MUSIC BOX: More Than Hello

By on July 26, 2016

Major week of music invades Village, Center Theater, fairgrounds and more.

The Oh Hellos take the stage at Teton Village for Concerts on the Commons Sunday.

The Oh Hellos take the stage at Teton Village for Concerts on the Commons Sunday.

JACKSON HOLE, WY – Dissecting brother and sister band The Oh Hellos is a journey. Intentionally independent, siblings Tyler and Maggie Heath released their first album Through the Deep, Dark Valley in 2012, which they wrote, recorded, produced, mixed and mastered themselves at their home in San Marcos, Texas.

Contemporary Christian music is what they grew up on, later diving headfirst into pseudo-Christian rock band Mutemath’s catalog, as well as Fleet Foxes and Sufjan Stevens. The band’s latest release is 2015’s Dear Wormwood, which draws inspiration from the C.S. Lewis classic novel, The Screwtape Letters, and pulses a progressive-folk vein that’s not over-produced.

Lyrically dramatic with earthy vocals and an arsenal of instrumentation (sometimes up to a nine-piece with multiple guitars, banjo and violin), there’s a simplistic sparseness to their music that often has wild developments. While there’s a fair amount of band members jumping around on stage just for the sake of it, the music comes off as genuine and philosophical, as if there’s more to discover once you crawl inside to explore. It stands alone in the new folk movement that includes their heroes, along with The Head and The Heart, Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers and sometimes Iron and Wine with broader textures.

Openers Steel Toed Slippers out of L.A. have played The Rose in years past, and bring a singer-songwriter/rock sound.

Concert in the Commons presents The Oh Hellos with Steel Toed Slippers, 5 p.m. Sunday at Village Commons. Free, all-ages. ConcertOnTheCommons.com.

Tuesday Bruce Hornsby performs at the Center Theater.

Tuesday Bruce Hornsby performs at the Center Theater.

Hornsby and Sexton back to back at Center

Life is full of difficult choices. It’s likely you can’t take in both Bruce Hornsby and Martin Sexton at Center for the Arts this week.

Hornsby just released Rehab Reunion, a dulcimer-dominated set that puts the piano to rest while referencing jazz, folk, pop, and jam with the Appalachian-based instrument.

As for Sexton—an anomaly of a solo performer regardless of your musical tastes—the release of Best of Martin Sexton Vol. 1 reminds us that he’s been doing this for a long time. The fan-generated track list reflects submissions of their two favorite songs from each of his eight studio albums. The 14-track album is available as a free download at MartinSexton.com and offers a great snapshot of his career as an unpretentious, fervent songwriter with an enormous vocal range. Veteran Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-Juno Award Nominee Matt Andersen opens the show.

Bruce Hornsby, 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 2 at Center Theater. $101. Martin Sexton with Matt Andersen, 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 3 at Center Theater. $51-$61. JHCenterForTheArts.org, 733-4900.

Martin Sexton continues the virtuosic vibe at the Center Theater on Wednesday.

Martin Sexton continues the virtuosic vibe at the Center Theater on Wednesday.

Hospital hosts SteelDrivers

To celebrate 100 years and the centennial support of the community, St. John’s Hospital foundation will present a free Centennial Celebration Concert featuring 2016 Grammy winners, The SteelDrivers. The Nashville-based quintet won Best Bluegrass Album for The Muscle Shoals Recordings, five years after losing soulful singer Chris Stapleton and multi-instrumentalist Mike Henderson. That certainly didn’t stagnate their output or the quality of their performances.

Local flavor opens the show including members of the Jackson Hole Hootenanny, followed by Brent Moyer and Friends featuring special guest guitarist Mike Dowling, a masterful finger-style and bottleneck blues player from Dubois.

St. John’s Hospital Centennial Celebration Concert featuring The SteelDrivers, Brent Moyer featuring Mike Dowling, and the JH Hootenanny all-stars, 4 p.m. Sunday, July 31 at Snow King Ball Field. Free, all ages. 739-7517.

Fair concert gets free and Reckless

For the past 20 years, Reckless Kelly has proved that the steady long haul is feasible without steering towards what is popular in any given moment. Simply, doing things your own way. Touch base anywhere in their 10-album career and you’re likely to get a consistent alt-country vibe that’s in similar company as their Texas peers Robert Earl Keen and Pat Green.

Modern country band Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band have taken their Moorcroft, Wyoming, (near Devil’s Tower) roots to the national pop country scene. On his song “Worth the Whiskey,” the champion high school wrestler and bronc rider sings, “I’m drinking to a country song/here’s to another work week gone/and I’ll raise my glass to a long lost buddy I ain’t seen/I might stay for one more round or I might close this place down.”

Reckless Kelly with Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 27 in Grassy Arena at the Teton County Fairgrounds. Free. TetonCountyFair.com. 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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160727Music_PlanetPicks-2WEDnesday

Reckless Kelly with Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band (Teton County Fairgrounds); Intrepid Travelers (Town Square Tavern)

THURsday

Cure for the Common and John Wayne’s World (Victor City Park); Major Zephyr (Silver Dollar)

FRIday

Head to Head DJ set (The Rose); Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra (Walk Festival Hall)

SATurday

Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra (Walk Festival Hall); Flat Creek Opener Party with Screen Door Porch (Orvis)

SUNday

The SteelDrivers, Brent Moyer featuring Mike Dowling, and JH Hootenanny All-Stars (Snow King Ball Field); The Oh Hellos with Steel Toed Slippers (Village Commons); Shark Week (Q Roadhouse & Brewing)

Monday

The WyKnotts (Mangy Moose)

TUESday

Bruce Hornsby (Center Theater)

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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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