Wyatt Lowe

Wyatt Lowe and the Mayhem Kings are playing the Pink Garter summer kickoff show Friday, the first stop on a national tour. The show also includes a silent auction which will benefit the Teton County Search and Rescue. “I think everyone is indebted to TCSAR in some way or another,” band frontman Wyatt Lowe said.

The Pink Garter Theatre is set to kick off its summer season with some mayhem.

Wyatt Lowe and the Mayhem Kings, a four-piece Americana, roots and rock ’n’ roll revival band featuring Wyatt Lowe, David Bundy, Pete Closson and Jason Fritts, will play a Friday concert that doubles as a silent auction to benefit Teton County Search and Rescue.

But while the auction — set to include items donated by sponsors like Smith, Rossignol, Nike, Stio, Hoback Sports and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort — will be silent, the band will be loud.

“Our music is pretty f---ing loud,” said Lowe, the Mayhem Kings’ frontman. “There’s guitars, there’s organ, there’s sax, there’s heavy-hitting drums. When you come to a Mayhem Kings concert, it’s exactly as stated — it’s pretty much mayhem.”

For Lowe, originally from San Diego, Friday’s concert is a homecoming of sorts. His father’s work in hospitality brought his family to Jackson, where the guitar player spent three years as a teenager, from 2013 to 2015.

Lowe felt a sense of community in the valley and played music in venues across town, including Rendezvous Festival and The Rose.

In those years Lowe also came to recognize Search and Rescue as an important organization that served as a backbone for Jackson’s outdoor community.

When the Pink Garter’s representatives called the band and asked it to play the show, Lowe welcomed the opportunity.

“We’re giving the locals a chance to come out and have one last party and while we’re doing that also say thanks to a part of the community that never [stops], never [slows] down,” Lowe said. “Teton County Search and Rescue is always there.”

Casey Lewis, the operations and donor relations director for the Teton County Search and Rescue Foundation, Search and Rescue’s nonprofit arm, said the money her organization receives from the show will fund its summer priorities.

“It’s a time when a lot of locals are out adventuring,” she said. “We want to make sure we have the resources to be able to go out and help.”

In addition to helping fund a contract to keep a rescue helicopter in town for an extra month, money from the concert will be put toward preventative research, rescue education for the community and training for volunteers.

“Our volunteers are available 24/7, if somebody needs help in the backcountry,” Lewis said.

“You never know when you might need help from our team.”

This concert comes at a transitional time for Lowe, who is busy raising a 1-year-old daughter and preparing to get married in October.

It’s also a marquee moment for the Mayhem Kings, who are working to release a new record by the end of the year.

The Kings will play a handful of that new material at the Friday show, so even those who have seen the band perform before will have new material to enjoy.

But for noise-wary concertgoers, Lowe has some advice.

“If you’re sensitive to loud music, you might want to bring some earplugs. It’s going to be loud,” he said. 

Contact Leonor Grave at intern@jhnewsandguide.com.

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