Friday, September 25, 2009

Fall lacks slack

Live music and events continue throughout the season

Express Staff Writer

Alaska native Matt Hopper is often compared to singer and songwriter Ryan Adams. He plays frequently throughout the valley and will open for The Devil Whale at the Sun Valley Brewery on Saturday. Photo by

The period between summer and winter, known by most as fall, is better known as "slack" in the Wood River Valley. However, slack continues to fade as more events and festivals begin to flourish.

This weekend, Sun Valley introduces its first modern jazz festival with headliner Sergio Mendes. Joining Mendes will be internationally known guitarist Gene Bertoncini. In addition, the festival will feature Sun Valley's entertaining and talented Paul Tillotson, who will play with his band, The Love Trio, and special guest Lew Soloff. Festival tickets are $25, $40 and $67, on sale at the Sun Valley Recreation Center box office or online at For details, call 622-2135.

At the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum, artist-in-residence Jeffery Ernstoff has spent a weeklong residency teaching valley students and entertaining at the theatre. The New York City-based, multi-talented performer will present his show, "Exactly One Hour With an Unstable American Musician," tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $40 reserved. For details, call 726-9124.

Free live music continues in Ketchum at Papa Hemi's Hideaway, featuring Fred Crabtree tonight and the band Hickory Blue tomorrow. Shows are 6:30-9:30 p.m. More music will take place at the Sun Valley Brewery in Hailey on Saturday, Sept. 26, with The Devil Whale and Matt Hopper at 8 p.m. Making its valley debut at the brewery, The Devil Whale has been compared to the bands Cold Play and The Verve. Also featuring live music is the Silver Dollar in Bellevue, which presents the porch-stomping sounds of the valley's The Damphools at 9 p.m. tonight.

Other events around the Wood River Valley include Macedonian artist Blagojce Stonjanovski, who will open his new show, "Artists and Horses: Represented by the Old and New Masters," tonight at his Bellevue gallery on Main Street from 6-9 p.m. For details, call 831-277-0056.

In addition to art exhibitions, Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Hailey features "Mining in the Wood River Valley." This show of historic photos takes a glimpse into the valley's mining past from the 1880s to 1940s. Hailey exhibition hours are Wednesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. The Center is located at 314 S. Second Ave. in Hailey at the corner of Pine and Second streets. For details, call 726-9491.

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Upcoming fall festivals

· Sawtooth Cycle Challenge and Biketoberfest, Ketchum, Oct. 2-4.

· Trailing of the Sheep Festival, throughout the valley, Oct. 9-11.

· Swing 'n' Dixie Jazz Jamboree, Sun Valley, Oct. 14-18.

· Ernest Hemingway Symposium, Sun Valley and Ketchum, Oct. 22-23.

· Crosstoberfest, Sun Valley and Ketchum, Oct. 24-25.

· Sun Valley Sustainability Conference, Oct. 29-31.

· Nightmare on Main Street in Ketchum celebrating Halloween in style with a Rocky Horror-themed bash on Oct. 31.

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