- MUSIC BOX: Freedom of sound
- KEEPIN IT CLASSICAL: Sounds of rapture
- GUEST OPINION: Let the animals roam
- THE FOODIE FILES: Kitchen scrap mojo
- CREATIVE PEAKS: Inanimate actors
- Craft beer cowboys
- COSMIC CAFE: Outlook = prosperity
- THE BUZZ: Dem there were three
- START Bus director hired
- Death at Van Vleck believed to be suicide
MUSIC BOX: Left Coast Country plays Wort
JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The Silver Dollar returns to its roots this weekend as pickers Left Coast Country, out of Portland, Ore., take the stage. This five-piece string band brings lively, rousing music, rooted in traditional bluegrass but with a distinctive nod to alt-country, spanning covers and original material. Their sound is highly danceable and will definitely get the crowd hopping. When they arrive here, they will be a month into their spring tour and the creative juices should be flowing – a perfect fit for the classic decor and beverages at The Wort.
Left Coast Country, 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at Silver Dollar Bar at The Wort Hotel. Free. Silverdollar.com
Michael Scalabrino brings jazz to museum
Local guitarist Michael Scalabrino may be mild in stature and manner, but keep an eye on this budding musician. Backed by some of the valley’s heavy hitters – including bassist Bill Plummer, drummer and JHHS Director of Bands Peter Closson, and pianist Tony Saladino – Scalabrino will deliver his junior recital concert, performing a mix of standards and some lesser-known jazz gems. Expect flowing note lines and some fantastic group interplay as these guys take apart and reassemble the classic jazz canon in a beautiful setting.
Michael Scalabrino Group, 3 p.m. on Sunday at Museum of Wildlife Art. Free. Wildlifeart.org
Africa night at the Wildwood
Transport yourself to West Africa as the Woontanara West African Dance & Drum troupe anchors Africa Night at the Wildwood Room on Friday. Featuring a variety of local musicians and dancers, this group is high energy and brings a positive message through music rooted in group grooves and tight dynamics. These gals (and one guy) perform traditional music from Guinea, Mali, and Ghana, and have core members that have been making music together for 20 years. Bring your dancing shoes, or just kick them off at the door.
Woontanara West African Dance & Drum, 6 p.m. on Friday at Wildwood Room. $10. woontanaraaid.org
The Hootenanny is back in full swing beginning on Monday. The Jackson Hole tradition features a rotating cast of longtime locals, professionals passing through, and anyone willing to sign up for the open-mic format. Founded by mountaineer and picker Bill Briggs, the Hoot is rooted in bluegrass and old-time songwriting traditions. Things can get a little hectic up there during winter and summer, so take advantage of the off season calm to enjoy some wine and music, or even step up to the stage for your first (or hundredth) time.
Hootenanny, 6 p.m. on Monday at Dornans. Free. Dornans.com
Jazz at the Granary
Keith Phillips leads the charge this weekend at The Granary, backed by the formidable Bill Plummer on bass and Ed Domer on drums. These gents will have the room swinging, so head up the hill and enjoy a cocktail or two while the sun sets over the Tetons. On Saturday, the atmosphere scales back a notch as Phillips tickles the ivories solo.
Keith Phillips, 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at The Granary. Free. Springcreekranch.com/granary