free concerts coming to Snow King

By Jim Stanford on May 18, 2012

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Robert Randolph at the Knotty Pine in 2002. Randolph and his Family Band return to play gospel-infused funk and rock Aug. 26 at Snow King.

Jackson is getting its own version of Music on Main this summer.

After years of talk by various promoters, the new operators of the Snow King Center rink have organized a free concert series similar to the outdoor shows that have been a hit in Teton Valley, Idaho.

Here’s the schedule, with a sixth event yet to come:

    Saturday, June 23 — The Dunwells
    Saturday, July 7 — Boom Chick
    Wednesday, July 25 — Justin Townes Earle
    Wednesday, Aug. 5 — The Features
    Sunday, Aug. 26 — Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Local bands will open. Beer and food concessions and sponsorships will pay for the music, and any remaining proceeds will go to youth hockey and skating programs at the rink. The shows are open to all ages.

The biggest name on the slate is Randolph, who first played the Teton area at the Knotty Pine in 2002. Since then the pedal steel player has returned to open for the Black Crowes in 2006 and play the Jackson Hole Music Festival in 2008.

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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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bring on the Phunk

By Jim Stanford on July 14, 2011

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Dumpstaphunk's Ian and Ivan Neville on guitar and former drummer Raymond Weber perform at Teton Village in 2007, shortly before the clocktower was dismantled. Beyonce drummer Nikkie Glaspie has replaced Weber.

The free Music on Main concert series continues its run of New Orleans bon temps when Dumpstaphunk performs tonight in Victor City Park, on the heels of Honey Island Swamp Band last week and Anders Osborne next Thursday.

Dumpstaphunk features two of the scions of New Orleans’ first family of funk: Ivan Neville on keys and cousin Ian Neville on guitar. Jet Black Ninja Funkgrass Unit of Jackson will open beginning at 6 p.m. Following the show, Philly’s Phunkestra keeps the groove thumping at the Knotty Pine.

Dumpstaphunk kicks off a Big Easy weekend on the west side of the Tetons, as Ian Neville’s dad, Art “Poppa Funk” Neville, closes out Targhee Fest on Sunday with the Funky Meters, Little Feat and the New Orleans horn ensemble Bonerama. The good times will roll.

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Village concert series starts July 17

By Jim Stanford on June 13, 2011

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Music news to provide some cheer on yet another soggy afternoon:

Still hot: Wanda Jackson's collaboration with Jack White has added to her legend.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort again has teamed with Teton Village businesses to host a second season of Concerts on the Commons. The free series will be on Sunday afternoons beginning July 17. Rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson is among the headliners.

Jackie Greene will spend a little more time on the mountain. The guitarist, singer and former Grateful Dead apprentice will return to perform at Targhee Fest on July 16.

Music on Main kicks off its free Thursday night concert series on June 30. Volunteer for a host of perks, including a Targhee ski pass upgrade and chance to win a cruiser bike. A $40 donation nets quick entry and beverages for the entire season.

Also, What’s Good Here? Productions has finalized its summer calendar.

More details and other news after the jump.

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Victor to roll with sounds of NOLA

By Jim Stanford on February 17, 2011

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Music on Main at Victor City Park. Click to enlarge.

Music on Main announced five of its headliners last night, and once again the free concert series will feature a heavy helping of New Orleans funk.

Anders Osborne

Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk will perform in Victor on July 14, followed by fellow Big Easy stalwart Anders Osborne on July 21.

Also on the bill this summer are acclaimed guitarists Bruce Cockburn, who will open the series June 30, Alejandro Escovedo on July 28 and Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real on Aug. 4. The Teton Valley Foundation still is lining up artists for July 7 and Aug. 11.

Ivan Neville, along with his bandmate cousin Ian, are scions of New Orleans’ first family of funk, the Neville Brothers. Osborne is a renowned guitarist who leads his own band and plays with just about everybody in the Big Easy.

Dumpstaphunk’s performance on Thursday night will be a perfect segue into the seventh annual Targhee Fest (July 15-17), which traditionally has a New Orleans flavor. In addition, What’s Good Here? Productions of Jackson has entered into a deal with the Knotty Pine to host bands following the Music on Main concerts. Looks like it will be another busy season of music on the west side.

(Top photo via Teton Valley Foundation; Osborne via American Songwriter)

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