Mountain Music

Jackson, Teton Village, and Victor, Idaho, each offer a free outdoor concert series.

Both sides of the Tetons will be jamming this summer with free outdoor live music.

In Jackson, JacksonHoleLive will be coming back for its fourth year. Just over Teton Pass in Victor, Idaho, the Teton Valley Foundation’s decade-old Music on Main will keep the quiet side of the mountains grooving. Free concerts on hot Sundays are offered on the cool lawn in Teton Village during Concerts on the Commons.

A typical JacksonHoleLive concert includes babies dancing, 20-somethings sipping beer and families lounging on blankets in Snow King Ballpark.

The free summer concert series in downtown Jackson brings residents and tourists out in droves to enjoy the sunshine and the tunes or simply take in the scene on an afternoon after work. Music begins at 5:30 p.m. on six separate dates.

“The setting is beautiful at the base of Snow King Mountain,” series founder and promoter Shannon McCormick said. “The town of Jackson just really seems to embrace our events.”

Vendors from local shops and restaurants sell food and drinks for a laid-back picnic feel. In years past, the dusty baseball diamond has left dirty feet and, if the weather turns, muddy shoes. But sod has been laid on the entire field this year, McCormick said, making for some more foot-friendly covering.

The lineup is full of up-and-coming and well-known groups. This year’s schedule offers “the best summer of music since our inception in 2012,” McCormick said.

JacksonHoleLive starts June 21 with the eclectic jam band John Butler Trio, paired with a crawfish boil. Other hot acts will include Jared & The Mill on July 3 and bluegrass band One Ton Pig on July 4. Things take a turn for the urban July 15 with rapper Lyrics Born. August 5 offers an intriguing double bill with “antifolk” singer Shakey Graves and the country-leaning roots rockers Turnpike Troubadours. The series concludes August 12 with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.

Teton Valley, Idaho, will be rocking on Thursday nights with bands like Blitzen Trapper, The Young Dubliners and the Stooges Brass Band.

The lineup this year is all about diversity, said Amy Fradley, program manager for Music on Main.

“We have a diverse community and we really want to bring diverse music to the community,” she said. “It helps expose people. It’s a cultural thing.”

In years past, Music on Main has had seven concerts but the foundation was able to have a concert during Fourth of July week this year, which rounds out the season. See schedule at right.

Music on Main is the essence of community on the west side of the Tetons, Fradley said, something the Teton Valley Foundation tries to support.

“People love it,” Fradley said. “An average of 3,000 patrons come to the shows every week. We’re overflowing. It’s such a community event.”

The event is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, so the foundation wanted to make it extra special by bringing back some of its favorite performers from last year and introducing some new ones.

Like JacksonHoleLive, Music on Main has food and drink vendors to add to the fun. Concertgoers can grab dinner, gab with friends and get down in the venue of Victor City Park.

In Teton Village, the bands for the Concert on the Commons series haven’t yet been announced, but the dates have. In addition to concerts July 3 and 4, a concert will be held at 5 p.m. every Sunday between July 12 and August 30. Check concertsonthecommons.com for the lineup.

The variety of free, outdoor live music in the Tetons is growing. Catch some of the groove.