MUSIC BOX: Resorts Represent, Afroman Returns

By on November 24, 2015

The Ghee’s Trap Bar releases concert schedule, Rendezvous Fest to bring top-notch acts and Afroman smokes down the Tavern.

Zac Brown Band will rock the 2016 Rendezvous Fest at JHMR in March (left), while Afroman drops in on the Town Square Tavern this Friday night (right).

Zac Brown Band will rock the 2016 Rendezvous Fest at JHMR in March (left), while Afroman drops in on the Town Square Tavern this Friday night (right).

Get Trapped and love every minute

It’s generally a sure bet. Whatever band is performing when you decide to après at The Trap Bar is likely to be entertaining, if not an act you’d desire to chase down again. The level of talent often complements Grand Targhee’s balance of solitude, fantastic snow and inviting winter culture. Another aspect that makes for centralized revelry is having the only watering hole on the hill. Check out the long list of local, regional and national talent that will play the stage December through April. GrandTarghee.com.

JHMR’s Gold Anniversary

By now, you’ve heard the good news about the 2016 Rendezvous Fest, a.k.a. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s 50th Anniversary weekend, March 17 to 20. Zac Brown Band is, without a doubt, a score. Brown is not only a homerun within the country music genre and a household name to anyone who follows mainstream music, but his down-to-earth personality is an acre away from the over-produced, truck-and-party lyrics of some of pop-country’s chart toppers. He’s also taken home three Grammys, and has three multi-platinum albums and 11 number one singles.

Like recent CMA award-winner Chris Stapleton or genuine honkytonk darling Stergill Simpson, he’s an interesting act within a genre that often suffers from too much fluff and sparkle. (Though Brown did call “old” country “predictable,” and then released an EDM song, “Beautiful Drug,” after publicly calling out Luke Bryan for his song “That’s My Kind of Night,” that lacked “real instrumentation”). The country music industry loves its drama, after all.

Also booked for the weekend is Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. Rateliff may still be under-the-radar to many, but his star has been on the rise ever since his hushed indie-folk album and label debut, “In Memory of Loss” (2010/Rounder). With his latest project and its accompanying self-titled album this year with Stax, “Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats” takes the soulful R&B/gospel road adorned with horns, fitting nicely next to the sounds of Van Morrison, with hints of Sam Cooke and even Bruce Springsteen.

While the upped ante is largely designed to increase destination traffic, this is certainly a weekend to look forward to for local and regional folks. JacksonHole.com.

Afroman returns

Afroman’s Grammy-nominated track “Because I Got High,” from “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” (circa 2002), has become a classic stoner anthem. Here are a few of his straight-forward lyrics about the inability to complete everyday tasks because of weed: “I was gonna go to class before I got high / I coulda cheated and I coulda passed but I got high / I am taking it next semester and I know why / Cause I got high.” Bringing to mind Biz Markie and Cypress Hill, the drummer/guitarist comes from the old school, feel good entourage of early rap. This dude is one funny character.

Afroman performs 10:30 p.m., Friday at Town Square Tavern. 733-3886. PJH

Aaron Davis is an award-winning singer-songwriter, trout whisperer, multi-instrumentalist, member of Screen Door Porch and Boondocks, and founder/host of Songwriter’s Alley.

Trap Bar Music Schedule
Shows are 3 to 6 p.m. and free, unless noted.

DEC 4: Dirt Road Band

DEC 5: Sons of Bannock

DEC 11: Cory Mon

DEC 12: One Ton Pig

DEC 18: What the Folk

DEC 19: Wyatt Lowe & the Mayhem Kings

DEC 22: Longest Night Winter Solstice Party with Jeff Crosby & The Refugees (9 p.m., $5)

DEC 24: Christmas Eve with Papa Chan Trio

DEC 25: Ugly Sweater Day

DEC 26-27: Cure for the Common

DEC 29: (and every Wednesday thereafter) – White Lightning Open Mic

JAN 8: Canyon Kids

JAN 15: Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons

JAN 22: Winship & Sneed

JAN 23: Chanman Roots Band

JAN 29: Kitchen Dwellers

JAN 30: Brian Maw Band

FEB 6: Mardi Gras Party with Jackson 6

FEB 12: Kris Lager Band (9 p.m., $TBD)

FEB 13-14: Kris Lager Band

FEB 19: Greenneck Daredevils

FEB 20, 22: Willie Waldman

FEB 26-27: Blaze & Kelly

FEB 28: Dirt Road Band

MAR 5: Nate Robinson Band

MAR 6: John Wayne’s World

MAR 11-12: Screen Door Porch

MAR 13: Boondocks

MAR 18: Miller Sisters

MAR 19: One Ton Pig

MAR 20: Shark Week

MAR 25: Swagger

APR 1: The Innocents

APR 8: Che Zuro

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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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