The band Salem first came to the Wood River Valley for the 48 Straight King of the Mountain event weekend more than two years ago. Since then, the band has returned to the valley whenever it tours the region. Salem will play its original blend of hip-hop, jazz and neo-soul-influenced music at the Sun Valley Brewery in Hailey on Thursday, Jan. 20, along with a screening of the film "Tailgate Alaska: The Movie," which will take place at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. Salem will play before and after "Tailgate Alaska: The Movie."
Salem has been touring nationally for several years at festivals, clubs and sports events from its home in Boulder, Colo. Salem's band member Todd Anders Johnson's socially conscious compositions have led him to the founding of the Risan Project. The Risan Project has been gaining momentum to spread the word about solar power and raise awareness for the health of the planet though multimedia presentations about climate change and energy efficiency.
Salem has been traveling with the Risan Project tours, which include Salem concerts, ski and snowboard film premiers and presentations from environmental organizations such as Protect Our Winters, the Nantucket Land Council and The Climate Project.
Salem has played at the biggest ski and snowboard events in North America, including ESPN's Winter X 12 Games, the U.S. Freeskiing Open, the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, the U.S. Snowboarding VISA Cup, the Canadian Freeskiing Championships, the Breckenridge Spring Massive, the Keystone River Run Rocks and the Northface Masters of Snowboarding.
Salem has performed alongside Keller Williams, Pato Banton, De La Soul, Sweatshop Union, The Meters (PBS), Bone Thugs N Harmony, DJ Logic, Stanton Moore and Will Bernard, Hell's Belles, Mama's Cookin, Tab Benoit, Rebirth Brass Band, The Motet, Steve Earle and Zilla.
For a complete listing of music events in the valley, see the Music, Dance and Theater section of the Calendar on Page C5.
—Sabina Dana Plasse