What better to celebrate the melting pot that is American culture than with music that reaches across cultures?
The Teton Village Association and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort are back with the 10th year of Concerts on the Commons. Calle Mambo, which has played the series every year since 2010, will headline the Fourth of July show.
The band, formed in 2008, adds Afro-Cuban, Latin and salsa music to the Rocky Mountain region’s oftentimes bluegrass-heavy offerings.
Chris Smith, the bandleader and drummer, described Calle Mambo’s sound as a blend of Afro-Cuban, with a little funk, soul, and rhythm and blues. Its sound is also influenced by popular artists like Marc Anthony and Gloria Estefan.
“It’s a really high energy, dance-oriented show,” Smith said.
But Calle Mambo also has a nice jazz repertoire. The band will be joined for the first time by pianist Pam Drews Phillips.
“Calle Mambo is a labor of love, and we really love the music and love to perform,” Smith said. “We’re honored to be playing July Fourth.”