Louisiana flavor comes north

By Jim Stanford on June 22, 2012

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An authentic taste of New Orleans.

Hey, now. In New Orleans, even a queen dressed in red must be able to suck a crawfish head, as Art Neville sometimes sings. Jackson’s summer hatch will get its chance Saturday, when 307 Live presents its seventh annual Crawfish Boil.

Organizers Harper Hollis, Billy Cormier, Trey Davis and friends have ordered 1,000 pounds of the freshwater crustacean for the occasion. The crawfish will be seasoned, boiled and served with red beans and rice, boudin and more.

Stooges Brass Band will close out the festivities, capping a day of eating and music under the sun. The party starts at 1 p.m. on the Cutty’s lawn and runs till dark or thereabouts; Stooges is slated to take the stage at 7.

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grow up to be a rock star

By Jim Stanford on June 12, 2012

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Leo Nocentelli at Jazz Fest.

At a recent New Orleans Musicians for Obama benefit, I was leaning against the bar, uploading a photo from my phone, when I heard someone sidle up next to me and order a coke. I turned to see one of the performers, Meters guitarist Leo Nocentelli.

“Hey, Leo,” I said. “I’m from Wyoming. I hear you’re coming our way this summer for a music camp.”

“Jackson Hole,” he said in the most cool-cat voice imaginable. “Check it out.”

The funk master behind such classics as “Cissy Strut” is indeed part of the staff for the Jackson Hole Rock Camp on July 9-13. Also lending their talents are DJ Logic and hip-hop artist Brother Ali, among other distinguished players.

The camp is for kids 12 and older, and instruction will cover a variety of instruments. Given the teachers, don’t be surprised if some “big kids” hang around the classroom, too. Scholarships ($650) are available.

In 2008, Nocentelli played one of the most impressive gigs ever held at Center for the Arts, a show that unfortunately too few got to see.

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Jazz Fest comes to Victor

By Jim Stanford on March 20, 2012

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Galactic arrived in Teton Valley to a spring snowstorm yesterday and enjoyed a day off. “Hanging in lovely cold Victor ID,” the band Tweeted.

Things will get considerably warmer tonight when the New Orleans funk ensemble takes the stage for a sold-out show at the Knotty Pine. The log cabin club will resemble a sauna straight out of Frenchmen Street in the Big Easy.

With an extra day of rest, band members could ride some of the nearly 2 feet of powder that has blanketed the Tetons, or delve into the Kansas City barbecue served by Knotty Pine owner Brice Nelson — “the best food we’ve ever eaten at a venue,” saxophonist Ben Ellman proclaimed during the group’s last visit in 2009.

Either way, the band is likely to come out roaring. On this tour Galactic again is joined by trombonist Corey Henry, along with singer Corey Glover, former frontman for Living Colour. The group just released a new album on Mardi Gras Day, Carnivale Electricos, featuring a host of guest musicians.

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leaner Diesel churning into Pink Garter

By Jim Stanford on March 14, 2012

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Karl Denson wails with Greyboy Allstars at the Pink Garter in 2010.

It’s time to Shake It Out.

Whether reaching from his quiver of percussive instruments or churning out sax blasts that leave the audience quaking, Karl Denson will have a little extra steam in his engine when he takes the stage Thursday at the Pink Garter.

The Diesel adhered to a semi-vegan diet for the last three months, dropped 12 pounds and rolls into Jackson an even leaner, meaner funk machine. “It feels really good,” Denson said Tuesday from his home in San Diego. “Just walking down the street, I feel so much more willing to exercise.”

Denson’s performances in the Tetons, whether with his Tiny Universe or Greyboy Allstars, always have been athletic, leaving musicians and fans covered in sweat.

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free tickets to Monophonics, Ana Sia

By Jim Stanford on February 17, 2012

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After what seems like an eternity, Presidents’ Weekend brings a spree of music to Jackson Hole, highlighted by three shows at the Pink Garter Theater featuring psychedelic soul and electronica from San Francisco.

Tonight and Saturday, the throwback soul outfit Monophonics takes the stage. With a horn section and keyboardist Kelly Finnigan on vocals, the six-piece band harks back to the Bay Area sounds of the late ’60s and early ’70s, merging psychedelic rock with heavy funk.

On Sunday, the Garter welcomes Ana Sia, a DJ mixing dubstep, glitch and what she calls “global slut psy-hop” (see video after jump). She aims to give the dance floor “a delightful ride that ends at the corner of bliss and oblivion.”

In conjunction with the Pink Garter, we’re giving away two tickets to Saturday’s and Sunday’s shows. In the comments, say you’re in and specify which artist you’d like to see. Winners will be drawn at random at 3 p.m. Saturday. Entrants must provide a full name. Each winner will receive one ticket.

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