TETON VALLEY, Idaho — For many local working musicians, the summer has been void of what is typically a fast-paced season mixed with barroom gigs, private events, festival slots, and mountain jams. By mid-August, bands and audiences are enjoying some of the tightest musical sets of the year. This weekend’s Spaced Out Summer Sessions, August 14-15 at the Spud Drive-In Theatre, will be the only opportunity for a handful of local acts to engage in a festival-style atmosphere with a live audience for the foreseeable future.
Piggybacking Teton Valley Foundation’s “Dark Side of the Rainbow” fundraiser on Thursday, Spaced Out organizer Jed Frumkin (bassist/bandleader for The Deadlocks) saw the opportunity to utilize many of the resources that would already in place. Hughes Productions will use a two-stage setup for alternating acts and maximizing backstage and onstage distancing. In-person tickets will be limited to 125 and camping tickets will also be sold. The music will broadcast on KHOL 89.1 FM and stream at TetonFest.com. All proceeds go to local musicians and production staff.
Saturday Headliner Duane Betts, who became a local resident in the last couple of years, will be accompanied by guitarist Johnny Stachela. The two are band mates in the Allman Betts Band. Betts toured with his father and original member of The Allman Brothers Band, Dickey Betts, for nearly a decade in Great Southern. Duane has also toured as guitarist for Dawes, Backbone69, Whitestarr, and Jamtown, and many will remember him sitting-in with Gov’t Mule last summer at JacksonHoleLive.
Concertgoers have the opportunity to rediscover some of the skilled musicianship and song craft that exists in our local band scene. Acts spread across Friday and Saturday include One Ton Pig, Inland Isle (trio), Canyon Kids (duo), Strumbucket, Sghetti, Batdorf & Brother Wolf, and cover bands The Deadlocks, 86, and JCB plays JGB. Movies will begin immediately after the last band on each night and include Star Wars Episode IV, A New Hope Alice In Wonderland, and Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas.
Spaced Out Summer Sessions is 3–11 p.m. Friday and 1–11 p.m. Saturday at the Spud Drive-In. All tickets are pre-sale and sold per household/vehicle (one to five people), which includes a reserved parking area and a 10×10 foot space in “the lawn” separated by a six foot buffer from other households. Vehicles are $50, RV/Overnight Vehicles are $150 (two night minimum), single person $35 (no camping), and single person $60 (with camping).
For more information and a daily schedule, visit TetonFest.com.
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