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MUSIC BOX: Sounds of the season
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 down most of it.
A New Year’s Eve soundtrack
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. All shows are 21 and older 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 more than 18 years of touring, including a whopping 2,400 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., Dec. 31, 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., Dec. 31, at Pink Garter Theatre. $30 advance tickets, $40 day-of-show. PinkGarterTheatre.com. DJ Vert-One will spin in The Rose all evening.
Fiddle tunes and outlaw country
Sometimes home court advantage is supreme. Local folk-grass, Americana sextet One Ton Pig has maintained Tuesday nights at the Silver Dollar in The Wort for seven years. This will be the band’s first ever New Year’s Eve show. Drawing from its 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 p.m. to midnight, Dec. 31, at the Silver Dollar Bar. Free. 732-3939.
Mellow and sultry
If you are of the mellow persuasion or a connoisseur of jazz, check out Papa Chan Quartet crooning the ‘20s to ‘40s era (6:30 to 10:30 p.m., Dec. 31, 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 p.m. to midnight, Dec. 31, 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., Dec. 31, 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., Dec. 31, at The Mangy Moose in Teton Village. $15. MangyMoose.com).
For the après-ski reveler in Teton Village, Americana/roots-rock/country-blues quartet Screen Door Porch will dive into a few sets of mountain-inspired original music interspersed with roots songs from the obscure (Memphis Minne) to the familiar (Bonnie Raitt). Screen Door Porch, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 31, at The Handle Bar in Teton Village. Free, all-ages. 732-5157.
A New Year over the pass
Jumping Teton Pass into Teton Valley, Idaho, local groove-funk party band Sneaky Pete and 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 and the Secret Weapons, 10 p.m., Dec. 31, at the Knotty Pine in Victor. Funk, groove. $5. 208-787-2866.
Up the hill in Alta, Wyoming, at Grand Targhee Resort, a band with the name 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., Dec. 31, in Trap Bar at Grand Targhee Resort. Rock. $15 advance tickets, $20 at the door. GrandTarghee.com.
World’s most-authentic bluegrass band
When I contemplate my favorite (and arguably the most authentic) bluegrass bands in the current scene, Del McCoury Band is the cream if the crop. Being that it’s a family affair, with Del on rhythm guitar alongside sons Ronnie and Robbie on mandolin and banjo respectively, makes for a warm and fuzzy feeling that ices the cake. If you’ve never seen them, treat yourself. Those that have seen the quintet, it’s a habit that’s just not worth breaking.
Del McCoury Band, 7 p.m., Monday, at the Center Theater. Bluegrass. $52/$62. JHCenterForTheArts.org.
Masters of swing and honky tonk
Swingin’ Texas fiddle, lap steel and honkytonkin’ piano are but three pieces of the veteran septet Asleep at the Wheel. A humbling nine Grammies over the course of 24 albums since 1972, Asleep at the Wheel once played six nights a week for two weeks straight at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar on Jackson’s Town Square.
“Modern country music had taken over and we were the only band playing Western swing,” Benson said of the old days in Jackson.
Asleep at the Wheel, 8:30 p.m., Sunday at Pink Garter Theatre. Texas swing. $31 advance tickets, $34 day-of-show. PinkGarterTheatre.com.