MUSIC BOX: Soul pop standout

By on January 13, 2015
PHOTO: Grammy-winning songwriter Marc Cohn makes his Jackson debut at the Center Theatre on Monday. PHOTO: MARC COHN

PHOTO: Grammy-winning songwriter Marc Cohn makes his Jackson debut at the Center Theatre on Monday. PHOTO: MARC COHN

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Well-known for his 1991 adult contemporary hit “Walking in Memphis,” Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn has released five studio albums in his career. His most recent release, 2010’s Listening Booth: 1970 peaked at No. 28 on the Billboard 200 and is a set of covers ranging from Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Only Living Boy in New York” to the Grateful Dead’s “New Speedway Boogie.”

“My relationship with ‘Walking in Memphis’ was incredibly personal,” Cohn told Cleveland.com last October. “That’s really what’s at the center of that song: the power of the music, and that has never left me. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed playing it more than I have in the past few years. I really just feel proud that that’s my calling card.’”

If you think winning a Grammy might be life-changing, imagine being conscious while a doctor removes a bullet from your head. Following a concert in 2005, Cohn and his band were driving back to their hotel in Denver when an attempted carjacking resulted in a gunshot wound to the head. While Cohn prevailed physically, the emotional toll was weighty. Four months later, though, he was thankful to be back on the road performing.

Inspired by reflections of Hurricane Katrina along with his own traumatic event, Cohn ended a near 10-year recording drought with 2007’s Join the Parade, one of his most critically acclaimed albums.

A devoted connoisseur of pop music, Cohn’s tenor croon is instantly recognizable. As a solo performer, he trades off between acoustic guitar and keyboards.

Marc Cohn, 7 p.m. on Monday at Center Theater. $37-$47. JHCenterForTheArts.org.

Pinky in the Pink Garter

Jackson is a magnet for tribute bands. Talking Heads, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, AC/DC, and multiple Johnny Cash acts (Cash’d Out plays Friday at Town Square Tavern) have all found a home away from home in the Tetons. Why not some Pink Floyd tunes with a respectable light show? Bozeman’s nine-piece Pinky and the Floyd was conceptualized in 2007 featuring some of the town’s most talented players. With a songlist that boasts more than 60 songs, you will get Syd Barrett-era to Division Bell, and a slice of both note-for-note and improvisational. So if you need a Floyd fix, you can finally get the bricks you need.

Pinky and The Floyd, 9 p.m. on Saturday at Pink Garter Theatre. $17. PinkGarterTheatre.com.

Minor at the Moose

Minor – the husband-and-wife-led indie-folk quintet from LA – instantly reminds this listener of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, yet with a less layered, acoustic-driven sound. The pseudo family band (only the rhythm section members aren’t related to the others) has a sound defined by lead vocalist Justin Minor, with bluegrass-style harmonies adorned via his wife, Kate. The band formed in 2012 out of Justin’s “creative nervous breakdown,” which had led him to take an extended break from the music world to travel the jungles of Central and South America and the redwoods of California’s central coast. A refreshing sound, solid songwriting and singing, this is one to put on your radar.

Minor, 9:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Mangy Moose in Teton Village. Free. MangyMoose.com.


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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