MUSIC BOX: Crawfish Boil and boogie

By on June 10, 2014

Group photo cutline: N’awlins cuisine and roots-funk music are on tap for the ninth annual Jackson Crawfish Boil.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Food will be the highlight of the ninth annual Jackson Crawfish Boil on Saturday at the Snow King Ball field, but a diverse musical lineup also promises to deliver plenty of heat.

The event features five great bands including both local and national acts. Opening with John Wayne’s World, the tunes will carry through the evening until after the last mudbug is downed.

The Jackson Six, whose Dixieland sound pairs well with all things New Orleans, will be next to hit the stage. One of the most unique bands in the valley, the music is a true representation of a second line experience and will put Jazz Fest fans back at the Fairgrounds. The lineup includes John Kidwell, Jason Fritts, Ben Winship, Ted Wells, Willie Boughton and Jason Baggett.

Following the Six on the outside stage will be Bozeman’s antidote of funk, The Cure for the Common. The Cure has been tearing up the Montana club scene as well as highlighting numerous regional festivals. The band brought the party to the Mangy Moose back in March.

George Kilby Jr. is no stranger to the Jackson area, though the talented musician calls New York home. With a sound he describes as being “rough-cut American roots music,” Kilby’s approach to music is like a Cajun’s approach to crawfish: it takes more than one ingredient to make something good. Kilby will be joined by accordionist and friend Neil Thomas, as well as Andy Calder (bass) and Baggett.

Rounding out the evening will be the ever-rocking Andy Frasco and the UN. Frasco, complete with big hair, driving vocals, and a knack for the keys, hails from California but the road could be this performer’s domain. His newest album, Half a Man, was released on June 3 and it flawlessly moves through his repertoire of rhythm and blues and soul. Frasco and the UN have been blowing up the Trap Bar at Targhee over the past few years and will no doubt deliver on Saturday.

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