the last notes of summer

By Jim Stanford on August 13, 2013

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A rainbow appears over the Targhee Bluegrass Festival on Saturday.

Donna The Buffalo had a better view than the crowd.

“Everybody scream!” guitarist Jeb Puryear urged fans spread out on the hillside, who willingly obliged. “Now turn around and look at the rainbow.”

The passing squall came during the band’s centerpiece jam, “Hot Tamale Baby,” on Saturday at the 26th annual Targhee Bluegrass Festival. The audience went wild in front of the stage, hooting and dancing in the rain as nature and the musicians put on a show.

The rainbow was yet another in a summer of magical moments at Grand Targhee. The Bluegrass Fest capped perhaps the best season of music yet at the Alta, Wyo., resort, which hosted three festivals spanning everything from the heavy rock of Widespread Panic to last weekend’s acoustic picking and fiddling.

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free show at Pink Garter tonight

By Jim Stanford on June 5, 2012

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Screen Door Porch, expanded to a quartet, will play the Pink Garter on Friday in celebration of its new album. Elk Attack will open.

The Pink Garter Theater kicks off its summer with two events this week, starting with a free show tonight by the Austin, Texas, band Wheeler Brothers.

On Friday, local folk and alt-country band Screen Door Porch is playing a special gig for the release of its second album, The Fate & The Fruit. Throwback pickers Elk Attack will open. Showtime is 9:30 p.m.

Screen Door’s core husband-and-wife duo of Aaron Davis and Seadar Rose will be joined by bassist Tom Davidson and drummer Andy Peterson. They released the album in April with community funding through Kickstarter. The first 25 attendees will receive a free copy. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 Friday.

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music roundup: G. Love, MOM, smokin’ Salmon

By Jim Stanford on March 2, 2012

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The Jackson Hole Mountain Festival has got Sauce.

Blues, rock and hip-hop artists G. Love and Special Sauce will headline the free concert, the centerpiece of the festival, on March 31. The 37th annual Pole Pedal Paddle race will be run earlier in the day. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is offering package deals on lodging and lift tickets starting at $119 per person.

G. Love, aka Garrett Dutton, is a guitarist, harmonica player and singer who was born in Philadelphia but put his band together in Boston. The group rose to prominence in the mid-1990s, scoring a modest pop hit with the song “Baby’s Got Sauce” and touring with the H.O.R.D.E. and Widespread Panic.

In recent years G. Love has collaborated with longtime friend Jack Johnson and The Avett Brothers, who are featured on his latest album, Fixin’ to Die. The video above is a song from the album, “Just Fine.”

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free tickets to Leftover Salmon

By Jim Stanford on February 28, 2012

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Leftover Salmon guitarist Vince Herman jams with Blues Traveler's John Popper at Snow King in 2002. Herman returns with mandolinist Drew Emmitt.

Perhaps because it only comes around once every four years, Leap Day is packed with events — Gelande Quaffing Championship, Gary Snyder tickets distributed, TEDx — capped by Leftover Salmon at the Pink Garter.

It’s fitting that Leftover plays on Leap Day, as performances by this pioneering Colorado newgrass quintet have been rare of late. Founders Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt have toured the Tetons in recent years with side projects, but this will be the reunited band’s first show in Jackson Hole since 2004.

And it should be a rowdy hoedown. In conjunction with the Pink Garter, we’re giving away two tickets. Give a ye-haw in the comments, and two winners will be chosen via random drawing at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Entrants must provide a full name, and each winner will receive one ticket.

The Pink Garter has filled out its winter schedule with the likes of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe on March 15 and Blitzen Trapper on March 25. I recently caught the second of two Monophonics shows at the theater and was pleased by the sound, expanded dance floor and overall funky vibe.

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Targhee sets festival dates, early lineups

By Jim Stanford on January 31, 2012

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Black Joe and The Honeybears are on fire, as J.J. Grey might say.

By popular demand, Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears are coming to the Tetons this summer.

The soul-rock band from Austin, Texas, will perform at the eighth annual Targhee Fest, which will be July 13-15. Also booked are Florida swamp rockers J.J. Grey and Mofro and Mississippi blues crooner Paul Thorn.

Targhee also has set a preliminary lineup for its 25th annual Bluegrass Festival on Aug. 10-12, featuring Steep Canyon Rangers, The Infamous Stringdusters, Donna the Buffalo, Kane’s River, Hot Rize and Darrell Scott.

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