Targhee to rock with Hard Working bands

By Jim Stanford on July 18, 2014

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Dave Schools of Widespread Panic returns to Targhee with Hard Working Americans, a new band fronted by folk singer Todd Snider.

Grand Targhee’s longtime slogan was “Snow from Heaven, Not Hoses.”

This weekend, the notes will fall from the heavens as the Alta, Wyo., resort hosts its 10th annual Targhee Fest. Music fans will flock to higher ground — 8,000 feet of elevation — for a lineup stacked with blues, rock and alt-country.

Blues guitarist Buddy Guy closes tonight, following Benyaro, an acoustic ensemble with local roots; the Neville-Allman supergroup Royal Southern Brotherhood; and Wood Brothers, which teams stand-up bassist Chris (of MM&W) with older brother Oliver on guitar.

Chris Robinson

On Saturday, Targhee presents a marathon slate beginning with jazz duo Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola, country-rocker Robert Earl Keen, and Amy Helm (daughter of Levon) and the Handsome Strangers. Then the fest kicks into high gear with Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools and crooner Todd Snider introducing their latest project, Hard Working Americans, followed by Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson’s Brotherhood.

Big Head Todd and the Monsters, long a favorite in northwest Wyoming, closes Saturday. The Colorado band comes full Circle with its debut appearance at Targhee, after many shows at the Mangy Moose and Snow King over the years.

Sunday features a parade of badass female vocalists: Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Trigger Hippy (featuring Joan Osborne with guitarist Jackie Greene and Crowes drummer Steve Gorman) and headliner Tedeschi Trucks Band, fronted by the lovely Susan Tedeschi.

In addition, there will be late-night bands in the Trap Bar, capped by The Hooligans on Sunday. Single-day tickets are $55 Friday and Sunday and $65 Saturday. Camping is available on site at $35 for adults and $16 for kids.

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NOLA influx for free concerts

By Jim Stanford on June 22, 2014

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Anders Osborne and his band played before Phish at Jazz Fest this year and may have stolen the show.

Summertime in Jackson Hole is about to get Easy.

With the mercury topping 90 in steamy New Orleans, musicians are heading out on tour, and many will seek relief in the cool mountain air of Wyoming.

Guitarist Anders Osborne will be the first to visit from the Big Easy, kicking off the Jackson Hole Live series of free concerts tonight at Snow King. Osborne and his band play heavy rock and roll. His latest album, following a tumultuous career, is called Peace.

Jackson Hole Live culminates Aug. 13 with one of New Orleans’ biggest stars, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue.

Concerts on the Commons at Teton Village also will feature some fi-yo from the Bayou, with Dirty Dozen Brass Band on Aug. 10 and Dumpstaphunk on Aug. 24.

Over the hill in Victor, Idaho, Music on Main starts Thursday with Mandatory Air and John Wayne’s World.

All of these shows are free. What could be Easier than that?

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Let it Be: Sir Paul to play Missoula

By Jim Stanford on May 1, 2014

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Paul McCartney is one of the two surviving Beatles, along with drummer Ringo Starr.

Beatlemania is coming to Montana this summer, as Paul McCartney brings his Out There tour to Missoula on Aug. 5.

The Beatles bassist will play Washington-Grizzly Stadium at the University of Montana. Tickets go on sale May 9.

The rock legend will turn 72 in June, but that hasn’t stopped him from playing three-hour shows spanning his career and heavy on Beatles hits.

Sir Paul also will perform indoors Aug. 7 in Salt Lake City, giving Jackson Hole fans two options to see him within a five- or six-hour drive.

When it comes to ticket prices, however, McCartney may as well be the Taxman, charging up to $250 for premium seats. Tickets for Missoula start at $49.50, available at griztix.com or by calling 888-MONTANA.

The Big Sky State’s scenic beauty and a good recommendation from Mick Jagger helped lure McCartney to Missoula. The Rolling Stones played the outdoor football stadium, which has a capacity of 25,000, in 2006.

In other music news, the Teton Valley Foundation has released its lineup for Music on Main. The free concert series will feature James McMurtry, Young Dubliners, Paper Bird, The Motet and Elephant Revival, as well as local bands.

Concerts take place on Thursday nights in Victor City Park beginning June 26.

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Targhee: Tedeschi Trucks, Chris Robinson

By Jim Stanford on April 1, 2014

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Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi perform with their band at Center for the Arts in Jackson on the summer solstice last year.

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.

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Franti serenades Jackson Hole tram

By Jim Stanford on March 30, 2014

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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.”

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