By Aaron Davis (for JHWeekly.com)
Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Faced with nearly 20 music options for New Years Eve (NYE) in Jackson Hole and Teton Valley—what’s your pleasure? All parties are 21+ unless noted.
Sporting a multi-story atrium view, Snow King Resort will host the 4th Annual NYE Lobby Party with alt-country/Americana band Screen Door Porch. An acoustic set is followed by an electric set starting at 9:30 p.m., Saturday. Admission is $5. All ages. 733-5200. Audio below:
B-Side Players + The Knotty Pine = A slammin’ dance party. Incorporating the sounds of Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico and Brazil with the funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop rhythms, the B-Side Players are aptly described as “War meets Lenny Kravitz,” with the energy of Michael Franti. Tasteful and true, this septet is the real deal. B-Side Players perform at 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, at the Knotty Pine in Victor. Tickets are $15 for Friday, $20 for Saturday, or $30 for both shows, and are available at knottypinesupperclub.com or 208-787-2866.
Motown and R&B cover band Soul Impressions will re-surface to play what is sure to be a rowdy Town Square Tavern. The show starts at 10 p.m., Saturday. Admission is $10. 733-3886.
A few hundred feet west on Broadway will land you at the Silver Dollar Bar, hosting 50s-style rock ‘n’ roll, blues and surf trio Gary Small and The Coyote Brothers from Sheridan. The shows run 7:30 to 11 p.m., Friday, and 9 p.m. to midnight, Saturday. Free. 733-2190.
Across the street from the Silver Dollar Bar, local Grateful Dead tribute band, The Deadlocks, will play a three-set show at one of the coolest venues around—The Pink Garter Theater. Jamband connoisseurs could realistically take in the live stream of Phish from Madison Square Garden beforehand (5:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts, $10). The Deadlocks play 10 p.m., Saturday. Tickets are $15/advance or $18/door and available at Tobacco Row and PoppaPresents.com.
The smoke-friendly Virginian Saloon will host country-rock quartet Murphy’s Law for two nights. Showtime is 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Free. 739-9891.
Atop East Gros Ventre Butte, you’ll find a relaxed vibe with jazz vocalist Nicole Madison with pianist Keith Phillips at The Granary. The show runs 6:30 p.m. to 12:15 a.m., Saturday. Free. 733-8833.
If a bangin’ deejay dance party is what your looking for, the hottest ticket on the west bank will be Q Roadhouse. Presented by Bangin! Events and Entertainment, revelers of thick beats will be moved by deejays Discofari, 11OOLA (pronounced whoo-la), Mr. Whipple and Cut la Whut. An added bonus to this show is a shuttle to Q from The Kitchen, Rendezvous Bistro, and Osteria. Showtime is 9:30 p.m., Saturday. Tickets are $15/advance or $20/door and available at ThisMusicBangs.com. “Discofari and 11OOLA have been involved with the now legendary music festival—Shambhala—since day one,” said Cut La Whut. “Over the last two decades, these guys have had a major impact on the music scene across western Canada and beyond.”
Just down the road at Teton Pines Country Club, the swankiest of west bank options will be alongside Papa Chan Jazz Trio. Alongside Chandler on vocals and guitar, bassist Johnny C Note and drummer Andy Peterson will showcase jazz from the 30s and 40s. Showtime is 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., Saturday. Free. 733-1733.
Teton Village, you’ll have two quality cover band options: local eight-piece Mandatory Air playing everything from Salt-N-Pepa to Pink Floyd; or the Angus Young-endorsed, all-female AC/DC tribute, Hell’s Belles. Mandatory Air plays at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, at Couloir Restaurant located at the top of the Bridger Gondola. Tickets are $50 and available at JacksonHole.com. Hell’s Belles play at 10 p.m., Friday ($15) and Saturday ($30), at the Mangy Moose Saloon. Purchase tickets at MangyMoose.net.
To jump-start your music bones for the day, take in the reggae-rock ski-bum tunes of Tram Jam, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort near Bridger Gondola.
The Stagecoach Bar is the only action in Wilson, hosting fiery young rock band, Whiskey Morning. The band was even mentioned in Outside Magazine’s coverage of NYE events. Showtime is 10 p.m., Saturday. Cover TBD. 733-4407.
Over the hill in Victor, Idaho, across the street from the Knotty Pine, you’ll find Seattle-based band, The Staxx Brothers. Described as “hard ass soul” mixed with hip-hop and rock, Jambase.com declared its sophomore effort, We Are The Blaxstonz, one of the best records of 2009. Showtime is 9:30 p.m., Friday ($10) and Saturday ($15), at The Timberline Bar. Go to both nights for $20. 208-787-2639.
Another regional band that has caught my good ear in recent memory is The Congress out of Denver. Gritty rock ‘n’ roll, Southern style ala The Black Crowes is what they’ll bring to Grand Targhee Resort’s Trap Bar for two nights, and Town Square Tavern for a night. Showtime is 10 p.m., Thursday ($10) at Town Square Tavern, and 10 p.m., Friday ($5) and Saturday ($15), at The Trap. A free shuttle will transfer you to and from Driggs. GrandTarghee.com.
It’s a good night to leave the vehicles at home. Keep in mind the free shuttles, use the Start Bus (Jackson/Teton Village), and cab it. Enjoy, my friends!