The Teton Valley Foundation will present Lone Bellow at this Thursday’s Music on Main, an unanticipated score for the valley, said Executive Director Amy Fradley.
“We’re really excited to bring Lone Bellow to the stage this week,” Fradley said. “It was a bit of a coup to book them last minute after Commonheart cancelled, but when we were lucky enough to fit into their routing it was a no-brainer. They have a loyal following, their genre is perfect for Music on Main. For those who are not familiar with them, they’re not going to want to miss this one.”
With earthy three-part harmonies and songwriting as provocative as it is honest, the trio — lead vocalist Zach Williams, guitarist Brian Elmquist and multi-instrumentalist Kanene Donehey Pipkin — have a new album, 2020’s “Half Moon Light,” and a recently released new single, “Dried Up River.”
“On ‘Half Moon Light,’” the band’s website says, “The Lone Bellow mixes light and dark to muster a complex ode to memory, a call for hope, and an exercise in empathy. Anchored in the acoustic storytelling that first so endeared the band to fans and critics, ‘Half Moon Light’ also takes more chances, experimenting with textures and instrumental fillips to create a full-bodied music experience. The result is The Lone Bellow’s most sophisticated work to date.”
“I want it to bring comfort,” Elmquist said of the new disc. “But it’s not all hard conversations. There’s a lot of light and some dancing that needs to happen.”
With soul-shouting intensity, lead single “Count On Me” reminds us to lean on one another. Praise for deep friendships pops up again and again throughout the album: “Friends” celebrates the relationships forged after years together in the trenches — with a musical swagger that nods to David Byrne and Tom Petty.
Opening for The Lone Bellow will be everyone’s local favorite, One Ton Pig.
The free concert series will also host “Ice Night” this week to spotlight the Kotler Ice Arena programming and Youth Hockey.
“We have a raffle going throughout the summer for a Grand Targhee season pass, NewWest Knifeworks, Peaked Sports cruiser bike to support our programming throughout the year,” Fradley said. “The Zampaign continues, raising money toward a new Zamboni for the arena and essential capital improvements to house the Zamboni.”
Music on Main gets under way at 6 p.m. Thursday in Victor City Park. Area vendors will hawk food and drink (no outside alcohol allowed), and if you’re feeling even a little sick — be it with COVID-19 or just a cold — please just stay home this time around.
Go to TetonValleyFoundation.org for info. ￼