By Jim Stanford on July 13, 2012
Downtown Jackson felt like an episode of Treme last night, with Meters guitarist Leo Nocentelli playing the Pink Garter and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band rocking the Town Square Tavern just up the street. There was even a “Davis Can Save Us” city council candidate running around shaking hands.
The twofer of New Orleans funk was part of a musical frenzy that erupted on both sides of the Tetons, as over in Idaho, Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears played Music on Main, followed by Boombox at the Knotty Pine.
All of this was setting the table for the weekend’s main event, the eighth annual Targhee Fest, featuring Trigger Hippy (Jackie Greene and Joan Osborne) and Toots and the Maytals today and Black Joe, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Railroad Earth and Drive-By Truckers on Saturday. Lucinda Williams and J.J. Grey and Mofro close the festival on Sunday. Click here for a schedule.
The Dirty Dozen paid tribute to Uncle Lionel Batiste, beloved bass drummer for the Treme Brass Band who died this week. Saxophonist Roger Lewis played with Uncle Lionel often. Undaunted by the altitude, the Dozen performed a spirited, if short, set to kick off their 35th anniversary tour.
Meanwhile, Nocentelli sized up the Garter for a possible return this fall; The Meters, sans Art Neville, are said to be planning a tour with a variety of keyboard players, including Page McConnell of Phish. That’s a show we must have.
Until then, let’s enjoy the spree while we can.