By Aaron Davis (for JHWeekly.com)
Oh, summer, how music junkies love thee
I love this time of year for its anticipation of the massive intake of summer concerts. Headliner bills are already taking shape, so a little sneak peak is in order. By now, you’ve heard about Teton Valley Foundation’s free Music on Main series in Victor and the lineup that it announced a few weeks ago. Thursdays starting June 28 and continuing through August 16 will feature headliners Andy Frasco and The UN, Blitzen Trapper, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, March 4th Marching Band, Stone Foxes, Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys, and Carrie Rodriguez, supported by Mandatory Air, The Shook Twins, Jet Black Ninja Funkgrass Unit, Scott McDougall, The Alta Boys, Random Canyon Growlers, and the Bluegrass Camp Allstars.
The exciting news of masterful indie-pop artist Andrew Bird billed with the earnest rasp of singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten was confirmed last week for August 18, on the back lawn of Center for the Arts. It will likely be billed as Caldera Festival. As for the Center Theater, the only show that has been announced thus far is Robert Earl Keen for June 3, confirmed by the interim talent buyers at 307 Live.
Of course both Grand Targhee Festival lineups are always highly anticipated.
Targhee Fest (July 13-15) will feature a killer mesh of Josh Ritter, Trigger Hippy, Joe Pug, Drive-By Truckers, Brokedown in Bakersfield, JJ Grey & Mofro, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears and Paul Thorn. Confirmed bands for the Silver Anniversary of the Bluegrass Festival (August 10-12) include Leftover Salmon, David Grisman Quintet, Del McCoury Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Steep Canyon Rangers, Donna the Buffalo, Kanes River, Hot Rize, and Darrell Scott. Save money now by taking advantage of early bird tickets, camping passes, and lodging packages via GrandTarghee.com.
Besides the boredom-busting off-season schedule in place for The Pink Garter Theatre for April and May, add the Screen Door Porch CD Release Party (June 8), Legendary Shack Shakers with The Dirt Daubers (June 12), Buster Blue (June 13), Pimps of Joytime (June 22), Paper Bird (June 30), and Diego’s Umbrella (July 26) to your radar.
The Garter has also secured some killer acts for Concerts on the Commons, a free Sunday series in Teton Village: The Black Lillies (July 22), Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers (July 29), and Silent Comedy (August 5).
June at the Silver Dollar Bar is taking shape with Boondocks (June 1-2), PTO (June 22-23), and Leo Rondeau & Dynamite Tales (June 29-30).
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