Wednesday, August 8 5:30 pm • Free
Double Bill: The Features & Finn Riggins
Jackson Hole Music Experience presents opening acts:
Organized Chaos & Kiss of the Fool
The Features are a psychedelic rock outfit that plays fresh, off-kilter pop that sounds like a head-on collision between Ray Davies and Elvis Costello with the Elephant 6 Collective picking up the pieces and putting them back together in the American South. The Features’ exhilarating new CD Wilderness quickly establishes the Nashville-based combo as one of the most exciting and imaginative bands working today. Songs like “Another One” and “Fats Domino” are marvels of pop ingenuity, animated by vivid lyrics, unshakable hooks, and experimental soul.
Dynamic, quirky and highly energetic indie rock trio Finn Riggins has made a name for itself around the West and the greater US as road warriors from the oft-overlooked state of Idaho over the last several years. The collaborative brainchild of three music school graduates from the University of Idaho — Cameron Bouiss, Eric Gilbert and Lisa Simpson — Finn Riggins has always been a tough entity for the music industry to pin down. Their genre-defying approach to rock-n-roll has yielded a long stream of varied explanations for their sound over the years — experimental pop, prog-pop, post-punk post-epic 70s rock, synth-driven indie rock, and so on. One consistent thread through most of the press raves over the years has been the fact that Finn Riggins’ sound is unique and fresh and not adhering to any particular trend, all while being accessible through pop-hooks and an incredibly well executed and fun live show.
Wednesday, July 25 5:30 pm • Free
Justin Townes Earle
Opening act: Screen Door Porch
On a rainy Nashville Thursday last October, Justin Townes Earle leapt onstage at the famed Ryman Auditorium to accept the 2011 Americana Music Award for Song of the Year. The triumphant evening capped a turbulent twelve months for the gifted young musician categorized by significant hardship as well as notable achievement including debut performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall and on The Late Show with David Letterman. Just one week later, Earle retreated to the western mountains of North Carolina to record his next album, Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now – an intriguing title given the importance of change in Earle’s approach to art. “I think it’s the job of the artist to be in transition and constantly learning more,” he says. “The new record is completely different than my last one, Harlem River Blues. This time I’ve gone in a Memphis-soul direction.”
JH Weekly, Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Jackson Hole, Wyo.-It’s a widely known story in the singer-songwriter world that Steve Earle once said, “Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world, and I’ll stand on Bob Dylan’s coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.”
Naming his son Justin Townes Earle assures that statement is not just an urban legend. Quite a name to live up to, and Justin has been making his own statements as one of the top poster men of the Americana genre in recent years. While it’s evident in his songwriting that he and his father don’t always see eye to eye, the subject of Van Zandt remains peaceful ground. Read More
Wednesday, July 18 5:30 pm • Free
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
Opening act: Mandatory Air
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds is a nine-piece powerhouse that puts a modern spin on classic soul. The band is led by Arleigh Kincheloe (Sister Sparrow), whose astoundingly powerful voice and sly demeanor make for a spellbinding presence onstage. She is backed by the mighty force of The Dirty Birds, a flock of eight men who masterfully lay down thundering grooves and soaring melodies. While each of the Birds are capable of lighting up the stage with jaw-dropping displays of musicianship, it’s clear they’re focused on delivering the band’s infectious music as a single entity. Simply put, the band’s live show is explosive.
JH Weekly, Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Two bands, 17 players
Eight men and a sparrow – vocalist Arleigh Kincheloe – make up the powerful ensemble that is Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds. Kincheloe’s soulful rasp floats atop an Aretha Franklin-inspired sound, riffed by a four-piece horn section and her brother bandleader, Jackson, on harmonica. The Dirty grooves can get heavy and fierce as well as R&B smooth. This many textures in a contemporary soul/R&B format hasn’t sounded as good to my ears since Sharon Jones and The Dapkings’ performance at Targhee Fest.
Opening the show is local eight-piece, party rockers Mandatory Air. From ’80s classics to psychedelic rockers and Motown soul and funk, front ladies The Miller Sisters have also penned a batch of tunes to be released as the band’s debut studio album in the near future.
JacksonHoleLive presents Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds with Mandatory Air at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, at Snow King Ball Field. Free, all-ages. JacksonHoleLiveMusic.com.