(Published in Jackson Hole Weekly, additional content added)

James McMurtry

John Fullbright

Rare duo show for JH
“Did you hear?!” said Shannon McCormick, Program Director at the Center for the Arts. “Grammy nominations for both John Fullbright and James McMurtry. Wow.”

According to the artists’ websites, this lone co-headlining acoustic pairing of McMurtry and Fullbright will only transpire in Jackson. The rare performance matches two heavy hitters in the Americana/singer-songwriter genre. McMurtry’s We Can’t Make it Here” was named Song of the Decade by Bob Lefsetz (Lefsetz Letter) and by Grant Alden (NoDepression.com), while Fullbright recently received a Grammy nod for Americana Album of the Year alongside heavyweights Bonnie Raitt and The Avett Brothers. An acoustic evening with James McMurtry and John Fullbright, 7 p.m., Saturday Dec. 29, at the Center Theater. $20/rear balcony, $25/main balcony, $40/orchestra. JHCenterForTheArts.com or 733-4900.

Lipp and a Pool Party
The newest addition to the Pretty Lights music label, DJ/producer Eliot Lipp brings a darker, weirder and heavier approach to the sonic world, transcending hip-hop, drum and bass, funk, and techno on his new release, Shark Wolf Rabbit Snake. And who doesn’t like a Pool Party? Dub step, drum ‘n’ bass and break beats galore, San Diego-based trio Pool Party will open the show with electronic-fused live hip-hop. Also supporting the bill is Craft of Biomecca. Showtime is 9:30 p.m., Friday Dec. 28, at the Pink Garter Theatre. Tickets are $13/advance, $18/day-of-show at The Rose, Pinky G’s and PinkGarterTheatre.com.

Elliot Lipp