Concerts on the Commons
Concerts on the Commons: 2013 Lineup
Kick off your shoes, gather friends and family, and come ready to groove in Teton Village this summer. From July 3rd to August 18th Concerts on the Commons will bring the sound and spirit of outdoor live music to the Tetons, and all shows are free!
With the exception of the July 3-4 shows, all shows start at 5pm.
The 2013 schedule is as follows:
July 3-4: Red, White and 2! Celebrate the Fourth of July in Teton Village, with two days of fireworks and music. The fun will start on July 3rd with local bluegrass band Wood Smoke Rising starting at 6:30pm and Mandatory Air hitting the stage at 7:30 PM with Fireworks following at 10 PM. July 4th will feature a Music in the Hole Simulcast at 6pm with Calle Mambo taking the stage at 7:30 PM and Fireworks starting at 10 PM.
July 14: Desert Noises Four adventurers from Utah Valley, UT make up the young and exciting band Desert Noises. The foursome has a unique sound, a jangle-rich breed of rock 'n roll; music made for shouting into canyons, jumping into rivers, and getting married to the wide-open road. With a strong maturity in their songwriting, they conjure the majesty of the American pastoral landscape.
While one can pick out definite strains of blues and Americana, their often-ferocious delivery and penchant for shredding guitars elicits a powerful transcendence into psychedelic rock. These four young men are enchanting hearts across the country, having shared the stage with such notable contemporaries as The Head and The Heart, Local Natives, The Morning Benders, Blitzen Trapper, Miniature Tigers, and Pepper Rabbit. With their gaze set enthusiastically into the future and a new album on the way, the chronicle of Desert Noises is just beginning to unfold.
July 21: Jon Batiste and Stay Human
With his unique voice, virtuosic piano chops and dapper sense of style, Jon Batiste transcends music genres and has ignited the NYC music scene. Raised among the sounds and rhythms of New Orleans, Batiste comes from a renowned lineage of performers. He received a Masters Degree studying jazz and classical piano at The Juilliard School. At 25, he has performed in over 40 countries, playing everywhere from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to the Kennedy Center and Concertgebouw.
With his modern take on American music, and clever use of the harmonaboard, Batiste has collaborated with musicians from across the spectrum – Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Buffett, Harry Connick Jr., Aloe Blacc, Roy Hargrove, Cassandra Wilson, Mark O’Connor and Asher Roth among them.
Batiste is the founder and leader of Stay Human, a band noted for their world-class music, high energy and uplifting spirit – which they take to concert halls as well as subways. Jon’s following is creating huge grassroots buzz amongst influential tastemakers and fellow artists alike.
July 28: Shooter Jennings Shooter Jennings, son of country music legend Waylon Jennings, was born into the Nashville country music scene, but he has built a career with a creative sound that transcends traditional music generes. Shooter Jennings has always demanded to be taken on his own terms, and he moved to LA to build his own unique sound and style. Jennings made his debut with the single "4th Of July" of his 2005 album Put the "O" Back in Country, which peaked at No. 26 on the Billboard country charts. Jennings has since followed with five more albums, the most recent, The Other Life, released earlier this year.
So what is Shooter Jenning’s style? Is he country? Is he rock? Both? Neither? His influences include Hank Williams, Trent Reznor, and Led Zeppelin. However you try to define his sound, you’ll be sure to enjoy the twangy melodies and gifted song writing.
August 4: Two Shows: 1) Ben Taylor and 2) Holy Ghost Tent Revival Ben Taylor plays at 5:00 PM and Holy Ghost Tent Revival plays at 7:00 PM.
Ben Taylor @ 5:00 PM | Ben Taylor listens and thinks. A lot. In fact, the word Word is something Ben mulls over daily. It is, when you think about it, the only word that IS what it means. The meaning of word connects us – in any language – and this idea of communication is very important to Ben, as is the paradox of an individuated consciousness (think: ego) versus collective unconscious, that which unifies us all (happiness, fear, hate, love). Heavy? Not really, just a part of the ever evolving, highly intelligent, vulnerable, loving brain of Ben Taylor, musician, son, brother, friend and deep believer.
Ben Taylor, son of James Taylor, has been his own toughest critic, but has forged a career to create a dynamic sound and style. He flawlessly fuses folk, pop, soul, urban, reggae and country in his latest album, Listening, Ben’s writing is a beautiful piece of abstract story-telling, as the songs encourage the listener to find their own meaning in his words.
Holy Ghost Tent Revival @ 7:00 PM | Holy Ghost Tent Revival, based in Greensboro, NC, has built a reputation over the past six years for their tightly crafted music, evocative lyrics, and the passion and energy that has become a signature of their live performances. It is this music that moved Chris Hillman from The Flying Burrito Brothers to exclaim “Man! You guys have really got something,” as he watched from offstage at the Loveless Café in Nashville. This feeling manifests itself in the band's second full length album, Sweat Like the Old Days. Listeners will find the group maturing away from their blend of Dixieland- and ragtime inspired folk rock into a more electric, horn and rock driven sound.
Their third studio album, Sweat Like the Old Days, which was released in September 2012, reveals a group of songwriters producing mature, thoughtful lyrics atop lush arrangements. It is a wholly original sound, unshaken by change, which signals a bright and enduring future for years to come.
August 11: Nahko and Medicine for the People (Yoga on the Commons) Oregon- native Nahka had a cultural conundrum: a boy born a mix of Apache, Puerto Rican, and Filipino cultures and adopted into an American family. But the unifying power of music entered his life as a healing remedy. He set out to bridge the cultural gaps dividing this own psyche and began producing a public, musical journal of his path toward personal, spiritual and communal healing. From his hometown of Portland to the shores of Hawaii or Bali, wherever he has traveled, Nahka is joined by a tribe of culturally alienated truth seekers for whom Nahko’s story resonates with their own, and who find redemption in his voice, guitar, flute and drum. Whether solo or with the dynamic group of musical troubadours know as “Medicine for the People,” Nahko delivers a soulful dose of curative vibrations that moves audiences to dance, laugh and cry. His “spirited redemption music” speak of scars of cultural wounds, environmental wrongs and social injustices. His lyrics hold heavy messages, but the load is lightened by agile melodies and driving rhythms that coerce all who bear witness into spirited purifying, movement.
August 18: Everest Kiss the Fool opens at 5:00 PM followed up by Benyaro at 6:00 PM with headliners Everest hitting the stage at 7:00 PM.
The LA based band Everest likes the concept of being “ownerless,” hence the name of their latest album. Ownerless represents a creative freedom and a synergy for this band which formed in 2007 by Russell Pollard. Whether it be slack-jaw stoner riffing or more ghostly, late-night harmonics—Everest works hard to made a great, effortless-sounding rock n’ roll. Only a band that has taken total ownership over their own creative process—would come up with a tracks as classically rocking as “Games” or as off-the-cuff heartbreaking as “Raking Me Over the Coals” or “Far Off, Away.” Such honest musical sentiments are not so easy to come by.
Pollard stated recently about the newest album, “It’s the natural result of years of touring and spending time together. It’s the result of years of late night conversations about what kind of band we want to be and what kind of music we want to step onstage and play every night. It’s the sound of us finally hitting our stride.”
The Village Commons is the new favorite outdoor venue in Jackson Hole, and is the ideal home for Concerts on the Commons. The Commons feature a pop-jet fountain to splash in when it’s warm, fire pits for when it cools and natural rock amphitheatre seating. The surrounding shops and restaurants are open for great food, drinks and shopping.
The START bus is running, offering convenient public transportation from the town of Jackson. Dogs and glass products should be left at home. Low-back chairs are recommended.
Concerts on the Commons is presented by the Teton Village Association, the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Trilipiderm, The North Face and Poppa Presents. Join us for the highlight of the upcoming summer season!