to her home state to enjoy the magical lifestyle that only Montana can provide.   .


Dixie is a third generation product of a famous Montana musical family.  She continues that tradition with her unique voice, her command of that little ukulele and her contagious energy.


Seeking refugee from a scene saturated with dubstep and festival electro-trap vibes, jünglehaus sought solace in the coastal tropics of Australia immersing himself in a local funky fresh fitness sound that he learned to harness through the power of turntables and belief that the club is no place for your Macbook Pro.


After performing sketchy underground venues in China, Muay Thai fight clubs in Bangkok and a few house parties in Malaysia along the way, jünglehaus returned to his hometown of Denver, Colorado where he enjoyed throwing the underground after hours club Safari Fridays across the city bringing together a group of friends for good times, good drinks, and good fortunes.


The lure of a magical cocktail bar where drinks pour freely and the music thumps satisfyingly brought jünglehaus to Crush Lounge in Whitefish where he enjoys a residency playing Crøøklyn Nights.


Come check out a night of quality vibes, tasty beverages, and hear a few tunes mixed you will quickly find yourself getting down with.


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Erica von Kleist is a renowned flautist, saxophonist, composer and educator who had made her mark on the music scene worldwide. A native of Connecticut, Erica moved to New York to hone her skills at the Juilliard School, and in 2004 earned the first Bachelor’s degree in jazz in the school’s history. After graduation she began touring with the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, and recorded two Grammy-nominated recordings with the band. As a sideman, Erica has also toured, recorded and/or performed with Chris Potter, Wynton Marsalis and the JLCO, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Bebo Valdez, Cachao, Celia Cruz, Kristin Chenoweth and Seth MacFarlane, among many others. She is the recipient of several honors, including the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Award, and the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, and has been voted several years in a row a “Rising Star” and “Critic’s Pick” in Downbeat Magazine.


As an educator, Erica has taught privately for over 15 years. She has been a guest clinician at several schools and institutions including the Juilliard School, Stanford University, Jazz at Lincoln Center, University of Montana, and has done outreach work at the conservatories in Havana, Cuba. In 2011 she released her first theory book entitled “A Cool Approach to Jazz Theory”, aimed at teaching the basics of jazz harmony to beginning improvisers. Since its release it has become the main curriculum at several schools throughout the US, Canada, and Cuba.


Erica has released two albums as a bandleader – “Project E” in 2005 and “Erica von Kleist & No Exceptions” in 2009. Both albums featured some of her award-winning compositions and earned critical acclaim. She has been a featured soloist and guest artist with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and the Glacier Symphony, and has been commissioned to write for Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Juilliard School, and has been an orchestrator and arranger for many other projects. She can also be heard on several Grammy and Oscar Nominated recordings, and is featured on the original Broadway soundtrack of “The Addams Family.”


Currently Erica resides in Whitefish Montana where she operates her own private teaching studio. There she has found the space and clarity she has needed to continue her new musical endeavors, and she plans on recording her third album in early 2014.

Hailing from Huntington Beach, California, music has been Marco Forcone's driving force his entire life. Forcone's musical influence was first inspired by his grandfather, Filipo Berlingeri, a famous musician from Corleone, Sicily.  Nonno Filipo would play the mandolin, violin, and accordion at all the family gatherings, forever leaving a musical impression on young Marco.

Forcone formed his first band, playing drums at age 13 for a heavy metal group called Enticier. During the 80s, they would go on to play all the major clubs and bars (The Roxy, The Whiskey, and the Troubador) on Sunset Strip before they were even old enough to get in.  Throughout his twenties, Forcone continued to play drums for Leatherwolf (Epic Records) and Drown (Electra and Geffin Records).  In 2001, Forcone and Michael Medlin formed Humanlab and signed with Atlantic Records.


During his musical career as a live musician, Forcone studiously taught himself the intricacies of recording and producing music, knowing that music will forever be apart of his life.  He's produced a wide range of music from American hip hop group, Kottonmouth Kings, to Italian operatic tenor, Vittorio Grigolo.  Knowledgable in video producing,as well,  Forcone can add music videos, EPKs, and instructional videos to his heavily notched belt.


He's currently hosting Open Mic nights at Crush Lounge every Thursday, with great friend and bandmate, Don Caverly. Both Forcone and Caverly, alongside Nick Spear and Matt Bussard, have formed 1985, a new-wave, time-trippin' band, performing hits from the 80s and beyond.


Forcone now resides in a beautiful home in Whitefish, MT with his sweet family of 3. He works from his home studio and continues to search for new artists to develop, continuously and passionately producing new projects   Forcone is truly a force to reckon with, constantly inspiring and pushing those around him to live and achieve greatness, musically and otherwise.






Drummer – Bassist - Guitarist –  Keyboardist - Educator

Montana native and prolific multi-instrumentalist Don Caverly has been a fixture on the Flathead Valley music scene for several years, performing and teaching on drums, bass, guitar and piano. A graduate of the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton School of music, Don has studied with some of the world’s most prominent musicians, including Claudio Roditi, Russel Malone, Roy Hargrove, and John Clayton.


In 2005 Don moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career in performing and studio production, where he collaborated with some of the city’s top local artists. Musical opportunities then brought him to Spokane, where he continued to hone his skills and talents as a versatile working musician.


Having returned to Montana, Don performs regularly with some of the area’s most prominent bands, including Human Lab, an award-winning group from Los Angeles, and Big Daddy & the Blue Notes. Recently featured as the drummer on Andre Floyd & Mood Iguana’s most recent CD, Don was part of a full-page article in the Flathead Beacon detailing the groups successful release party. In August, Don worked closely with Lee Ritenhour, Sonny Emory, Dave Grusin, and Julian Lage as production cooradinator at this year’s Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival and Workshop.


In September of this year, Don traveled to New York to perform at Lincoln Center with award-winning saxophonist and flautist Erica von Kleist.This trip was part of a brief sabbatical, during which Don had the opportunity to meet and spend time with some of the city’s most notable artists, including Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, Sara Caswell, Jon Irabagon, and members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.


Having recently returned to Montana with renewed creative energy, Don is now developing his local private teaching studio, and is also embarking on a fall 2012 tour with Erica von Kleist.The duo will conduct educational jazz workshops at Whitworth University, University of Montana, Flathead Valley Community College, and performances at several venues in Spokane, Missoula and Whitefish. Don will also be recording and releasing his first CD as a bandleader in 2013.


For booking, teaching or more information call 406.261.2782



Growing up in the Washington D.C. metro I was influenced by a wide range of music, from funk and soul to punk and new wave.  During a trip to England in the early 90's, I was exposed to the electronic music and DJ culture prevalent in the nightclubs and raves of London that inevitably shaped and directed my future in music.  Upon returning to the states, I acquired my first set of turntables and began the process of collecting records and learning how to mix."


Keith Gardner’s formative years were spent working nearly a decade behind the counter at two of Washington D.C.'s premier record shops, Music Now and Yoshitoshi Records. Inspired heavily by the sounds of early Chicago house and Detroit techno, Keith always brings a mature, and enlightening mix to the floor.


"While you can always expect a mix of house and techno in my performances, I try not to limit myself to any one style or genre.  I strive to create a unique auditory experience that my listeners will be able to connect with on a deeply emotional level."


Relocating to the Rocky Mountains of Montana in 2005 to work on his own production, Keith now finds inspiration in the pristine surroundings and the growing community of talented artists and fans in the northwest.