(this piece was published by Planet Jackson Hole)
Ever heard of “Gulf Coast Soul”? Houston-based ten-piece The Suffers intertwine the classic elements of soul and horn-fueled rock featuring the massive voice of Kam Franklin. At first, the formula brings to mind a jazzed-up version of Sharon Jones and The Dapkings, though The Suffers’ four-song EP Make Some Room, is convincing evidence that this group is not locked into delivering only classic soul. There’s origininality to the songs, and a patience that allows for epic slow burns, like “Giver.” Opening the show is Jackson’s Canyon Kids, an indie-folk rock duo that will be staging a full band version of what they do best—deliver lush vocal harmony within engaging songs, and hit you with arrangements that allure with folksy stylings before unleashing the ambient rock attack. The Suffers with Canyon Kids, 6 p.m. Thursday at Music on Main in Victor City Park. Free, all-ages. TetonValleyFoundation.org.