Party for a Purpose
Three local DJs want to give you a reason to party this summer.
Ford Hebard, Aaron Hallenbeck and Hunter Singleton — better known by their stage names OhNassi, DJ Crayon and Hunter S — are starting a monthly music series that pairs good tunes with great causes.
“[We’ve] all been heavily influenced by thoughtfully curated events, music and arts festivals and wanted to share the ethos of these events on a consistent basis,” Hebard said about wanting to bring inclusive, high-value productions to Jackson.
The monthly series, titled “Something Else,” will launch this Saturday.
As a nod to current national conversations about women’s health care, the inaugural event will benefit Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and the Center for Reproductive Rights, a global advocacy organization. A $5 to $10 donation will be collected.
“While no one in Jackson has really needed much of a reason to let loose, the party-for-a-cause system is one where people can feel a little better about doing it,” Hebard said.
The DJs will throw down from 9:30 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday at the Pink Garter Theatre. For info visit PinkGarterTheatre.com.
Cowboy got sneaked
Ready for something a little different?
Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons have kicked through the country music barrier and landed a gig at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, where the group will play at 9 tonight.
The show will be Sneaky Pete’s first at the Cowboy and breaks from the bar’s tradition of sticking to a strict diet of honky-tonkin’, two-steppin’ country music on its stage. And even though Sneaky Pete’s own sound is defined by funk, rock, jazz and a bit of hip-hop, the group is known for its covers, “This Must Be The Place” by the Talking Heads and “Hump de Bump” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers among them. Sneaky Pete might be able to pull off a quick country tune or two.
See for yourself tonight at the Cowboy. Tickets for the show cost $10 and can be purchased only at the door. For info visit MillionDollarCowboyBar.com.
High-octane dance grass
Whitewater Ramble is made up of the lone-standing original band member Patrick Sites on mandolin and vocals, former James-Brown-guitarist Damon Wood on acoustic guitar and vocals, David Becher on upright bass and vocals, Andy Reiner on the fiddle and rock-and-roll drummer Ryan Sapp.
Frontman Patrick Sites said that even the band’s name is a representation of their varied influences, describing their music as “high-octane Rocky Mountain dance grass.”
Breaking that down a little bit, it’s bluegrass, but jammier, and with a whole range of other influences, from disco house grooves to roots to Americana. They’re a “ramble” of jazz, funk, bluegrass and rock and roll.
In their live shows, they blend their original music with a strong repertoire of covers.
According to Sites, Whitewater Ramble has close to 500 covers in their back pocket, ranging from the classic rock of Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones to the singer-songwriter tradition of Paul Simon and Bob Dylan to the expansive ‘80s pop of Michael Jackson and Prince to the reggae of Bob Marley.
“That’s mixed in and intermingled so you never know what we’re gonna be covering,” Sites said. “But it’s usually a pretty fun atmosphere. We don’t have a hard time getting people up and dancing.”
Recently, the band has been working on its third record, releasing new tracks as singles as they finish them. Their one-single-at-a-time approach has also gone along with their effort to create high quality music videos. Their video for “Hollow,” which touches on themes of gun violence, was awarded “Best Music Video” and “Most Dramatic Music Video” by the LA Music Video Awards.
Whitewater Ramble will play a free concert through Concerts on the Commons at 7 tonight in the Village Commons at Teton Village. For more information, go online and visit ConcertsOnCommons.com.
A few more tunes
If “Idaho mountain stomp” sounds like it might be up your alley, try this one on for size.
“We’re high-mountain, deep-valley, bluebird, frog-stompin’, pistol-whippin’, kitty-chasin’ blues,” said Casey Jack Kristofferson, the lead singer and songwriter in Lonesome Gold, a band set to play Driggs, Idaho’s Fourth of July community picnic.
Kicking off around 6 p.m., the concert will run until 10:15, when things will quiet down on the stage and open up for some noise in the sky as the fireworks go off around town. Grab a place in any field or city park for a good view of the show, and make sure to drop by the Center City Stage before the fireworks go off. The music — Aaron Davis and the Mystery Machine, Balsamroots and Lonesome Gold — will celebrate a range of talent from the east and the west side of Teton Pass.
While Aaron Davis just released his second solo album, “The Meander,” (he’d released four previously with his former band, Screen Door Porch), Balsamroots and Lonesome Gold are up and coming, working with a set of covers and few originals mixed in. And though Lonesome Gold brings a bit of masculine energy to the stage (its core members are all men) Balsamroots will counter with some feminine presence as an all-female bluegrass band.
“We started as a group of friends playing regularly, and we evolved into a band in the last couple of years,” Balsamroots member Molly Grove said. “We’re just really excited to play for the valley and celebrate the Fourth.”
— Billy Arnold and Julie Kukral