with my own two hands

By Jim Stanford on August 21, 2012

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Today is the primary election, in case anyone needs a reminder. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To find your neighborhood polling place, click here. The clerk’s office, which had been the place for early voting, is closed today.

Thank you to everyone for supporting my campaign for Jackson Town Council. I’ve tried to put forth some good ideas and have enjoyed the dialogue. I have not put up any yard signs or asked anyone for money (although some have given); all I’m asking people to do is vote.

The top four candidates for town council will advance from today’s primary to the general election in November. I hope to be one of those, but if not, I’m OK with doing what I know best: rowing the Snake River and being a journalist.

There are a lot of ways, as Ben sings, to make the world a better place. Best of luck to all the candidates for trying. Onward and upward.

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promoter in rocky straits; music fest in limbo

By Jim Stanford on January 12, 2009

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Updated with Phish, Led Zep news after jump

Burning one down: Ben Harper set may have been the highest point of the JH Music Fest. David Stubbs photo. Click to enlarge.

Burning one down: Ben Harper's set may have been the highest point of the Jackson Hole Music Fest. Photo by David Stubbs. Click to enlarge.

Festival Network, the New York-based company that promoted the inaugural Jackson Hole Music Festival in August, is cutting back after millions in losses, according to industry sources, and the future of the Jackson Hole event has been cast into doubt.

From Ticket News:

  • Concert and festival promoter Festival Network LLC is in financial straits and is believed to have lost $5 million to $6 million in 2008, TicketNews has learned. The company, which hosts festivals in upscale locales such as Newport, RI, Saratoga, NY and Jackson Hole, WY, has closed offices, laid off an undisclosed number of employees and may shut down several of its signature festivals due in part to difficulty in raising new capital and a cutback in funding from JVC for jazz shows.

The news is not entirely surprising, given the wreckage of the economic landscape. A source tells JH Underground that Festival Network lost $1 million on the Jackson Hole event alone.

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Ben Harper, Robert Randolph added to Village music fest

By Jim Stanford on June 9, 2008

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Ben Harper performs in his new Western shirt and hat at the Snow King Center in Jackson, Wyoming, in May 2001. Harper is asking the crowd to take a 'big Jackson Hole step back' to avoid having fans squished at the front.

Ben Harper asks the Snow King crowd to step back so no one gets squished.

As first reported here back in April, a new music festival will be making its debut at Teton Village this summer.

The Jackson Hole Music Festival has added soul guitarists Ben Harper and Robert Randolph to a lineup that already features Wilco, the Black Crowes and Son Volt. The two-day event will be held at the base of the Eagle’s Rest slope on Aug. 16 and 17.

Harper and his band, the Innocent Criminals, have performed several times in Jackson Hole, as have Randolph and his Family Band. Both are fan favorites.

So far, the lineup looks like this: Saturday, Aug. 16 — Wilco, Kaki King, Medeski Martin & Wood, Backdoor Slam; Sunday, Aug. 17 — Black Crowes, Ben Harper, Robert Randolph, Son Volt, the Avett Brothers.

The music will run from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days. Single-day tickets are $72.50, while a two-day pass costs $130. For a limited time, you can purchase a discounted “early bird” pass for $110 (plus $13 service charge) by clicking here.

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