JacksonHoleLive would have been in its ninth season this summer and it's been a wild ride. Some of the biggest names ever to play in the valley have graced the temporary stage at the ball field next to Snow King. The Wood Brothers, Gov't Mule, Justin Townes Earle, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Old Crow Medicine Show, Trombone Shorty, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Shakey Graves, Shovels & Rope and Blitzen Trapper are just a few.
Just hours after the Teton Valley Foundation announced that Music on Main would be cancelled this summer, JacksonHoleLive followed suit.
“We could all use this right about now to reconnect with those outside of our bubbles,” co-founder Shannon McCormick said in a press release, “but for obvious reasons, an event of this scale is simply not viable given the ongoing health concerns for our community related to the pandemic."
Not wanting to leave valley denizens completely void of entertainment, the organization has come up with two creative ways to engage the public this summer. Their annual "RaptorFest" collaboration with the Teton Raptor Center will take place via KHOL 89.1 FM on Father's Day and will incorporate a virtual component. The organization will also curate a playlist featuring songs from the performers that have played during past seasons of the concert series.
Although JacksonHoleLive leadership decided to take decisive action by canceling all of their summer shows, they are open to the idea of hosting a musical event if public safety concerns diminish later on in the summer.
“We'll continue to evaluate options for the potential to do something later this summer that brings people together in support of our local music community, but doing so safely is paramount,” co-founder Jeff Potter in the press release. “Our local musicians have been gutted by the current situation and, like many others, need our support."