Behind the Cameras: The True Story of Biff Huckneck and Todd McSpraffy

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Brad and Angelina. Bert and Ernie. George W and Dick Cheney.  The Narwhal and Beluga Whale.  All important pairs, but recent viral cameos have made it clear that 2015’s most relevant duo is Biff Huckneck and Todd McScpraffy.  Who am I talking about? Haven’t you heard? Legendary ski reporters Biff and Todd are taking the media landscape by storm and only leave laughter and (oddly) glitter in their wake. We’ve seen their reporting capabilities in Corbet’s Couloir and most recently The Wiggle, but how did they get here?  Where have they been? Where are they going?  I did some investigative work to better understand the enigmas that are Biff Huckneck and Todd McSpraffy.  Hold on to your hats folks, this ride could get bumpy.

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Let’s start with Biff.  Some know him as legendary skier, epic POV filmer, and JHMR Athlete, Andrew Whiteford.  I want to dig deeper than that.  Let’s talk about his inner-reporter Biff Huckneck, who was born inside a literal gondola in the literal Swiss Alps.  Biff started skiing at the age of 2 and showed star-potential from the start, holding a pole with a Go-Pro in one hand and a microphone in the other. Some of you are thinking–Shellie, there’s no way he had a Go-Pro back then.  Au contraire my friends, which is French for “You’re wrong, Dude.”  Biff was always ahead of his time.

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Biff attended high school in Tokyo, where he learned the art of origami and perfectly groomed facial hair.  Upon graduating Summa Cum Laude, Biff attended The Pratt School of Design in New York–This is where the magic starts.  Biff hauled his Ralph Lauren sheet set up the stairs to his new dorm room, opened up the door, and laid eyes upon his new roommate and future career partner, Todd McSpraffy (insert sparks and click play below to enhance this story).

Let’s take a moment to talk about Todd.  Many know him as fearless skier, fashion guru and art expert Patrick Kelley.  But that’s just the beginning of who he truly is.  Todd McSpraffy was born in the Alaskan wilderness, where he was raised by a sophisticated wolf pack that taught him the art of well-timed humor, ice sculpting, and a well-executed Daffy.  From a young age, Todd knew that he was different from the rest of the pack, as he preferred filet mignon to raw elk and always wore his best suit for après-ski.   At the age of 18, Todd decided to challenge himself and interned at Chanel in Paris while he applied to fashion schools.  On the weekends, he sampled a variety of ski resorts until the fated day he received his acceptance letter to the Pratt School of Design.

Again, queue sparks and “Africa” by Toto.

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Biff and Todd were friends from the start and both earned degrees from The Pratt School of Design, followed by a Masters of Journalism at Columbia.  However, something was missing and they weren’t sure how to fix it.  Until one day, they were drinking chilled Zimas by a ski jump at Suicide Six Ski Resort and fellow onlookers didn’t understand any of the action.  Luckily, both Biff and Todd had microphones and started commentating and fraternizing with the skiers, which resulted in a fanbase that grew exponentially.  Soon after, their presence was requested at all sorts of ski events due to their thorough understanding of the sport, unparalleled humor, and elevated fashion sense.  Finally, they had found their calling.

Most recently, Todd and Biff have signed on as the head commentators for the Winter Olympics, World Championships, and X-Games, but have been freelancing for the past 6 months at small family reunions in Miami.  This year, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort managed to negotiate a huge contract for an undisclosed amount (lift tickets, Bud Light and an occasional piece of Hawaiian pizza–They have yet to find an official fashion sponsor) with Biff and Todd, which means that The Corbet’s Couloir and The Wiggle videos are just the beginning of their journalistic endeavors in Jackson.   Thank you Biff and Todd for all that you do.
Check out B and T’s video journalism below

 

 

 

Jackson Hole 50th Anniversary : Events & Artwork Announced

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Over its nearly 50-year history, Jackson Hole in Teton Village has evolved from a one-horse, hulking, Wyoming outpost with a bad arse aerial tramway, to world-class adventure destination increasingly sought after by the most discerning travelers. But the presiding spirit throughout these five decades remains bold and wild, establishing the ideal, authentic playground for those who dare to live the ski dream. In a class all its own, this gem of a giant has loads of reasons to celebrate.

With the closing weekend of the 2014-2015 ski season approaching, JHMR will more officially roll out the big old birthday party spirit in anticipation of the winter of 2015-2016 – its 50th winter season.

While most of you know the Teton Lift is coming to a Crags area in December 2015, here’s a little glimpse of what’s on deck for our most exciting year yet.

ART:

Cody Peak’s big-line-bagging legend and local celebrated artist Mike Tierney has been selected as the chosen artist to represent the 5oth with his work “The Wildest Mountain Alive.”

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ENTERTAINMENT:

More “Born To Be Wild” video installments will be dropping on YouTube via the continual collaboration between TGR and JHMR Producers. Together they will present on the Town Square for the “Born to be Wild” free premiere on September 24, 2015.

To keep up to date on our 50th webisode series and more information, visit our 50th Anniversary page:

http://www.jacksonhole.com/50th-anniversary.html

EATING:

Some of you may have sampled the gourmet goods at the all-new Off Piste Market – cheese boxes anyone? Well, for skiers looking to hunker down a little harder into a cozy banquette or perhaps belly up to a bar (besides Couloir), the Rendezvous lodge located at the top of the Bridger Gondola will be welcoming skier/riders/diners next winter as the brand new Piste Mountain Bistro.

On or off Piste? Take your Pick!

80s: ….well, 60s, 70s & 90s too:

Powder 8’s. Need we say more? The jewel of the crown of this jubilee will be taking place on Cody Peak February 5-7, 2016 for the Throwback Reunion weekend. Time to start practicing those. The old-schoolers will surely be coming out of the woodwork to style it.

 

RENDEZVOUS:

Yep, it’ll be back and bigger than ever. March 17-19, 2016.

P.S. This cheeky cheat sheet was cribbed from the following more official press release below:

 

Jackson Hole 50th Anniversary: Announcing Events Line Up and Original Artwork by Mike Tierney

(March 31, 2015 – Teton Village, WY) Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) is pleased to announce an exciting line up of great events and original artwork to kick off the celebration of the 50th anniversary winter season (2015/2016). The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s 50th Anniversary celebration will focus on dynamic storytelling, inspiring an interactive and emotive experience for guests and fans of the brand throughout the fall and winter seasons. The celebration will focus on Jackson Hole’s boldness of spirit and in doing so highlight a 50-year journey that has remained true to its founding character: bold, authentic, with an independent spirit that to the present day sets it apart in the ski industry.

To create a visual centerpiece around the 50th celebration, an art committee made up of Resort employees, partnered with Jackson Hole Public Art (JHPA) to commission local artists to create an original work of art that would be the symbolic representation of the Jackson Hole spirit.

A creative brief was sent to six local artists, and “asked artists to encapsulate multiple aspects of the mission of the 50th anniversary and communicate the legacy of adventure, which continues to challenge those who come to explore and experience all the mountain has to offer,” stated Connie Kemmerer, Owner of JHMR and member of the 50thanniversary art committee. “Artists were asked to embrace the wild and rugged beauty of the terrain and celebrate the way of life and abounding recreational opportunities. They had to convey a sense of involvement, inspire courage and tenacity and show that success can be achieved if chances are taken and perseverance employed,” Kemmerer added.

It is with great honor that local artist Mike Tierney’s “The Wildest Mountain Alive” was picked as the winning piece of art.

In the artist’s own words, “I picked world-renowned Corbet’s and S+S couloirs with the Aerial Tram as they have been there as part of our mountain’s allure and heritage since day one. They are the guardians to the top of our mountain. They patiently wait, ready to receive all skiers and riders who dare to enter. How better to symbolize this than with the Bronc rider image we cherish so much here in Wyoming. It is a powerful symbol of “the wild spirit”, and yet it is so graceful. The way this shape laid right into these couloirs was perfect.” Tierney went on to comment about the iconic tram, “In the past 50 years this machine has seen it all, and it has loved bringing every last person to the top of this incredible mountain. So many people! Thanks Tram, so much love!”

Alongside the original art, the 50th Anniversary will also feature a line-up of festive events starting this fall. The Resort will hold its first event in the Town of Jackson on Thursday, September 24th with a free outdoor premier of the film “Born to be Wild.” Produced in collaboration with Teton Gravity Research (TGR), the film will showcase the colorful history of Jackson Hole’s people, terrain, and culture over the last 50 years. The first two Webisodes of the series have been released, and four more will drop this fall.

Throughout the 2015-16 winter season there will be exciting events for guests and locals to enjoy. The grand opening of the new Teton Lift is scheduled for December 19th along with a celebratory gala, fireworks, live music and more. The party continues when JHMR hosts a throwback reunion weekend, February 5th-7th. The famous Powder 8’s Contest will make a return, as well as reunions for past employees of the Resort. And to carry the celebration into the spring, the 3rd Annual Rendezvous Festival on March 17 -20, 2016 will be bigger and better than ever before.

“In developing our approach to the 50th Anniversary, our goal is to celebrate the wild and authentic experience that is unique to Jackson Hole. We also want to offer our guests and the Jackson Hole community opportunities to engage and share in the celebration,” stated Jerry Blann, President of JHMR. “Look for exciting new pass and lift ticket products, interactive digital contests, and more rolling out over the next few months,” Blann went on to note.

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50th Anniversary Winter 2015-16

Over its nearly 50 year history Jackson Hole has evolved, but the spirit remains bold and wild, as the last true bastion for all those who dare to live this dream. JHMR was kick-started in the early 1960’s by the passionate dream of its founders, Paul McCollister and Alex Morley. From humble and rugged beginnings, this dream was fully realized decades later with the ingenuity of a family with historic ties to the Cowboy State. In their tenure of ownership since 1992, the Kemmerer family has invested greatly in the prosperity of Jackson Hole and the state of Wyoming. With vast improvements to operations, lifts and infrastructure, they have ushered JHMR into its present-day luster and world-wide iconic status as “The Big One.” Next winter, JHMR is celebrating that “Born to Be Wild” spirit all season long with events, a video web series produced by TGR, and  ‘The Crags’ will undergo a transformation with the construction and December 2015 opening of the brand new Teton Lift. This new high-speed quad lift will carry skiers and riders 1,600 vertical feet to an area that has previously only been accessible via hiking. 

http://www.jacksonhole.com/50th-anniversary.html

www.jacksonhole.com|Twitter @jhski |Instagram @jacksonhole #jacksonhole #jhdreaming #jh50

 

100 Club

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Congratulations to the Jackson Hole passholders who skied or are projected to ski 100 days of the ’14/’15 winter season!  Those who make it to 100 days are invited for a celebratory breakfast at Couloir at the top of the Gondola on Saturday, April 4th.  The gondola will load at 8:30 and all 100 clubbers are asked to bring their pass!

There will be an official list posted at the end of the season.  Stay tuned!

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Off Piste Market at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

There’s been a hip little new market at the top of the gondola at Jackson Hole this winter. In its first season of operation, the all-new Off-Piste Market presents a new approach to on-mountain dining rounding out the options for getting a snack or something more during a break from the slopes. The fresh, modern market packed with pick-up items presents culinary twists from house-made classics like turnovers to new takes on fueling up including curiosities like a Nosh Box.

Some menu items include Sicilian Style Pizza offering cheese, pecorino anyone? Herbavore- spinach for power and carnivore with mortadella, proscuitto and salumi of course.
While pizza is perhaps more standard ski fare, patrons may wonder- what the heck is a nosh box? Well according to the helpful and snazzy looking signage en marche, they are:
‘A savory assortment of flavors.
Each delicious on its own, but combined, a lunch worth writing home about. 
Seriously, get a pen. ‘
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Well, while pens are a little dated- this ultra-modern setup presents casual dining with a place to power up, not your pen necessarily, but certainly your smartphone. This is 2015 after all, so the resort is giving the skiers what they need. And what more could one want at 9, xxx feet? Maybe a big sister restaurant coming for the 50th anniversary winter of 2015-2016. For those who prefer to remain On Piste rather than off, there’s an option slated for next ski season. Piste Mountain Bistro will present a more causal atmosphere than big brother upstairs Couloir. Instead it will offer a cozy 120-seat bistro atmosphere and food to match for lunch and dinner, rather than a set menu (an experience in and of itself atop the building) for a more relaxed on-mountain dining experience.
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Black Crows Skis Take Jackson by Storm

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post by Tristan Droppert

You may have seen a new flock of sleek and sexy sticks out on the hill and in the tram line these past few seasons–Hopefully you’ve had a chance to try out Teton Village Sports’ newest brand: black crow.
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Photo: Prudence Daniels on Navis Birdie

An independent brand from the heart of freeskiing in Chamonix, the creative mavericks at black crows have produced a comprehensive line of new skis dedicated to the pleasure of skiing. This refreshing  perspective on what it means to slide on snow and the performance of the skis has led to a boom of crows in Jackson. The epicenter of the infection has been Teton Village Sports, who boldly waves the flag as the first brick-and-mortar retailer for the crows in the USA.

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All wood construction and the preservation of at least a nip of traditional camber in all of their models speak to black crows’ authentic style. Not to be considered too traditional however, their lightweight core technologies are cutting edge and the shapes are borderline revolutionary  (many designed by freeride pioneer Julien Regnier of JJ fame).

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There is also a new team of crow ambassadors in the Hole, and despite low precipitation this year the boys and girls of the flock have been getting after it (check out this vid). The favorites of the squad have been the Atris 184 (108mm underfoot) and the Navis Birdie for the ladies (102mm underfoot). Check out TVS now for special offers on the Atris, a perfect one ski quiver for the playful nave or a double-rocker powder tool for those who like to keep their feet on the ground and link more than three turns in the bowl.  Deals start at 20% off!

Powder Returns to the Tetons

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Old Man Winter decided to return to the Tetons dropping a foot of fresh snow. It may be March but powder skiing has returned to Jackson Hole. This morning we went to check out the goods with ‘Cover Boy’, Tanner Flanagan, ‘POV Star’ Owen Leeper and, US Ski Mountaineering Team Member, Meredith Edwards.

We headed straight to the Grand for some good old fashioned Cowboy Powder (fresh powder on top of a groomed run). 5” of light density snow awaited the team. Tanner dives in.

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Meredith finds a face full on the Grand.

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Owen with two choices, left or right. It doesn’t matter both are fantastic.

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Cowboy Powder at its finest.

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After a quick lap inbounds the crew decided to go for a hike in the backcountry. Finding smooth snow underneath the powder was the name of the game today. The snow was very light density and moguls underneath could be felt if you didn’t pick the right spots. The Jackson Hole Backcountry Guides can take you to the goods. The views are not too bad either.

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Smooth powder with Owen.

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People know Meredith for going up, but the girl shreds.

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With 311” of snow for the season and a snow depth of 89” on the upper mountain and 72” at mid mountain we are set to have a wonderful close to the season. Spring weather returns to the Tetons this weekend and we will be enjoying great corn skiing and live concerts.

Tanner takes the tree line.

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Save 30% on lift tickets March 26-29th with our March Just got Radder promotion.  Here’s an edit from some of our favorite powder days this year.

 

Dropping into the…RENDEZVOUS

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Picture this–You find yourself alone on a dark road…you’re not sure what day it is or where you are, but you’re not frightened.  In fact, you have a feeling that you’re about to encounter something….something….rad.  In the distance, you see bright lights and a faint sound of live music.  At first you think, “is this a mirage!?”  but then you decide to walk closer to the glowing hullabaloo.  What is this dream that you’re about to experience?  OMG IT’S NOT A DREAM, IT’S THE 2ND ANNUAL RENDEZVOUS FESTIVAL!!  Get ready.  Get set.  Get free concerts.

Also, in case you want to step up your #game, listen to this story*.  There once was a member of the Army whose name was Joe Reserve, but everyone called him “Private Reserve.”  This guy LOVED music festivals, and especially loved being able to purchase a pass that got him access to a private, premiere viewing area adjacent to the stage as well as complimentary food and beverages, starting at $75.  That’s where the Private Reserve Pass got it’s name*–This year, the Private Reserve VIP area will be catered by the Q Roadhouse.  Complimentary beverages are listed below.

16oz Budweiser & Bud Light
8oz Lemon-Ade-Rita, Cran-Brrr-Rita Red Bull & Editions
8oz Cabernet Sauvignon & Chardonnay Pepsi/ Diet Pepsi
Vodka and Red Bull 7 Up /Mountain Dew
Vodka Soda & Tonic Aquafina Water
Whiskey and Pepsi
Whiskey and Ginger Ale

Be just like Private Reserve and get a Private Reserve pass.  Your Instagrams will NOT require zoom or filter.

*that was a fake story, but Private Reserve passes are very much real and available for purchase by clicking the awesome button below.
Purchase Private Reserve Now

 JH RENDEZVOUS Music Under The Tram: Screen Door Porch

  • Time: Thursday, March 19th from 3-5 pm
  • Location: I kid you not, under the literal Aerial Tram
  • Information: Screen Door Porch delivers a fusion of soulful Americana, Roots-Rock and Country-Blues that has been likened to “Gillian Welch meets The Band, with Ryan Adams and Bonnie Raitt hanging out backstage” (605 Magazine). Grooving, electrified porch music, that is. The core female/male singer-songwriter pair of Seadar Rose & Aaron Davis thrive in a space that houses rustic harmonies and “a sort of Lennon/McCartney arrangement and get it right every time” (Americana UK).
  • SHEL’S RENDEZ-VIEW:  Ohhh SHOOT, first official event of Rendezvous!  Last week I said that I really like Screen Door Porches because I enjoy drinking cold beverages outside without dealing with bugs, etc.  BUT THEN, I saw these guys play.  I still objectively like Screened in Porches, but now I really like this band.  Thirsty Thursday will conclude with a nice outdoor concert from these folks.  Also, I checked the weather and it’ll be 50 degrees.

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Justin Smith at The Ascent Lounge

  • Time: Thursday, March 19th from 4-7 pm
  • Location:  The Ascent Lounge in The Four Seasons
  • Information: Live music at the end of your ski day!
  • SHEL’S RENDEZ-VIEW:  Look at the pic below.  See that tux? (if you can’t see the tux, see your eye doctor immediately). This guy is classy, so don’t miss his concert on Thursday.  Just stroll into The Four Seasons, sit down, and enjoy this private concert (for you and the other people who attend).

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JH RENDEZVOUS on The Town Square: Jason Spooner

  • Time: Friday, March 20th at 5 pm
  • Location: Town Square, Intersection of Center St. and E. Broadway
  • Information:  Opening act Wyatt Lowe.  Bud Light beer specials available.  For Private Reserve passes, click here.
  • SHEL’S RENDEZ-VIEW: The intersection of Center Street and East Broadway is where it’s AT this weekend.  Be there or be (town)square.  If you live in town, this will be a massively convenient entertainment opportunity for you and hundreds of your closest pals/local squirrels .  I’ll be there signing “Dropping into the Weekend” autographs…if you even want them….

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JH RENDEZVOUS on The Town Square: Robert Earl Keen

  •  Time: Friday, March 20th at 8 pm
  • Location: Town Square, Intersection of Center St. and E. Broadway
  • Information:  Opening act Jason Spooner.  Bud Light beer specials available.  For Private Reserve passes, click here.
  • SHEL’S RENDEZ-VIEW: I have this theory that if you have three names, you are cool.  Sarah Jessica Parker? Cool.  Freddie Prinze Jr.?  Cool in the 90’s. Neil Patrick Harris? OMG, so talented! My friend Riley Frances Boone has three names and she’s really cool.  This evidence gives me the confidence to state that all people with 3 names are awesome.  Robert Earl Keen’s performance will be (for lack of a better work) RAD 3x.

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Kaenon Spring Sale at JH Sports

  • Time: Saturday, March 21st from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Location: JH Sports in the Bridger Center, Teton Village
  • Information: .  20% off all Kaenon product with a Kaenon representative available to help fit folks.  Sale selection will be huge,  with around 110 pairs.
  • SHEL’S RENDEZ-VIEW:  No joke–I loves sales.  I especially love sales where there’s a brand expert to help you get the right fit.  Both of these perks will be a reality at JH Sports’ sale on Saturday.  Wake up at 5 am, do some jumping jacks, mouth the word “deals” in the mirror, and you’ll probs be ready by the time the discounts start at 10am.

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2015 Jackson Jackalope Jump

  • Time: Saturday, March 21st at 1 pm
  • Location: Teton Village, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
  • Information: The Jackson Jackalope Jump will be held TBA at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Jackson.  Registration will begin at 1:00pm with the Jump starting at 1:00pm.  Awards will be given for Most Money Raised by and Athlete, Most Money Raised Overall, Most Money Raised by a Group, Largest Group and of course the Best Costume.  Start getting ready because very soon you will be FREEZIN’ FOR A REASON!
  • SHEL’S RENDEZ-VIEW:  Freezin’ for a Reason?  Yes please!  This will be the first year that I have the privilege of watching peeps jump into cold water to raise money.  Who am I cheering on?  Marcus Olson, who always stops by my desk to say hi when he’s done with skiing.  He had a sweet shark costume last year (see below) and is one of many participants trying to reach their fundraising goal.  Donate here!

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JH RENDEZVOUS Music Under The Tram: Sneaky Pete & The Secret Weapons

  • Time: Saturday, March 21st from 3-5 pm
  • Location: Under that Aerial Tram, y’all
  • Information: Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons are a six piece outfit from Jackson, Wy. They pride themselves in energetic dance parties that feature an interesting musical mix of original tunes and unique covers, seamlessly blended together in a supersonic whirlwind of high altitude stink funk.
  • SHEL’S RENDEZ-VIEW: My secret weapon is humor when I feel uncomfortable.  Also, I can perfectly toast bread for a PBJ sandwich. My colleague Ilka’s secret weapon is her dance moves.  Which aren’t secret, but I guess I didn’t realize they were a weapon.  I need to get to know her better.  ANYWAY.  Sneaky Pete has some secret weapons and they’re his band.   Their performance will be the first installation of a very epic night of music.

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JH RENDEZVOUS on the Mountain: Michael Franti & Spearhead

  • Time: Saturday, March 21st at 7 pm
  • Location: Main Stage in Teton Village
  • Opening Act: Mandatory Air at 5:30pm. 2 for 1 Bud and Bud Lights until 6:30pm.
  • Venue Details: Gate open at 5:00pm. Food, Beverage and Restrooms available inside venue.
  • Information: Musician, humanitarian, and children’s book author, Michael Franti, is recognized as a pioneering force using music as a vehicle for positive change as well as his unforgettable, high energy shows with his band, Spearhead. With the multi-platinum success of his song “Say Hey (I Love You)” and the chart breaking 2010 release of “The Sound Of Sunshine”, Franti and his band guarantee a show that will be thought provoking as well as a fun dance party!
  • SHEL’S RENDEZ-VIEW:  Did you know that Michael Franti is 1.98 meters tall?! Be sure to drink in this tall glass of water on Saturday evening.  Get there at 5 pm so that you can cash in on the 2 for 1 Bud Light specials.  Be sure to hydrate too, because you’re gonna dance your pants off and then back on because being publically pants-less is not permitted on the concert grounds.   Also, for all you American readers, 1.98 meters is 6’6.

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JH RENDEZVOUS on the Mountain: Mix Master Mike of The Beastie Boys

  • Time:  Saturday, March 21st following Michael Franti
  • Location: Main Stage in Teton Village
  • Information:  Mix Master Mike is undoubtedly one of the greatest DJs of all time, but also one of the most talented turntablists of this era. A beat conductor who plays the turntable, a DJ to inspire and challenge the best of the best.
  • SHEL’S RENDEZ-VIEW:  When I was in high school, I wasn’t very cool.  BUT I listened to the Beastie Boys a lot, which makes me cool in retrospect.  Isn’t that the best type of coolness?  No?  Ok, go see Mix Master Mike.

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JH RENDEZVOUS Music Under The Tram: Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R.

  • Time: Sunday, March 22nd at 3 pm
  • Location: Get under dat Tram, yo
  • Opening Act: Chanman Roots Band
  • Information: Lukas is excited to be returning to Jackson Hole to perform! Lukas and his band P.O.T.R. (Promise of the Real) are an American rock n roll group based out of California. Lukas first picked up the guitar at age 11 to honor a promise he made to his father and was able to teach himself the craft by playing along to classic Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix songs.
  • SHEL’S RENDEZ-VIEW:  What’s your perfect date?  Mine’s a long walk on the beach with a cold drink in my hand.  Lukas Nelson’s perfect date is March 22nd because he’s the grand finale of the 2015 Rendezvous Festival!  This young man is last, but certainly not least.   He was the opener for SXSW and his hair is a flowy blessing (see below).   Also, his music is fantastic.  See you there with a cold brew and a light jacket!

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