MUSIC BOX: God Bless Americana

By on July 2, 2013



Old Crow Medicine Show

With three festivals and several desirable club shows, Independence Day weekend is blowing up like never before in the Tetons. The transition of Grand Teton Music Festival’s Music in the Hole from an expansive outdoor lawn venue to the intimate Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village has opened the door for new collaborative events at the base of Snow King and Teton Village Commons.

JacksonHoleLive, along with Town of Jackson and GTMF, stepped up to produce a free, eight-hour, family-friendly outdoor show that will feature a simulcast of the Festival Orchestra alongside five bands, including Old Crow Medicine Show, one of the biggest American roots bands of the last decade. Gruff-voiced 19-year-old singer-songwriter Parker Millsap and his trio will make their Jackson debut.

Also on the bill are veteran Celtic rockers Young Dubliners along with some of Jackson’s finest talent including alt-country sextet One Ton Pig, as well as multi-instrumentalists and folk-roots pickers Thomas Sneed with guest Ben Winship. The orchestra simulcast will split the event in half. After the final act there will be a classic fireworks display.

Simultaneously, in Teton Village Commons, the orchestra will be simulcast between live music from Jazz Foundation of JH and salsa band Calle Mambo.

JacksonHoleLive and Music in the Hole, 2 to 10 p.m. on Thursday at Snow King Ball Park and 4 to 10 p.m. at Teton Village Commons. Free, all ages.,

Widespread Panic (Ian Rawn)

Widespread Panic (Ian Rawn)

Panic brings entourage of acts to Targhee       

Know that Los Lobos tune, “When the Circus Comes to Town?” That’s what I think of when jambands with massive followings like Widespread Panic roll into town. Devoted fans from all over the country will converge at Grand Targhee Resort for four days and nights of music ranging from roots and folk-rock (Sons of Fathers), loud four-guitar rock with the world’s stinkiest band name (Diarrhea Planet), hard-core dance deejays (Motion Potion, J-Boogie), southern rock (Futurebirds, Bloodkin), reggae rock (Slightly Stoopid), and of course, the dense rock of the neo-hippie, six-piece Widespread Panic.

Widespread Panic Festival, Wednesday through Saturday at Grand Targhee Resort. $45-$163. for full schedule and ticketing.

 Knotty Pine hosts God Bless America Fest

For 17 years this gathering has always had a down-home, hanging-out-with-your-neighbors vibe, complete with roasted pig and a side yard in which to hang out. Twelve hours of music and pork will have a soundtrack provided by the avant-garde punk-jazz of Mike Dillon Band, roots-rock-reggae ensemble Chanman Roots Band, Austin’s psychedelic country band The Lonesome Heroes, acoustic rock from Maw Band, and country/Americana band Quenby & the West of Wayland Band.

18th Annual God Bless America Fest, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Knotty Pine in Victor. Free. 208-787-2866.

Shannon McNally (LastFM)

Shannon McNally (LastFM)

For the last two years, I’ve been digging deep into the swampy well of obscure material left behind by late New Orleans singer-songwriter Bobby Charles. It’s all too serendipitous to discover that soulful vocalist Shannon McNally had undertaken a meaningful tribute to Charles, called “Small Town Talk.” The recording project, which was recorded with Charles’ approval and input before his death, offers a posthumous tribute to this wonderful artist’s career. Produced by Dr. John, studio guests include Derek Trucks, Will Sexton, Luther Dickinson and Vince Gill.

Much like Charles’ songs that draw the listener in via a slow, melodic burn, McNally’s tunes have a J.J. Cale-esque linger that sits in the back seat. She has released 11 albums since 2000.

Shannon McNally, 9 p.m. at Pink Garter Theatre. Screen Door Porch (duo) opens. $10/advance, $12/day-of-show at The Rose, Pinky G’s and

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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