MUSIC BOX: Summer sessions jazz up the valley

By on July 30, 2013


Sessions this week harvest jazz-funk, quirky rock, lady folk-grass and heavy psychedelic soul.

Sessions this week harvest jazz-funk, quirky rock, lady folk-grass and heavy psychedelic soul.

20th Congress gains step

In the early- to mid-aughts, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress put on some very memorable performances at the Knotty Pine and Mangy Moose. It comes as no surprise that the 20th Congress’s first new album in a decade, Get Thy Bearings, could be likened to a funk keyboard master class, with Walter’s B3 organ pushing and pulling with his opposite hand on electric piano, trading groove slots with alto sax and flute.

Many know Walter from recording and touring extensively with The Greyboy Allstars. He has branched further in recent years, releasing two solo albums and scoring music for TV and film. Walter performs all of his own stunts in a smooth, precise, and empathetic fashion a la Grant Green.

JacksonHoleLive presents Robert Walter’s 20th Congress with guests Maw Band and Anna Shoemaker, 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at Snow King Ball Field. Free, all ages.

 The Hold Steady doing just that

Lyrically dense storytelling via joyous, unlikely frontman Craig Finn, and a classic-rock foundation defines much of what has built The Hold Steady’s devoted following since 2004. The quintet of 40-somethings delivers narrative-based song craft in a way that harnesses respect for veterans of rock performance. The Hold Steady are not your typical rock band, and the songs are winding roads through an often spoken cache of seemingly improvisational mind flow.

The Hold Steady, 8 p.m. on Thursday at Pink Garter Theatre. Major Zephyr opens. Tickets are $25 at The Rose, Pinky G’s and

 Psychedelic soul meets jazz on Main

Referred to as black rock, or psychedelic soul and heavy funk, the sound developed in the late ’60s a la Curtis Mayfield. San Francisco’s Monophonics, formed in 2005, have genuinely sunken into the slow burn, textured by punchy horns and patiently soulful vocals. Monophonics prefer the hard-hitting backseat of retro funk-soul. Be prepared for a hands-in-the-air dance party.

Opening the show is local Dixieland, Jackson Six, led by trombonist/vocalist John Kidwell and supported by some of Teton County’s stealthiest players.

Music on Main presents Monophonics with Jackson Six, 6 p.m. on Thursday at Victor City Park. Free, all-ages.

 Three’s company in Underhill Rose

Honeyed harmonies and heartfelt soul spread delicately through the speakers when Asheville, North Carolina’s all-female trio Underhill Rose plugs in their acoustic instruments. Eleanor Underhill (lead vocals, banjo, harmonica), The trio’s new 13-track album, Something Real, is currently hovering at No. 21 on the Americana Chart. Catch an early show in the Village.

Underhill Rose, 7 to 10 p.m. Monday at the Mangy Moose in Teton Village. Free, all ages.

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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