MUSIC BOX: Heart-shaped music box

By on February 11, 2014
The Shock Twins
Dixie Leadfoot & The Chrome Struts

Dixie Leadfoot & The Chrome Struts

JACKSON, WYO – There’s a little extra musical love in the air with the Feast of Saint Valentine falling on Friday. You and your sweetie will find pulsing, horn-laced Dixieland band Jackson Six at the Silver Dollar Bar; female-fronted rockabilly with Dixie Leadfoot and The Chrome Struts at The Alpenhof; Shook Twins at The Trap; Hank Cramer at Dornan’s; George Kilby at the Mangy Moose; WYOBass with Cut La Whut at Town Square Tavern and jazz at both Teton Pines Country Club and The Granary. Here are a few of those Valentine options in detail.

Post-Zappa rockabilly
Fronted by former Frank Zappa and Steve Vai vocalist Suzannah “Thana” Harris, Denver rockabilly trio Dixie Leadfoot and The Chrome Struts will fill your après-ski sessions on Friday and Saturday at the ‘Hof (Alpenhof Lodge in Teton Village, that is). Harris, who holds down vocal and upright bass duties for the Struts, provided harmony vocal on Zappa’s Them or Us (1984) and overdub vocals on his Sleep Dirt reissue in 1991. Her husband, Bob Harris, played keyboards, trumpet and vocal with Zappa in 1980.

Harris said in an interview that she was hired by Zappa to sing because she could imitate the style of a longtime, slightly bored singer in a cocktail bar. “[Frank told] me, when he handed me the cassette with the rhythm tracks and a guitar melody line which I was supposed to learn for the lead vocal, that he had tried numerous vocalists for numerous years and hadn’t found the right one to sing the lyrics to those songs.”

Dixie Leadfoot and The Chrome Struts, 3 to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday at the ‘Hof in Teton Village. Free. 733-3242.

The Shock Twins

The Shock Twins

Twins for a triple
Born in Sandpoint, Idaho, and based in Portland, Oregon, The Shook Twins have long self-described their brand of music as “quirky folk.” A staple duo act at the Trap Bar over the last several winters, the Twins have been known to beat box, loop textures, and sing about chickens through telephones, even chicken bocking. Yeah, that’s pretty weird.

With their third LP, What We Do (due in April), perhaps they are growing less goofy and a little more introspective with age. Production is crisp, rhythms are indie-folk groovy, and the relatively straight-ahead instrumentation is craftily intertwined with appearances from their bulked-up touring band: Niko Daoussis (mandolin, electric guitar, vocals), Kyle Volkman (bass), Anna Tivel (violin, vocals), and Russ Kleiner (drum kit, percussion).

Shook Twins, 3 to 6 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday in The Trap Bar at Grand Targhee Resort. Free.

Black Uhuru

Black Uhuru

Reggae royalty
Arguably the most successful of the second-generation post-Marley reggae bands, Black Uhuru (meaning “freedom” in Swahili) has maintained despite numerous personnel changes in its four decade-plus history. A mess of legal battles between founding members ensued in 1996, an era when two separate bands were touring under the name Black Uhuru. That court decision sided with bandleader Derrick “Duckie” Simpson, who now tours with Andrew Bees and Kaye Starr, among other backing members.

In 1983, Black Uhuru was the first reggae band to win a Grammy for Anthem. They further broke the mold by touring worldwide with The Clash, The Police and Rolling Stones, among others. After an eight-year break from touring, the band began touring worldwide again in 2011.

Opening the show will be Indubious. The Southern Oregon trio is fronted by brothers Evan “Evton B” Burton (keys and vocals) and Spencer “Skip Wicked” Burton (bass and vocals) coining its mix of roots-reggae and electronic as “roots-tronica.”

Black Uhuru with guests Indubious, 9 p.m., Friday at the Pink Garter Theatre. $26 advance, $29 day-of-show.

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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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