Music abounds downtown
There’s a whole lot of live music headed for the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar and the Silver Dollar Showroom.
Tonight, the Cowboy hosts Rob Baird, who hit the “Top 50 Indie Artists to Watch” list, for one night only. Bred in Memphis, Tennessee, and now writing and touring out of Austin, Texas, he brings heartbreaking country that’s authentic and true.
Thursday through Saturday, the Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash are back in town. Described by Rolling Stone as “pure Americana heart and soul,” the Bastard Sons are the voice and vision of songwriter Mark Stuart. Since forming the band in 1995, he has performed with most every major artist in the country and Americana community. He was personally given permission to use the band’s name by Johnny Cash himself.
And starting Tuesday and running through the end of the month, Kurt Van Meter brings a new band, a highly entertaining show and the feeling that something big is going to happen to him.
A little further down the road, the Cowboy will host the Desert City Ramblers on Aug. 26. Ticket for that show, ranging in price from $25 to $50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.
With the release of their first project in June 2020, the Desert City Ramblers have made significant waves across the music industry despite the shutdown that gripped most of the nation. Rather than sitting idle, the six-piece guitar-driven band released lots of music, including a self-titled, five-song EP featuring the breakout single “Hillbilly Rolling Stone” that clearly showcases the Ramblers’ great promise as original gritty Southern-rockers steeped in the old school country songwriting tradition.
“These guys are reminiscent of greats like early Black Crowes, Blackberry Smoke, The Marshall Tucker Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd,” said Cowboy Bar talent buyer Justin Smith. “They deliver super-tight arrangements, Allman Brothers-style dueling guitars and major swagger. Just like we’ve been able to do with other acts like Midland and Runaway June, we are so excited to be able to feature DCR at the beginning of what promises to be a long, successful career.”
Around the corner and down the street at the Silver Dollar, Michael Monroe Goodman and the Honky Tonk Ninjas bring on the heat Thursday.
On Friday and Saturday, Cary Morin and Ghost Dog bring to the stage deft fingerstyle guitar and expressive vocals that alternately convey melodic elation and gritty world-weariness. Morin has been called “one of the best acoustic pickers on the scene today,” melding roots-infused Native Americana with hints of bluegrass, folk, blues and rock.
Durango, Colorado, funk band Liver Down the River plays July 31, and Dead Lee returns Aug. 7 with a new album, Ride of Die.
Old Bill’s song contest
There’s still time to show your love for Old Bill’s through song.
The deadline for the Old Bill’s Song Writing Contest, in honor of the 25 anniversary of the valleywide charity fundraising palooza, is Friday.
Two troubadours — an adult and a youth — will receive cash prizes in addition to $500 to donate to their favorite Old Bill’s participant, and will get to perform their number to the Old Bill’s crowd on Sept. 11.
Songs should be original, three minutes or less, and should capture the history, spirit, impact and/or legacy of Old Bill’s. Winning entries will be able to be shortened to under 60 seconds to be used by the Community Foundation of Jackson for other media. Submit a recording of your song by 5 p.m. Friday to Suzanne Rees, firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop them off at 245 E. Simpson Ave.
For the complete contest rules go online to CFJacksonHole.org.
Pinedale to rock with Fox
Pinedale’s Soundcheck summer music series returns with four-piece Midwest indie-rock unit Fox Royale headlining Saturday. Jackson’s Abby Webster will open the show.
The free music starts at 5 p.m. at American Legion Park in downtown Pinedale.
The Soundcheck Summer Music Series is presented by the Pinedale Fine Arts Council. For the full Soundcheck lineup and more info SoundcheckPinedale.com.
Does Jackson Hole have enough murals? Heck no!
The Hub Bicycles is looking for an artist to live-paint a mural for the shop’s new location on Pearl Avenue, but it needs one now: Submissions are due to Jackson Hole Public Art today.
Applicants should have experience painting murals and be enthusiastic about painting live and in the open in September.
The mural should respond to the positive benefit of bicycles in improving individual and community wellbeing and depict how cycling builds strong communities.
“The Hub Bicycles loves you and your bike,” the Hub Bicycles owner Hal Wheeler said in describing what he is looking for. “At The Hub, we are passionate about growing the love of cycling in our local community. We believe that bicycles are the key to a happy and healthy Jackson Hole. They help get cars off the roads, improve our health, build strong bonds within our families and neighborhoods, as well as just being plain fun!”
Center benefit sells out
Tickets have sold out for the Center for the Arts’ annual fundraiser, set for Aug. 8 on the Center Lawn.
People can sign up on the waitlist at JHCenterForTheArts.org. The Center encouraged supporters to follow the downtown arts facility on Facebook and Instagram during the week of Aug. 2, when, depending on Teton County Public Health’s assessment of the valley’s COVID-19 risk level, more tickets for the event might be released.
Center fans also can tune in virtually.