The Hootenanny at the Center

Marmot Ate My Boots — from left, Joel Sandoval, Molly Watters, Molly Gibbs, Hannah McLimans, Ben Rossetter and Chris Bingman — at a special edition of the Hootenanny at the Center for the Arts last year.

When restaurants and bars were shut down last week, one of Jackson’s longest-standing traditions was canceled: the Hootenanny at Dornan’s.

Luckily for music lovers, the spirit of “the Hoot” is far too intrepid to go down that easy. The event will be held via livestream on Youtube from 6 to 9 p.m. today.

To find the link for the stream go to the Facebook page for the event at The link will be posted 10 minutes before the event.

Ben Rossetter said that the Hootenanny was already on its last legs for the spring, as there is usually a hiatus during the offseason, but the idea of doing it virtually reinvigorated the community.

“When I sent out an email to the broader Hootenanny community, everyone was unanimously on board,” Rossetter said.

Although he is a bit nervous about the technical tribulations of the first-ever virtual Hootenanny, trial runs have gone well. The overall goal of bringing the weekly open mic online is to make people feel connected through community-born music.

“This is a crap situation, and we’re just gonna do what we can to still maintain that community connection,” Rossetter said.

Because all it takes to perform at this week’s Hootenanny is a wifi connection, some past performers who no longer live in Jackson Hole will make an appearance this week. One of them is Anya Tyson, who you may remember from when she sang an educational song about Clark's nutcrackers on KHOL, who will be playing from Vermont.

What does Rossetter hope people get from it?

“If nothing else, just a smile.”

Contact Gabe Allen at 732-7062 or

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