(Published in Jackson Hole Weekly, additional content added)
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.