Well music fans, it’s that time of year, when Memorial Day has kicked off the busy tourist season, the sun warms the cool mornings faster every day, and the sweet sounds of summer are fast approaching with the kickoff JacksonHoleLive on June 19th. We are once again thrilled and honored to be able to bring another round of world class talent to Jackson Hole with The Revivalists, Galactic, The Record Company, and Shovels & Rope. We also have the privilege of presenting the St. John’s Medical Center’s Centennial Celebration, featuring recent Grammy winners, The SteelDrivers on July 31st.
It’s going to be a great summer of music in Jackson Hole, and we kick it all off Sunday, June 19th with The Revivalists and Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons. In case the talent isn’t enough to get you to make plans to come to the Snow King Ball Park, we’ll also be celebrating Father’s Day on the eve of the Summer Solstice with the 11th Annual JH Crawfish Boil. There’s plenty of reason to celebrate, so leave the entertainment and food to us, and make plans to be at the base of Snow King beginning at 5:30pm.
As with anything, change is inevitable, so this, our fifth year of JacksonHoleLive, will see a few changes. You may notice we’ve reduced the number of concerts from 6 last year to 4 this year. In our first four years, we’ve learned a few things. The shows that have been the most successful on all fronts have been those with the premier headlining talent (Robert Randolph, John Butler, Trombone Shorty, Old Crow Medicine Show). Those events have almost double the attendance of other events, and are the shows for which JacksonHoleLive was originally envisioned and that we plan for on all fronts. So, we’ve reduced the number of shows to reallocate production overhead toward talent to bring the talent level up to that level across all of our shows, not just one or two per summer.
The growth we’ve seen also creates necessary changes. As we’ve grown, the scale of event we have to be prepared for has grown, and with that costs have increased. We’ve made it this far as a series on the backs of our incredibly generous sponsors, and to them we are forever grateful. However, for the permanent viability of the series that we have been and continue to work for, we simply can’t count on sponsorship to fulfill all of JacksonHoleLive’s production expense needs forever. It’s time for our patrons to support the series beyond just food & beverage concessions and donations. For this season, as you may have noticed in our recently launched promotions, there will be a $5 admission for adults, and kids 17 and under will remain free. While we’ve tried to keep the series free, to give the series sounder footing for the long-term, this is a necessary step, and we appreciate your understanding.
We can’t wait to see you on June 19th! Let the summer begin!
Fresh off The Rolling Stones Zip Code Tour, which played 15 stadiums across the United States this summer, Karl Denson and his band The Tiny Universe are hitting the JacksonHoleLive stage on Wednesday for the final concert of its 2015 series.
Karl Denson is a funk and jazz saxophonist, flutest and vocalist from Santa Ana, California. His most recent recorded work can be heard on the Tiny Universe LP New Ammo. The collection showcases the grittier side of the band’s musical oeuvre, including stand outs like “My Baby” featuring singer Nicki Bluhm, ”Everybody Knows That” and his raucous rendition of The White Stripes “Seven Nation Army.” The album has received wide acclaim: All Music declared the effort, “easily their most musically adventurist album yet,” while DownBeat praised it as “music for both the party and for fans of instrumental prowess.” Read More
Pictured: Anderson East by Jeffrey Kaphan
(Jackson,Wyo.) – Believe it or not, there are only two concerts left in the JacksonHoleLive! summer concert series. Shakey Graves and the Turnpike Troubabdours will perform tomorrow night and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe will wrap up the season on August 12.
Wednesday, Aug 5: Shakey Graves
“The first album was me wanting to burn down my life, cut my hair off, and run screaming into the woods,” says Alejandro Rose-Garcia. “This album is the trials and tribulations of becoming domesticated, letting people into your world and letting go of selfishness — the story of becoming a pair, losing that, and reconciling with the loss and gain of love.”
Recently described as an “antifolk phenomenon” by NPR Music, Alejandro Rose-Garcia (aka Shakey Graves) is one of those rare artists whose music, after one listen, inspires the kind of obsessive devotion that compels someone to spend hours searching for more. Fans eagerly wait for the next track to surface online, erratically released from his closely-guarded collection of unheard bedroom recordings and live rarities. Read More