Let it Be: Sir Paul to play Missoula

By Jim Stanford on May 1, 2014

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Paul McCartney is one of the two surviving Beatles, along with drummer Ringo Starr.

Beatlemania is coming to Montana this summer, as Paul McCartney brings his Out There tour to Missoula on Aug. 5.

The Beatles bassist will play Washington-Grizzly Stadium at the University of Montana. Tickets go on sale May 9.

The rock legend will turn 72 in June, but that hasn’t stopped him from playing three-hour shows spanning his career and heavy on Beatles hits.

Sir Paul also will perform indoors Aug. 7 in Salt Lake City, giving Jackson Hole fans two options to see him within a five- or six-hour drive.

When it comes to ticket prices, however, McCartney may as well be the Taxman, charging up to $250 for premium seats. Tickets for Missoula start at $49.50, available at griztix.com or by calling 888-MONTANA.

The Big Sky State’s scenic beauty and a good recommendation from Mick Jagger helped lure McCartney to Missoula. The Rolling Stones played the outdoor football stadium, which has a capacity of 25,000, in 2006.

In other music news, the Teton Valley Foundation has released its lineup for Music on Main. The free concert series will feature James McMurtry, Young Dubliners, Paper Bird, The Motet and Elephant Revival, as well as local bands.

Concerts take place on Thursday nights in Victor City Park beginning June 26.

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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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