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  • Nasty phunk in the Commons 8/20/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) [caption id="attachment_2700" align="alignleft" width="300"] photo: Michael Weintrob[/caption] Drawing on mastery of all of the tools that make funk music what it is, Dumpstaphunk is a self-assured, ...

  • Black Mother Jones 8/20/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Tenaciously distorted, energetic and rockin’ the roll, local quartet Black Mother Jones isn’t scared to also dip a heavy foot into modern garage-y terrain, even hip-hop. The band has flown under-the...

  • Jazz on the Green 8/20/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) For those in search of a laidback family vibe with quality local jazz in an outdoor setting, pull up to Jazz on the Green featuring pianist/vocalist Pam Drews Phillips along with vocalist Nicole Madison...

  • Targhee Bluegrass Fest celebrates #27 8/5/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) [caption id="attachment_2680" align="alignright" width="300"] Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott[/caption] By my acute calculations, the climax of summer music offerings is this week. Get it while it’...

  • Hayes Carll + Screen Door Porch 8/5/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Much in the same fashion that John Prine connected with blue-collar country lovers with witty displays of making light of the quirky sides of life, Hayes Carll connects with his audience through introsp...

  • The Turnpike Troubadours + Chris Knight 8/5/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) [caption id="attachment_2678" align="alignleft" width="300"] Turnpike Troubadours[/caption] This is, hands down, my favorite club bill of the summer. Two killer acts that have never played Jackson an...

  • Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath 8/5/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Austin Latin funk/rock group Brownout has an inquisitive new endeavor, Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath, which has seriously caught on across the country. Their arrangements on classic Black Sabbath will...

  • Hit maker Chris Isaak 8/5/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Soft rock singer-songwriter Chris Isaak got his big break with “Wicked Game,” a song from his third album, Heart Shaped World, which was placed in the film “Wild at Heart.” Around the same time,...

  • Dirty Dozen + Sneaky Pete 8/5/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Since 1977, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band has revolutionized the New Orleans brass band style by merging funk and bebop into traditional ‘Nawlins jazz, influencing most of the brass bands that followed. ...

  • Reckless Kelly + Screen Door Porch + Jeff Crosby & the Refugees 7/29/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Even considering that the Idaho-born Braun brothers founded Reckless Kelly in Bend, Oregon before moving to Austin in 1997, they more-or-less define the “Texas country” tag. Texas country refers to ...

  • The Motet: 7-pieces, 7 albums + The Deadlocks 7/29/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Feel-good Afrobeat, funk, disco and soul, The Motet has come to Jackson several times over the last ten years, though the most recent incarnation of the band has grown into it’s tightest touring unit ...

  • Polish your chops @ Targhee Music Camp 7/29/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Acoustic instrumentalists still have time to register for next week’s Grand Targhee Music Camp (Aug. 4-7). Now in its 9th year, the camp represents an opportunity to get one-on-one instruction with so...

  • Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band + Wyatt Lowe & the Ottomatics 7/23/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Raw and gruff and all that hillbilly stuff, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band’s new album Between the Ditches debuted at number one of the iTunes Blues Chart. Americana and Delta blues is pushed to th...

  • The Lonesome Heroes regroup, record new album 7/23/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Austin’s The Lonesome Heroes have been burning up Highway 287 every year from Texas to Wyoming since 2006. Frontman/guitarist/songwriter Rich Russell is a troubadour if I’ve ever seen one. Russell r...

  • The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men 7/23/14

    A splice of folk, blues, country and rock sounds like a dime-a-dozen splice, but when it’s done with brotherly chemistry, multiple competent vocalists and interesting songwriting, it’s a home run. Let’s meet The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain...

  • Two kinds of country: Craig Campbell + The Black Lillies 7/23/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) A contemporary pop-country act can usually be spotted from a distance via their fluorescent song titles. “Truck-N-Roll,” “Topless,” “That’s Why God Made a Front Porch,” and especially, “...

  • Targhee Fest rocks a 10th Year! 7/18/14

    (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) [caption id="attachment_2625" align="alignleft" width="300"] Hard Working Americans[/caption] For it’s eclecticism, access to National Forest activities, family-friendly vibe, and over...

  • Floridians: Roadkill Ghost Choir 7/8/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) From Bonnaroo to Lollapalooza, Florida’s Roadkill Ghost Choir is making a stop between monster festivals to Town Square Tavern’s stage this Friday. A track off of the quintet’s successful EP, Quie...

  • Concert in the Commons: The Tamlins + Chanman Roots Band 7/8/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Jamaican reggae trio The Tamlins—Carlton Smith, Derrick Lara and Junior Moore—reached a broader international audience in the 1970s as some of the most recognizable backing harmony singers in the ge...

  • Music on Main: Young Dubs + Maw Band 7/8/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Some bands were just built to last. The Young Dubliners, while not young anymore, is one of them. Eight albums since forming in 1988, the band is often labeled as Celtic rock but there’s much more to ...

  • Lucky #7 for Souncheck Fest 6/24/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) [caption id="attachment_2592" align="alignleft" width="300"] Laura Gibson[/caption] What has developed into one of the more diverse, low-key, free music fests in the area, the Soundcheck Music Fest i...

  • Music on Main: Mandatory Air + John Wayne's World 6/24/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Attracting a weekly attendance of 3-4000, Teton Valley Foundation’s Music on Main is now in it’s ninth season. The original free, family-friendly community series will kick-off this year in local st...

  • People Under the Stairs + Mikey Thunder 6/24/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) [caption id="attachment_2588" align="alignleft" width="300"] Mikey Thunder[/caption] Double K (Michael Turner) and Thes One (Christopher Portugal)—People Under the Stairs—are arguably the most su...

  • Jackson Hole Live: Anders Osborne + Black Mother Jones 6/18/14

    (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) A cultural gateway to summer here in the mountains is outdoor concerts. Jackson Hole Live kicks it all into gear this Sunday with monster rocker-meets-singer-songwriter, Anders Osborne, and...

  • The Patti Fiasco at Town Square Tavern 6/18/14

    (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) If you haven’t met The Patti Fiasco, let me introduce you to the project that has been turning my head the most as if late. Raucous female-fronted energy and edgy songwriting via Encamp...

  • Female songwriters at new Driggs venue 6/18/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) A breezy combination of rootsy songwriting, a delicately infectious voice, and feel good chord progressions, Arkansas-native Shannon Wurst will be making a stop in Driggs to join local singer-songwriter...

  • Charlie Parr + Betse Ellis at Dornan's 4/1/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) One can gather a substantial amount of troubadour knowledge from a folk musician as well versed as Charlie Parr. Parr is seemingly from a simpler bygone era free of electronic distractions, social media...

  • JH Rendezvous Fest: Blues Traveler, Spearhead, KDTU and ... 3/25/14

    (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) [caption id="attachment_2533" align="alignright" width="300"] Michael Franti[/caption] The JH Rendezvous celebrates 10 years of free music in Village. A genuinely cool event for our vall...

  • The Blackberry Bushes: alt-folk on the Westbank 3/25/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) If you’re not into the masses of folks that will converge on Snow King Center Thursday night, consider taking in an evening of alt-folk string band The Blackberry Bushes from Seattle. Taking cues from...

  • Psych rock up-and-comers: New Madrid 3/18/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) After stops at South by Southwest and Treefort festivals, Southern indie rock twenty-somethings New Madrid will make a stop at Town Square Tavern before bolting to central California for a show just two...

  • Lukas Nelson still keepin’ it Real 3/18/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Music connoisseurs familiar with Willie Nelson would likely be able to glean from his son’s nasally vocal tone alone of their relation. Pitch in a fondness for songs with pot references and the knack ...

  • Rap icons De La Soul headline shred mag release 3/11/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) If you grew up with a trusty jam box like I did, it’s likely that De La Soul flowed from the speakers at some point. Twenty-five years ago, De La Soul's seminal debut LP, 3 Feet High and Rising, was r...

  • Leftover Salmon + Little Feat's Bill Payne 3/11/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) [caption id="attachment_2497" align="alignleft" width="300"] Bill Payne[/caption] Adding a legendary player to an already storied band does one thing—up the ante. It’s not as if Leftover Salmon n...

  • Stagecoach culture night at the Center / Bill Briggs Interview 3/11/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) The Stagecoach Bar is a place of mountain folklore. It’s the last genuine, non-glorified, dive-y link to Jackson Hole’s watering hole history of cowboys, ski bums and disco dancers. Gather with your...

  • Interview: Elvin Bishop 3/5/14

    (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Elvin Bishop simply knows how to boogie and have a good time with an audience. The humble, good-souled seventy-one year is one of the most respected guitarists in blues-rock history, and ...

  • Majoring in Break Science 3/5/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) When half of an electronic-based duo is a drummer, you just know it’s going to have a heavy, bangin’ backbeat. The new album from Break Science, Seven Bridges, is certainly that, though the hip-hop/...

  • One Ton Pig acoustic 3/5/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) One would think that there’s no such thing as trimming the fat when it comes to simmering local band One Ton Pig. A large ensemble with respect to bluegrass bands, the six-piece has a lot to offer o...

  • Get up and Head for the Hills 3/5/14

    (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Like most 21st century bluegrass bands these days, Colorado quartet Head for the Hills (HFTH) reaches into indie rock, jazz, world, folk, even hip-hop. But not all indie string bands can ta...

  • Scott H. Biram: a hard act to follow 2/25/14

    (this portion of piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) A 21st century bluesman that has lived a daredevil existence, Austinite Scott H. Biram is the "dirty old one-man band" that you want to keep your daughter away from, unless she wants a less...

  • Mardi Gras Weekend: Jackson Six, B-Side Players, Screen Door Porch, Uncle Stack & the Attack, Wood Smoke Rising 2/25/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) [caption id="attachment_2448" align="alignleft" width="300"] Jackson Six[/caption] Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans? Get out the outlandish attire and the beads—it’s a slice of NOL...

  • Triple treat of Center shows: El Ten Eleven, Leo Kottke and Keb ‘Mo 2/18/14

    (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) [caption id="attachment_2428" align="alignleft" width="200"] El Ten Eleven[/caption] El Ten Eleven, Leo Kottke and Keb ‘Mo are all performing at the Center for the Arts this week and f...

  • Interview: Maddy & the Groove Spots release debut 2/18/14

    (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) There’s an undercurrent of burgeoning young music talent in Jackson Hole that’s not only making a presence on stage, but in the studio. Formed less than a year ago, Maddy and The Gr...

  • Post-Zappa rockabilly: Dixie Leadfoot & The Chrome Struts 2/11/14

    (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Fronted by former Frank Zappa and Steve Vai vocalist Suzannah “Thana” Harris, Denver rockabilly trio Dixie Leadfoot & The Chrome Struts will fill your après-ski sessions on Friday ...

  • Shook Twins for a Teton triple 2/11/14

    (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Sandpoint, Idaho-born and Portland, Oregon-based The Shook Twins have long self-described their brand of music as “quirky folk.” A staple duo act at the Trap Bar over the last several w...

  • Black Uhuru: reggae royalty with guests Indubious 2/11/14

    (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) [caption id="attachment_2403" align="alignleft" width="298"] in the 70s[/caption] Arguably the most successful of the second-generation post-Marley reggae bands, Black Uhuru (meaning “...

  • Infamous Colorado grass harvests Let it Go 2/11/14

    (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) By now, if you haven’t caught a set of the high-energy propelled jamgrass that is the Infamous Stringdusters, its safe to say that it’s time to crawl out from under that rock. Since the...

  • Royal Southern Brotherhood melds two legendary family names 1/28/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) New Orleans supergroup Royal Southern Brotherhood hit the ground running right out of the gate in 2012. Their self-titled debut album not only debuted at number five on the Billboard Blues Chart and was...

  • Sophistafunk: Live band hip-hop and funk 1/28/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) There’s heaviness, smoothness, a grimy mix of funked-up hip-hop, live drums and Moog savagery. Meet Syracuse’s Sophistafunk—Jack Brown (vocals, lyrics), Adam Gold (keys, bass, vocals) and Emanue...

  • Polecat brings the Northwest happy grass 1/28/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Paralleling the efforts of eclectic string band Railroad Earth, Bellingham, Washington quintet Polecat shouldn’t be pinned as a bluegrass band. Not just that they incorporate drums and electric guit...

  • Moon Taxi: From the Moon to Nashville to the Garter 1/21/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Intense on composition with dense layering over an indie-pop-rock foundation, Nashville’s Moon Taxi is not as electronic as the band name suggests. Their sound is reminiscent of Kings of Leon’s ra...