At Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, all of March is a swan song to the winter season. Quite literally: music rings out every Saturday après-ski starting at 3pm, and a 3-day extravaganza caps the month in free concerts.
The Music Under the Tram series spotlights talent from the Tetons, all atop a slopeside stage set beneath the Tram dock. On March 22nd, Jackson’s beloved bluegrass band, One Ton Pig, take to the Tram stage. Specializing in “outlaw country,” One Ton draws inspiration from Willie Nelson, John Cash and Del McCoury to create a raucous show all their own. On March 29th, Bootleg Flyer alights on stage with its blend of country, folk and rock. The 5-piece band is fronted by the Miller Sisters, sibling songstresses who wow with their finely-tuned harmonies. Add bass, drums, acoustic and lead guitar to the mix and you get a party band worth watching (check out their new original album, “Saving Grace,” on iTunes). All Tram concerts are free to enjoy.
The Tram shows set the stage for the showstoppers playing March 27th-29th as part of the Jackson Hole Rendezvous, a 3-day lifestyle and music festival taking place in Teton Village and the Town of Jackson. The free festivities begin March 27th when the iconic Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe performs at the Snow King Center in Jackson. With a career spanning nearly three decades, Denson has played with the likes of Lenny Kravitz and as part of the seminal Greyboy Allstars. All the while, Tiny University has made the rounds of festivals and clubs, entertaining audiences around the world with his soul-funk mastery. The concert is free and begins at 7:30 p.m.
Then, on March 28th, the legendary roots reggae band Steel Pulse will take to the Tram stage, warmed up by DJ Logic. Based in Great Britain, Steel Pulse was the first non-Jamaican act to win the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album, back in 1986. A favorite of Bob Marley, the band has stayed true to its roots over its acclaimed career, spanning four decades.
Jackson Hole Rendezvous reaches a crescendo on March 29th with Michael Franti and Spearhead (and opener, Baja, CA-based family funk band Groovetrotters), both of whom will play on a grandstand in the front parking lot. Franti is a pioneer in every sense of the word – as a musician blending hip hop, funk, reggae, jazz and folk rock on his more than a dozen albums, and as a humanitarian advocating for peace in the Middle East. Franti encourages his fans to think while they party, a mission he will certainly achieve in Teton Village. To Jackson Hole, Franti brings his brand new single, “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like),” which will be included in his upcoming album slated for summer release. “Music is sunshine,” Franti once said. “Like sunshine, music is a powerful force that can instantly and almost chemically change your entire mood. Music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose.” Amen.