MUSIC BOX: The Hole Halloween

By on October 22, 2013
Sir Mix-A-Lot

Sir Mix-A-Lot

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Well, well. It’s All Hallow’s Eve creepin’ up on us. With Halloween falling on Thursday of next week, this weekend marks the celebratory kickoff to creepy week.

The big news this year is the absence of the annual KMTN/Snow King Resort Halloween Bash that has run for 34 years and raised money for early childhood education. The lack of Bash is due to hotel renovations at Snow King.

In partnership with the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Jackson Hole Community Band will be presenting a Halloween Concert 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Walk Festival Hall. Kids of all ages are invited to come in costume. JHCB will feature Halloween tunes and children will be invited on stage for a costume parade. The concert is FREE and open to the public.

Sir Mix-a-Lot’s unstoppable, hysterical track about women with large buttocks, “Baby Got Back,” was the rap song that defined pop culture in 1992. Not only did it spend five weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Chart as a single, it sold more than two-million copies and went on to win a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance. Will Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” (currently at No. 1) be remembered in 21 years? Doubt it.

The fact that he is the Jackson attraction for Halloween brings up a question that many have been wondering. Is Sir Mix-a-Lot a one-hit novelty act? Does that even matter when it’s Halloween? Sir Mix just turned 50, and it’s likely that he will be touring with a deejay and possibly another emcee.

Sir Mix-a-Lot (aka Anthony Ray) is a DIY success story. He promoted and produced all of this own tracks and became a platinum-selling artist with a strong following before he ever signed with Rick Rubin’s Def American label and assumed the image of an exaggerated parodic pimp. After his breakout success with “Baby Got Back,” he even collaborated with grunge/novelty band The Presidents of the United States of America to form rap-rock group Subset. No album was released, though he did release another solo album, Daddy’s Home (2003), on an independent label along with the lead single, “Big Johnson.” In 2010, Sir Mix announced that he was working on another album, Dun 4got About Mix, but only released a single, “Carz,” to YouTube.

“For me, personally – and call me chauvinist – but I don’t like a girl that looks like a 10-year-old boy from behind,” Sir Mix told Village Voice in 2011. “There’s nothing sexy about that. I like when a woman is shaped like a woman. That being said, I have to get rid of this big stomach I have. But that’s another issue.”

Halloween Party with Sir Mix-a-Lot, 9 p.m. on Saturday at Pink Garter Theatre. $21/advance, $23/day-of-show at The Rose, Pinky G’s and

Chanman Roots Band, your local reggae/roots/rock nine-piece, will methodically squeeze onto the stage, costumes and all, at the Silver Dollar Bar for a two-night stand. Bob your head to Chanman’s original ski-bum music – “Ski When It’s Time to Ski” and “Skis Boots Poles” – alongside a slew of reggae classics from Marley and Tosh as well contemporary asides via SOJA and Michael Franti.

Chanman Roots Band, 7:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday (Reggae Halloween Party) at Silver Dollar Bar. Costume Contest from 9 to 10 p.m. on Saturday for Best Female, Best Male, and Best Couple. Category winners will receive certificates for “Dinner for 2 at The Silver Dollar Grill.” Free. 733-2190.

In the next issue, look for more Halloween previews for Halloween night including Latyrx (Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truth Speaker) at the Knotty Pine and Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons at Town Square Tavern. Performing on November 1 at Town Square Tavern will be Black Mother Jones.

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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