Sit down, drink up and get down at the Wort Hotel’s Silver Dollar Showroom, where a slew of new and old talent is due to pass through this week.

“Our dance floor is closed,” the downtown venue’s website reads, “but that doesn’t mean you can’t dance in your seat.”

One Ton Pig continues to serve as the house band for Bluegrass Tuesday, as it has for 14 years and will again next week.

Coming up, however, is Baldy Dread, an alter-alter ego of ski bum musician Peter Chandler, aka Chan Man. His reggae persona is slated to play 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Chandler is “a wonderful musician who has been here for over 30 years,” said Silver Dollar talent buyer (and One Ton Pig guitarist) Justin Smith. “A big part of his soul is reggae music. Baldy Dread is sort of a spinoff, scaled-back reggae show.”

The Showroom recently expanded its music schedule to Friday and Saturday, and this weekend brings Salt Lake City trio Three of a Kind, jamming its own version of Intermountain West Soul Music inspired by the Golden Era or rock ’n’ roll.

“Our sound is our story being told with guitars, harmonicas, lap-steel slide and an upright bass as a package deal, with three-part harmony signed, sealed, and delivered!” the band states on the Silver Dollar’s website.

“We love scouting new talent in the region,” Smith said of the trio, which makes it Teton debut this week.

Per COVID-19 health guidelines, the Silver Dollar’s shows have been sit-down affairs with limited seating. Smith said it’s “a really sustainable model for live shows at dining establishments.”

“This whole thing has been interesting for me,” he said. “Part of my job is to meet, greet and orient the bands. Now, it’s the opposite. We’re turning this thing on its head — asking them not to rile up the patrons. It’s more of a dinner-and-a-show vibe. It’s really important to the staff and management to create more of a relaxed environment.” 

Contact Julia Hornstein via 732-7078 or

Contact Julia Hornstein via 732-7078 or

Since moving to Jackson Hole in 1992, Richard has covered everything from local government and criminal justice to sports and features. He currently concentrates on arts and entertainment, heading up the Scene section.

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