MUSIC BOX: Freedom of sound

By on June 30, 2015

July Fourth weekend is heavy on live music offerings

Cutline: Celebrate the stars and stripes a little early with The Mother Hips (left), when they headline Music on Main Thursday at Victor City Park. Over the hill and (not too) far away, Rosie and the Ramblers play in Pinedale Saturday at American Legion Park for Pinedale’s Fourth of July picnic.

Celebrate the stars and stripes a little early with The Mother Hips (left), when they headline Music on Main Thursday at Victor City Park. Over the hill and (not too) far away, Rosie and the Ramblers play in Pinedale Saturday at American Legion Park for Pinedale’s Fourth of July picnic.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – There’s no better holiday to celebrate our country’s phenomenally massive development of American roots music than Independence Day. Homeland compositions have been harvested through sheer liberation and liberty — expressing ideas, melodies and genres that never before existed. Whether you’re in Jackson, Teton Village, Victor or Pinedale, there’s reason to grab a lawn chair, your favorite beverage and let the colors fly.

Begin the festive week at Music on Main in Victor City Park (6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, free, all-ages) featuring the earthy pop rock of California’s The Mother Hips, along with the gritty Americana and slide-induced country-blues of Screen Door Porch (this columnist happens to be a member of the band). The Mother Hips have been around for nearly 25 years. They developed a cult following for their rootsy mix of 1970s rock and power pop, a dirty-yet-sweet approach that earned the attention of American Recordings Label founder Rick Rubin.

Friday will feature music on two big outdoor stages—Jared and The Mill with Wyatt Lowe & The Mayhem Kings at Snow King Ball Field (5:30 p.m., Friday, free, all-ages) and The Delta Saints at Concert in the Commons in Teton Village (8 p.m., Friday, free, all-ages; openers at 5 p.m.).

Jared and the Mill brings a sound reminiscent of Dawes meets The Lumineers — clear, introspective songwriting focused on the lyrics with plenty of pop groove, strong vocal harmonies and folk-rock elements. They wear nice jeans and have clean, non-rugged voices that, while far from rock ‘n’ roll, hold certain sensibilities for those willing to get lost in story songs. As for 17-year-old Wyatt Lowe and his veteran band, don’t miss a chance to see the young artist that continues to push his own envelope, evidenced on his debut release, “Songs from the Bottomless Well.”

If raw blues-rock with gritty soul and gospel tickles your fancy, look no further than The Delta Saints, a Nashville-based quintet that takes guidance from heroes Jack White, My Morning Jacket, The Black Keys and Led Zeppelin. Their music is high-energy, which has taken them to Europe six times not to mention some quality festival stages in the U.S. like Wakarusa and Summerfest.

What is there to do on the Fourth? If you are willing to drive Teton Pass, I’d steer towards the Knotty Pine’s 19th Annual God Bless American Pig Roast featuring Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers, Lovewhip, Chanman Roots Band, Adam Ezra Group, and more (10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, free, all-ages). There will be continuously rad music as well as 500 pounds of pork to be devoured.

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Rosie and the Ramblers play in Pinedale Saturday.

If you want to keep it local, and that goes for the music as well, Jackson Hole Live will feature alt-grass folk-rock purveyors One Ton Pig with indie-soul duo Benyaro at Snow King Ball Field (5:30 p.m., Saturday, free, all-ages), followed by fireworks. A Latin/Salsa dance party will lift off at Concert in the Commons in Teton Village with Calle Mambo as well as Jazz Foundation of JH Big Band (4 p.m., Saturday, free, all-ages). The music starts with the Jazz Foundation, followed by Grand Teton Music Festival’s classical-based Music in the Hole audio feed (6 to 8 p.m.), with a closing set by Calle Mambo (8 to 10 p.m.), and a fireworks show as a grand finale (10 p.m.).

Late night revelers are in store for an all-out funk party courtesy of Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons at Town Square Tavern (10 p.m., Saturday, $10). The grooving dance-folk sextet just did a five-week loop of the Northwest supporting its debut album, “Breakfast,” which charted recently at No. 16 on Jambands.com Radio Chart. For an alternative after the Fireworks at Snow King, walk up to Haydens Post for the peaceful acoustic folk of The WyKnotts (8 to 11 p.m., Saturday, free, all-ages).

A honky-tonk holiday is in store for Pinedale’s annual Fourth of July picnic at American Legion Park. The Pinedale Fine Arts Council will present Rosie and the Ramblers along with Pinedale-based punk-grass quartet, Green River Steamboat (5 p.m. Saturday, free, all-ages).

Experience your personal independence and stay safe.

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About Aaron Davis

Aaron Davis is a decade-long writer of Music Box, a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, member of Screen Door Porch and Boondocks, founder/host of Songwriter’s Alley, and co-founder of The WYOmericana Caravan.

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