music roundup: G. Love, MOM, smokin’ Salmon

The Jackson Hole Mountain Festival has got Sauce.

Blues, rock and hip-hop artists G. Love and Special Sauce will headline the free concert, the centerpiece of the festival, on March 31. The 37th annual Pole Pedal Paddle race will be run earlier in the day. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is offering package deals on lodging and lift tickets starting at $119 per person.

G. Love, aka Garrett Dutton, is a guitarist, harmonica player and singer who was born in Philadelphia but put his band together in Boston. The group rose to prominence in the mid-1990s, scoring a modest pop hit with the song “Baby’s Got Sauce” and touring with the H.O.R.D.E. and Widespread Panic.

In recent years G. Love has collaborated with longtime friend Jack Johnson and The Avett Brothers, who are featured on his latest album, Fixin’ to Die. The video above is a song from the album, “Just Fine.”

MarchFourth returns July 19.

Also yesterday, the Teton Valley Foundation announced its lineup for Music on Main this summer. Among the highlights are Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, performing before their appearance at Targhee Fest, on July 12 and the freak circus MarchFourth Marching Band on July 19.

The lineup also features zydeco from Rosie Ledet, young talents Stone Foxes and Andy Frasco’s UN and renowned violinist and singer Carrie Rodriguez, playing before the Targhee Bluegrass Festival. For the full lineup, including local openers, click here.

Finally, Leftover Salmon is back. And so is the Pink Garter.

The Colorado bluegrass band gave a rousing performance Wednesday night, picking from its long repertoire and blending everything from calypso to cover tunes like “Tangled Up in Blue” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine.”

Leftover had played a few shows last fall and recorded a new album, so the instrumentation was tight and surprisingly rocking. Drew Emmitt ditched his mandolin in favor of an electric guitar much of the show, and hit some sweet notes on fiddle during “Bend in the River” to close the first set. His bowing of the strings put the Cajun in the band’s trademark “polyethnic Cajun slamgrass.”

Leftover Salmon wowed a capacity crowd on a powder night at the Pink Garter.

I like bluegrass with drums, and the rhythm section of Jose Martinez on skins and Greg Garrison on bass kept the beat rolling. Banjoist Andy Thorn, who plays in Emmitt’s side band, repeatedly shone as the musicians traded solos in wave after wave of a sonic assault.

“It’s snowing up in Jackson; roll another fatty!” bellowed lead singer Vince Herman during a particularly raucous moment in the first set. On a night when feathery-light powder continued to pile up in the Tetons by the foot, the line epitomized the feeling around town.

The show kicked off Leftover’s On the Road Again tour. Romping and stomping through what it knows best, mountain and river music, the latest incarnation of Salmon is a good catch.

Revival of the Pink Garter, years in the making, is nearly complete. The show was sold out, and the sound, mixed by Noah Waldron of Capsicum, was crystal clear. Adjacent bar The Rose is set to open any day. This night seemed a harbinger of good times to come.

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  1. D March 3, 2012 5:25 pm

    This show was hot, they sounded much better then last time I saw them 2004 Fillmore Denver on Halloween. That night was a party but sound wise this Jackson show was on point.

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