Your guide to NYE, Grammy-nominated songsters at Center

By on December 26, 2012

McMurtry & Fullbright, rare duo show
“Did you hear?!” said Shannon McCormick, program director at the Center for the Arts. “Grammy nominations for both John Fullbright and James McMurtry. Wow.”

According to the artists’ websites, this lone co-headlining acoustic pairing of McMurtry and Fullbright will only transpire in Jackson. The rare performance matches two heavy hitters in the Americana/singer-songwriter genre. McMurtry’s “We Can’t Make it Here” was named Song of the Decade by Bob Lefsetz (Lefsetz Letter) and by Grant Alden (, while Fullbright recently received a Grammy nod for Americana Album of the Year alongside heavyweights Bonnie Raitt and The Avett Brothers.

An acoustic evening with James McMurtry and John Fullbright, 7 p.m., Saturday, at the Center Theater. $20 rear balcony, $25 main balcony, $40 orchestra. or 733-4900.

Lipp and a Pool Party
The newest addition to the Pretty Lights music label, DJ/producer Elliot Lipp brings a darker, weirder and heavier approach to the sonic world, transcending hip-hop, drum and bass, funk, and techno on his new release, Shark Wolf Rabbit Snake. And who doesn’t like a Pool Party? Dub step, drum ‘n’ bass and break beats galore, San Diego-based trio Pool Party will open the show with electronic-fused live hip-hop. Also supporting the bill is Craft of Biomecca.

Showtime is 9:30 p.m., Friday, at the Pink Garter Theatre. Tickets are $13 advance, $18 day-of-show at The Rose, Pinky G’s and

New Year’s Eve in the Tetons
Late author Bill Vaughan once wrote, “An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” The tension will grow musical this New Year’s Eve with more than a dozen concerts to sink your ears into. Geographically from east to west, here is what’s on tap.

Town Square Tavern will stage Led Zeppelin tribute band, ZoSo, which has played a stunning 2,400 shows. The Tavern will be the smallest venue of the band’s tour. 10 p.m., $15 (buy 2, get one free),, 733-3886. Tickets at Tavern Liquor store or

The Pink Garter Theatre is offering a three-fer that kicks-off with a live stream of the Phish show from Madison Square Garden followed by Denver funk-rock quartet Fox Street Allstars and into the late night with DJ Vert-One in the lobby outside of The Rose. The Allstars is about to release its second album, Tough Talk. Fox St. Allstars take stage at 9:30 p.m. ($20 advance or $25 day-of-show), Phish stream details TBA, and DJ Vert-One (late-night, free). Tickets available at The Rose, Pinky G’s and 733-1500.
Delivering classic and modern country music via the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar stage, Marshall Star will play to the valley’s quintessential dance floor at 9 p.m. 733-2207.

Americana/roots-rock/country-blues quartet Screen Door Porch will play a three-set show focused on original tunes, 8:30 p.m. to 12:15 a.m., at the Silver Dollar Bar. Free. 733-2190.

Where the large American flag flows freely on Broadway, you’ll find country-rockers Kole Moulton & Lonely Road, 9 p.m., at the Virginian Saloon. Free. 739-9891.

Don’t overlook the opportunity for a laidback New Year’s experience at Spring Creek Resort atop E. Gros Ventre Butte. Vocalist Nicole Madison and pianist Keith Phillips will dig into jazz, standards and show tunes on the grand piano in the lounge, 6:30 p.m. to midnight, free. 733-8833.

For those looking to ring in 2013 in Teton Village, a few solid options exist.
Ten-piece Latin/Salsa/pop ensemble Calle Mambo will make a two-night stand at the Mangy Moose Saloon (7 p.m., Sunday, free; and NYE is 9 p.m., Monday, $17;, while Eight-piece funk-rock band Mandatory Air will make its annual stand at Couloir Restaurant atop the Bridger Gondola (9 p.m., $50;, and Nashville singer-songwriter Isaac Hayden will play an early show, 4 to 8:30 p.m. in the Lobby Lounge of Four Seasons Resort (free).

Classic rock tunes will spill from the Stagecoach Bar in Wilson where Whiskey Mornin’ will work towards staying true to its name. 10 p.m.; $5. 733-4407.

On the west slope of the Tetons, there will be a throw-down in The Trap Bar at Grand Targhee Resort, playing host to a Southern rock quartet from Boulder, Colo., the West Water Outlaws, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., $10; Nineties cover band, Lazy Eyes, will instigate the party at the Knotty Pine in Victor, 10 p.m; cover TBD. 208-787-2866.

Be safe out there and Happy New Year to ya!

photo:  James McMurtry (courtesy)

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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