MUSIC BOX: Indie Musician Mojo

By on September 13, 2016

Two regional tour opportunities for Wyoming bands and a new artist directory take off.

Libby Creek Original was one of 10 bands chosen for Wyoming Independent Music Initiative's mentoring program.

Libby Creek Original was one of 10 bands chosen for Wyoming Independent Music Initiative’s mentoring program.

JACKSON HOLE, WY – In January, the Wyoming Arts Council announced the launch of several new programs to grow the state’s independent music scene. The first step was hiring Danee Hunzie, WAC’s community development and music specialist. Projects include a mentoring pilot program for bands, an “IMTour,” and a new artist directory.

“Music brings money to a community, it brings money to a state,” Hunzie told Wyoming Public Radio. “The more music you have in a downtown area, the higher the property sales are. And then I think the biggest benefit is, we have to have communities where people want to live and want to stay and want to be a part of them.”

WAC launched the Wyoming Independent Music Initiative (WIMI) this past spring. The mission statement of the intiative is to “strengthen musicians and their art form, to encourage and support venues to host live music, and to develop and nurture community relations. WIMI hopes to use music as a driver for community development, social cohesion, and creating healthy and livable communities in Wyoming all while building and supporting our own talent and venues.”

This included the “Laramie Music Business Incubator” last spring when the council chose 10 Laramie bands to participate in professional development activities. Bands enjoyed business counseling, panels relevant to artists and a showcase at the Gryphon Theatre.

Announced just three weeks ago, WAC put a call out to all Wyoming musicians via its Facebook page, encouraging acts to register themselves for free on the new Artist Directory. The directory will be used, among other things, to seek musicians for Wyoming’s IMTour Roster. The IMTour is designed to open up touring opportunities across 13 Western states while supporting underappreciated artists. An outside juror will select 15 Wyoming bands for the IMTour from applications submitted. Both the directory and IMTour application can be found at WyoArts.state.wy.us.   

“People [will be] able to locate musicians based on genres, based on location; and the same on the venue side, so you could look at venues based on location, size, fees—all of the things that are important,” Hunzie said of the directory.

Separate from, but morally supported by the Arts Council, the WYOmericana Caravan Tour has also announced a call to Wyoming musicians to apply for its fifth anniversary tour in May/June 2017. Co-founded by Seadar Rose and yours truly, the tour is a rolling representation of Wyoming’s burgeoning songwriter scene. Described as “a traveling concert circus of sorts” by The New York Times, it features multiple acts performing individual sets—with the encouragement and suspense of ad-libbed, cross-band collaborations—followed by an extended encore that includes all members of the tour on stage. Interested artists should have a Wyoming address, be able to play 40 to 60 minute sets of predominantly original material, and be open to collaboration. Apply at Wyomericana.com before 11 p.m., October 1.  

Eco-friendly Oregon rock

Hard rocking Ashland, Oregon, trio Jive Coulis just released its fourth full-length album, Dinner Time. Traveling around the West in their converted school bus that runs on waste vegetable oil gathered from restaurants, the band’s repertoire focuses on original music with a mix of classic rock, funk and jam covers.

Jive Coulis, 10 p.m. Friday at Town Square Tavern. Free. 733-3886.

Of course Oregon is home of Jive Coulis, a classic rock, funk and jam trio that tours the country in their converted school bus.

Of course Oregon is home of Jive Coulis, a classic rock, funk and jam trio that tours the country in their converted school bus.

Contour Music and Art Festival returns

Making history last summer as the valley’s first multi-day music and arts festival, Contour Music Fest transformed Jackson Hole into a music metropolis. The festival returns this month September 23 to 25. Headliners include March Fourth Marching Band, Glass Spiders: A David Bowie Tribute, and B. Bravo. Other artists include Barisone, Mikey Thunder, Cure For The Common and Yak Attack. Performances will happen all over Jackson at different venues.

Center For The Arts lobby will host free events leading up to the ticketed shows, including a presentation and book signing with Tracking the Wild Coomba author Rob Cocuzzo, a JH Stillworks brunch with DJs throwing down vinyl, the world premiere of Alex Yoder/WRKSHRT’s film, Foothills: The Unlinked Heritage of Snowboarding and tintype photo sessions with Lindsey Ross.

Stay tuned to PJH for more details. PJH

 

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160914music_planetpicks-2WEDnesday

Vinyl Night (The Rose), Open Mic (Silver Dollar)

THURsday

Major Zephyr (Silver Dollar)

FRIday

Jive Coulis (Town Square Tavern)

SATurday

Bootleg Flyer (Silver Dollar), WYOBASS (Town Square Tavern)

SUNday

Stagecoach Band (Stagecoach)

Monday

JH Hootenanny (Dornan’s)

TUESday

One Ton Pig (Silver Dollar), Open Mic (Virginian)

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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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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