MUSIC BOX: A triple at the Tavern

By on March 12, 2013

A musical feast for St. Patty’s
By Aaron Davis

Roll up your sleeves and grab a stein of your favorite brew – it’s a green weekend in the Hole. Saturday begins the pre-holiday celebration with sought-after Irish acoustic quintet Lunasa at Center for the Arts (8 p.m., $15-$30). This is one of the more impressive Irish projects that have come through Teton County in recent years – and there’s been quite a few.
Sunday is the real deal St. Patrick’s Day, splitting hairs between traditional Celtic/Irish music and party bands. Jackson’s own Slip ‘n the Jigs will instigate a festive party at the Silver Dollar (7:30 to 11 p.m., free) featuring an eight-piece of double fiddles, bodhran, concertina, banjo and much more.
Sneaky Pete’s Leprechaun Smashing Bonanza will lead the way for youthful, fist-pumping funksters at Town Square Tavern (9:30 p.m., free), while another progressive project that popped up recently and is rocking a St. Patty’s set at The Bird (9:30 p.m., free) is Slaps ‘n Wax – a power duo consisting of DJ Cut La Whut and drummer John Wayne Harris, Jr. grinding out electronic mixes tossed up with live acoustic drumming.
Winship, Sneed & Andrade
Get ready for a rare treat when former members of old-time string band Reeltime Travelers – Thomas Sneed and Roy Andrade – join Ben Winship to pass around string instruments and blend voices. Sneed and Andrade met in the late ’90s while working at the Center for Appalachian Studies in Johnson City, Tenn. Before splitting in 2005, The Reeltime Travelers went on to play the Grand Ole Opry and score music with producer T-Bone Burnett for the multi Grammy-winning soundtrack of 2003 film, “Cold Mountain.” Expect an afternoon of obscure old-time songs, lyrical instrumentals, foot stomping ballads, twists of tongue and in general, awe of their musicality.
Winship, Sneed & Andrade Trio, 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the Trap Bar at Grand Targhee Resort. Free.

The Pig unplugs
Why would you pay to go see One Ton Pig at Dornan’s when you can see them for free every Tuesday at the Silver Dollar Bar? Dornan’s is a music-focused venue where patrons of acoustic music listen. The nuances of what One Ton Pig has to offer are not always realized in the confines of a rowdy atmosphere. Plus, the band just returned from its first tour – a string of nine consecutive dates through Colorado – which is a lifestyle that is known to do magical things to a band’s musical development.
One Ton Pig, 8 p.m. Thursday at Dornan’s in Moose. Tickets are $10 at Dornan’s or Valley Bookstore. 733-2415.


A Triple at the Tavern
The guys (and gal) that make up This Must Be the Band transform into persona to deliver Talking Heads tribute music. But they also have original music, dubbed Grood Music, blending emotive rock with electronic beats. The progressive stamp is still inked with a David Byrne-inspired delivery and inviting production.
Supporting this triple bill are two fresh local projects with original spins – Black Mother Jones (BMJ) and Madelaine. Black Mother Jones is, well, Whiskey Mornin’ less one member. BMJ sheds the cover band motif in favor of penning their own Southern-edged, power-chord heavy, garage band rock that comes off as loose and energetic. Madelaine, a trio, will kick-off the night with original jazz-pop lounge music.
307 Live will donate 20 percent of profits to various charities in tradition with Moustache March.
307 Live presents Grood Music, Black Mother Jones, and Madelaine, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Town Square Tavern. $5.

Photo: St. Patty’s gets festive and progressive with Lunasa, rare acoustic trio at The Trap, One Ton Pig gets intimate, and the Tavern makes it a triple-program night.
Photo Credit: Eric Politzer

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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