free concerts coming to Snow King

Robert Randolph at the Knotty Pine in 2002. Randolph and his Family Band return to play gospel-infused funk and rock Aug. 26 at Snow King.

Jackson is getting its own version of Music on Main this summer.

After years of talk by various promoters, the new operators of the Snow King Center rink have organized a free concert series similar to the outdoor shows that have been a hit in Teton Valley, Idaho.

Here’s the schedule, with a sixth event yet to come:

    Saturday, June 23 — The Dunwells
    Saturday, July 7 — Boom Chick
    Wednesday, July 25 — Justin Townes Earle
    Wednesday, Aug. 5 — The Features
    Sunday, Aug. 26 — Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Local bands will open. Beer and food concessions and sponsorships will pay for the music, and any remaining proceeds will go to youth hockey and skating programs at the rink. The shows are open to all ages.

The biggest name on the slate is Randolph, who first played the Teton area at the Knotty Pine in 2002. Since then the pedal steel player has returned to open for the Black Crowes in 2006 and play the Jackson Hole Music Festival in 2008.

The hippie circus MarchFourth Marching Band comes to Victor on July 19.

Once again, fans can look forward to a wealth of great music on both sides of the Tetons, topped by two festivals at Grand Targhee.

Music on Main starts June 28 with Andy Frasco’s UN and runs every Thursday night through Aug. 16. The series will see the return of Blitzen Trapper and MarchFourth Marching Band, along with local debuts by Black Joe Lewis (warming up for Targhee Fest) and Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys.

After a wildly successful winter, the Pink Garter Theater in Jackson has reloaded with Seven Walkers on June 19, Band of Heathens on July 20, Heartless Bastards on Aug. 7 and a free show by T Bird and the Breaks on Aug. 26. Local troubadours Screen Door Porch will host a CD release party with throwback pickers Elk Attack on June 8. For the full schedule, click here.

So much music and so little time to catch it all. Fans had better be energized.

Update 5/22: The Knotty Pine has released its slate.


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3 Comments so far

  1. Boat 1 Retired May 21, 2012 9:53 am

    Great summer music menu! Targhee is gonna go off and kudo’s to Howie, Jeff and the gang at the rink – plus the sponsors! – for stepping up and getting Jackson the free music scene it so badly needs!

  2. Gabby June 6, 2012 5:57 pm

    This just in… Elk Attack is opening for Robert Randolph on August 26th! So excited!

  3. Disco Stu July 5, 2012 1:37 am

    This is by far the craziest summer in the Tetons for music. Targhee Fest is stacked and competes with any major festival in the US with the exception of the overly corporate sponsored events. Music on Main in Victor is rolld up into one day of festival would be incredible and should keep free music fans engaged for the entire 8 weeks. Some great one-offs including Andrew Bird, and the new music event at the King is really good on a few dates — especially with Sister Sparrow and Robert Randolph. And Bluegrass is going to one for the record books and I may just have to make it over Targhee again to catch Dwight Yoakam. How can you miss Dwight Yoakam?

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