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Nasty phunk in the Commons

Posted on Aug 20, 2014

(this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly)

photo: Michael Weintrob

photo: Michael Weintrob

Drawing on mastery of all of the tools that make funk music what it is, Dumpstaphunk is a self-assured, borderline supergroup that is at least supercharged. The term supergroup has worn to dilution when considering some past projects, though Dumpstaphunk does not fall into the disappointing side of putting a batch of seasoned players together.

The musically pedigreed quintet includes Ivan and Ian Neville, the sons of Aaron and Art Neville respectively. Ivan has performed with a slew of stars including Rufus and Keith Richards, while Ian cut his teeth in the Neville Brothers Band. D-phunk drummer/vocalist Nikki Glaspie backed Beyonce in the early years, while the double-bass player attack (yes, two basses!) of Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III bring plenty of soul while adding plenty of junk to the trunk. The bottom line is this: the idea of a heavy, pulsing

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Black Mother Jones

Posted on Aug 20, 2014

(this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly)

BlackMotherJonesTenaciously distorted, energetic and rockin’ the roll, local quartet Black Mother Jones isn’t scared to also dip a heavy foot into modern garage-y terrain, even hip-hop. The band has flown under-the-radar for much of the summer, unshackling from the woodshed for his August run of shows which included an opening slot at last week’s final Music on Main, another great support slot this week at Concert on the Commons this Sunday with Dumpstaphunk, as well as the band’s lone headlining show of the summer—a collaborative public party with Cycle Greater Yellowstone at the Mangy Moose this Saturday.

“Taylor [Upton] and I are continuing to write and hone more refined songs and arrangements which we can’t wait to bring life into over the next year,” said lead guitarist/harmony singer Leif Routman. “We really are a band that loves to improvise, and that shines in our live setting. We also include a huge variety of covers from genres hip hop to 80′s metal to jazz fusion, not to mention trying out new unrecorded originals. And we like to make people dance!”

BMJ released its studio debut in 2013, Prepared for Nasty Weather, which was voted Best Original Album by Planet Jackson Hole readers. Black Mother Jones, 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mangy Moose in Teton Village. $5. MangyMoose.com.

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Jazz on the Green

Posted on Aug 20, 2014

(this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly)

PamPhillipsFor those in search of a laidback family vibe with quality local jazz in an outdoor setting, pull up to Jazz on the Green featuring pianist/vocalist Pam Drews Phillips along with vocalist Nicole Madison and Friends. Bring a blanket or chair, pack a picnic, or buy dinner from Cafe Genevieve’s food truck. Jazz on the Green with Pam Phillips, Nicole Madison and Friends, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday on the lawn of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Free, all-ages. StJohnsJackson.diowy.org.   

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Targhee Bluegrass Fest celebrates #27

Posted on Aug 5, 2014

(this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly)

Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott

Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott

By my acute calculations, the climax of summer music offerings is this week. Get it while it’s hot! If you’re not juiced for this year’s Targhee Bluegrass Festival lineup, maybe you just need some stronger coffee. It would be difficult to pick just one of the three days, but in case you must, here’s a daily fly-by.

Friday opens with hard-driving North Carolina string band Town Mountain at 4 p.m. I caught this quintet at Bear Trap Festival last summer, and they’re traditional goodness with lead singer Robert Greer leading the charge with an IBMA Momentum Award for “Vocalist of the Year.” Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project will follow, focused on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax. Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott have a terrific new album, We’re Usually A Lot Better Than This, and have been hitting the

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Hayes Carll + Screen Door Porch

Posted on Aug 5, 2014

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SDP_Press2014(byBHPimaging.com)_smMuch in the same fashion that John Prine connected with blue-collar country lovers with witty displays of making light of the quirky sides of life, Hayes Carll connects with his audience through introspective, yet seemingly off-the-cuff songs. Carll’s duet tune depicting how stereotypes of polar opposites really do attract, “Another Like You,” was American Songwriter’s number one song of 2011. That album, KMAG YOYO, was the Americana Music Association’s number one album in the same year, not to mention making Best of Lists for Rolling Stone, SPIN and a New York Times Critic’s Choice. He’s the real deal, and it can’t be better said than the opening line of his bio: “Wildly literate, utterly slackerly, impossibly romantic, absolutely a slave to the music, the 35-year old Texan is completely committed to the truth and unafraid to skewer pomposity, hypocrisy and small-minded thinking.”

Opening the show is Americana-soul/country-blues band Screen Door Porch, which is on the verge of releasing their third studio album, Modern Settler, and recently returned from an 18-show tour of the region. Music on Main: Hayes Carll with Screen Door Porch, 6 p.m. Thursday at Victor City Park. Free, all-ages. TetonValleyFoundation.org.

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The Turnpike Troubadours + Chris Knight

Posted on Aug 5, 2014

(this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly)

Turnpike Troubadours

Turnpike Troubadours

This is, hands down, my favorite club bill of the summer. Two killer acts that have never played Jackson and happened to be co-billed together—The Turnpike Troubadours and Chris Knight—combine for an alt-country/Americana songwriting pool that is busting at the seams with talent and vibe. From the Red Dirt circuit of Oklahoma, folk-rockers The Turnpike Troubadours have honed a rowdy, quick-witted sound across three albums that has brought folks of all stripes together. Kentucky native Chris Night is a mining-industry consultant gone successful singer-songwriter. A Steve Earle-esque, character-driven, workingman’s songster, Knight remains semi-underground and has released eight albums released since 1998. Don’t miss this one! 307 Live presents The Turnpike Troubadours and Chris Knight, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Town Square Tavern. $30. 307Live.com, 733-3886.

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Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath

Posted on Aug 5, 2014

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BrownoutAustin Latin funk/rock group Brownout has an inquisitive new endeavor, Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath, which has seriously caught on across the country. Their arrangements on classic Black Sabbath will make you remember why you got into metal in the first place. Latin percussion, horns and fuzzy guitars have rarely sounded this good together. Who would try such a thing anyway? Well, it works. Spindrift—an L.A. psych-rock band—will open the show.  Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath with Spindrift, 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pink Garter Theatre. $15-$17. PinkGarterTheatre.com, 733-1500.

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Hit maker Chris Isaak

Posted on Aug 5, 2014

(this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly)

Chris IsaakSoft rock singer-songwriter Chris Isaak got his big break with “Wicked Game,” a song from his third album, Heart Shaped World, which was placed in the film “Wild at Heart.” Around the same time, one of the two-time Grammy nominee’s greatest influences, Roy Orbison, invited him on tour as his opening act. Around 1988, the famously witty performer began branching out into acting, getting a small part in “Married to the Mob” followed by “Silence of the Lambs” (1991), among others. Isaak has released a total of thirteen albums with twelve charting singles, and has appeared in ten movies and dozens of TV shows. Chris Isaak, 8 p.m. Monday at the Center Theater. $95-$120. JHCenterForTheArts.org, 733-4900.

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