If you aren’t familiar with the Teton Music School you’ll have a chance to become so on Saturday when it hosts its first fundraising “Spring Fling” at the Bar J Chuckwagon off Highway 390. Proceeds will fill the school’s scholarship coffers.
Starting at 2 p.m. and running into the night, the Spring Fling will feature well-known and -loved performers as well some new ones.
Family, friends and other fans are welcome to come for a set or two or for the whole day. Kiddies will have two bouncy castles to ricochet around in, and Teton Music School will have tables of info about its busy summer of programs, like Adventures in Music for grades three to five (July 5-9); Beats/Bangers, a weeklong songwriting and audio production workshop for grades six-12 (July 12-16); and Summer Strings Camp for sixth to 12th graders (July 19-23).
“We are proud to present the only event of this type, during the final year of the Bar J Chuckwagon’s presence in Jackson,” Amanda Flosbach, the school’s new executive director, said in press materials. “Join us in welcoming the sunny-seasons while dancing in a family-friendly safe environment.”
Teton Music School is eager to present some of its students. At 5:30, teacher-student duo Melissa & Mesa will perform. Melissa Elliott, a Jackson native who started taking piano lessons from TMS co-founder Kyle Johnson, “went on to music school and returned a jazz chanteuse and singer-songwriter,” Flosbach said. She also teaches at TMS, where one of her students is Mesa Smithmen.
Smithmen is also bassist for the TMS High School Rock Band, recently dubbed Hot Mess. Smithmen, guitarist Emmit Ross, drummer Griffen Anderson, drummer-vocalist Gus Moeller and keyboardist Luke Burcham have been woodshedding in the Center for the Arts with instructor and Whiskey Mornin’ leader Taylor Upton since last summer and are ready to make their debut with a 30-minute set of classic and contemporary rock.
Opening and closing for Melissa & Mesa and Hot Mess will be The Deadlocks, Peter “Chanman” Chandler, Sister Karee and Cook-n-Cowboys, three members of the legendary Bar J Wranglers, whose final summer at the family-owned and -operated musical chuckwagon experience is already sold out through September.
No food or drinks will be served, so fling-goers should bring a picnic (and clean up after themselves), plenty of water and other beverages, chairs, blankets and warm clothes.
Should the weather take a turn, the whole affair will move inside the chuckwagon barn, which will keep doors and windows open as a coronavirus-safety measure. While the property has plenty of space to spread out, masks will be required when others are around. Flosbach does not recommend the event for those who have not been vaccinated.
Tickets are available online, TetonMusicSchool.org, for $20 for adults, $5 for students, or on-site for $30 or $5.