The START Bus will shuttle people back and forth over the pass during the "Music on Main" concert series that kicks off July 15. The special START service will offer two pick-up times for concert goers coming from Jackson. The ride from Jackson to Victor, where "Music on Main" has been relocated to this year from Driggs, will take about an hour from the first bus stop, at the Snow King Center, and about a half-hour from Wilson, the last stop on the Wyoming side. Riders can take the round-trip ride for $8, or pay $5 for a one-way trip back to the Wyoming side. Shows are scheduled to end by 10 p.m. and a START bus will depart from Victor City Park at 10:10 p.m. The bus will also run the other direction from Victor, shuttling passengers to Driggs, Idaho, and Alta, Wyo.
The Valley Citizen carried this story about the concert line-up:
The series opens on Thursday, July 15 with Calle Mambo and Rotating Superstructure, two of Jackson Hole’s premier local talents.
“Calle Mambo played an opening set last season and was so well received that we simply had to bring them back,” Potter said. “And Rotating Superstructure is one of the youngest bands making waves in the regional scene.”
With any luck at all, the Foundation won’t be able to afford Big Sam’s Funky Nation in the future. Like Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue last year, Big Sam’s Funky Nation is likely to blow its way into the hearts of concert goers Thursday, July 22 after Teton Valley’s own LUNKuR sets the stage.
"Big Sam Williams has long been one of New Orleans’ best trombone players,” Potter said. “After honing his chops with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band for many years, Sam was inspired to form the Funky Nation after Dirty Dozen began touring with Widespread Panic. With upcoming appearances at Bonnaroo, Gathering of the Vibes and Jamcruise, Big Sam’s Funky Nation will bring another set of high energy funk to the Music on Main stage.”
The last Thursday in July will feature the Band of Heathens, an Austin-based Rock/Americana group that has drawn comparisons to the Black Crowes, the Band and Little Feat.
“Following last year’s appearance on Austin City Limits, the Band of Heathens played the Mangy Moose with rave reviews, and they were recently added to this summer’s Lollapalooza festival in Chicago,” Potter said.
Jackson Hole’s One Ton Pig is scheduled to open for the Band of Heathens.
While the band featured on the first Thursday in August is still up in the air, look for the black smoke of the Backyard Tire Fire on August 12. With recent comparisons to Wilco, Son Volt and the Flaming Lips, Backyard Tire Fire has drawn the critical acclaim of Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin, who produced the band’s newest release, “Good to Be."
“It takes a pretty special band to rivet the attention of everyone in my band,” Berlin said. “In my opinion, Backyard Tire Fire is one of America’s best young bands.”
Jackson Hole band the Outfit will open for Backyard Tire Fire.
Two beautiful and talented artists are set to wrap up the 2010 Music on Main series as Carolyn Wonderland and Margo Valiante are set to sing the blues August 19.
Wonderland was named Austin’s Best Female Vocalist and her band the Best Blues Band at the 2009 Austin Music Awards. She has toured with Buddy Guy and John Winter, jammed with Los Lobos and Bob Dylan, recorded with Asleep at the Wheel, and has been featured on Austin City Limits, drawing comparisons to the likes of Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi.
A Jackson Hole native, Valiante moved to Austin a few years ago and joined Wonderland on the 2010 Austin Music Awards Best Blues Band list. Valiante will join Wonderland again on stage as her opening act. As a volunteer driven organization, the Teton Valley Foundation is always in search of people interested in donating their time to their events and serving on committees. To get more involved, please contact Jeff Potter by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org