Targhee to rock with Hard Working bands

By Jim Stanford on July 18, 2014

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Dave Schools of Widespread Panic returns to Targhee with Hard Working Americans, a new band fronted by folk singer Todd Snider.

Grand Targhee’s longtime slogan was “Snow from Heaven, Not Hoses.”

This weekend, the notes will fall from the heavens as the Alta, Wyo., resort hosts its 10th annual Targhee Fest. Music fans will flock to higher ground — 8,000 feet of elevation — for a lineup stacked with blues, rock and alt-country.

Blues guitarist Buddy Guy closes tonight, following Benyaro, an acoustic ensemble with local roots; the Neville-Allman supergroup Royal Southern Brotherhood; and Wood Brothers, which teams stand-up bassist Chris (of MM&W) with older brother Oliver on guitar.

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On Saturday, Targhee presents a marathon slate beginning with jazz duo Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola, country-rocker Robert Earl Keen, and Amy Helm (daughter of Levon) and the Handsome Strangers. Then the fest kicks into high gear with Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools and crooner Todd Snider introducing their latest project, Hard Working Americans, followed by Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson’s Brotherhood.

Big Head Todd and the Monsters, long a favorite in northwest Wyoming, closes Saturday. The Colorado band comes full Circle with its debut appearance at Targhee, after many shows at the Mangy Moose and Snow King over the years.

Sunday features a parade of badass female vocalists: Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Trigger Hippy (featuring Joan Osborne with guitarist Jackie Greene and Crowes drummer Steve Gorman) and headliner Tedeschi Trucks Band, fronted by the lovely Susan Tedeschi.

In addition, there will be late-night bands in the Trap Bar, capped by The Hooligans on Sunday. Single-day tickets are $55 Friday and Sunday and $65 Saturday. Camping is available on site at $35 for adults and $16 for kids.

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Jackson fans savor World Cup thrills

By Jim Stanford on July 17, 2014

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Photographs by Wyatt Roscoe; for more, see his blog, Immaculate Chaos.

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It ain’t easy to sum up the World Cup. I’ve been back from Brazil for almost two weeks, and piecing together the confluence of soccer fans from six continents and a million perspectives amid the beauty and the chaos of Brazil has made it difficult to write about.

Now that it’s over, I can say smart money was on Germany all along, Brazil never looked that good, and I wish an American (North, South or Central) team had won.

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Daily Show reports from Jackson Hole

By Jim Stanford on June 24, 2014

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“Sears portrait studio backdrop?!?”

Now Jon, that’s the 18th green at Teton Pines Country Club, Dick’s backyard.

At such a critical moment in the life of our nation, let’s send these two great patriots to Iraq. I hear the caddis hatch on the Tigris is exquisite this year.

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NOLA influx for free concerts

By Jim Stanford on June 22, 2014

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Anders Osborne and his band played before Phish at Jazz Fest this year and may have stolen the show.

Summertime in Jackson Hole is about to get Easy.

With the mercury topping 90 in steamy New Orleans, musicians are heading out on tour, and many will seek relief in the cool mountain air of Wyoming.

Guitarist Anders Osborne will be the first to visit from the Big Easy, kicking off the Jackson Hole Live series of free concerts tonight at Snow King. Osborne and his band play heavy rock and roll. His latest album, following a tumultuous career, is called Peace.

Jackson Hole Live culminates Aug. 13 with one of New Orleans’ biggest stars, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue.

Concerts on the Commons at Teton Village also will feature some fi-yo from the Bayou, with Dirty Dozen Brass Band on Aug. 10 and Dumpstaphunk on Aug. 24.

Over the hill in Victor, Idaho, Music on Main starts Thursday with Mandatory Air and John Wayne’s World.

All of these shows are free. What could be Easier than that?

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Snake flows to be moderately high

By Jim Stanford on May 16, 2014

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Rounding the bend below Deadman’s Bar is always exciting.

There is still plenty of snow in the mountains, but with ample space to catch it in Jackson Lake, runoff on the Snake River is unlikely to reach historic levels.

That’s the assessment Mike Beus, operations manager for the Bureau of Reclamation, delivered at the agency’s water meeting in Jackson last night. The bureau controls releases at Jackson Lake and Palisades dams to supply water for irrigation in Idaho and prevent floods.

Runoff in the upper Snake basin is projected to be about 130 percent of normal, Beus said. But because of last year’s drought, the uppermost reservoirs are filling slowly. The Jackson Lake reservoir was drawn down to 18 percent of capacity last fall, and Palisades was nearly empty.

The bureau is releasing only 300 cubic feet per second from Jackson Lake Dam; it will double the flow shortly before Memorial Day weekend and increase the release to 2,500 cfs by June 1.

The agency plans to gradually increase the dam release as tributaries drop off, thereby reducing the risk of flooding. The bureau projects a maximum release of just over 5,000 cfs beginning in late June. Once the runoff subsides, the release will be held steady at 2,500 cfs through the end of September.

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