Million Dollar Music Festival

From Dripping Springs, Texas, country power trio Midland will headline the 2021 Million Dollar Music Festival over Memorial Day weekend. Tickets for the three-night fest, which will also feature Jenny Tolman and Runaway June, go on sale April 20 at

Thespians beckoned

Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps. Shakespeare had a thing for the traps, as demonstrated by his comic love tangle “Much Ado About Nothing.”

Off Square Theatre Company is looking to cast the quintessential romance for this year’s Thin Air Shakespeare production. The role of Hero, one of the principal young ladies caught up in the plot of deceptions, gossip, misunderstandings and, ultimately, love, is open, as are many players in the general ensemble.

Jackson Hole residents age 18 an older should go to by Sunday to provide their personal info and to upload or provide a link to a headshot (if you have one), resume and a two-minute audition video, preferably comic.

Also include you daytime and evening schedule, including weekends, for the span of rehearsals and performances. Rehearsals will begin June 14, with performances set for July 9-18.

Cowboy Music Fest set

Grammy-nominated, platinum- and gold-record certified, Texas power trio Midland will headline the 2021 Million Dollar Music Fest over Memorial Day weekend.

That’s right, while of many of Jackson Hole’s favorite start-of-the-tourist-season events are up in the air or outright cancelled, the famous Million Dollar Cowboy Bar on Town Square will keep the live music going with three nights of entertainment on its indoor stage.

Tickets for the May 28-30 lineup, which also features Runaway June and Jenny Tolman, go on sale at 10 a.m. April 20 at

“In 2019 we had approval to do it on the Town Square,” said Justin Smith, talent buyer for the Cowboy and the Silver Dollar Showroom. “It was a smash, a great success, with 5,000 people … to end the weekend with a bang.”

Last year the coronavirus pandemic shut the event down, “but here we are again,” said Smith.

While the town of Jackson wasn’t quite ready for another crowd on the square, the Cowboy Bar has satisfied health and safety guidelines with the limited-capacity, socially distanced, sit-down shows all winter long. So this year’s fest will take place indoors, as well.

“Just as we’ve done with all of our music over the last year,” said Jim Waldrop, president of Silver Dollar Inc., the parent company of the Cowboy Bar, “these indoor shows will follow current state and local health guidance. They will be sit-down-only, with a limited capacity, which will allow our guests to enjoy the immense talent we’re presenting while confidently remaining safe.”

Tickets for each show will be sold by the table only. Barstools, two-top and four-top tables will be available.

Vivid memories

Life is brilliant and vivid in artist Sebastian Blanck’s eyes. Springs are verdant, summers loll beneath deep blue skies, autumns are riots of color — even winters sparkle.

In Blanck’s new solo show at Tayloe Piggott Gallery, “A Year on Magnolia Road,” opening March 31, this technicolor world is the setting for small, quiet human moments — “nostalgic interaction between man and nature,” as the gallery’s press release puts it: a boy contemplates a quiet pond, lost in his thoughts and nearly lost in the splashes of fall foliage; a girl strolls through a snowy suburban neighborhood; a woman enjoys the shade of her wide-brimmed summer hat.

“Using vibrant colors to craft familiar outdoor scenes,” the release continues, “Blanck captures fleeting yet touching moments in life … [and] broad perspective seasonal vignettes evoking the solitary nature of passing time.”

There’s even warmth and richness in his pen-and-ink drawings, eight of which are in this show, showing off his masterful use of shading and shadows. A trio of figures standing beneath a tree appear as cool and relaxed as the near-blinding brightness of the summer setting seems hot and dry. They “invite the viewer to step into his cherished world,” the gallery states. “Often touching and emotional in spirit, Blanck’s work displays both a familiarity with each subject and a commitment to connecting individuals through the power of nostalgic, bold imagery.”

Blanck’s show hangs through June 2. Go to to see the work, read more about the artist and learn about visiting the gallery in person.

Summer on stage

Think it’s too early to start planning for summer? Not if you’re a parent looking to sign your kids up for camps and activities.

Several sources of such summer fun have already opened registration for 2021 camps, including Off Square Theatre Company, which offers three opportunities in July and August.

“Whodunnit? Mystery Theatre Camp,” for young actors in grades 4-7, is set for July 26-30. Campers solve the mystery of the stolen horse, and ensure she’s found before the next rodeo, in this “theatrical and improvisational yet structured production of the ultimate Jackson Hole heist,” Off Square writes in press material.

Campers will experience and experiment with theater, dance, music and visual arts in collaborative “art samplers” that also include Dancers’ Workshop, Teton Music School and the Art Association. Two sessions — one for grades K-2, the other for 3-5 — run concurrently Aug. 2-6.

And from Aug. 9-20 students going into grades 5 on up will take two full weeks of classes in acting and improv, voice and singing, dance and movement, costume and set creations, and get a glimpse into lighting and sound design in Off Square’s new Summer Intensive.

Camps fill quickly! For details and registration information go to, where you’ll also find instructions for applying for scholarships. Email with questions.

Whole lotta sliding

You don’t need to be a geologist to know that the giant gash on the north end of Sheep Mountain, aka Sleeping Indian, was the result of a landslide — none other than the famed Gros Ventre Slide of June 23, 1925, when 50 million cubic yards of material came crashing down, damming the Gros Ventre River.

But you might need to be a geologist to identify landslide sites throughout the area. In 2014 the National Park Service inventoried them in Grand Teton National Park. Using LiDAR sensing technology mounted on aircraft, which can penetrate vegetation to produce high-resolution topographic images, the project found hundreds of landslides, demonstrating that hillslope instability is relatively common.

On April 6 the Geologists of Jackson Hole will host Ben Crosby of Idaho State University for the live Zoom presentation, “An Inventory of Landslides in Grand Teton National Park,” offering a first-hand view of the inventory’s dataset and discussing how landslide activity has helped shape Grand Teton.

The free event begins at 6 p.m. Go to for the Zoom link and to check out videos of past lectures.

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