JACKSON HOLE, WYO –The soundtrack to your summer in the Tetons is ramping up! Recently voted Best Summer Activity in Best of Jackson Hole, the 8th Annual JacksonHoleLive concert series is bringing eights bands to Snow King Ball Field on four different evenings, starting on Father’s Day.
- Sunday June 16 (Father’s Day, 14th Annual Crawfish Boil, RaptorFest)
North Mississippi Allstars w/ special guest Futurebirds
- Sunday June 30
Shinyribs w/ special guest Aaron Davis & the Mystery Machine
- Friday July 19
Hayes Carll w/ special guest Sister Karee & the Other Brothers
- Friday August 16
The Wood Brothers w/ special guest Upstate
To kick the season off with the greasy, blues-oriented North Mississippi Allstars is a rock and roll statement. The local buzz around the band’s performance at the 2015 Fireman’s Ball was nothing short of “all-time” for many. Paired with the reverb-soaked psychedelia and twangy Southern rock of Futurebirds will get folks out early, but you may want to plan on making a day of it. Teton Raptor Center‘s RaptorFest opens the day (3 to 5:30 p.m.) before two thousand pounds of New Orleans crawfish with all the fixings gets cooking ahead of the 6 p.m. show time.
Kevin Russell of early Americana band The Gourds is frontman of Shinyribs, but the comparisons are few. Combining Texas blues, New Orleans R&B funk, horn-driven Memphis soul, country twang, border music, big band swing, roots-rock, Tin Pan Alley and even punk, Shinyribs is an eight-piece with flare. Local support is Aaron Davis & the Mystery Machine (yours truly), sporting a new record this summer, The Meander, via bluesy roots-rock, banjo-led country funk, and gritty Americana with plenty of plush organ sounds and slide guitar.
Hayes Carll has an outstanding new release, What it Is, and appears to be touring as a quintet versus the trio and solo sets of the last couple of Teton County performances. It will be great to see Karee Miller Jaeger (of The Miller Sisters) back on stage fronting a new country/soul/rock project, Sister Karee & the Other Brothers, with members of her former party band Mandatory Air.
The four-date series will close out big with The Wood Brothers and newcomers Upstate. The trajectory of The Wood Brothers has been ever upwards, and their creativity doesn’t ever seem to wane. The trio’s sixth outing, last year’s One Drop of Truth, was Grammy-nominated for Best Americana Album. Upstate will stage three female vocalists with bass, mandolin, and cajón while digging into a sunny stew of folk, R&B, jazz and gospel.
“Can you believe it’s Year 8 already?! Time flies when we’re all having so much fun,” said JacksonHoleLive co-founder Shannon McCormick. “We thank you — it takes a community to make this happen. And here we go!”
In addition to affordable live music, JacksonHoleLive builds a pop-up community at the base of Snow King Mountain each summer with mom and pop food vendors, a kid zone, nonprofit booths, and family-friendly fun. Concerts begin at 6 p.m. and end by 10 p.m. at Snow King Ball Park. Entry is $5 for adults and free for kids 17 and under. JacksonHoleLive.org
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