Western Americana duo Screen Door Porch comes out of retirement to help the Center for the Arts dive into August.
The twosome — Aaron Davis and Seadar Rose — will perform a livestream concert from the Center Stage starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, the first in a recently announced “Center presents” series of music, storytelling and art happenings.
After leaving an indelible mark on the music scene of the Northern Rockies with four CDs, perpetual touring, festival appearances and the creation of the WYOmericana Caravan Tour, Davis and Rose announced in 2017 that their longtime project would take a break. Aside from a few livestreams from their Hoback cabin, Thursday’s appearance will be Screen Door Porch’s first stage show since then.
“Looking forward to the opportunity to dust off songs from our four studio albums, try some new material, and support The Center in a time when venues everywhere are struggling to keep the doors open,” Davis wrote in an email to the News&Guide.
For this show, Davis and Rose will perform in an empty Center Theater, their performance captured and streamed by professional videographers. And while they are returning to their original, slimmed down, two-piece form — as opposed to the four- or six-piece bands they toured with for a decade — they are more than up to the job of playing their electrified and electrifying alt-folk-soul-rock, powered by Rose’s blues-tinged pipes and Davis’s deft finger work on guitars, banjo and mandolin.
Screen Door Porch launches a month of events at the Center for the Art, with the first edition of “Mini Moth Stories” fluttering in Aug. 11.
For going on 25 years, The Moth has provided a platform for people of all stripes to tell their true stories. Over the years, The Moth has presented more than 20,000 stories to crowds all over the world, and currently produces over 500 live shows a year. Its podcast is downloaded an astonishing 44 million times each year, and each week, the Peabody Award-winning Moth Radio Hour is broadcast of over 450 radio stations around the world, including Wyoming Public Radio.
For this “Mini Moth” event, Jackson native Ian McGregor will tell a story he calls “Blindside,” about a tour guide in Yellowstone, and Terrance Flynn will present “C’est La Vie,” in which he “attempts to catch the romantic interest of an enigmatic stranger,” as described on TheMoth.org.
Rounding out the music this month, visual artist-DJ-rhythm maniac Lauren Chase will offer a live electronic set at 5 p.m. Aug. 13: “Interweaving the sounds of underground melodic techno, acid, house, and dark disco, Lauren aims to create an energized, unpredictable yet playful space through her DJing,” the Center writes of her work.
Chase serves as a handy segue for the artistic events of the second half of of the month. Starting Aug. 10, valley artists Shannon Troxler, Bronwyn Minton, Emily Boespflug, Crystal Sacca, Lida Plummer, Anika Youcha and Lyla Kirkpatrick will cover the sidewalks around the center campus with colorful chalk art in preparation for the “Chalk It Up! Sidewalk ChalkArt Festival” on Aug. 14.
“We hope these creative designs will remind us that the arts are alive and well despite the global pandemic,” the Center writes on its website.
Also on Aug. 14, Alta artist Mona K. Monroe opens her show, “Invisible Threads,” in the Center Theater Gallery. “A sense of fragmented remembrances informs her work,” the Center states, “telling stories about loss, identity, the forgotten past, curiosity, hope and completion.”
Everyday items — pots, goblets, gloves, fabric — serve to germinate fantastical, sometimes fearful, organic forms and structures, tendrils of memory and emotion.
The display runs through Sept. 25.