Friday, May 6, 2005

Turning in and looking ahead

Summer music producers set dates

Express Staff Writer

Lucky us. Reckless Kelly will take the stage several times this summer. Photo by David N. Seelig

Most of the musical concerts scheduled for the summer have been announced, at long last. And they are awe-inspiring. There's hardly a week that'll go by that the sound of music will not flow through the valley.

Back Alley Parties at the Wicked Spud in Hailey begin free, weekly live shows on Wednesday, May 25, with Audiophile. Upcoming are nearly every top-notch valley-based band, including 812, Cosmic Beans, Slow Children Playing, Umlaut, Straight Up, In Search of a Red Headed Fiddler, the Recliners, Kim Stocking Band, and Staggering Home. As was the case last year, half of the concert sales always are split between the band and a local beneficiary.

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts offers up three highly anticipated shows this season. On June 24, the Zimbabwe superstar Oliver Mtukudzi & Black Spirits will shake the leaves off the trees at Hop Porter Park in Hailey. Then on July 6, (my man) Lyle Lovett and His Large Band appear at River Run Lodge, in Ketchum. And on August 23, Arlo Guthrie's "40 Years of Alice's Restaurant" Tour takes the stage, also at River Run Lodge. Tickets are available for these shows at the Center in Ketchum.

Bravo Entertainment begins its summer series on June 22 with the Sun Valley String Festival, with Mike Gordon of Phish and Leo Kottke, Yonder Mountain String Band and Open Road. On July 2, Bravo presents the Sun Valley Freedom Festival with Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Buddy Guy, Eric Johnson and Clumsy Lovers. On August 14, Los Lonely Boys and Robert Randolph & the Family Band come to town and on Sept. 10 there will be a benefit for the Dalai Lama with Willie Nelson, Reckless Kelly and Mickey and the Motorcars and Friends.

The Bravo shows will take place at the Park and Ride lot in Ketchum. Tickets will be available at or at Atkinsons' Market, although they have not yet been released.

Reckless Kelly are scheduled to play on June 19 at the Hailey rodeo grounds, and Aug. 13 at the Braun Brother's Reunion in Challis.

The free community-minded Ketch'em Alive series begins on Tuesday, June 28, and runs through Aug. 23 in Forest Service Park in Ketchum. This year the event will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday nights through the summer.

Among the acts are singer/songwriter Maria Muldaur on July 19 and Cajun fiddler Tom Rigney on July 26. From Italy comes the electronica band Fiamma Fumana on August 2. Other bands include Colorado's Motet, the Jamaican band Jyemo, Zion Roots, 812 and the Toastpoints.

The 28th Annual Northern Rockies Folk Festival is the first weekend in August in Hop Porter Park in Hailey. It opens on the evening of Aug. 5 and continues all day on Aug. 6. The Ketchum World Beat Street Band, Mickey and the Motorcars and (believe it or not!) Jefferson Starship play on opening night. This year marks the quintessential psychedelic folk rock band's 40th anniversary.

On Saturday, the line up is: In Search of a Red Headed Fiddler, Miss Loretta and friends, the Kim Stocking Band, The Reina Collins Band and festival headliner, the subdudes.

There's plenty to listen to all summer, and plenty of good times ahead. Other shows and concerts will be announced as summer closes in on us. So, stay tuned.

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