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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after the burn

By Jim Stanford on August 8, 2013

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A cyclist descends the West Game Creek trail through an area of forest scorched by the Little Horsethief Fire. Photo by Brenton Reagan

Eleven months after the Little Horsethief Fire burned the back of Snow King, nature is rejuvenating itself.

Twice this summer I’ve been fortunate to ride with friends the newly improved West Game Creek trail that descends from the top of the mountain.

The first trip, back in early July, revealed a moonscape of burned-out trees and soot on the ground. Thanks to the efforts of the Forest Service and volunteers, the trail was in surprisingly good shape. Lupine and other wildflowers were blooming in places.

I returned last weekend to find fields of fireweed in the burned areas. Beyond the pink blossoms stood perfect stands of high grass. A hum was audible: bumble bees buzzing through the forest.

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4th fireworks to go on

By Jim Stanford on July 2, 2013

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Fireworks over Jackson, as seen from Snow King Mountain in 2002.

A year after being canceled due to drought, the traditional Fourth of July fireworks will explode over Snow King on Thursday. The town council approved a permit for the event last night. A staffed fire truck will be on hand for safety.

Near-record temperatures in the last week, following a dry spring, sparked fears that the event could be canceled again.

A huge day of festivities is planned for the base of the Town Hill, including a free concert by Celtic rockers Young Dubliners and the bluegrass band Old Crow Medicine Show. A performance by the Grand Teton Music Festival orchestra at Walk Festival Hall will be shown on a Jumbotron between bands.

The Jackson Hole Jaycees, which puts on the fireworks, graciously agreed to move the launch site farther up the hill to make more room for spectators and the concert. More than 10,000 people are expected.

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June winds make for dramatic skies

By Jim Stanford on June 23, 2013

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The June 12 thunderstorm generated a flurry of stunning images, as well as marble- to golf ball-sized hail. Click to enlarge.

This morning on the Snake.

June has been a breezy month, as anyone pushing boats down the Snake River can attest. Even mornings and evenings, typically the calmest times of day, have been brisk.

The upside is the skies have been turned into works of art, with cirrus clouds framing the Tetons and spectacular formations kindling the imagination. Last Sunday, Father’s Day, a chorus of dancers seemed to glide above the peaks, while today a flourish poured forth from the Grand like a trumpet blast.

The June 12 hailstorm produced the most dramatic photographs, like the one above shot by Chris Owen atop Snow King Mountain. He was doing some trail work for the Bridger-Teton National Forest and just dodged the storm. Sarah Tollison captured a similarly apocalyptic image from her office at DeFazio Law. Meteorologist Jim Woodmencey has a roundup of photos on his blog.

It has been fun the past few weeks to follow the #jacksonhole hashtag on Instagram and watch as shooters like Tristan Greszko and Sue Cedarholm capture different vantage points of the sky. The hailstorm made for particularly compelling crowd-sourced reporting.

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