In this remote and rugged area of Wyoming, we are surprisingly privileged to a lot of quality live music. Surely not as many concerts as your average city, but enough to create the ideal balance of culture and outdoor adventure that is loved by locals and visitors alike. On the horizon is a perfect example of this balance and the promotional video speaks for itself on the fun times ahead in the Tetons:
Contour Music Festival, which takes place June 11th-14th in Jackson, WY, presents an amazing lineup of nationally touring, regional and local acts and the music is not contained in one venue like a lot of festivals. In fact, concerts are spread out across the town of Jackson with the main outdoor stage located at the base of Snow King Mountain, and special late night shows at classic local venues like the Pink Garter Theatre, Center for the Arts, the newly renovated Silver Dollar Bar, and the Town Square Tavern.
Official Festival Playlist:
Here are some highlights you will surely not want to miss:
FRIDAY, JUNE 12
The music starts at noon with Paranome followed by local electronic duo Head to Head. After this, you will not want to miss The Cave Singers. This high-energy indie rock band out of Seattle put on an amazing show to a small crowd at the Pink Garter Theatre in the summer of 2012. They are sure to get the party started outside at Snow King!
After the Cave Singers is a back-to-back tour de force of electronic music, including Emancipator and The Polish Ambassador, that carries the Festival into the evening.
Late Night Concerts:
Town Square Tavern – keep the dance party going with more live DJ music from Tiger Fresh, Sweater Beats and Sango.
Pink Garter Theatre – for a more full-band electronic experience featuring Cure for the Common, Late Night Radio and Papadosio.
Center for the Arts – Now this sounds interesting… Quixote – “Composer Anthony Magliano, along with an award-winning band…create music with instrumental foundations and diversity that is meant to inspire movement within the group’s other half; dancers, multimedia designers, and aerialists.”
Silver Dollar Bar – If you are looking to change things up and experience a local Honky Tonk dance floor, head on over to the Wort Hotel for the down home sounds of Country Hammer followed by One Ton Pig – the resident country/bluegrass band of the Silver Dollar Bar.
SATURDAY, JUNE 13
The action heats up Saturday with local funk outfit Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons followed by Cure for the Common.
DO NOT MISS The Congress. This group out of Denver will blow you away with their take on American rock and roll – great songwriting and amazing vocals from lead singer Jonathan Meadows paired with the incredible guitar talent that is Scott Lane. These boys have been to Jackson Hole a few times in the last couple years and it is always a treat. Up next we have Roadkill Ghost Choir, Sage Francis, Autograf, and closing out the main stage for the second night of the festival is an amazing indie-progressive rock band out of Nashville you will want to see through until the end – Moon Taxi.
Town Square Tavern – get your Yacht rock on with “Home at Last: The Nth Power perform Steely Dan” followed by Orgone.
Pink Garter Theatre – the dance party continues with DJ sets from PRSN, G Jones and Djemba Djemba
Silver Dollar Bar – Again, for the change of pace late night, head on over to the Wort Hotel for Country Hammer followed by Spirit Family Reunion (also performing main stage on Sunday).
SUNDAY, JUNE 13
Sunday does not slow in pace at all with two of the most anticipated acts (Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires and Thievery Corporation) closing out the night.
The day opens with a funky set from Fort Knox 5 followed by the acoustic foot-stomping sounds of Spirit Family Reunion.
Religious or not, everyone will be testifying to Robert Collier’s Gospel Brunch Set with the sweet and soulful sounds of the pedal steel. Reva Devito Band and The Nth Power warm up the stage for two acts that may be the highlight of the festival weekend.
From the Daptone Records/Brooklyn scene we have the breathtaking Charles Bradley and his backing band bringing uptown funk and soul to the Tetons.
Here’s a taste:
To close out the festival weekend on the mainstage we have the internationally-acclaimed electronic duo Thievery Corporation. Their reputation and their records speak for themselves, you will want to save some energy for this set!
Town Square Tavern – “We want the funk!” If you are still chanting this on Sunday, head to TST for McTuff and The New Mastersounds.
Pink Garter Theatre – Dancing feet still moving? Head to the Pink Garter for an electronic throw down featuring Shaprece, Deltron 3030 and Mike Thunder.
Center for the Arts – DJ sets by El Papa Chango, Barisone and The Librarian.
Well there you have it folks. A new, unique and exciting music festival based in one of the most gorgeous areas of the country. Pack your car, book your flight, find a place to stay, whatever you have to do to get to Jackson in June. Be sure to get your tickets in advance and upgrade to the “All Night Long Pass” so you don’t miss a beat!
For tickets, full schedule, area and lodging information visit: www.contourmusicfestival.com