Emerson Special Events

The Beast of Bozeman

Join the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture on our inaugural search for the best performance artist in Bozeman! This performance art competition begins with the very first audition on Friday, January 20, 2023 and ends with the show of all shows and the crowning of The Beast of Bozeman Saturday, March 4. 

Over the course of this series our fearless performers will have the opportunity to appear in one of our 2 Semi Finals where they will be adjudicated by local professionals excelling in their field. From the Semi Finals our incredible judges will narrow down our artists to the top 15 performers. However, there can only be one Beast. The top 15 performers will then come together to vie for the audience vote, cash and prizes, and the honor of being The Beast of Bozeman.


1st Place – The Beast of Bozeman
$1000 Cash

2nd Place
$500 Cash

3rd Place
$250 Cash

All 3 winners will be invited back to be featured at a future Emerson event.


January 30 & 31  |  By Appointment ONLY!

Due to the fantastic response we have received, we have added 2 more opportunities to audition!

Calling all Vocalists, Musicians, DJs, Rappers, Bands, Comedians, Dancers, Drag Artists, & Cirque Performers. Come show the Emerson’s audition committee what you’re made of for your chance to compete in The Beast of Bozeman.

Sign up for your moment in the spotlight online:

Audition Form


Both Semi Final Competitions Begin at 7:30 PM
General Seating Tickets $20

  • Semi Final #1 – Saturday, February 18
  • Semi Final #2 – Saturday, February 25

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Saturday, March 4
Show Begins at 7:30 PM
General Seating Tickets $30

After the Semi Finals our amazing judges have narrowed down the top 15 performance artists and now it’s time for you, our faithful audience, to decide who will be crowned The Beast of Bozeman. Come cheer on your favorite performer and cast your vote!

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Email our artistic director with any questions.

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