MUSIC BOX: Crescent City Funk Party

By on June 28, 2016

Erica Falls joins Galactic, Kris Lager at MOM, and a Fourth of July music buffet.

The Big Easy’s Galactic returns to the valley for Jackson Hole Live on Wednesday.

The Big Easy’s Galactic returns to the valley for Jackson Hole Live on Wednesday.

JACKSON HOLE, WY – If the Jackson Hole Live opener last week was any indication, it’s going to be a ruckus outdoor series this year with a robust turnout. Nobody seemed to mind the $5 cover, which simultaneously helps pay for the great talent on deck this year while adding value to music consumption in this age of freebies.

New Orleans funk band royalty, Galactic, will take the stage this week with fellow Crescent City native Erica Falls as guest vocalist. Falls is a passionate, soulful singer who recorded and performed with Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Sting, and many others in a style influenced by Roberta Flack and Aretha Franklin. She has been nominated twice by Offbeat Magazine as Best Female Vocalist. Galactic has been a creative force for more than 20 years of touring and recording, and Teton County music fans have witnessed much of the band’s evolution. They embody the spirit of New Orleans music and continuously work to evolve their set, which is predominantly instrumental with a rotating cast of guest vocalists each touring season.

Be sure to arrive on time as Americana, indie-folk rockers Canyon Kids will have their six-piece outfit for this set in support of their new album, Best Loved Poems of the American People.

JH Live presents Galactic with Canyon Kids, 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 29 at Snow King Ball Field. $5, all ages. JacksonHoleLiveMusic.com.

Soulful songstress Erica Falls is guest vocalist.

Soulful songstress Erica Falls is guest vocalist.

Boogie with Lager at MOM

They set out to bring you electric church. That is, a legitimate rock ‘n’ roll revival with feel good dancing, singing and hollering. It’s an intensity that rings loud and funky through a pair of cool shades on Kris Lager Band’s 2014 album, Heavy Soul & Boogie Trance, which brings a raw Black Keys vibe with vintage keyboard textures and monster guitar riffs. The quartet also reportedly put on one hell of a New Year’s Eve throw down at The Trap Bar last year, and delivered the mentality that “together through music we can celebrate life and squash hate.” Bluegrass/Americana sextet One Ton Pig opens the show featuring the songs of Michael Batdorf, Justin Smith and Tim Farris along with some fiery pickin.

Kris Lager Band with One Ton Pig, 6 p.m., Thursday, June 30 at Music on Main in Victor City Park. Free, all ages. TetonValleyFoundation.org.

More outdoor music happens Thursday at Music on Main when Kris Lager Band takes the stage.

More outdoor music happens Thursday at Music on Main when Kris Lager Band takes the stage.

Independent jams

Synonymous with celebrating Independence Day in the Tetons, music will fill the air for the four-day holiday weekend. For daytime jams on the Fourth, the longest running tradition can be found at the Knotty Pine in Victor (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday; free), where they’ll be slow cooking hundreds of pounds of pork for the 20th Annual “Pig-Nic,” featuring local hard rock band 86 at noon followed by Austin’s psych-country outfit The Lonesome Heroes, then roots-rock and country-blues from this columnist’s band, Screen Door Porch.

The other daytime concert on the Fourth will be at Village Commons in Teton Village featuring Latin jazz group Calle Mambo along with the big swing band, Jazz Foundation of Jackson Hole (4 p.m.; free). Also catch hard-picking Colorado bluegrass quartet Head for the Hills on Sunday at Village Commons (8 p.m.; free).

For those looking to cut loose on the late night scene in Jackson, look no further than funk-groove-jazz quintet Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons. They will celebrate four years of Independence Day throw-downs at Town Square Tavern (10 p.m. Monday; $10). Music starts after the fireworks. The Tavern has music nightly at 10 p.m. this week, and there’s a little bit for everyone—experimental funk trio Punch Drunk Munky Funk (Wednesday), bluegrass rock quartet BOGDOG (Thursday), Southern rapper Bubba Sparxx (Friday), DJ N8 (Saturday), and one man ban Tom Bennett (Sunday). PJH

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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JH Live: Galactic with Canyon Kids (Snow King Ball Field); A Special Night of Funk, Galactic after party (The Rose); Songwriter’s Alley Open Mic (Silver Dollar)

THURsday

Kris Lager Band with One Ton Pig (Victor City Park), Major Zephyr (Silver Dollar), Punch Drunk Munky Funk (Knotty Pine)

FRIday

Bubba Sparxx (Town Square Tavern); DJ N8 (The Rose)

SATurday

Calder’s Charge (Pink Garter)

SUNday

Tom Bennett (Town Square Tavern), Head for the Hills (Village Commons), Stagecoach Band (Stagecoach)

Monday

“Pig-Nic” with 86, The Lonesome Heroes, Screen Door Porch (noon; Knotty Pine), Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons (Town Square Tavern); Calle Mambo and Jazz Foundation of Jackson Hole (Village Commons)

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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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