(Published in Jackson Hole Weekly, additional content added)
Music to save the Hoback
Thirty miles southeast of Jackson in the Hoback Basin, there’s a deal going down to permanently retire oil and gas leases in an area spanning 58,000 acres of pristine wilderness. The Trust for Public Land has raised more than 75% of the necessary $8.75 million, and is now in the final push to raise the remainder before the December 31 deadline. A benefit concert is in order.
The just cause is bringing Ten Sleep artist Jalan Crossland Band as well as Grateful Dead cover band The Deadlocks and young jazz-fusion-rock group, Spatial Relations. A National Guitar Fingerpicking Competition runner-up, Crossland has primarily been performing solo over the last year, making this trio appearance a special element of the evening. In a past life, he performed regularly at the Silver Dollar Bar as founding member of Steam Powered Airplane and as a solo artist.
The Snake River Brewery has generously offered a $5,000 challenge grant to match donations made during the event, which is presented by Clean Snipe and supported many other local businesses. To donate, visit Save the Hoback. The benefit will also feature a raffle full of great prizes. Benefit to Save the Hoback, 7 to 11:30 p.m., Friday at the Center Theater. Tickets are $20/GA, $10/students, $100/VIP access, available at JHCenterForTheArts.org or 733-4900. Presented by CleanSnipe.com.
Colorado crunkadelic bass traveler, VibeSquaD, will headline this year’s Jingle Jam along with an entourage: Mikey Thunder feat. Craft, Mr. Whipple, Jefe, Spartan, and Dirty Jerz. Add in 3D projections and stage design by Cut la Whut’s Bangin! Events and you’ve got a holiday dance throw down for the ages. “One-hundred percent of my live sets are my original productions or remixes,” said VibeSquaD, who released his ninth studio album, Orphan Alien Pt. 2, earlier this year. The 2nd Annual Jingle Jam, 9 p.m., Saturday, at the Pink Garter Theatre. Tickets are $15/advance or $20/day-of-show at PinkGarterTheatre.com, Pinky G’s or The Rose. 733-1500.
Adaptive Sports Benefit
From cross-country setups like the Snowpod, to ultra-light mono and double sit-ski rigs, the resources for a smooth, controlled ride continues to progress within adaptive ski culture. Teton Adaptive Sports programs at Jackson Hole Mountain and Grand Targhee Resorts aim to stock adaptive ski equipment, train instructors and to increase financial assistance for individuals taking adaptive ski lessons. So let’s help them out. The killer raffle prizes include Igneous Skis or Snowboard, Ten Day Pass at JHMR, and Season Pass at Grand Targhee. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the event, or in advance by calling Lisa at 413-2790. TGR Film “The Dream Factory” will show prior to indie-folk/bluegrass group The Flannel Attractions at the 6th Annual Teton Adaptive Sports Benefit, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, at Town Square Tavern. $7 admission includes one raffle ticket. Additional tickets are $5/each or five for $20.
Alta Boys Album Release
Drawing from classic and indie rock as well as the contemporary jamband scene, The Alta Boys of Teton Valley, Wydaho are releasing their debut studio album. Members Ken Dolman (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Vance Freed (guitar), Troy Hillary (bass, vocals), and Chris Szymanik (drums) have a powerful rock attack with discernable indie hooks. Alta Boys Album Release Party, 9 p.m., Saturday, at the Knotty Pine in Victor. $5 at the door. The first twenty people get a free copy of the album. 208-787-2866.
Madelaine, Sneaky Pete & The Secret Weapons debut at FUNKAPOCALYPSE
A double debut of two new local bands! Sultry jazz vocals over trip-hop lounge beats will come in the form of Madelaine, a fresh three-piece fronted by Madelaine German on keys and vocals supported by bassist Leif Routman and percussionist Jacob Gampe of Whiskey Mornin’. “We play a mix of originals and also some old jazz swing and R&B tunes, reworked with a funky pocket and late night sultry feel,” said Routman.
German added, “Our music is really danceable. We’re reworking tunes like Rosemary Clooney’s ‘Come On-A My House’ into party tunes. The originals that we’ve got are along the same lines…blues, jazz, and lyrically driven, but on top of funk beats.”
As for Sneaky Pete & The Secret Weapons, prep yourself for a five-piece funk kaleidoscope featuring Bobby Griffith on trumpet, lead guitarist Jack “the bad, bad man” Tolan, Zachary Zimmerman on drums, Greg Meyers on percussion, and Sam Lowenthal on bass. The aim is original funk tunes – predominantly instrumental – with a smattering of eclectic covers in the spirit of The Greyboy Allstars and The Funky Meters. FUNKAPOCALYPSE, 10 p.m., Friday Dec. 21, at Town Square Tavern. $5.
Beth McIntosh takes Center stage
Embracing the music of local singer-songwriter Beth McIntosh is to enter a serene, quiet space where her respect and sense of place is anchored in the folk foundation. It appears that McIntosh, a guitarist whose lyricism has drawn comparisons to author Terry Tempest Williams, performed her last solo concert in 2008—making this a rare show for an artist that spent ten years crisscrossing the country and sharing the stage with such artists as Leo Kottke and Emmylou Harris. During that time, she released four full-length albums: Fire and Sage (1989), Grizzlies Walking Upright (1991), Songline (1993) and The Wild Ride (1997). Beth McIntosh and Friends, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, at the Center Theater. Tickets are $12/adults, $8/students and seniors, available at JHCenterForTheArts.org or 733-4900.
Boondocks & Screen Door Porch on the West Bank
I’ll be rockin’ it with Boondocks at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, at The Stagecoach Bar in Wilson, and Screen Door Porch (The Duo) 3 to 6 p.m., Sunday, at The Alpenhof AND Screen Door Porch (The Quartet) 4 p.m., Monday, at the Mangy Moose. Both bands have been rehearsing a large batch of new songs, most of which have been original works thanks to the writing muse that came through to visit during Oct/Nov.
Its been a while since I’ve purchased a new guitar pedal for the ole homemade pedal board, so I had to scratch the itch. I picked up an Electro-Harmonix Classic Polyphonic Octave Generator (POG) to replace the first stompbox I ever acquired – the Boss OC-2 Octave. Now I can play full chords that sound like B3 organ lines, a 24-string guitar, and all kinds of other textures. Off to the studio to explore the potential…
I hope to see your face and as always, thanks for supporting the music. It means more than you know. ~AD