Knotty heats up with Anthony B.

By Jim Stanford on January 31, 2010

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Times are tough in Teton Valley, making it all the more admirable that Knotty Pine owner Brice Nelson is sticking to his commitment to hosting live music.

The Knotty once again boasts the best slate of artists over the next month, starting with tonight’s visit from Anthony B. The Jamaican reggae singer drew high praise for his performance in Victor last year from no less of an authority than Christian Senf, host of the Friday evening reggae show on Jackson Hole Community Radio.

Upcoming at the most irie of Teton music venues: free-form rock and jazz improvisation by Willie Waldman Project on Feb. 5; hip-hopper Lyrics Born on Feb. 14; and funk powerhouse Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe on Feb. 25. More than half the tickets for the Karl Denson show ($22) already have been sold, so don’t wait till the last minute. Tickets for Lyrics Born are $15 in advance.

Anthony B. has spent nearly two decades touring and recording, raising spiritual and, um, medicinal consciousness. Among his many recent credits is collaborating with Michael Franti on Franti’s “Obama Song.”

As this video for “Raid the Barn” attests, Anthony B. gives a fiery performance likely to melt away the winter chill. Tickets are $22, available at the door or by calling (208) 787-2866.

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