MUSIC BOX: Local Lady Showcase

By on December 1, 2015

Teton Serenade at Dornan’s, Pam Phillips and Jazz Foundation pay tribute to Sinatra.

AT LEFT: Shark Week’s Lauren Conrad  will join the all-female Teton Serenade at Dornan’s. AT RIGHT: Pam Phillips and trio lend a hand at Big City Broadway’s Sinatra tribute Saturday.

AT LEFT: Shark Week’s Lauren Conrad will join the all-female Teton Serenade at Dornan’s.
AT RIGHT: Pam Phillips and trio lend a hand at Big City Broadway’s Sinatra tribute Saturday.

Jackson Hole, WY – For eight years beginning in 2002, there was the annual Women of Jackson concert produced by the now inactive nonprofit, Jackson Hole Music Experience. It brought into focus the female talent pool that continues to progress in Teton County, though much of it bubbles underneath the surface. Picking up where the pioneer event left off, local ladies and Jackson Hole Hootenanny regulars Jenny Landgraf and Sally McCullough have teamed up to organize the 2nd Annual Teton Serenade, an event that features a range of women musicians, most of whom don’t have a regular stage on which to perform.

The scope of performers will predominantly feature fellow regulars at the Hootenanny open stage, though Landgraf pointed out that while it is an invitation-based event, it’s not necessarily Hoot-based. Whereas Women of Jackson focused more towards original music and established acts, Teton Serenade aims to empower women that aren’t performing regularly, or simply don’t have the time.

“We have attended most of the open mics in the area and love live, local performers,” Landgraf said. She has been performing with McCullough for about nine years. “We are always looking for new women to add to the list, so anyone who is interested should let us know. Last year we had a couple of women who sing with the Cathedral Voices choir. Some of the women we’ve had over for an all-women jam night a few times. We just like to try to find women musicians who might not have opportunity or even time to get out and play on stage.”

From folk to bluegrass, pop, classical and soft rock; there will be solo, duo and trio acts that also embrace the collaborative essence that music so often lends itself to. The list of performers includes the soulful voice of Tasha Ghozali with bassist Christine Langdon, Deb Kuzloski and Lauren Conrad of Shark Week. Other ladies gracing the roster include bassist Mollie Houkom with vocalist Meg Reeves, longtime Hoot performer Adrienne Ward, Teton Valley resident Jordan Robinson with Tootsie Jablonski, Hannah Leigh, Kate Dreher, and banjoist Jessie Lestitian. All performers will be joined by hosts Landgraf and McCullough.

“There are a lot of groups in our local music scene that are either all men or predominantly men, but not a lot of women of heading up an act or all-women groups,” Landgraf pointed out. “And we keep finding more and more women musicians who are just wonderful discoveries! Also, having this concert of women-only might get some on stage who might not otherwise do it.”

Last year’s event was sold out, so be sure to grab your tickets soon.

Teton Serenade, 8 p.m., Saturday at Dornan’s in Moose. $12 at Dornan’s, Valley Bookstore and The Liquor Store (TLS). Dinner served until 7 p.m. 733-2415. 

100 Years of Sinatra + Dinner

Forging a career as a Grammy and Oscar-winning singer and film actor, Frank Sinatra was one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th century before passing away in 1998. To celebrate his life through music and stories, complemented by a family-style Italian dinner by Michelin Star Chef Rene Stene (just like Frank would have preferred), the Pink Garter Theatre will host Pam Phillips Trio & Jazz Foundation of Jackson Hole along with accomplished vocalist Tony O—long time friend and road manager of Sinatra’s. Gina Feliccia and Eric Kunze will also perform.

100 Years of Frank featuring Pam Phillips Trio and Jazz Foundation of JH, 8 p.m., Saturday at the Pink Garter Theatre. Tickets are $40 (GA/Show Only), Couple’s Table ($250/Sold Out), and Group Table of Eight ($1,500/Includes dinner & extras). BigCityBroadway.org, 734-9718. 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.

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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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