Get ‘down in the roots’
Summer is coming round, and that means Bob Greenspan and his band, Down in the Roots, are coming back for a season’s worth of concerts around town.
Down in the Roots will have two haunts this year: Moe’s Original Bar B Que, where the group has played before, and the porch at Roadhouse Pub and Eatery on Town Square. The band will play 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday happy hour sets at Moe’s and 3 to 5 p.m. Friday sets, kicking off this week. The shows will happen every other week.
For those who haven’t heard Greenspan play with the band before, he made one thing clear.
“We play blues rock,” he said. “It rocks out.”
When you think of that genre you might think of Stevie Ray Vaughan, but Greenspan said he doesn’t play any Stevie tunes. Instead, Down in the Roots plays a mix of Chicago and Texas blues, both of which, as Greenspan recalled Buddy Guy saying, are really just Southern blues.
“Someone ask Buddy Guy about Chicago blues, and he said it’s all Southern blues because all the people playing it come from the South,” Greenspan said.
‘Big River’ at Playhouse
Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is the sort of novel everybody read in middle school, but it’s not the sort of novel you read and forget.
It’s the sort of novel that sticks with you because of its blunt approach to race and prejudice, issues the country deals with every day.
The same is true, Jackson Hole Playhouse Owner Vicki Garnick said, of William Hauptman’s musical adaptation, “Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”
“We feel like it’s so timeless,” Garnick said. “It’s the work of Mark Twain, it’s the story of Huckleberry Finn, but it’s also what we’re dealing with today.”
The Playhouse’s production of “Big River” kicked off last week and will run through August. A grand opening will take place during Thursday’s show, with a question-and-answer session with the members of the cast and crew after the curtain closes.
Garnick wanted to produce “Big River” to break out of the Playhouse’s usual, commercial mold and address big-picture issues like race and racism.
“It’s a different reach for us here at the Playhouse,” she said. “We’re trying to capture the love of humanity and say that people matter most, no matter what type of people they are. ”
Thursday’s performance will start at 8 p.m. and run until about 10:15. The Q&A will begin around 10:40.
For tickets, which cost $95 for adults, and more information, go online and search TinyURL.com/bigriverjh.
‘One by One’ to end
A free closing celebration for Bronwyn Minton’s “One by One: A Study in Observation” is scheduled for 5 to 7 tonight at Turner Fine Art.
The exhibit, a collection of work that scrutinizes how humans interact with the natural world through scale and observation, has hung in the gallery since early May. It will close Friday.
For information about the exhibit visit TurnerFineArt.com.
— Billy Arnold