Jackson musician and bartender Wolfgang Reckart will be remembered for his flashy drum performances at The Rose, along with a lot of other quirky things he did and loved, like misadventures in the Tetons, his Halloween obsession and his funky lamp collection.
Reckart, 27, died July 16 in a car accident near Anderson, California, when the truck he was in lost control and rolled down an embankment off China Gulch Road in Happy Valley, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Alexander Michael Cooper, 31, was also killed in the accident, the Shasta County, California coroner said. California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.
For the past three years Reckart worked as a bartender at The Rose, where friends said he fell in love with Jackson’s social and art scene. He performed his drum shows under the name DoppelWolfganger alongside his roommate Evan Nichols, who did lighting.
Their shows were loud and bright and known to keep customers dancing until 2 a.m.
“Every single show he put on you saw him pour his soul into it,” said Stephyn Duck, Reckart’s longtime friend and bar manager at The Rose.
Reckart would duct-tape his headphones on for performances, something his friends found hilarious.
DoppelWolfganger’s last show was this winter before the COVID-19 pandemic — a “psychedelic Shaolin MotherFunk Showdown.”
Duck said Reckart was known to keep his friends laughing and entertained.
Friends are planning a vigil that will likely feature the lamp collection Reckart left behind.
“He loved lamps,” Duck said. “He had a collection of like 18 lamps.”
Duck also recalled the time Reckart sang Disney songs and Kendrick Lamar to try to keep bears away while hiking the Paintbrush Canyon trail.
Reckart moved from Jackson to Park City, Utah, in late 2019 and then on to northern California, according to friends.
Many of his Jackson friends are still shocked by the news of his death but have taken to social media to share memories, many of them involving his music.
Duck said his friend “very annoyingly joined the 27 Club.”
“I guess he wanted to drum for Jimi,” Duck said.
Details for Reckart’s service are pending.