(Published in Jackson Hole Weekly, additional content added)
Are you prepared to enter an extremely packed week of concerts worthy of spreading one’s self as thin as an east coast snow base? Ready, set, go!!
Yeah, they’ve played the Tetons a lot, but what they bring to the table evolves with each tour. This round, Corey Glover (guitarist/vocalist of Living Color) is fronting the band and it fits like a glove with Michael Jackson flair. Eighteen years after forming, New Orleans has mad respect for this band, else they wouldn’t have played a marathon Mardi Gras show for each of the last twelve years—’til 6:30 a.m. no less—at Tipitina’s. The level of telepathy via five original members is rare these days. Get your post-Mardi Gras funk-on at the most intimate venue on their tour! 9:30 p.m., Wednesday Feb. 20 at the Knotty Pine in Victor. $35/advance, $40/day-of-show. Shop.knottypinesupperclub.com, 208-787-2866.
From bluegrass standards like “Orange Blossom Special” to songs by U2 and the Police, incorporating modal drones and Middle Eastern modes, The Infamous Stringdusters are a fiery sextet of hot pickin’ instrumentalists that continue an upward trajectory as an independent bluegrass machine. Be sure to get to the show early as acoustic/indie-soul duo Benyaro—Ben Musser (vocals, guitar, kick-drum, percussion) and Robert McCullough (upright bass, vocals, high-hat)—spread their multi-tasking limbs in support of The Cover EP. 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday at Pink Garter Theatre. $15/advance, $18/day-of-show at The Rose, Pinky G’s or PinkGarterTheatre.com.
Mickey Hart Band/African Showboyz
Hart has always been cosmically connected, and his latest incarnation will expose the trance, dance and scientific approach that he has been exploring since The Grateful Dead’s explorations into “DrumsàSpace.” Mickey Hart Band’s Mysterium Tremendum (2012) is a complex, percussion-heavy (of course!) spaceship full of sounds that were created by taking light, radio waves, and other electromagnetic radiation given off by celestial objects such as the sun, planets, stars, and galaxies, and using computers to transform it into sound waves. Trippy. 7 p.m., Monday at Center Theater. $45/GA orchestra, $30/GA balcony. JHCenterForTheArts.org or 733-4900.
Leo Rondeau & Dynamite Tales
A genuine country singer-songwriter with Austin edge, Mr. Rondeau is the real deal. Grab a seat in range to hear his witty ramblings and a voice that splices Gram Parsons with Townes Van Zandt. 3 to 6 p.m., Thursday at The Trap Bar; 7:30 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday at the Silver Dollar Bar; 9 p.m., Friday March 1 at Wind River Brew Co. in Pinedale. Free.
Three siblings sharing the name Holljes make up half of Durham, North Carolinians Delta Rae. With folk, country and gospel at the helm, the mix of Americana influences shines through the sextet’s alt-pop facade. Last year’s debut full-length, Carry the Fire, is a fourteen-track affair adorned with four-part male/female harmonies ranging from subtle to romping. As the lead single and VH1 video of “Bottom of the River” proves, Delta Rae rides a dramatic line that is surely to play out with crowd involvement. 7 p.m., Wednesday Feb. 20, at Center Theater. $25/orchestra, $15/balcony at JHCenterForTheArts.org or 733-4900.
Rev. Horton Heat/Guttermouth
Ever been torn between swing dancing and starting a mosh pit? Texas rockabilly, psychobilly, perhaps trashbilly, Reverend Horton Heat returns with the kind of heat forming blazingly precise guitar chops with a Jerry Lee Lewis-style rock ‘n’ roll attack that manages to fuse metal, country and punk with tongue-in-cheek ramblings. Deliberately explicit, offensive and sarcastic, Guttermouth opens. 9:30 p.m., Tuesday at the Knotty Pine in Victor. $20. 208-787-2866.
Guitar players are a dime a dozen because it’s the most accessible instrument in the country. So to earn the title of U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion, well, you’ve to got to be more than just a great picker. Fusing classical, blues, jazz, folk, Celtic and pop, Chris Proctor’s comparisons to Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges comes from his exquisite attention to composition and technique. Proctor draws unusual textures utilizing six and twelve string guitars, delivering an all-instrumental show that sings a-plenty. 8 p.m., Tuesday at Dornan’s in Moose. $15 at Valley Bookstore or Dornan’s. 733-2415.
Ok, so there’s actually a lot of other rad stuff going on as well. Don’t forget about these shows in your peripheral!
Thurs 2/21: Ghost Rider @ Town Square Tavern
Fri 2/22: The Deadlocks: Dead of Winter Series, Episode 2 @ Town Square Tavern; Jazz Night @ Granary: Pam Drews Phillips on piano/vocals, Bill Plummer on bass, and Mike Calabrese on drums.
Sat 2/23: The Shook Twins @ The Trap Bar; Chanman Jam Band @ Alpenhof
Sat 2/24: Dirt Road Trio (Greg Creamer, Keith Phillips, Ted Wells) @ Alpenhof, Lazy Eyes @ The Trap Bar