Big Fourth at the King promised by promoter
By Mark Huffman, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
January 14, 2013
Promoters are promising a big Fourth of July music show for the base of Snow King, though they can’t say yet who will play.
For one thing, they don’t know.
But Shannon McCormick, one of the organizers of JacksonHoleLive, expects to have about five bands, including some “national or international headliners.”
McCormick sees the show as a replacement for Music in the Hole, the big July Fourth concert held for 19 years by the Grand Teton Music Festival. The festival announced last week it would cut the event down to just its own orchestra, which will play inside Walk Festival Hall, not outside at Alpine Field near the high school. The festival said it couldn’t afford the event any longer.
McCormick said his aim with the new concert at Snow King is “to make the Fourth of July in our valley a lot cooler.”
But, he noted, much is up the air: Booking bands is done a lot closer than now to the concert date, and he’s just starting to map the event.
Booking bands for the Fourth is good and also bad, McCormick said.
“It absolutely makes it more challenging to book,” the promoter said, “It’s a date lots of people like me want to book bands.
“But the flip side is that I think a lot of people like to play Jackson Hole.”
Several local bands are also likely to be in the lineup, McCormick said, and perhaps representation from the Grand Teton Music Festival.
The music festival’s Walk Hall concert is scheduled to be shown outside the hall on a large screen for people who can’t fit inside. Wyoming PBS is also being talked about as a potential broad-caster for the concert.
The idea at Snow King, McCormick said, is for a big community celebration, with music, food and — when the sun goes down — the traditional fireworks display put on by the Jackson Hole Jaycees.