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The Goods 7.18.12
Two bands, 17 players
Eight men and a sparrow – vocalist Arleigh Kincheloe – make up the powerful ensemble that is Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds. Kincheloe’s soulful rasp floats atop an Aretha Franklin-inspired sound, riffed by a four-piece horn section and her brother bandleader, Jackson, on harmonica. The Dirty grooves can get heavy and fierce as well as R&B smooth. This many textures in a contemporary soul/R&B format hasn’t sounded as good to my ears since Sharon Jones and The Dapkings’ performance at Targhee Fest.
Opening the show is local eight-piece, party rockers Mandatory Air. From ’80s classics to psychedelic rockers and Motown soul and funk, front ladies The Miller Sisters have also penned a batch of tunes to be released as the band’s debut studio album in the near future.
JacksonHoleLive presents Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds with Mandatory Air at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, at Snow King Ball Field. Free, all-ages. JacksonHoleLiveMusic.com.
Heathens to bring Austin heat
They have a classic Black Crowes-meets-Little Feat vibe that has its own Austin swagger and grit. Rocking, bluesy and funky, The Band of Heathens are down a member – multi-instrumentalist Colin Brooks – since they’re last performance at Music on Main in 2010.
As a follow-up to the well-received Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster’s Son in 2011, the quintet recently released a four-disc, two-volume, live DVD called The Double Down – Live in Denver (Vol. 1 & 2). For folks who appreciate improvisation and a good jam but crave a great song too, this band has built a great live show that will satisfy both.
The Band of Heathens, 10 p.m., Friday at the Pink Garter Theatre. Americana quartet Screen Door Porch opens. $12 advance or $15 day-of-show, available at PinkGarterTheatre.com. 733-1500.
Not your high school marching band
It’s a swirling volcano of high-energy music and 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, March Fourth Marching band delivers it all in a cinematic fashion. Complete with high-stepping stilt-acrobatics and sexy dancers, you don’t want to miss this flare.
Teton Valley Foundation’s Music on Main presents March Fourth Marching Band at 6 p.m., Thursday, at Victor City Park. Folk-blues singer-songwriter Scott McDougall opens. Free, all-ages. TetonValleyFoundation.org.