MUSIC BOX: Gripped in the Sound

By on February 16, 2016

Sonic innovators devoted to musical detail hit Garter; Galactic and Railroad Earth also on tap.

Funk sensibilities care of Con Brio happen at the Knotty Tuesday along with Galactic.

Funk sensibilities care of Con Brio happen at the Knotty Tuesday along with Galactic.

JACKSON HOLE, WY – Beware: sonic hypnosis is a possible side effect when absorbing the music of Papadosio. The five-piece returns Tuesday to the Pink Garter for an encore show following a performance at the 2015 Contour Music Festival, which was preceded by a memorable whitewater experience for the band.

Melding progressive rock with psychedelia, folk, electronica, and jam, the dance music on their latest full-length, Extras in a Movie, features 16 never-before-heard and never-before-performed tracks. Written, recorded and produced by the North Carolina quintet thanks to a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign, it was the first time the band had kept the diverse new material such a secret from their devoted fanbase. That was September of 2015. Now that the songs have breathed life on stage, the band has facilitated the growth of each tune.

“Some of the songs definitely have taken on new forms with new parts, some with just extended sections,” said Billy Brouse (synth, keys, guitar, vocals). “It has been a really interesting time seeing them grow and become different from the original. Some of the songs were kept short on purpose so we could add to them later, and that’s exactly what we have done.”

Bassist/vocalist Rob McConnell added, “The hardest part about improvisation is making it sound like a song. I think for Papadosio, the key is to have as little boundaries as possible in our improv so we don’t force things.”

Sonic invention utilizing synths and electronic samples is a cornerstone to Papadosio’s colorful palette. Electronica and industrial elements factor largely into the framework, with earthy lyrics and often times, folksy vocals:

“We all wonder, floating in time/Sisters, brothers, sharing one mind/Long lost lovers dying to find/any glimpse of light at the end of the line.”

Montana’s funk rockers and frequent visitors to the valley, Cure for the Common open the show.

Papadosio with Cure for the Common, 9 p.m., Tuesday at the Pink Garter Theatre. $17-$20., 733-1500.

Post-Mardi Gras tradition at the Knotty

It’s become an annual February tradition in Teton Valley—a funk-nasty dance party with Galactic at the Knotty Pine. More often than not, this ritual gets icing on the cake in the form of special guest vocalists. With San Francisco’s dance-heavy funk band Con Brio opening the show, it’s likely we’ll see charismastic vocalist/frontman Ziek McCarter step into Galactic’s world. Get ready for a New Orleans barn burner!

Galactic with Con Brio, 10 p.m., Tuesday at the Knotty Pine in Victor. $40. 208-787-2866.

Prog-grass vets

Railroad Earth has arguably contributed some of the most interesting music to the acoustic rock limb of bluegrass since forming in 2001. The band’s last album was 2014’s Last of the Outlaws, followed up by a folk-based collaboration with Warren Haynes that resulted in a two-disc album, Ashes and Dust. Ultimately, Railroad Earth’s music is driven by the remarkable songs of frontman Todd Sheaffer, delivered with seamless arrangements and superb musicianship courtesy of six band members.

Railroad Earth, 8 p.m., Monday at the Pink Garter Theatre. $30-$33., 733-1500.   

Freda gets funky, experimental

Freda Felcher is the dance-funk-jazz-fusion-prog-rocking brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Leif Routman. Also a founding member of local bands Whiskey Mornin’, Black Mother Jones and The Flannel Attractions, Routman has enlisted the skillful rhythm section of bassist Marty Camino and drummer Jacob Green, along with vocalist Hillary Camino.

An instrumental project until recently, the new lineup will feature Routman’s “original works and on-the-spot improvisations, along with reinterpreted covers from artists like Stevie Wonder, Chaka Kahn, Stuff, and Aretha Franklin.”

Freda Felcher, 10 p.m., Saturday at The Rose. Free. 733-1500. PJH


WED: Songwriter’s Alley feat. Michael Batdorf (Silver Dollar) THUR: BOGDOG (Town Square Tavern) FRI: Fundraiser for Intertribal Winter Sports with DJs Cut la Whut and Eric Burba (Jackson Hole Playhouse); Maw Band (Silver Dollar); Pam Drews Phillips Trio (The Granary) SAT: Freda Felcher (The Rose); Willie Waldman (Trap); Greeneck Daredevils (Mangy Moose) SUN: Stagecoach Band (Stagecoach) MON: Railroad Earth (Pink Garter) TUES: Galactic with Con Brio (Knotty); Papadosio with Cure for the Common (Pink Garter)

Aaron Davis is a songwriting troubadour, multi-instrumentalist, founding member of Screen Door Porch and Boondocks, and host of Songwriter’s Alley.

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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