MUSIC BOX: Sweet Gospel Soul

By on March 8, 2016

Grammy-winning Snarky Puppy keyboardist brings drummer sidekick to Tavern.

Snarky Puppy keyboardist Cory Henry will school your soul come Sunday.

Snarky Puppy keyboardist Cory Henry will school your soul come Sunday.

JACKSON HOLE, WY – The plethora of accessable music databases within our reach translates into band recommendations coming into the peripheral with fervent consistency. But when someone goes so far as saying that a band has rocked her world or changed her life, that sticks to the guts—and the nudge to dig into Snarky Puppy was only a matter of time. The large, rotating ensemble just took home its second Grammy Award, this time for Best Contemporary Intrumental Album for Sylva.

This Sunday music lovers will be sent to church with Snarky Puppy keyboardist Cory Henry. Musician, producer and composer, Henry was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and spent much of his time as a child among the large community of musicians in his local church. At age two, he started playing organ in church, but even before that his friends and family say that he would bang on pots and pans or sing and play on neighbors’ pianos every chance he could. Henry continued to play organ, piano and the Rhodes through school. He stopped attending after 7th grade so he could continue his musical education and growth.

Since touring with jazz legend Kenny Garret as his organist for three years at age 19, Henry has worked with some of the most respected artists in jazz, fusion, gospel, and R&B: Aretha Franklin, The Roots, Boyz 2 Men, NAS, Bruce Springsteen, and many more.

For an audio introduction that will inspire you to instantly buy tickets for this show, do yourself a favor and track down his 2016 live single, “NaaNaaNaa,” followed by a spin of his 2014 LP, First Steps. This one’s going to be special, featuring simply keys and drums.

Cory Henry presents The Revival, 10 p.m., Sunday at Town Square Tavern. $10. 307Live.com, 733-3886.

GTMF launches inaugural winter series

We already know, with help from The Wall Street Journal, that Grand Teton Music Festival is “one of the best places to hear classical music in the summer.” GTMF presents Winter Music aims to capture exemplary sounds that have made the summer festival renowned. The series includes a return performance from pianist Charlie Albright (Tuesday), a lunchtime Learning lecture in partnership with St. John’s, and evening chamber concert with Brahms’ Horn Trio (both on Wed. March 16). The program continues with a Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD broadcast of “Manon Lescaut” (Thurs. March 17), in-school presentations and workshops, and a closing concert with crossover quintet Sybarite5 (Fri. March 18). For a complete schedule, visit GTMF.org.

Grand Teton Music Festival presents Winter Music, Tuesday, March 15 to 18. GTMF.org.

New era over Yonder

Restructuring of a band—especially when it’s one of the front persons—usually means extreme consequences. In the case of Yonder Mountain String Band, that risk set sail with the 2015 release of Black Sheep, the first album in a new era featuring Adam Aijala (guitar, vocals), Dave Johnston (banjo, vocals), Ben Kaufmann (bass, vocals), Allie Kral (violin, vocals), and Jacob Jolliff (mandolin, vocals). Lightning fast and intricate picking remains, while a gospel-meets-grass-punk tilt has me revisiting a band I had previously lost interest in.

As Kaufman noted, “This record sounds more like Yonder than any record we’ve ever done. It’s not just bluegrass—it’s progressive. Everything Yonder has ever tried to do, we’re doing in this record. It’s gonna take some time for fans to get acquainted with the new Yonder. When you make a big change like we did, it’s a huge thing.”

Bellingham, Washington bluegrass-country-Americana quintet Polecat opens the show.

Yonder Mountain String Band with Polecat, 8 p.m., Tuesday at the Pink Garter Theatre. $35-$40. PinkGarterTheatre.com, 733-1500. PJH

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WED: Songwriter’s Alley Open Mic featuring Molly Thorn (Silver Dollar)

THUR: Dirty Revival (Town Square Tavern), Major Zephyr (Silver Dollar)

FRI: Gary Small and the Coyote Brothers (Silver Dollar), Maw Band (Mangy Moose)

SAT: Big Wild, Head to Head, Oh!Nassi (Pink Garter Theatre), Music Under the Tram: Misfit Moonshiners (Jackson Hole Mountain Resort)

SUN: Cory Henry presents The Revival (Town Square Tavern)

MON: BOGDOG (apres; Mangy Moose)

TUES: Yonder Mountain String Band with Polecat (Pink Garter Theatre), Charlie Albright (Center Theater)

Aaron Davis is a decade-long writer of Music Box. He also happens to be 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.


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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