By Jim Stanford on April 1, 2014
Once again, the strains of Southern rock will reverberate through the hills surrounding Grand Targhee this summer.
The lineup for the 10th annual Targhee Fest on July 18-20 features Tedeschi Trucks Band, whose guitarist is Allman Brothers protege Derek Trucks. A pair of Black Crowes will perform with side bands: singer Chris Robinson with his Brotherhood and drummer Steve Gorman with Trigger Hippy.
Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools returns in Hard Working Americans, fronted by crooner Todd Snider (auteur of this patriotic hymn). Royal Southern Brotherhood, featuring another Allmans scion, guitarist Devon Allman, also will play at the Alta, Wyo., resort.
Rounding out the lineup are Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, The Wood Brothers, Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Amy Helm and the Handsome Strangers, The Hooligans, and Big Head Todd.
Three hundred weekend passes priced at $99 already have sold out. A limited number of $129 passes remain, and after those are gone, the price jumps to $159.
Tedeschi Trucks Band will close the festival on Sunday, July 20. Chris Robinson Brotherhood will play July 19. Targhee has not yet announced the full slate for each day.
Many of the artists have performed at the festival or other venues around the Tetons in recent years; for the 10th anniversary Targhee has pulled them together on one mountainside stage.
Trigger Hippy, featuring Jackie Greene on guitar and Joan Osborne on vocals, delivered an impressive set at the 2012 Targhee Fest. Tedeschi Trucks Band, fronted by the lovely blues singer Susan Tedeschi, gave a jaw-dropping show at Center for the Arts last year. The husband-and-wife duo also played Targhee with Soul Stew Revival in 2008.
After many visits to the Mangy Moose, Snow King and The Spud over the last 25 years, Big Head Todd and the Monsters will make their Targhee debut.
The Montana-based Hooligans, who have taken over as the traditional late-night closer, recently released their debut CD, Beggars and Thieves, featuring Bill Payne of Little Feat on keys. Payne co-produced the album with guitarist (and festival promoter) Tom Garnsey.
Targhee also has announced the lineup for the 27th annual Bluegrass Festival on Aug. 8-10, featuring Sam Bush Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Leftover Salmon with Bill Payne, The Travelin’ McCourys, Town Mountain, Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott, New Reeltime Travelers and David Bromberg Band.
Given the musicians’ affinity for Targhee and the many connections among the bands, there should be possibilities for star-studded jams at both festivals.