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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Denson, Galactic, Franti returning

By Jim Stanford on January 3, 2014

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Michael Franti and Spearhead are coming back around the way, playing the free Jackson Hole Mountain Festival concert on March 29.

Happy new year!

Musically, 2014 is off to a great start, with the likes of Del McCoury and MarchFourth Marching Band ushering in the year on a festive note.

And the schedule for the winter has been filling out, giving fans much to look forward to — including return visits from local favorites.

The Knotty Pine recently announced a couple of big shows, including Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe on Feb. 20 and, in what has become an annual tradition, Galactic on March 11. Tickets are $25 and $40, respectively, available online.

Leftover Salmon will play shows on both sides of the Tetons during a Western ski tour: the Pink Garter on March 13 and Knotty on March 14.

The Garter also has reggae legends Black Uhuru on Valentine’s Day, Pimps of Joytime on Feb. 25 and crooner Martin Sexton on March 20. Tickets are $26, $17 and $25 in advance at the theater and Pinky G’s.

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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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Knotty kicks off musical Winterfest

By Jim Stanford on February 17, 2011

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Chali and mates get their groove on at the Knotty before Halloween.

As referenced earlier, this is shaping up to be one outrageous Presidents’ Weekend. On top of all the events going on in Jackson, there has been an organic convergence of music over the hill.

Tonight the Knotty Pine kicks off a run of four nights of shows with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and Chali 2na and House of Vibe. The show is sold out, but Mike Dillon returns with Hairy Apes BMX on Friday and Saturday. Capping off the weekend is a truly outrageous ensemble unlike anything the Teton area has seen: MarchFourth Marching Band, a 24-piece troupe loaded with horns and percussion, mixing marching beats with performance art.

Also, at Grand Targhee’s Trap Bar, Leftover Salmon alumnus Vince Herman is back with Great American Taxi. Last we left off, Herman and friends were performing late night in the campground after Targhee Fest. The good-time bluegrass and Americana quintet is playing aprés-ski in the Trap as well as at night. Click here for details. And with Targhee hitting its quota of 10,000 Facebook friends, lift tickets will be just $25 on Friday.

Chali 2na and Karl D. are practically locals, having performed in Jackson Hole and at the Knotty often in recent years. This is the first time the two have toured together, and Chali is looking for both bands to mix it up.

“He loves to jam out,” Chali said of The Diesel. “I’m that kind of cat.”

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winter music: it’s all Good Here

By Jim Stanford on December 17, 2010

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Clayton Hagen and Travis Hetman of A Night in the Box perform in St. Paul.

After two years of below-the-radar shows, there’s no need to ask What’s Good Here? anymore. A quick look at the Jackson promoters’ new website reveals a winter schedule loaded with good times, starting tonight with A Night in the Box and The Lumineers at the old Eleanor’s Cuvee (aka Jackson’s Hole Bar and Grill).

From their modest roots of passing the hat for backyard jams at the Bait Shop, promoters Neil Albert and Matt Donovan have settled on a winning formula for hosting live music in Jackson: Choose up-and-coming indie bands, keep covers low ($10 tonight), and rock out with more established acts whenever the opportunity presents.

Some of the highlights WGH? has in store for the winter: the highly anticipated Talking Heads tribute This Must Be The Band on Dec. 28-29, Fox Street Allstars on Jan. 28, a reprise of Elephant Revival and Head for the Hills on Feb. 4, and the show I’m most excited about — T. Bird and the Breaks, a band that has been generating quite a buzz out of Austin, Texas, on Feb. 10. Most of these shows will be at Town Square Tavern in Jackson, and almost all have $10 covers.

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