Jackson’s bravest: ‘You come to our ball, we’ll come to your fire’

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The 77th Annual Fireman’s Ball is tonight at the Heritage Arena. It will be a different fundraiser in many ways.

Sadly, tonight will be the first ball in quite a while to take place without Cpt. Mike Tepe who was honored with a department parade and laid to rest last month. Tonight’s event also falls on Veterans Day—and that fits perfectly with the men and women who also serve our community in frontline, first-responder roles at Jackson Hole Fire/EMS.

And tonight, for the first time ever at a fireman’s ball and the first time back in the Jackson Hole area for about three years, Big Head Todd and the Monsters headlines the evening. Chancey Williams and The Younger Brothers Band, along with locals Lazy Eyes, open the show.

Big Head Todd and the Monsters will perform at tonight’s Fireman’s Ball. (Jason Siegel)

Todd Mohr (singer, songwriter, founder of the band) chatted with Buckrail while on the road supporting the band’s new studio album New World Arisin’. The new release features 10 cuts including a Jimi Hendrix cover (“Room Full of Mirrors”), a Clash-esque number (“Detonator”), and a song that could fit perfectly tonight: “Wipeout Turn.”

“[Wipeout Turn] is one of our favorites,” Mohr said. Lyrics include, I was your lost child found/You were my wipeout turn. “The idea is: I’m your hero and your rescuer, but you’re a disaster for me!”

Buckrail made Mohr aware of the event and it’s fundraising for firemen/women angle and he promised something tailor-made for tonight’s show.

“It will be a great evening of music,” Mohr said. “All our sets are different, and we are happy to take requests for favorite songs or ones we know. We are thrilled to be a part of playing for the fire department and helping them raise money.”

After forming in Columbine, Colorado in 1984, Big Head Todd made the leap from mountain states legend through the late 80s and early 90s, to nationally-renowned headliner attraction with the release of Sister Sweetly, which went platinum on the strength of singles like “Bittersweet” and “Broken Hearted Savior.”

Doors open at 6pm, party ‘til 1am. Live and silent auctions. Gun raffle. Dinner available from local vendors.  Ice-cold beer and cocktails served by Jackson’s bravest. Must be 21 to attend.


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