Calling Station 54
Jackson Hole has a brand new band.
Station 54 — Justin Smith, Shane Wolf, John Gallagher and Steve Place — make their debut June 9 at Melvin Brewing, with dates at the Wort Hotel’s Silver Dollar Showroom and the Knotty Pine in Victor, Idaho, in the weeks to come.
A chill blend of funk, rock and folk, Station 54 plays stripped-down, contemporary covers of tunes by such disparate songwriters and bands as The Talking Heads and Jack Johnson, Leon Bridges and Gordon Lightfoot, Steve Miller and The Band, to name but a few.
Singer-guitarist Smith is a well-established force in the Teton music scene, currently ripping up the Silver Dollar every Tuesday with bluegrass unit One Ton Pig and working by day as the talent buyer for the Wort and the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. Wolf is a Berklee School of Music-trained multi-instrumentalist who in Station 54 plays guitar and sings, seemingly able to turn on his harmonizing skills at will. The much-lauded Gallagher is the founding bassist of Casey Kristofferson’s rock and blues combo Lonesome Gold, while Plock was a go-to drummer on the Chicago scene, including for the popular five-piece Santah, before relocating to Jackson Hole last winter.
The band has just produced its first demo video on YouTube — check it out at youtu.be/WTAqOmkNxwE — and is working on an EP of new original tunes.
Traditional arts today
The Tetons have been inspiring artist for decades — centuries, even, given the Native Americans who have lived or passed through the region for 10,000 years or so.
Grand Teton National Park recognizes that long, deep connection with its annual American Indian Guest Artist Program, under way for the summer of 2021 at Colter Bay.
Since the mid-1970s, participating artists — a new one each week — have demonstrated their techniques, materials and cultural traditions though a wide array art forms, including painting, weaving, pottery, beadwork, musical instruments, flint snapping and more at the Colter Bay Visitor Center. Artists hail from Shoshone, Northern Arapahoe, Lakota, Oglala, Cherokee and Chocktaw nations, among others.
This week, Yankton Sioux member Lyle Miller paints on site. Also a devoted teacher of the Lakota language, Miller can speak eloquently on how art can facilitate healing and a spiritual awareness. He will be at Colter Bay 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through June 14.
For more about the program and the full summer schedule of artists, go to NPW.gov/grte/planyourvisit/american-indian-guest-artist-program-at-colter-bay.htm.
The Arctic is undergoing rapid changes as a result of global climate change. In fact, Earth’s polar regions are clearly warming faster than any other part of the planet. Warmer air temperatures and changes in precipitation patterns affect hydrologic processes and, perhaps less noticeably but with huge ramifications, thawing the subsurface permafrost.
These changes are expected to continue or amplify in the future. What factors are at play and stand to be affected? What would the end of permafrost mean? And how will changes in the Arctic impact conditions all around the globe?
Dr. Andy Parsekian of the University of Wyoming, offers a glimpse at his work in the Alaskan Arctic at the next presentation of the Geologists of Jackson Hole, “Permafrost in a changing climate: Arctic lake and drained lake basin systems,” starting at 6 p.m. June 15 via Zoom. Visit GeologistsOfJacksonHole.org for the link to the live session, and also find recordings of archived talks going back to 2020.
Prep your summer pack
Teton County Search and Rescue wants to know: What the heck is in your pack?
The program created by Backcountry Zero, whose goal is to bring fatalities and maybe even serious injuries down to — you guessed it — ZERO, has filled June with opportunities to remind travelers about the essential gear they will need for a safe trip, whether that’s just a stroll to Taggart Lake or a multi-day through the high country.
An adult “What’s in Your Pack” gathering runs 6-8:30 p.m. tonight at the TCSAR hanger, just up the Y intersection on Hwy. 22. Learn about what to pack, how to stop life-threatening bleeds, what current satellite communication technology looks like and how to be responsible in bear country.
Teach your children well with a Youth WIYP workshop for third- to seventh-graders set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday to get the whole fam ready for summer adventures. What to pack, how to splint, useful knots are on the syllabus. Students also will get a hands-on tour of gear used by SAR as well as pizza dinner and goody bag.
Still freaked by the ’rona? Try the virtual version of “What’s in your Pack” 6-8 p.m. June 22 for just $10 (free for anyone young than 18).
And if the whole famn damily is planning an outing, “What’s in Your Pack for Families” features skills stations for teams to build emergency shelters, fend off bears, learn about satellite communication devices and more (snacks, goodies …) 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 23.
Learn how to be safe from the local hero-pros. Go to BackcountryZero.com/events for detail and registration.
‘Brothers’ scores at film fest
Two brothers make a heart-to-heart connection in Jackson Hole High School sophomore filmmaker Isaac Larsen’s award-winning short film “Brothers.”
Larsen and his cast was nominated seven awards in this year’s Cheyenne Youth Short Film Festival, judged earlier this spring, and won three for Best Overall Picture, Best Cinematography and Best Actor (for Ty VanZanten).
“These youth had two weeks to prepare a short film based on the requirements given,” proud mother Amy Larsen said. “The nominations were announced on Facebook and they had a red carpet event in Cheyenne on May 30 at the Atlas Theater, where they featured all of the nominated films on the big screen. Winners were announced at the ceremony.”
Watch Larsen’s tightly constructed drama, as well as other winning films, at CYSFF.net.
Fourth of July Parade is on
The Fourth of July Parade will return for 2021, after missing a year due to the pandemic.
The parade will start at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 4, at the Teton County Fairgrounds and wind downtown on Glenwood Avenue to Town Square on Broadway, returning to the fairgrounds via South Willow Street.
The parade will be emceed from the corner of Broadway and Center Street on Town Square, where judges will evaluate the floats and award the top three.
“2021 marks a special year in Jackson Hole’s history as Teton County turns 100 years old and the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce turns 75,” Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Director of Events Britney Magleby said in a press release. “Commemorative parade entries honoring these milestones will lead this year’s parade.”
Other Independence Day events will include the Jackson Hole Rodeo at 8 p.m., the Teton Village Association fireworks at 10 p.m. and fireworks at Snow King Mountain at 10 p.m.