(a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly)
“We too have run about the slopes and picked the daisies fine/But we’ve wandered many a weary foot, since auld lang syne.”
Ole St. Nick has delivered a nightly onslaught of music offerings for the masses this week. Beginning the day after Christmas through New Year’s Eve, the Tetons will hear some of the hottest live bands of the winter season bellowing up its slopes. Here’s where to track it most of it down.
Your soundtrack for the New Year
Moving in an East-to-West trajectory from the town of Jackson all the way to Grand Targhee Resort, there’s a variety of live music for every type of music fan, from the early birds to the late-night cats too. All shows are ages twenty-one and over unless noted.
Bringing the spirit of the best rock band in history, Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience has been engulfed in the spirit of Zeppelin for over eighteen years of touring including a whopping 2400 shows. If classic tribute bands are your cup of rock, this is your ticket right in the heart of downtown. Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, 10 p.m. Tuesday at Town Square Tavern. $20. 307Live.com.
It’s a swirling volcano of high-energy music, and a spectacle that you won’t soon forget. From the swamp sounds of Louisiana to the gypsy camps of eastern Europe to the African jungle by way of Brazil, and of course, American funk, rock and jazz, the 20-piece March Fourth Marching Band delivers it all in a cinematic fashion. Complete with high-stepping stilt-acrobatics and sexy dancers, this is flare built for such an occasion. March Fourth Marching Band, 10 p.m. Tuesday at the Pink Garter Theatre. $40. Wyatt Lowe Band opens. PinkGarterTheatre.com. DJ Vert-One will spin in The Rose all evening.
Sometimes home court advantage is supreme. Local folk-grass, Americana sextet One Ton Pig has maintained Tuesday nights at the Silver Dollar for the lucky number, seven years. This will be the band’s first ever New Year’s Eve show, drawing from their lone self-titled studio album as well as two live albums, the Pig rallies a songlist that features a heavy dose of original material via guitarist Michael Batdorf alongside a smattering of roots music gems that range from fiddle tunes and outlaw country classics to rock ‘n’ roll and alt-country. One Ton Pig, 9 to midnight Tuesday at the Silver Dollar Bar. Free. 732-3939.
If you are of the mellow persuasion or connoisseur of jazz, check out Papa Chan Quartet crooning the ‘20s to ‘40s era (6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at Teton Pines Country Club. Free. 733-1005), while a journey to the top of East Gros Ventre Butte on the Northwest edge of Jackson will yield the sultry voice of Nicole Madison accompanied by the velvety bed of piano courtesy of Keith Phillips (6:30 to midnight Tuesday in The Granary at Spring Creek Ranch. Free. 733-8833).
Playing rock standards on the West Bank, Revolver will hold down the party (10 p.m. Tuesday at the Stagecoach Bar in Wilson. Free. 733-4407), while Whiskey Mornin’ will stage a nine-piece band playing popular tunes (9:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Mangy Moose in Teton Village. $15. MangyMoose.com). At the top of the Bridger Gondola at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, rock ‘n’ roll party band Mandatory Air will play to a sold out room at Couloir Restaurant.
For the après-ski reveler in Teton Village, I’ll be playin’ with Americana/roots-rock/country-blues quartet Screen Door Porch, diving into few sets of mountain-inspired original music interspersed with roots songs from the obscure (Memphis Minne) to the familiar (Bonnie Raitt). We’re piecemeal-ling a new batch of original music in advance of recording in late winter. Come see some early versions of these tunes and even a few surprises from Tom Petty, Sharon Jones & the Dapkings, and the Silver Jews. Screen Door Porch, 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at The Handle Bar in Teton Village. Free, all-ages. 732-5157.
Jumping Teton Pass into Teton Valley, Idaho, local groove-funk party band Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons is in full bloom. The sextet features a big batch of instrumentals, matched with Funky Meters-type chant songs alongside instrumentation that supports it—bass, guitar, trumpet, drums, keys, and percussion. Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons, 10 p.m. Tuesday at the Knotty Pine in Victor. Funk, groove. $5. 208-787-2866.
Up the hill in Alta, Wyoming at Grand Targhee Resort, a band name like Musketeer Gripweed could only mean an “American ass-shakin’ stomp holla revival.” In other words, a North Mississippi Allstars-meets-Black Crowes sound that pushes four-on-the-floor rock and roll with plenty of stage flare. The Fort Collins-based blues-rockers have released two studio albums, featuring cranked tempos on the most recent, 2012’s Straight Razor Revival. Musketeer Gripweed, 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Trap Bar at Grand Targhee Resort. Rock. $15/advance, $20/door. GrandTarghee.com.
Happy New Year to you and don’t forget to utilize those public buses, shuttles and cabs!