By Jim Stanford on September 5, 2011
This weekend saw a pair of festivals by two bands whose music has been a soundtrack for the Jackson Hole lifestyle but who have yet to play here, Phish and Pearl Jam. A herd of the Wyoming phaithful ran like antelope to Denver to see Phish perform three nights outdoors, while in Alpine Valley, Wis., Pearl Jam celebrated its 20th anniversary with a slew of guests and opening bands.
To commemorate two decades of making music, Pearl Jam is set to release a rockumentary that’s nothing short of awesome. Written and directed by Cameron Crowe — he of Fast Times and Almost Famous — the film debuts Sept. 20. The band has lined up hundreds of screenings around the world, yet hardly any in the western United States. How great would this sound on Center for the Arts’ new HD audio-video system?
In the meantime, we have a free concert to tide us over: Banjoist Abigail Washburn will perform in the Center Theater on Tuesday, preceded by a party on the back lawn. Washburn has played the Targhee Bluegrass Festival as part of the Sparrow Quartet with Béla Fleck. Like the recent Deadlocks show on the Town Square, the performance is another seed that could germinate into a free concert series, Jackson’s version of Music on Main.