(Published in Jackson Hole Weekly)
Take it to the B-Side
The B-Side players are compelling in a similiar fashion to that of Michael Franti & Spearhead, with more grit and unreahearsed moments of zen driven by polyrhythmic groove and a worldly musical language. Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico and Brazil all have stamps on their sound, dropping funk, rock, jazz, Cumbia, Salsa, and Boogalo into the mix. Nine-members strong, this is energy to be harvested on the dancefloor. B-Side Players, 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Knotty Pine in Victor. Tickets are $12/night or $20/both nights at KnottyPineSupperClub.com or 208-787-2866.
Yo Mama’s Booty
What?! You talkin’ about my moma’s booty? Nah, I’m talkin’ about Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band. As I spin the band’s sophomore release Doin’ it Hard, it’s impressive how the band’s sound has refined and matured, especially rhythmically and arrangement-wise. Its one thing to be funky, but heavy funk with double-times and intricate horn layering is definitely something that would make one’s mama shake it—embarassingly hard. They also aren’t scared to go into galactica land ala Michael Ray & The Cosmic Krewe. Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, at Town Square Tavern. $10. 733-3886.
Spring Break Cure
Bozeman’s Cure for the Common will make their debut stop in Teton Village with a progressive jamband vibe, breathing Montana air and releasing with a funk-rock approach that spreads hip-hop, reggae and dance music with twenty-something flare. Sometimes adorned with a horn section, the trimmed-down quintet has gained traction in the Montana region, moving from a basement concept to a handful of festival stages. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of this talented band. Cure for the Common, 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mangy Moose in Teton Village. $7. MangyMoose.com.
Also in the Buzz…
II Hoot (Teton Valley Hootenanny), 6 p.m. Thursday at the Wildwood Room in Victor. Free.
This Must Be the Band, 9:30 p.m. Friday in the Trap Bar at the Pink Garter Theatre. $15/$18.
This Must Be the Band, 9 p.m. Saturday in the Trap Bar at Grand Targhee. Talking Heads tribute. $10/advance, $15/door. GrandTarghee.com.
Cold Hard Cash, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Wind River Brewing Co. in Pinedale. Johnny Cash Tribute. 307-367-2337.
Cherry Royale, 9:30 p.m. Sunday at Eleanor’s. Funk, rock. 733-7901.
Willie Waldman Band with Brian Jordan, 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mangy Moose in Teton Village. Reggae, rock. MangyMoose.com.