Concerts on the Commons is a free concert series taking place this summer at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Teton Village. This series of concerts brought widespread musical acts to Teton Village last summer.
In September 2010, some 1500 attendees rocked out to the sounds of JJ Grey and Mofro at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and this year the line-up promises to step it up a notch.
The music kicks off on July 17th and continues for five consecutive Sunday. Concerts on the Commons will bring beats ranging from Southern R&B to Jazz fever and unadulterated Rock & Roll. The concerts take place between 4pm to 7pm, rain or shine and are free for all. This year beer and wine will be sold, and food vendors will be on site serving dinner, and light snacks.
Each show is produced by Poppa Presents and supported by Silver Star Communications, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and Teton Village Association, representing Teton Village businesses. The Jackson Hole Music Experience, a rock & roll camp featuring local young talent, will open for each band.
Below is the Line Up:
1. July 17: John Nemeth
John Németh is a rising blues star. He is a singer steeped in tradition, reminiscent of B.B. King, Ray Charles and Junior Parker, with a riveting intensity and virtuosity. His decade long career has found him opening for Robert Cray, Keb Mo’, and Earl Thomas and performing major music festivals around the world. He is a multiple 2011 Blues Music Award Nominee and was named “2010 Most Outstanding Blues Singer” by Living Blues Magazine.
2. July 24: The Congress
The Congress blends feel-good American music and authentic Southern R&B to produce an amalgamation of genre bending music that can transport a listener to the bustle of the French Quarter. Receiving international recognition even prior to its release, the song, “Back Where You Are” was chosen to air on CNN as part of a world-wide fundraising campaign to aid relief efforts for the devastation caused by the massive earthquake in Haiti.
3. July 31: Mother Hips
The Hips – led by co-founders Tim Bluhm (vocals/guitar) and Greg Loiacono (guitar/vocals) – have been playing music for nearly 18 years. Hailed by critics for their “rootsy mix of 70s rock and power pop” and for their unflinching ability to “sing it sweet and play it dirty.”
Over the years, the band has worked with and played alongside a slew of renowned/respected colleagues including super-producer Rick Rubin, Wilco, Johnny Cash, and many others.
4. August 7: Wanda Jackson
When Wanda Jackson, or the “Queen of Rockabilly,” recorded “Let’s Have A Party,” she made it into a hit of her own in 1958 even after one-time boyfriend Elvis Presley had released a version of it. Her delivery of the chorus wasn’t so much a suggestion as it was a command. This feisty artist is as galvanizing as ever and was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Jackson had a pivotal role in the evolution of popular music, especially where female artists were concerned. As a teenager in the mid-50s, the diminutive Jackson was the first woman to perform unadulterated rock and roll – and she one-upped the boys defining this genre.
5. August 14: Breakestra
The Los Angeles-based ensemble is a blend of deep funk, soul and jazz fever reminiscent of James Brown. After years of playing in intimate venues Breakestra is exploding onto bigger stages. Last summer, they opened up for De La Soul in Central Park.
Should be a hell of a summer at Jackson Hole!!!