MUSIC BOX: Southern-grit standouts stir up Valley

By on July 16, 2013



A heavy dose of New Orleans musicians in town this week, including Allen Toussaint, Jon Batiste and Anders Osborne.

 Targhee Fest lineup over-the-top

Targhee Fest has added even more firepower to an already deep lineup, creating what looks to be a tremendous three-day smorgasbord of roots-rock, Southern grit, Americana, and much more. The Mother Hips, Sarah Jarosz, Alejandro Escovedo, and the legendary Allen Toussaint apparently will join headliners Los Lobos, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, and break-through band Alabama Shakes, as well as alt-country veterans Son Volt, New Orleans rocker Anders Osborne, John Hiatt & The Combo, Holly Williams, Sister Sparrow, David Alvin & the Guilty Men, The Wood Brothers, JJ Grey & Mofro, and Hooligans. Whew! Killer.

Also, Moses Guest will return to his old stomping grounds, playing a late night show with Bread & Circus on Friday in the Trap Bar ($10). Saturday’s after show is West Water Outlaws ($10).

9th Annual Targhee Fest, Friday through Sunday at Grand Targhee Resort. $55-$65/daily, $169/three-day. for full schedule and ticketing.

Batiste delivers N’awlins soul to the Village

There are so many deep-rooted N’awlins musicians in the Tetons this weekend, a bonafide street party is plausible. Playing jazz and Big Easy soul, 26-year-old Jon Batiste is a virtuoso from a long line of musicians from Louisiana. Playing piano, melodica and singing, Batiste’s music is standout in that it’s precisely articulated, and he remains poised, yet dapper upon delivery. In 2012, ARTINFO listed him among the “30 under 30” most influential people in the art world. Batiste is also an actor and was cast in the HBO TV series, “Treme,” along with the Spike Lee film, “Red Hook Summer.”

Jon Batiste and Stay Human, 5 p.m. Sunday at Concert in the Commons in Teton Village. Free, all-ages.

 Paul Thorn: from boxer to rocker

Former boxer and thoroughly Southern, Mississippi’s Americana roots-rocker Paul Thorn has a way with words both in and out of song. He’s a witty guy, and his 2011 album Pimps and Preachers topped the Americana chart for three weeks with plenty of “truth is stranger than fiction” escapades. Thorn’s most recent release, What the Hell is Goin’ On, is a concept album of cover songs from familiar to obscure, including artists Buddy Miller, Wild Bill Emerson, and Stevie Nicks.

Center for the Arts presents Paul Thorn, 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Center Theater. $25.

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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