Music Box: Live music rules for Independence
Jackson Hole, Wyoming – No matter where you decide to spend your Fourth of July, there’s likely to be a live music option within striking distance via foot or bicycle. Here are some of my favorite options. All shows are free.
Austin’s classic and alt-country crooner Leo Rondeau has been making his Wyoming rounds over the last several summers. His vocal drawl bends true over-the-top clever songwriting that often falls on the lighter side of a honkytonker. His third LP, Take it and Break it, will earn a worthy place in your album rotations. Leo Rondeau Band, 7:30 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday at the Silver Dollar Bar.
The longest running tradition of roasting hundreds of pounds of pig and hosting multiple bands on its outdoor stage, this is a full day of variety. Everything from jamgrass, funk and soul, to acoustic Americana will be represented here. 19th Annual God Bless America Fest featuring Whitewater Ramble, Maw Band, Cure for the Common, Greg Creamer Experience, and San Diego’s The Earful, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday at Knotty Pine in Victor.
If you’re still standing and looking for a late night “rager,” here’s your ticket to a junk trunk full of funky, grooving original music via one of the Hole’s hottest outfits. Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons, 10 p.m., Friday at Town Square Tavern.
Big Band music will supply the festive vibe to open this outdoor show in the sweet venue located at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Headlining the evening is Jackson’s own veteran party band, Mandatory Air, delivering hard-hitting country/soul and rock via front ladies The Miller Sisters. Mandatory Air with Jazz Foundation of JH, 6:30 to 10 p.m., Friday at Concert in the Commons in Teton Village. Rock. Fireworks at 10 p.m.
Take the classy route with either of these two quality local jazz combos. Jazz options of the mellow persuasion: Papa Chan and Johnny C Note, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday at Teton Pines Country Club Restaurant; Jazz Night with Pam Phillips Trio, 7 to 10 p.m. in The Granary at Spring Creek Ranch.
Old school style, this is a Town-provided main course dinner in the city’s park, rounded out by citizen-provided potluck dishes. Screen Door Porch (a band this writer is a member of), utilizes a range of acoustic and electric instrumentation, culminating in a blend of singer-songwriter-based country-blues, soulful Americana and roots-rock. Screen Door Porch, 5 to 7 p.m., at Town of Pinedale Annual Picnic at American Legion Park in Pinedale. All ages.
Funk-nasty Afro-soul via Budos
Beyond Independence Day proper, this happens to be the densest week of music offerings yet, so get your mental highlighter in place and make sure you keep these other shows on your radar as well.
The Budos Band is simply instrumental Afro-soul royalty. Despite only releasing three full-length records since 2003, The Budos have grown a cult following while accomplishing feats rarely attained by instrumental groups. Rich arrangements are anchored by funk and hip-hop beats beneath soul-infused melodies, dark metal-influenced guitar and bass riffing, and Ethiopian-inspired undercurrents.
Based in Cincinnati, heavy rock band Electric Citizen will open with female-fronted psychedelia.
The Budos Band with Electric Citizen, 9 p.m., Sunday at Pink Garter Theatre. $22-$25. PinkGarterTheatre.com.
Johnnyswim and Playing for Change
This week’s Jackson Hole Live show is quite the diversion from past lineups, both in terms of genre and vibe. Sharing the bill is Nashville’s husband-wife pop/soul/folk band Johnnyswim. Daughter of late disco legend Donna Summer and acclaimed songwriter Bruce Sudano, Amanda Sudano cut her teeth performing and touring with her mother’s band. Along with her husband Abner Ramirez, the duo fronts a band that brings a very commercialized sound, featured in mainstream venues such as CMT’s Pure Country, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert and Late Show with David Letterman.
Playing for Change, a nonprofit, is as much a traveling project of hope and love as it is a band. Born in 2002 as a musical journey that sparked the award-wining documentary, A Cinematic Discovery of Street Musicians, world music and breaking down the barriers between people are at its core.
Jackson Hole Live presents Johnnyswim and Playing for Change, 5:30 p.m., Thursday at Snow King Ball Field. Free. JacksonHoleLiveMusic.com.
Homecoming for the Sibleys
Former Jackson residents Anne and Pete Sibley will return for their first homecoming concert in two years. Dubbed by Bluegrass Now Magazine, “one of the sweetest, most soulful and hauntingly beautiful duets in the business,” The Sibleys made a national splash when they won A Prairie Home Companion’s 2009 American Duet Sing-Off. They have delivered a spiritual connection through story and song over the course of four albums and their most recent EP, Wandering to be Found (2012).
Anne & Pete Sibley, 7:30 p.m. , Tuesday at Center Theater. Folk, bluegrass. $13-$18. JHCenterForTheArts.org.