MUSIC BOX: Targhee Twelve

By on July 12, 2016

Blues, reggae, and a weekend at the ‘ghee highlight a busy week in music.

moe. headlines Targhee Fest Friday night at the ‘ghee.

moe. headlines Targhee Fest Friday night at the ‘ghee.

JACKSON HOLE, WY – The 12th Annual Targhee Fest brings eclectic rock, funk, jam and soul to the beautiful on-mountain slope setting of Targhee Mountain Resort all weekend. Family-friendly with the added bonus of hiking and mountain biking, disc golf, on-site camping, and a “small town” vibe, this year’s lineup balances classic acts (Hot Tuna Electric, KIMOCK, Betty Lavette) along with some super fun, high-energy headliners (moe., Grace Potter, Drive-by Truckers), festival newcomers (Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, Jamie Mclean Band, The Jayhawks, HoneyHoney) and a nonstop list of acts that bring their own flare. Take in all three days if you can, otherwise Saturday packs the longest lineup and the most variety.

12th Annual Targhee Fest, Friday through Sunday at Grand Targhee Resort. All-ages. $79 per day; $229 for a three-day pass. GrandTarghee.com.

Targhee Fest Lineup

Friday

KIMOCK

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams

Hot Tuna Electric

moe.

LATE NIGHT in the Trap Bar: Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons Jackmormons ($5-10)

Saturday

Jamie Mclean Band

Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons

The Jayhawks

Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds

Bettye Lavette

Grace Potter

LATE NIGHT in the Trap Bar: Jamie McLean Jackmormons ($5-10)

Sunday

HoneyHoney

Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band

JJ Grey & Mofro

Drive-by Truckers

LATE NIGHT in the Trap Bar: The Hooligans Jackmormons ($5-10)

Straight-up blues-rock

It’s been a while since Rolling Stone was the definitive source to discover the latest and greatest rock bands, yet when I saw this minimalist rock-soul trio show up on their spring “10 New Artists You Need to Know” list, it piqued my interest. L.A.’s The Record Company gives it the raw Black Keys and White Stripes treatment. They made their national television debut on Conan back in March, as well as a Bonnaroo appearance last month. What’s the biggest difference between the aforementioned peers? This band embraces the bass guitar rather than assuming it’s “implied.” Al Green and Prince-inspired frontman Chris Vox handles guitar, lap steel and pedal steel duties along with bassist Alex Stiff and drummer Marc Cazorla. This is a less-is-more band ready to rock your socks.

The Record Company, right, touches down at Snow King, Wednesday, July 13, for Jackson Hole Live.

The Record Company, right, touches down at Snow King, Wednesday, July 13, for Jackson Hole Live.

Opening the show is local six-piece outlaw country outfit Major Zephyr. Fronted by Jackson mayoral candidate Pete Muldoon, the talented event band covers Johnny Cash, modern country and a handful of original tunes, while summertime brings a fresh dose of originality with the addition of Austin songstress Wendy Colonna. Colonna is an established, swampy Southern soul vocalist and a songwriter that had her tune “A Happy Song” placed on a national Coca-Cola commercial. Colonna was recently named a 2016 Black Fret nominee, an Austin-based grant-giving organization in support of local musicians.

Jackson Hole Live presents The Record Company with Major Zephyr featuring Wendy Colonna, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday at Snow King Ball Field. $5. All-ages. JacksonHoleLiveMusic.com.

Reggae legends and Appalachia leanings

The Wailers are undoubtedly the biggest and most influential reggae band in the world, even in a post-Marley world since his untimely death in 1981. The spirit lives on, guided by Marley’s most trusted lieutenant Aston “Family Man” Barrett and fronted for the last six years by Dwayne “Danglin” Anglin. The Wailers sold out an entire UK tour last year, and the impact of 20 chart hits and 250 million albums sold worldwide is unfathomable these days.

The tandem duo of delicate and weaving voices that is Rising Appalachia—featuring sisters Leah and Chloe Smith—are backed by guitarist/bassist David Brown and pan-cultural percussionist Biko Casini. Born in Atlanta, former Asheville, North Carolina residents currently dwelling in New Orleans, the Smith sisters grew up on “Appalachian lullabies at night, and soul music for breakfast,” while also being trained in classical and jazz piano.

The sound that has risen from the ashes of their influential childhood in the South is an earthy one. Nuanced clawhammer banjo and simplistic fiddle riffing is placed over varying beats from tribal to Afro-Cuban. The bass and groove is used (not unlike The Carolina Chocolate Drops) as a platform for a poetic lyrical context ranging from soul singing to spoken word rallies. PJH

The Wailers with Rising Appalachia, 5 p.m. Sunday at the Village Commons in Teton Village. Free, all-ages. ConcertOnTheCommons.com.

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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The Record Company with Major Zephyr featuring Wendy Colonna (Snow King Ball Field), Joshua Bell (Walk Festival Hall)

THURsday

Todo Mundo with Canyon Kids (Victor City Park), Slip ‘n the Jigs (Village Commons),

FRIday

Targhee Fest (Grand Targhee Resort), Buckethead (Pink Garter Theatre), The Lonesome Heroes (Silver Dollar), The Barefoot Movement with Screen Door Porch (American Legion Park in Pinedale),

SATurday

Targhee Fest (Grand Targhee Resort), The Lonesome Heroes (Silver Dollar), Skydied (Town Square Tavern), Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra (Walk Festival Hall)

SUNday

Targhee Fest (Grand Targhee Resort), The Wailers with Rising Appalachia (Village Commons

Monday

The Minor Keys (Jackson Lake Lodge)

TUESday

The Man Of STEEL Tour ft. DJ True Justice (Town Square Tavern), Chamber Music (Walk Festival Hall), One Ton Pig (Silver Dollar)

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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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