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Jackson Hole 2015 Halloween Parties!

Posted on Oct 27, 2015

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Photo: The Earful. From downhome to luxurious, peruse your ‘Ween party menu

Photo: The Earful. From downhome to luxurious, peruse your ‘Ween party menu

Dress-up parties are the true hidden agenda for Teton County bargoers. With the density of adventure-seeking personalities, Halloween weekend is an open invitation for the madness to creep in. With a little creativity and a high capacity for shenanigans, your All Hallows’ Eve experience could take you just about anywhere. Here are eight musical parties to get fancied up for.

Always a good place to start is downtown Jackson, where party hopping comes at a low cost. What has become a tradition at the Silver Dollar Showroom in recent years is a reggae Halloween with local eight-piece Chanman Roots Band, decked out by The Celestial Horns and a gang of backup vocalists. A costume contest runs 9 to 10 p.m. for these categories: best female, best male, and best couple. Winners receive dinner for two at the Silver Dollar Grill. Chanman Roots Band, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Silver Dollar Showroom. Free. 732-3939.

Across the street at the Pink Garter Theatre and The Rose, expect an Electro-Funk Zombie Party in the theatre followed by a late night DJ throw down in the bar. While the featured act The Earful was nominated for Best Jazz Artist 2013 in the San Diego Music Awards, it’s a funk equation ala Soulive or Maceo Parker that brings

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JacksonHoleLive sponsors Scholarships for Young Musicians

Posted on Oct 13, 2015

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youngmusician Hendrix started playing guitar at age fifteen after seeing Elvis, while Ludwig van Beethoven composed his first piece at age twelve. Both also pushed through poverty while developing virtuosic musical chops. Sometimes it just takes the extra encouragement or mentor, and in extreme cases, emersion in music can even save lives. A teenager or young adult with a striking talent and visionary passion for a career in music is worthy of community attention, and there’s a new scholarship program geared towards this notion.

JacksonHoleLive—the free, all-ages concert series at Snow King Ball Park every summer—has stepped up to launch the inaugural JacksonHoleLive Music Scholarship. The scholarship is aimed to “further the ambition of aspiring young musicians.” The program will offer a $3000 cash award to one grand prize winner and $1000 cash award to one runner-up, chosen by a five-member committee that includes

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MURS’s Have a Nice Life Tour

Posted on Oct 13, 2015

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MURSAs a kid, L.A. rapper MURS was a skateboarder and video gamer that grew up around Crips gang members. His love of both geek and hip-hop culture made for a relatable mix of lyrics to each subculture. As a teenager, he hustled his music hand-to-hand on the streets for rent, leading to a stage name that is an acronym with multiple meanings including “Making the Universe Recognize and Submit” and “Making Underground Raw Shit.”

This past May, MURS released the debut album on his own Strange Music label, “Have a Nice Life.” This is following a stint with Warner Brothers that included a string of collaborative albums such as 2012’s “This Generation” with Fresno rapper Fashawn. MURS describes Strange Music as “a home for strong, original personalities.” He signed

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Canyon Kids tap American poets for sophomore album

Posted on Sep 23, 2015

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cover“Out where the sun is a little brighter/Where the snows that fall are a trifle whiter, Where the bonds of home are a wee bit tighter/That’s where the West begins.

Out where the skies are a trifle bluer/Out where the friendship’s a little truer, That’s where the West begins.”

~Excerpt from the poem and song, “Out Where The West Begins”

Canyon Kids—the creative collaboration of vocalist/guitarist Bo Elledge and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Dusty Nichols—released their sophomore album, “Best Loved Poems of the American People,” last Friday. The eleven-month project was tracked at Teton Artlab with the help of a grant from CSA Jackson Hole. Using only four microphones and a modest recording setup, Nichols engineered the recording. The range of local studio guests included John Wayne Harris Jr. (drums), Jake Green (drums), Adam Woolley (electric bass), Matt Herron (fiddle), Bobby Griffith (trumpet), Leif Routman (upright bass), Sheena Dinesh (bassoon), Madelaine German (keys), Wyatt Lowe (lap steel), and The String Lake Quartet.

The album’s concept involved interpreting American poems by composing music to complement the words. The hooky album single, “Out Where The West Begins,” is borrowed from a poem that was first published in 1917 by Arthur Chapman. On the track, Herron delicately weaves fiddle around Elledge’s husky croon, with a rollicking outro allowing Nichols to cut loose on

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Songwriter’s Alley moves to Silver Dollar Showroom!

Posted on Sep 17, 2015

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Stoked to move into a 7-week residency at the Silver Dollar Showroom, Sept 16 – Oct 28! Such a great space for Songwriter’s Alley. Featured Songwriters for Fall 2015…

Sept 16 – Pat Chadwick
Sept 23 – Canyon Kids
Sept 30 – Tim Farris (of One Ton Pig)
Oct 7 – TBA
Oct 14 – Lauren Conrad (of Shark Week)
Oct 21 – Jessie Lestitian (of Shark Week)
Oct 28 – Seadar Rose (of Screen Door Porch)

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Rising Appalachia: Earthy, tribal folk

Posted on Sep 15, 2015

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The history of the Appalachian region is rich with the old-time music days of yore. From the pre-banjo and pre-guitar era of the early 1800s when solo fiddle tunes kept the rhythms tight, to the inclusion of the banjo after 1860, and onto the popularity of the guitar beginning in 1910, the sounds and arrangements have constantly evolved.

Enter the tandem duo of delicate and weaving voices that is Rising Appalachia, featuring sisters Leah and Chloe Smith, and backed by guitarist/bassist David Brown and pan-cultural percussionist Biko Casini. Born in Atlanta, former Asheville, North Carolina residents and currently dwelling in New Orleans, the Smith sisters grew up on “Appalachian lullabies at night and soul music for breakfast” while also being trained in classical and jazz piano. The sound that has risen from the ashes of their

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World’s Finest at Teton Mountain Bike Fest

Posted on Sep 2, 2015

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Grand Targhee Resort hosts Bike Fest, bands, clinics & more

On paper, the drifting imagination may have a hard time relating to a sound that claims “ska-Americana-dub-grass.” The equation of folksy guitar strumming, skanky dance beats, funky horn soloing, a dynamic electric banjo, and vocal melodies borrowed from classic reggae are an anomaly on their own. The bar of expectations is raised to its fullest when a band calls themselves World’s Finest.

As evidenced on its third studio effort, “Headwaters,” the band is engaging and compositionally stimulating. The greatest progression from its debut album, “33,” is the Avett Brothers-inspired vocal arrangements by guitarist Chris Couch, banjoist Dan Hurley, and saxophonist Sean McClean. The harmonic formula does wonders for the type of feel good music that steers away from the righteous lyrics of classic reggae acts in favor of contemporary storytelling of travel and love. In the live set, they’re also not scared to throw in a classic ‘90’s cover like Freak Nasty’s “Da Dip.”

World’s Finest will be entertaining at the four-day 6th Annual Teton Mountain Bike Festival at Grand Targhee Resort, which was rated the number one bike park in the Northwest by MTBParks.com. From group rides, adaptive clinics, jump parks and 2016 bike demos, to point-to-point cross country racing like the twenty-five mile Super D, the fest has something to offer for every type of rider. Find more information about the bike fest at TetonMountainBikeFest.tvtap.org.

World’s Finest, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Trap Bar at Grand Targhee Resort. Local classic rock band Rock Creek plays 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Trap. Free, all-ages. GrandTarghee.com.

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Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons get reboot

Posted on Sep 2, 2015

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JerryJackmormonsJerry Joseph’s public story of beating a heroin addiction and passing through discouraging times explains the rough edge in his personality, and in his cathartic lyricism. His philosophy of substance over production textures with respect to songcraft is an attribute Joseph links to the sharp contemporary songwriters that he respects—Elvis Costello, Warren Zevon, Tim Bluhm, and Nick Lowe.

Joseph paid his dues with reggae rockers Little Women in the mid-‘80s, which also included guitarist Steve Kimoch for a brief era, of whom he’s been playing duo gigs with as of late. Joseph described Little Women as “a mash-up of Burning Spear and the Grateful Dead dressed up like the New York Dolls.” Jam giants Widespread Panic were big fans of the band, adopting some of Joseph’s tunes as staples in their own sets—“North,” “Chainsaw City,” and “Climb to Safety.”

Joseph was named to the Oregon Music Hall of Fame this year, corresponding nicely as his band The Jackmormons celebrate twenty years. The current band lineup includes longtime collaborators Steve Drizos on drums, bassist Steve James Wright, and another great songwriter/guitarist in Jeff Crosby, which has made a name for himself in the region—first with jamband Equal Eyes, and more recently with his Americana/rock project Jeff Crosby & the Refugees.

I’ve been waving the banner of this kid Jeff Crosby for a couple of years now,” Joseph told Jambase last fall. “I put out his record and I think he’s the real deal. I don’t know if playing with me is the smartest move he could make [laughs] but he’s fucking awesome.”

Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons, 10 p.m. Wednesday at Town Square Tavern. $10. 733-3886.

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