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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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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Karl D. kicks off Rendezvous at Snow King

By Jim Stanford on March 27, 2014

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Last month, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe played a smoking-hot show at the Knotty Pine, but a blizzard struck that night, closing Teton Pass and stranding music fans on both sides.

Those who missed out have another chance to catch the funk-blasting sax master, this time for free. Tiny Universe will perform tonight at Snow King Center, the first of three consecutive nights of free music for the new Jackson Hole Rendezvous.

Formerly known as the Jackson Hole Mountain Festival, the Rendezvous continues Friday at Teton Village with Blues Traveler, a last-minute substitution for Steel Pulse, whose singer is ill. Traveler played the debut event in 2006. On Saturday, Michael Franti and Spearhead return for the festival’s centerpiece.

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Jazz Fest: Clapton, Bruce, Phish, Arcade Fire

By Jim Stanford on January 14, 2014

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Trey Anastasio at Jazz Fest 2005. Anastasio and Phish will perform during the first weekend.

Is it Jazz Phest yet?

Phish, exiled from the Fairgrounds since 1996, returns for the 2014 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, joining the likes of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Robert Plant, John Fogerty, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Alabama Shakes and the Avett Brothers.

These headliners will perform along with dozens of Big Easy luminaries such as Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Rebirth Brass Band, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Aaron Neville, The Radiators and Dumpstaphunk with Art Neville. The 45th annual festival takes place April 25 to May 4.

Ticket prices start at $50 per day. More details and daily music lineup are available here.

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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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