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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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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JH Live: Steve Earle, Robert Walter

By Jim Stanford on May 31, 2013

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Steeped in the sounds of New Orleans, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress plays simmering funk and jazz. The band returns Aug. 3.

For its second summer, Jackson Hole Live has stepped up its lineup and struck the right balance between country, rock and funk.

Earlier this week, organizers announced most of the artists for the free concert series at the base of Snow King. Outlaw country troubadour Steve Earle and The Dukes will play July 14, while funk keyboardist Robert Walter convenes his groovy 20th Congress on Aug. 3, in conjunction with a new brew fest.

Steve Earle

Guitarist Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, rocking harder in his dad Willie’s footsteps, open the series on June 29. As announced earlier, Old Crow Medicine Show will headline the Fourth of July concert at the base of the King, joined by Young Dubliners and Jackson Hole’s own One Ton Pig, among others. One headliner remains to be booked for August.

Coupled with Music on Main (Thursday nights) in Victor and Concerts on the Commons (Sundays) in Teton Village, the Jackson series gives music fans plenty of free options this summer, in addition to three festivals at Grand Targhee.

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Galactic, Hot Tuna headed back to Tetons

By Jim Stanford on November 27, 2012

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In what is fast becoming a winter tradition, the NOLA funk band Galactic will return to play the Knotty Pine on Feb. 20. This will be the group’s third visit to Victor, Idaho, in the last four years. Tickets are $35 and available now on the Galactic website, but go on sale Friday at the Knotty without a service fee.

Living Colour vocalist Corey Glover, featured above, again will accompany the band. Knotty Pine owner Brice Nelson called Galactic’s last visit in March “one of the best nights of music in our 17 years.”

The show is part of the “Freeze Out Tour” that will take Galactic from Mardi Gras in New Orleans across the West to The Fillmore in San Francisco.

The Pink Garter Theater in Jackson also has been fleshing out its winter schedule, with Hot Tuna — the acoustic duo of Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady — on Feb. 15 and slamgrass jammers Leftover Salmon on March 3. Tickets for Hot Tuna go on sale at noon Friday for $35.

The Pink Garter also will host a New Year’s Eve Funkathon with the Colorado rock band Fox Street Allstars for $15.

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festival time

By Jim Stanford on July 13, 2012

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The Dirty Dozen, led by baritone saxophonist Roger Lewis, left, and trumpeter Greg Davis, right, wail at the Town Square Tavern.

Downtown Jackson felt like an episode of Treme last night, with Meters guitarist Leo Nocentelli playing the Pink Garter and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band rocking the Town Square Tavern just up the street. There was even a “Davis Can Save Us” city council candidate running around shaking hands.

The twofer of New Orleans funk was part of a musical frenzy that erupted on both sides of the Tetons, as over in Idaho, Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears played Music on Main, followed by Boombox at the Knotty Pine.

All of this was setting the table for the weekend’s main event, the eighth annual Targhee Fest, featuring Trigger Hippy (Jackie Greene and Joan Osborne) and Toots and the Maytals today and Black Joe, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Railroad Earth and Drive-By Truckers on Saturday. Lucinda Williams and J.J. Grey and Mofro close the festival on Sunday. Click here for a schedule.

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