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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Jazz Fest beckons; Pink Garter stirs

By Jim Stanford on December 14, 2011

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Corey Henry surfs the crowd while performing with Galactic at Jazz Fest 2009.

With four Jacksonites recently relocating to New Orleans, including KHOL co-music director Kelly Huster, the Jackson Hole contingent at Jazz Fest is likely to be even larger this year.

Last night the festival announced its preliminary lineup, featuring the likes of Bon Iver, MMJ, Iron and Wine, Herbie Hancock, Zac Brown Band, and Levon Helm with Mavis Staples. Grace Potter makes her Jazz Fest debut.

Although not held until late April and early May, Jazz Fest sets its lineup early to get the jump on other festivals. Best to plan ahead, as flights will fill up and, you know, Kelly’s couch is likely to be booked.

Closer to home, the Pink Garter is preparing for a grand reopening. While construction is ongoing, the theater will host The Deadlocks for three sets on New Year’s Eve ($15). As reported earlier, The Infamous Stringdusters and Leftover Salmon are among the bands who will play this winter.

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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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waiting for a miracle? free tickets to JGB

By Jim Stanford on March 18, 2011

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One of the pleasant surprises at Targhee Fest last year was an early evening set by Melvin Seals and JGB.

Seals, the soul keyboardist and former bandmate of Jerry Garcia, squeezed melodies from his organ as colorful as the sunset over Teton Valley. And guitarist Stu Allen, whose vocals and guitar tone were uncanny in homage, brought the spirit of Garcia to the mountainside. JGB had the crowd boogieing to the R&B covers, infused with jazz and a touch of gospel, that distinguished Garcia’s side band from his psychedelic rock with the Dead.

Keeping the flame alive, Seals brings his troupe to the Timberline in Victor on Saturday, and we’re giving away two tickets ($40 value), courtesy of What’s Good Here? Productions. In the comments below, say you’re in, and a random drawing will decide the winner at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Don’t get caught outside with a finger in the air. Click here to buy tickets.

This video captures Melvin doing his thing on “Get Out of My Life Woman.”


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2 free tickets to New Mastersounds

By Jim Stanford on March 1, 2011

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One mo’ time: The New Mastersounds return tonight to kick off their U.S. tour, and we’re giving away a pair of tickets ($30 value), courtesy of What’s Good Here? Productions. Fox Street Allstars will open. In the comments below, say you’re in, and at 5 p.m. a random drawing will decide the lucky winner.

New Mastersounds are frequent visitors to Jackson Hole. The fab funksters from Leeds, England, first performed in the area in 2008, at the Knotty Pine, and since have played the Mangy Moose, Music on Main and Pink Garter. Led by guitarist Eddie Roberts, the group relies on a stripped-down, retro sound.

The video features the band performing “Chocolate Chip” last month in Madrid with guest Chip Wickham on flute.

This show may sell out. Tickets are available at the What’s Good Here? website.


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