Shakey Graves. Photo courtesy Paquin Artists Agency.

JACKSON, Wyo. — Countless national tours got the ax in December, so it’s a hopeful start to 2022 to see January giveth music to the Hole. The Center Theater will host three shows in a span of ten days to close out January. This will include jamgrass staples Yonder Mountain String Band (Jan. 19), newcomers Dirtwire (Jan. 26), and the return of Shakey Graves with guest Saint Sinner (Jan. 29). The Leftover Salmon show originally scheduled for Jan. 20 has been cancelled and refunds are being issued.

Approaching their 25th Anniversary as a band, the Yonder Mountain quintet makes Jackson the second tour stop on a long and winding schedule that extends well into spring. Founding members Adam Aijala (guitar), Ben Kaufmann (bass), and Dave Johnston (banjo), are rounded out by fiddler Allie Kral (who joined the band after Jeff Austin’s 2014 exit), and newcomer, multi-instrumentalist Nick Piccininni handling duties on mandolin, second fiddle, and anything stringed. Recorded during the shutdown, the band’s ninth studio record and the first to heavily feature Piccininni, Get Yourself Outside, will drop February 22.

Fellow Colorado jam-soul-grass quintet Buffalo Commons, from Steamboat Springs, will open the Yonder Mountain show.

Dirtwire and Shakey Graves are presented by Yeti’s Natural Selection Tour—a multi-day event in which top snowboarders of the sport compete in dynamic venues for the title of world’s best all-around snowboarder. One of three stops in 2022 is at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and The Center will play host to speakers, films and an awards ceremony alongside music offerings.

Dirtwire. Photo Courtesy Wasserman Music Agency.

It’s unlikely you’ve seen a band like west coast trio Dirtwire before. Words can’t do it justice, though one effort would read like this: a psychedelic mushroom musical trip adorned with laptop beat creation, unorthodox Middle Eastern string instruments, drone-y back porch electro-Americana, and ethnomusicology from an array of ancient and modern sounds. The group was born out of the California Institute of the Arts, and that explains the heady level of curation for this project.

Last but certainly not least in this stellar January lineup at the Center, the notorious no-frills folk-rocker Alejandro Rose-Garcia, a.k.a. Shakey Graves, has become a mystic charm, an indie dreamboat that can pull off a busking one-man band or a punkish trio with grit. (He performed with both formats at JacksonHoleLive in 2015). It appears as though he’ll be performing solo for this event. Opener Saint Sinner is the appellation of singer, producer and composer Hannah Cottrell. After only a few single releases of her own, Cottrell met Scott Hansen of Tycho and the two collaborated on 2019’s GRAMMY nominated record, Weather.

For ticket and show information visit JHCenterForTheArts.org. In preparation for upcoming events with the updated COVID-19 protocols, the Center for the Arts has developed a FAQ page to help address questions. Events hosted by The Center require patrons to: wear a mask at all times inside the facility (except when actively eating or drinking), and show proof of full vaccination from COVID-19. Or, for those not vaccinated, show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event. See the COVID protocols here.

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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.