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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Franti serenades Jackson Hole tram

By Jim Stanford on March 30, 2014

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Before performing a free concert last night at Teton Village, Michael Franti played an intimate set aboard the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort aerial tram.

Franti and guitarist J. Boogie strummed two acoustic songs as they rode partway up and down Rendezvous Mountain. About 50 lucky riders enjoyed the show, which the resort announced via Twitter.

On the way up, Franti sang “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like),” from his latest album, All People. The resort used the song in a promotional video this winter. On the way down, Franti invited riders to join him on a new song he’s working on, “Smile All Over Again.”

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O.A.R. to play Mountain Fest

By Jim Stanford on December 4, 2012

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O.A.R. will play a free concert March 30 in Teton Village, following PPP.

Looking ahead to spring, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort already has booked the popular rock band O.A.R. to headline its Mountain Festival on March 30.

The free concert is the centerpiece of a weekend that features the 38th annual Pole Pedal Paddle race, Coombs Classic and other music and events. Lodging and lift ticket specials are available.

O.A.R., for Of A Revolution, rose to prominence playing the college circuit and through word of mouth. Like the Dave Matthews Band, to which it is often compared, the group went on to achieve mainstream success, selling out Madison Square Garden in 2006.

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ski area sign removed from village

By Jim Stanford on June 29, 2012

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The old sign after the season’s first snowfall, October 2007.

A few weeks ago I stopped in at Teton Village and noticed a change. The “Jackson Hole Ski Resort” sign had been removed from the old entrance road.

Call me a stodgy traditionalist, but I always use the old road to enter the village. And there was something welcoming about that wooden sign, a throwback to another era when ski resorts were guests on public land.

After some investigating, I found that the sign was removed at the behest of the Forest Service, whose new supervisor, Jacque Buchanan, reportedly felt it was out of date. “It was not good representation of the forest,” Bridger-Teton spokeswoman Mary Cernicek said. “It was in a pretty poor state.”

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Artlab seeks entries for Mountain Fest contest

By Jim Stanford on January 13, 2012

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Jackson Hole Mountain Fest will be March 30 to April 1, featuring free concerts, lodging deals and the PPP and Coombs Classic sporting events.

Teton Artlab is calling on local creative types to come up with a design for the 2012 Jackson Hole Mountain Festival poster.

The lab will work with the winning artist to make custom, screen-printed posters that music fans can take home to commemorate the event. Grand Targhee has sponsored similar contests in the past for its music festivals.

The seventh annual Mountain Fest will be March 30 to April 1. Besides the Pole Pedal Paddle and Marmot Coombs Classic, the centerpiece of the weekend is a free concert March 31 in front of the Teton Village clocktower. The lineup has not been set yet; past performers have included Michael Franti and Spearhead, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Ozomatli and Blues Traveler.

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