JACKSON, Wyo. and VICTOR, Idaho — With the recent flip of a switch, a handful of restaurant and bar venues in Teton County are cautiously incorporating local musicians back to the stage. Dance floors are closed, capacity is limited to half, tables and chairs will be spaced at least six feet apart, and patrons are asked to respect local ordinances for distancing. A challenging and winding road lies ahead for both venues and musicians, and much is left unanswered for the collective consciousness as the next phases of reopening linger. If its live music that fills your soul, here are a few options for this week.

The Silver Dollar Showroom is embracing a “Sit Down Get Down” atmosphere to bring back solo, duo and trio acts 7:30-11 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. This week will feature One Ton Pig trio on Bluegrass Tuesday and Aaron Davis & the Mystery Machine trio on Friday. Sister establishment, the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, has similar sit down arrangements and will host The Linford duo 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, followed by Nathan Dean Trio June 4-7.

“All employees have been trained on insuring social distancing best practices with the safety and health of the patrons and staff their top priority,” said Alicia Guzman, General Manager of the Cowboy. “Our staff is ready to provide safe service in a spacious environment. We are only allowing in as many patrons as there are seats. We look forward to seeing you.”

StillWest Brewery & Grill has resumed music on the deck with Davis performing roots music at 11 a.m.–2 p.m. on Sundays during Brunch.

“Songs from the Center” continues at Center for the Arts, live streaming acts from the theater stage with no in-house audience. This Friday will feature alt-folk rockers Inland Isle at 5 p.m. from the Center for the Arts Facebook page.

In Teton Valley, West Side Yard recently announced Mandatory Music Mondays, 6-8 p.m. with Michael Batdorf of One Ton Pig. The weekly residency begins today.

Mainstay Victor venue the Knotty Pine Supper Club—which had announced the week of March 12 that they had cancelled shows with Leftover Salmon, Galactic, Yak Attack, and Spafford—has reopened the restaurant with a few upcoming shows on the books. Andy Frasco & the UN are scheduled for June 25, with a recent announcement about the show via the Knotty Pine’s Facebook: “Not sure if inside or outside yet. Definitely going to only sell around 100 tickets either way.”



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Aaron Davis is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and producer-engineer at Three Hearted Recording Studio, covering the Teton County music scene as a journalist-photographer since 2005.