JacksonHoleLive, a free, all ages community concert series at the base of Snow King Mountain in downtown Jackson, Wyoming recently announced the summer lineup. JacksonHoleLive 2015 will feature six community concerts beginning Sunday, June 21, including the July 4 weekend.
The 2015 JacksonHoleLive concert series lineup:
- Sunday, June 21 - Father’s Day Solstice Party & Crawfish Festival featuring the John Butler Trio with opener Anderson East
- Friday, July 3 – Jared and the Mill w/ opener Wyatt Lowe & the Mayhem Kings
- Saturday, July 4 – One Ton Pig w/ opener TBA
- Wednesday, July 15 – Lyrics Born (full band) w/ opener Craft w/ Cut La Wut & DJ Londo
- Wednesday August 5 – Shakey Graves & co-headliner (beginning at 5:30pm) Turnpike Troubadours
- Wednesday, August 12 – Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe w/ opener Maddy & the Groove Spots
“We have some exceptional acts hitting our stage this summer!" said Shannon McCormick, JacksonHoleLive co-founder. "Some will visit the Tetons for the first time, others have been here before and are certainly favorites in our community. We're excited to once again play host over the July 4th holiday, with a big show featuring national talent on the 3rd and some local favorites performing the evening of the 4th leading up to the Jaycees fireworks.”
All concerts start at 5:30 p.m. and go until approximately 9:45 p.m. Food vendors include Haydens Post, Café Genevieve, Pinky G’s, The Indian, Kim’s Corner, Everest Momo Shack, and Cutty’s, along with a brew from Snake River Brewing, wine from JH Winery, and TLS sloshies.
JacksonHoleLive is made possible by community sponsorship, individual donations and concessions. The concert series is a fundraiser for Center Management, Inc. (CMI), the nonprofit operator of the Snow King Sports and Events Center.
“JacksonHoleLive supports CMI’s mission to maintain affordable ice rates and program fees for youth hockey and figure skating,” explained co-founder Jeff Potter. “Proceeds from last year’s series helped keep ice rates as low as possible for Jackson Youth Hockey, the Skating Club of Jackson Hole, and the elementary school winter sports programs. Donations are encouraged at the concerts, and if everyone donates a few dollars each time they come, we’ll be able to continue to bring great music to town year after year. We appreciate your support and hope you enjoy the shows!”
Sunday, June 21 – John Butler Trio & Anderson East – The John Butler Trio is an eclectic roots/jam band from Australia led by guitarist and vocalist John Butler. They have independently released five studio albums, the last three of which debuted at #1 in Australia, and have had eight Top 40 singles. Having developed a great reputation as a live act, the band have also released three live albums. Apart from their little-known debut album, all of their releases have received high praise, including an APRA and ARIA-awards. Come out early to enjoy the Summer Solstice, Father’s Day, the annual 307 Live Crawfish Fest, and talented opener Anderson East.
Friday, July 3 – Jared & the Mill - When first starting Jared & The Mill in the summer of 2011, the band didn’t have a clue where their sound was heading. Between the six band members, they had more than their fair share of musical influences that had grown throughout their lives and time in college. In truth, all were more or less invested in other musical projects at the time, but it was their surprising ease in working together and almost effortless camaraderie that made the arrangement of the group so enjoyable. After just a few shows, they were quite suddenly on the local Phoenix scene. Over the first year their sound developed and molded into a unique sound that can’t be pigeon-holed into a specific genre, encompassing five part vocal harmonies, elements of bluegrass, folks, and Americana, that continues to evolve. Western Expansion is a record that speaks for where they have been, where we are now, and where they are going. Join us for an early celebration of Independence Day with Jared and the Mill and opener Wyatt Lowe & the Mayhem Kings.
Saturday, July 4 – One Ton Pig - Jackson Hole, Wyoming-based One Ton Pig is a that sextet melds the hard luck singer-songwriter tradition of artists like Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Steve Earle with the dazzling musicality and imaginative genre-bending of jam band musicians for a fingerprint aesthetic that blurs the lines between folk, country, jazz, gospel, bluegrass, and rock'n'roll. One Ton Pig is Michael Batdorf, guitar, vocals, main songwriter; Tim Farris, mandolin, vocals, co-songwriter; Justin Smith guitar, vocals, co-songwriter; Matt Herron, violin; Andy Calder, bass; and Jason Baggett, drums. Join this Jackson Hole institution to celebrate our Nation’s independence, all leading up to the annual Jaycee’s fireworks display at the base of Snow King.
Wednesday, July 15 – Lyrics Born (full band) - The first words of Lyrics Born's eighth album speak volumes about where the legendary MC stands these days: "Real people do real things. Yes we do." The Bay Area resident born Tom Shimura has stood at the peak of high-minded underground rap, explored the far reaches of interstellar synth-hop, and blazed trails galore both solo and as half of Latyrx. Twenty-two years after he was introduced to the world with "Send Them", Lyrics Born has made some of the most organic, original, and adventurous music of his entire career. While touring with Latyrx last, he made time for an extended stay in a place that he's long admired: America's first and last real-deal music town, New Orleans. LB stocked up on pads and pens, rented a cozy house three blocks from the famous Maple Leaf Bar, and booked two weeks' worth of sessions with Galactic guys Robert Mercurio and Ben Ellman at their Uptown studio. Then they let it rip. Funk has always been a part of what Lyrics shanBorn does — his unique vocal swagger dishes out melody and rhyme with equal aplomb. But never has he evoked the idiom so directly or made an album that feels so alive. He turned the production over entirely (also a first) to his NOLA colleagues, giving them space to do what they do best, and him the freedom to write. Lyrics brings his full 8-piece band to the base of Snow King for what is sure to be the dance party of the summer with opener Craft w/ Cut La Wut and DJ Londo.
Wednesday, August 5 – Shakey Graves & the Turnpike Troubadours – Recently described as an “antifolk phenomenon” by NPR Music, Alejandro Rose-Garcia (aka Shakey Graves) is one of those rare artists whose music, after one listen, inspires the kind of obsessive devotion that compels someone to spend hours searching for more. Fans eagerly wait for the next track to surface online, erratically released from his closely-guarded collection of unheard bedroom recordings and live rarities. But as word of his haunting, at times bizarre, lo-fi recordings and contrastingly explosive live shows continues to spread, Shakey Graves is quickly rising from obscurity into the national spotlight. His debut full-length LP “Roll the Bones” consistently remains near the top of Bandcamp’s digital “best-seller” charts more than two years after its release, relying on little more than word of mouth for promotion. New listeners around the world discover his music every day, often through a series of stunning live performance videos on YouTube, which have collectively racked up well over half a million hits. In his hometown of Austin, TX, Shakey’s shows are the stuff of legend. Recently featured on the cover of Austin Monthly Magazine, the Mayor has even given him his own local holiday. February 9th is officially proclaimed “Shakey Graves Day” in Austin.
Beginning at 5:30pm, a gritty, country-leaning roots rock band out of Oklahoma, the Turnpike Troubadours will synthesize the populist, political folk of Woody Guthrie and the outlaw-styled honky tonk of Waylon Jennings with doses of bluegrass, Cajun and straight-out rock dynamics. Fronted by singer and guitarist Evan Felker and including bassist R.C. Edwards, fiddler Kyle Nix, guitarist Ryan Engelman and drummer Giovanni Carnuccio, the group celebrates and explores modern rural life with a full awareness of history, delicately avoiding being ornate revivalists. Over the course of the past five years, they have honed the rowdy, quick-witted sound that’s brought folks of all stripes together in front of their stages. The band – which took its name from the Indian Nation Turnpike that connected so many of the smaller towns where they cut their teeth – gradually evolved from offering acoustic explorations of tunes by Townes Van Zandt and Jerry Jeff Walker to kicking out three or four sets a night of full-throttle roadhouse country – tinged with the punk rock attitude that was in the air during the members’ teen years. “This music, at its best, can put into words what we have been thinking for our entire lives,” says Felker, “and even at its worst, it gets people drinking beer and makes people happy. Either of those is fine with me.”
Wednesday, August 12 – Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe - For nearly three decades, multi-instrumentalist and charismatic front-man, Karl Denson has been electrifying adoring audiences around the world. He was a member of Lenny Kravitz’s band and garnered critical acclaim as one of the founders of boogaloo revivalists The Greyboy Allstars. More recently, Denson joined Slightly Stoopid and, beginning in 2014 and currently in 2015, is touring as a member of the world’s greatest rock band, The Rolling Stones. Denson’s primary creative vehicle, Tiny Universe, has become a major festival and club attraction, touring around the world throughout the year. Denson’s individual accolades, performance quality with Tiny Universe, renowned ability to sit in with virtually anyone at any time, and his penchant for extended jams and sets where he is the constant, driving force, the “Diesel”, have all established his reputation as a modern day soul-funk icon. Finish off the summer in style with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and opener Maddie & the Groove Spots.