Best of Jackson Hole, Part Deux

By on March 31, 2015

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – These Readers’ Choice winners didn’t make it into The Planet’s Best of issue last week. So without further ado, please give a round of applause for Best of Jackson Hole’s Best Omissions.

Best Thing to Happen to Jackson Hole in 2014

Gold: New Whole Grocer Opening

Silver: Walgreens Closing

Bronze: Jackson Centennial Celebration

Whole Grocer debuted its shiny digs in June. (Photo credit: Jackson Whole Grocer)

Whole Grocer debuted its shiny digs in June. (Photo credit: Jackson Whole Grocer)

Worst Thing to Happen to Jackson Hole in 2014

Gold: Budge Dr. Landslide/Walgreens

Silver: Amerigas Explosion

Bronze: No. 1 Ski Resort Ranking

Best Cover Band

Gold: Tram Jam

Silver: Lazy Eyes

Bronze: Mandatory Air with the Miller Sisters

Best Band Playing Original Songs

Gold: Chanman Roots Band

Silver: Sneaky Pete And The Secret Weapons

Bronze: One Ton Pig

Best Musician

Gold: Powell Miller

Silver: Wyatt Lowe

Bronze: Jason Fritts

Best Musician (Under 17)

Gold: Wyatt Lowe

Wyatt Lowe wowed the crowd during The Planet’s Best of Jackson Hole party last week at Center for the Arts.

“Are these guys local?” was a question repeatedly uttered among stunned partygoers as the young rockabilly virtuoso and his band, The Mayhem Kings, cooled the crowd.

Lowe grew up in Temecula, California, where he cultivated his interest in music at Chappy’s Roadhouse – his family’s BBQ and blues restaurant. It was there that his ears soaked in the sounds of the best blues players from the region.

We’re not sure what shocked people more during Lowe’s performance – the fact that this brand of rockabilly swagger subsists in Jackson Hole or that Lowe is young enough to compete in the Best Musician under 17 category. – RV

Silver: Aspen Jacquet

Bronze: Coby Larsen

Bronze: Syler Peralta-Ramos

Best Classical Musician

Gold: Byron Tomingas

Silver: Jason Fritts

Bronze: John Haines

Best Church Choir

Gold: St. John’s Episcopal Church

Silver: Presbyterian Church

of Jackson Hole

Bronze: First Baptist Church of Jackson

Best Teton Valley Musician

Gold: The Miller Sisters

Silver: Ben Winship

Bronze: Brian Maw

Best Club DJ

Gold: DJ VerT-OnE

Silver: DJ Londo

Bronze: DJ Therapy

Best Live Entertainment Venue

Gold: Pink Garter Theatre

The opening of the prohibition style watering hole The Rose and the adjoining Pink Garter Theatre filled a void in downtown Jackson. It created a venue to celebrate local culture with art openings, book signings and film screenings, while allowing world class musicians to make their debuts here.

While patrons enjoy floating from the Garter to the incandescent Rose, bartenders sling classic cocktails with style and grace while savory and sweet social plates via Chef Maho Hakoshima are served up till late.

Dom Gagliardi, Ethan Oxman, and the Garter crew always have their music antennas pointed to the sky, ushering world class acts onto the Garter’s stage. Historic performances care of TV on the Radio, Public Enemy and Odesza, along with artists who appeared there for Jackson Hole Snowboarder Magazine parties, such as Zion I, De La Soul, Immortal Technique and Talib Kweli, continue to cement the Garter’s role as an integral crossroads for music and culture in Jackson Hole. – RV

Silver: Knotty Pine

Bronze: Snow King Field for JacksonHoleLive! Concert Series

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About Robyn Vincent

Robyn is the editor of Jackson Hole Snowboarder Magazine and former editor of Planet Jackson Hole. When she's not sweating deadlines, she likes to travel the world with her notebook and camera in hand. Follow her on Twitter @TheNomadicHeart

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