MUSIC BOX: Boundless Beats and Jams

By on December 13, 2016

From après to late night, a dense winter of offerings is redefining the local music milieu.     

The Supersuckers and Mark Farina are among the Pink Garter’s roster of winter acts.

The Supersuckers and Mark Farina are among the Pink Garter’s roster of winter acts.

JACKSON HOLE, WY – “This is the most stacked winter lineup I’ve seen since living here,” declared longtime local Matt Donovan of Alpenglow Entertainment. Donovan, a biased observer, is one of the local promoters responsible for shows coming to Town Square Tavern, The Mangy Moose, Knotty Pine, and Pink Garter Theatre this winter. But a quick comparison of yesterday’s musical offerings in the valley to today’s legitimizes this notion.

Ten years ago, winter touring bands were essentially playing three venues in Teton County—Mangy Moose, Knotty Pine and the Trap Bar. Times have a-changed. A dozen or so venues are now in play, and a burgeoning local band scene is feeding the fire.

Get Centered

The Center for the Arts will host some killer musical acts this winter along with world-renowned speakers, variety acts, and broadcasts of performances from the National Theatre in London.

“Reggie Watts will be a highlight,” said Shannon McCormick, CFA talent buyer. “The Anders Osborne, Jackie Greene, and Hayes Carll show is special because we built that as a one-night only show. Adding Nicki Bluhm to the Lukas Nelson show is also a one-of-a-kind show.”

The full lineup includes National Theatre Live: Frankenstein (Dec. 19), Rhythmic Circus! Red and Green (Dec. 27), blues-rock phenom Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real with Special Guest Nicki Bluhm (Dec. 29), An Evening with Anders Osborne, Jackie Greene, and Hayes Carll (Jan. 15), the highly popular Seven Things I’ve Learned: An Evening with Ira Glass (Jan. 21), National Theatre Live: One Man, Two Guvnors (Jan. 23), a storyteller and enlightenment event dubbed The Moth Mainstage: High Anxiety (Jan 29), ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro (Feb. 3), National Theatre Live: Man and Superman (Feb. 13), eclectic entertainer and comedian Reggie Watts (March 4), indie-folk band Elephant Revival (March 12), National Theatre Live: War Horse (March 13), and National Theatre Live: Coriolanus (April 9).

“National Theatre Live had very solid attendance last year, and our audience begged for its return. This year’s line-up of shows is pretty incredible,” McCormick said.

Tickets for the upcoming season are currently on sale at

Pink is for Garter

The Pink Garter Theatre kicks off its fifth anniversary winter series with local Grateful Dead tribute band The Deadlocks: Winter Ball (Saturday, December 17), followed by a New Year’s Eve run of Super Suckers (Dec. 30) and jazzy Chicago house heavyweight, DJ Mark Farina (Dec. 31). Check Farina’s Mushroom Jazz series and hear why the DJ and producer is a legend in the electronic sphere and beyond. The remainder of the lineup will feature a return of some favorites as well as some fresh blood. Jackson Hole Snowboarder Magazine just announced its annual bash (Jan. 20) featuring the iconic turntablist Cut Chemist. Pop-folkster Brett Dennen returns Jan. 26 followed by a co-bill of electro-funk band Pigeons Playing Ping Pong with Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons (Feb. 2), roots-reggae veterans John Brown’s Body (Feb. 14), indie-rockers Lotus (Feb. 16), Jambase presents The Motet (Feb. 19), fifth anniversary party with Big Something (March 5), Donovan Frankenreiter with Grant-Lee Phillips (March 13), and the annual throw-down with The Infamous Stringdusters and The Ghost of Paul Revere (March 21).

The Motet plays the Garter in late February.  Elle Carpenter strums at the Vill, apres style, in January.

The Motet plays the Garter in late February.  Elle Carpenter strums at the Vill, apres style, in January.

Full servings at the Tav

Jackson’s classic late night joint, Town Square Tavern has beefed-up its nightly offerings to include local residencies. Those include Bo Elledge of Canyon Kids on Wednesdays, ‘slamgrass’ with BOGDOG on Tuesdays, and DJ WYOBASS on Saturdays.

The onslaught of touring acts include ZoSo: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute (Dec. 29) and Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons (Dec. 31) followed by a huge January that features The Drunken Hearts (Jan. 12), fiery Montana bluegrass band The Lil Smokies (Jan. 13-14), folk-grass quartet The Sweet Lillies (Jan. 19), Analog Son (Jan. 20), Kentucky rappers Nappy Roots (Jan. 21), over the top piano rocker Andy Frasco & the U.N. (Jan. 24), and the return of all-star band Nth Power (Jan. 31). February and beyond offers Kitchen Dwellers with Gravy (Feb. 11), quirky folk-Americana quartet Shook Twins (Feb. 15), A-Mac DZ (Feb. 23), and TAUK (March 22).

Silver dollars and swingin’

The Silver Dollar will offer two swingin’ and two-stepping mainstays—Bluegrass Tuesdays with One Ton Pig and outlaw-country Thursdays with Major Zephyr. Fridays and Saturdays feature two-night runs of rotating bands like Americana-rock quartet Screen Door Porch (Dec. 16-17), Dixieland jazz band Jackson 6 (Dec. 23-24), Papa Chan Jazz Trio (Dec. 25), and Pinedale’s alt-country and folk purveyors 6 Foot 2 (Dec. 30-31).

New to the weekly lineup is Local Sundays, featuring predominantly local bands and geared towards the local working class. The re-shaped Songwriter’s Alley will showcase a double-bill of featured acts followed by an open-mic hour on three of these Sundays. Acts include Low Water String Band and Isaac Hayden (Jan. 1), Wyoming After Dark and Jess Camilla O’Neal & the Neversweat Players (Feb. 12) and Ian Thomas and Wyatt Lowe (March 5).

A westside institution

The Stagecoach Bar in Wilson sticks to its guns: the 47-year residency of the legendary country/Western Stagecoach Band (Sundays) and the 20-year tradition of Disco Night (Thursdays), the latter of which offers $2 cab rides home after last call.

Intimate wintry vibes

Dornan’s has not released its full lineup, though Phil Round Trio will pay tribute on January 6 and 7 to the great Chuck Pyle, who used to perform a two-night run at Dornan’s every winter. A full house in which you could hear a pin drop is usually the atmosphere at this Moose gem, which also hosts the popular Jackson Hole Hootenanny 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays.

For a full list of acoustic concerts in the 85-cap room, visit

The dive lives

Waving the biggest American flag in town, The Virginian will feature a New Year’s Eve run with DJ Londo (Dec. 30-31) followed by Bob Stevens (Jan. 5-7, Feb. 2-4, March 2-4), Leadfoot (Jan 20-21, Feb. 10-11, March 31, April 1), Hog Island Ramblers (Feb 17-18), and Quinn Brown Project (March 17-18), among others. Open mic will continue on Tuesdays.

Moose Hockey sounds

Moose Hockey games at Snow King Center are a blast and the music element is the icing on the cake. The schedule includes Boondocks (Jan. 6-7), DJ Londo (Jan. 13-14), Black Mother Jones (Feb. 3-4), Misfit Moonshiners (Feb. 10-11), Instinctuals (Feb. 24-25), Mustard Tiger (March 3-4), and Lazy Eyes (March 10-11).

Knotty is nice

Full of character, the Knotty Pine in Victor is celebrating 20 years of hosting live music. Every Saturday will feature a rotating cast of bands as well as Head for the Hills with Screen Door Porch (Dec. 31), Gypsy Moon (Jan. 14), Greg Creamer (Jan. 28), Teton Valley Foundation’s Great Snow Festival with One Ton Pig (Jan. 20), Screen Door Porch (Feb. 4, March 11), Galactic (Feb. 7), B-Side Players (Feb. 24-25), The Brothers Comatose (March 2), Punch Drunk Munky Funk (March 17), and The Werks with Cure for the Common (March 23).

Powder and music at The Trap

The down-to-earth winter culture of the Trap Bar at Grand Targhee Resort is a favorite spot among locals. While the dense lineup is too lengthy to print in its entirety, late shows include 80s hair band, 86 (Dec. 16) and Salt Lake City cover band The Divergence (Dec. 31). The remainder of the shows are 3 to 6 p.m. during après-ski and feature White Lightning Open Mic (Tuesdays), One Ton Pig (Dec. 17, March 4), Papa Chan Trio (Dec. 24), Cure for the Common (Dec. 29-30), Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons (Jan. 6), Boondocks (Jan. 13), Patrick Chadwick and Lauren Conrad (Jan. 16), Kris Lager Band (Jan. 20-21), Screen Door Porch album release (Jan 27-28), Chanman Roots Band (Feb. 3), Canyon Kids (Feb. 4), former Dirty Dozen Brass band guitarist Jamie McLean and his band (Feb. 16-19), Willie Waldman (Feb. 24), Mardi Gras Party with Dixie Kings (Feb. 27), Greenneck Daredevils (March 10), The Deadlocks (March 11), The Hooligans (March 18-19), St. Louis bluegrass/folk band Clusterpluck (March 25), Wildflower Moon (April 7-8), and Lazy Eyes (April 16).

Après-ski at the Vill

Teton Village has one of the most happenin’ après-ski scenes in the country. Rooms that’ll be filled with music include acoustic acts at Four Seasons’ Ascent Lounge and K Bar at Teton Mountain Lodge, with bands at the Alpenhof Bistro and Mangy Moose Saloon. The Moose will have daily shows 3:30 to 6 p.m., except Saturdays. Those local residencies include Major Zephyr (Sundays), Tucker Smith Band (Mondays), Maw Band (Tuesdays), PTO (Wednesdays), Stack & the Attack (Thursdays), Screen Door Porch (Fridays). Late shows at the Moose include Cure for the Common paying tribute to the lost legends of 2016 (Dec. 31), Elle Carpenter (Jan. 16), Lander-born and Austin-based backseat blues-soul with Garrett LeBeau (Jan 27-28), Hells Belles (March 4), and Greenneck Daredevils (March 11).

For more resources on local and regional happenings, check the events calendar at PJH

Aaron Davis is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer, member of Screen Door Porch and Boondocks, founder/host of Songwriter’s Alley, and co-founder of The WYOmericana Caravan.

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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