By Jim Stanford on March 30, 2014
Before performing a free concert last night at Teton Village, Michael Franti played an intimate set aboard the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort aerial tram.
Franti and guitarist J. Boogie strummed two acoustic songs as they rode partway up and down Rendezvous Mountain. About 50 lucky riders enjoyed the show, which the resort announced via Twitter.
On the way up, Franti sang “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like),” from his latest album, All People. The resort used the song in a promotional video this winter. On the way down, Franti invited riders to join him on a new song he’s working on, “Smile All Over Again.”
Persistent rain failed to dampen the spirits of fans who tailgated for hours before Franti and Spearhead took the stage. As is his custom, Franti came out into the crowd to sing and play guitar. Undeterred by the rain and with his breath steaming in the cold night, he sang his anthem “Hey, Hey, Hey.”
“I won’t let another moment slip away,” he urged, a fitting mantra for skiers and snowboarders who have spent the winter riding every last flake of powder.
The upside to all the rain was snow falling on the upper elevations, more than 20 inches over a festive weekend that also featured Pole Pedal Paddle.
The Spearhead concert capped the Jackson Hole Rendezvous festival, and after a three-night bender of free music, some fans were left a little ragged.
(Photo by Morris Weintraub)