YearThree: 2014 Lineup
Sunday, June 22, 5:30 pm • Jackson Hole Mountain Games
Opener: Black Mother Jones
Between the potency of his richly detailed songwriting, his intensely soulful vocals and his piercing, expert guitar work, New Orleans’ Anders Osborne is a true musical treasure. He is among the most original and visionary musicians writing and performing today. Guitar Player calls him “the poet laureate of Louisiana’s fertile roots music scene.” New Orleans’ Gambit Weekly recently honored Osborne as the Entertainer of the Year. Come early to watch or participate in the Jackson Hole Mountain Games and hear local band Black Mother Jones.
Thursday, July 3, 5:30 pm
Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano are the husband-wife duo that front the band JOHNNYSWIM. Their music is influenced by Nashville’s melting pot of folk, pop and soul. Along with the influence from Music City’s diverse array of singer-songwriters, much of JOHNNYSWIM’s essence is built on the duo’s chemistry. For Sudano, making music with loved ones was a way of life before she began performing with Ramirez in 2006. The daughter of late disco legend Donna Summer and acclaimed songwriter Bruce Sudano, she cut her teeth performing and touring with her mother’s band.
Playing For Change (starts at 5:30 pm)
Sharing the bill is world roots music collaboration Playing For Change, “a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music, based on the belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people.” In 2002, PFC founders hit the streets of America and the world with a mobile recording studio and cameras, recording street musicians and sharing their “Songs Around the World” on the web. Songs Around the World inspired the Playing for Change band, uniting many of the best musicians from different countries and cultures, who speak the same language through music, spreading a message of love and hope to the world.
Friday, July 25, 5:30 pm • Teton County Fair
Craig Campbell (headlining)
Craig Campbell is an American country music singer who has released two major albums that produced five singles on the Hot Country Songs chart. Campbell’s respect for his fans and live audiences is evident on his latest EP, Outta My Head, a five-song set that solidifies Campbell’s standing as country music’s hippest neo-traditionalist, a niche he’d already begun to carve out with his critically-acclaimed, self-titled 2011 debut album. Prior to landing his record deal, Campbell spent time on the road playing keyboards in bands for Tracy Byrd and Luke Bryan, gigs that inspired him to pursue his solo career.
The Black Lillies (starts at 5:30 pm)
The songs and sounds that would form the nexus of The Black Lillies were conceived over the course of a year, in the cab of front man Cruz Contreras’ stone delivery truck, on the highways of East Tennessee. Their music, often rustic and on the borders of other genre territory (rock, bluegrass, blues, folk) has the lyrical lull of what makes country well, country: heartbreak, death, liquor, and a dose of Southern charm and backwoods wrangle. It’s a perfect balance between tears and toe tappin’ – a perfect way to kick off the Teton County Fair’s annual shindig!
Jared & The Mill (parking lot jam)
When we first started Jared & The Mill in the summer of 2011 we didn’t have a clue where our sound was heading. Between our six band members we had more than our fair share of musical influences that had grown throughout our lives and our time in college. In truth, we were all more or less invested in other musical projects at that time, but it was our surprising ease in working together and our almost effortless camaraderie that made the arrangement of our group so enjoyable. After one show we played another, and then another, and as things often go we were quite suddenly on the local scene, playing alongside the band’s of new friends and old throughout the Phoenix area and the state of Arizona. Over that year our sound developed and molded into a sound we really can’t nor intend to put a name to, and it continues to change to this day.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Opener: Sneaky Pete & The Secret Weapon
New Orleans native Trombone Shorty began his career as a bandleader at the young age of six, toured internationally at age 12, and spent his teens playing with various brass bands throughout New Orleans and touring worldwide with Lenny Kravitz. He is currently the front man for his own ensemble Orleans Avenue, a funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop band. Trombone Shorty appeared in several episodes of HBO’s Treme, and has recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Conan. In 2012, he performed at the White House in honor of Black History Month with music royalty such as B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck and Booker T. Jones. At this year’s Grammy Awards, he performed alongside Madonna, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert. In 2012, he received the President’s Medal from Tulane University in recognition of his charitable work with the Trombone Shorty Foundation. Be sure to check out Jackson’s local blend of funk and rock as Sneaky Pete & The Secret Weapons kick off the action.
Sunday, August 31, 5:00 pm
Town of Jackson Centennial Concert:
Openers: Wendy Colonna, Wyatt Lowe
The legacy began some 41 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida, and halted for a decade by the 1977 plane crash that killed three band members, including Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines. Since then, the band tragically lost Allen Collins, Billy Powell, Leon Wilkeson and Hughie Thomasson, yet Lynyrd Skynyrd rocks on with original member Gary Rossington joined by Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Mark “Sparky” Matejka, Michael Cartellone, Johnny Colt, Peter Keys, Dale Krantz Rossington and Carol Chase.
The rock and roll powerhouse continually tours, this summer heading out on their second run with Bad Company. 2014 marks the 8th year for their annual Simple Man Cruise, a four day voyage filled with the best music in Southern Rock including an outdoor beach show featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd for the first time in the cruise’s history.
And so Skynyrd stands, “still unbroken.” “People may say, ‘they need the money,’ well I don’t think any of us need the money,” Van Zant says. “It’s just that we love the music, it’s bigger than the money, it’s not even about that any more. We have to make a living, sure, but it’s about the legacy of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and what it stands for, what the fans are all about. There’s nothing like getting out there playing a great show with Skynyrd and seeing people love this music.”
Adds Rossington, “We’re still standing, still keeping the music going. We wanted to do the guys who aren’t with us any more proud, and keep the name proud, too.”
With a catalog of over 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide and their beloved classic American rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” having over two million downloaded ringtones, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a cultural icon that appeals to all generations.