MUSIC BOX: Planetary Potion No. 9
9th Intergalactic Ball goes deep space with The Librarian & El Papachango; Pink Garter and The Rose celebrate five years of stellar music and imbibing.
JACKSON HOLE, WY – It’s been a blockbuster season for electronic music fans, and the Ball rolls on. Local music producer and DJ Jeff Stein founded Intergalactic Ball a decade ago as a one-off birthday party with simple logic. “Just imagine a super duper costume party where your imagination can run wild,” Stein would explain to IGB newbies. “Anything goes, from tinfoil flying saucers, wild cat women from planet Z, golden solar samurais or whatever else you can think of. Oh, and it’s a bass filled dance party, so consider mobility in your outfit.”
What has become synonymous with spring, the ninth annual throw-down—which took a one-year hiatus while Stein was co-producing Contour Music Festival in 2016—was cultivated to hear bass and DJ music that had previously never been heard in Jackson. Now, the gathering has become so epic that it attracts big name DJs like this year’s headliners, The Librarian and Oakland, California’s El Papachango, both IGB alumni.
Andrea Graham, a.k.a. The Librarian, is at the forefront of genre-bending sets, mixing UK dancehall, grime, and footwork. In 2008, Graham and her friend Liz Thomson—who also happened to give her The Librarian moniker—founded Bass Coast, an electronic music festival near Vancouver which has become one of the premier boutique festivals in the world. Admittedly, Graham was a late bloomer to the electronic scene.
“My music path started when I was little, I went into piano lessons when I was 2 years old that evolved over the years into many different formations but it’s always been a part of my life,” Graham told AmplifyHER last year. “I had began feeling uninspired with my palette of instruments and around that same time I ended up at the second ever Shambhala [Music Festival]. It was the first time I experienced electronic music outside and in a community style setting. I left there, bought a computer and Logic [digital audio workstation] and took my songwriting skills into computer world … just tried to teach myself how to make beats. Over that time, I met other people making music and eventually someone lent me turntables and that changed everything.”
According to Stein, “El Papachango is a living legend of dance music.” He moved from Argentina to the states as a young adult and brought with him a love of music from South America, which he then blended with West Coast underground beats. Sultry, soulful Latin sounds, modern bass, hip-hop and funk are his game. He is also one of the core creators of the legendary El Circo, one of San Francisco’s most prominent avant-garde performance groups that have accompanied acts like Bassnectar, The Glitch Mob, and Freq Nasty.
If you missed El Papachango’s and The Librarian’s Contour Music Fest performance at Center for the Arts, this is your chance to see how the two electronic mavens command a dancefloor.
Nomadic Events presents the 9th Intergalactic Ball with The Librarian & El Papachango, 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday, March 11 at Q Roadhouse and Brewing Co. $15 advance, $20 at the door. 21 and older. IGB9.EventBrite.com.
Big Something Anniversary for Pink Garter
Big Something is somewhat of an anomaly in what’s considered the jam world. Led by frontman/guitarist/vocalist Nick MacDaniels, the North Carolina-based funk/jazz-fusion six-piece has been touring with Umphrey’s McGee following a stint at Jam Cruise and a series of home release parties for its fourth studio release, Tumbleweed. What distinquishes the band’s sound is perhaps its saxaphonist Casey Cranford, who will frequently pull out the EWI—electronic wind instrument. It allows for the versatility of a wind instrument but with the flexibility of electronic music. While the band has been a household name in the Southeast for a few years, this will be its first Wyoming show.
This date also signifies the fifth anniversary of The Rose and the Pink Garter Theatre, which has been a vital addition to the local music scene, hosting myriad acts that have never before stepped foot in the Tetons. The Rose will thank everyone for five years of patronage by offering free drinks (on a first come, first serve basis), a champagne tower, and a $5 food menu. High-fives to the owners, talent buyers and crew for sustaining and entertaining!
Big Something, 9 p.m. Thursday at the Pink Garter Theatre. $15. PinkGarterTheatre.com. PJH
Aaron Davis is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, member of Screen Door Porch and Boondocks, audio engineer at Three Hearted Studio, founder/host of Songwriter’s Alley, and co-founder of The WYOmericana Caravan.
Greeneck Daredevils (Silver Dollar)
Big Something (Pink Garter), Major Zephyr (Silver Dollar), Disco Night (Stagecoach)
Bootleg Flyer (Silver Dollar), Lazy Eyes (Moose Hockey)
9th Intergalactic Ball with The Librarian & El Papachango (Q Roadhouse & Brewing), Whiskey Mornin’ (Under the Tram), Joe Rudd (The Rose)
Elephant Revival & Steve Poltz (Center Theater), Screen Door Porch (Silver Dollar)
Donovan Frankenreiter & Grant-Lee Phillips (Pink Garter), JH Hootenanny (Dornans)
One Ton Pig (Silver Dollar)