Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Get down with Ketchum’s free live music scene

Hear music throughout the week

Express Staff Writer

Ketch’em Alive is a free live music event at Ketchum’s Forest Service Park every Tuesday June 28-Aug. 23. from 7-9 p.m. Express file photo

     The start of the Ketch’em Alive free live music series is a welcome sign that summer has arrived in the Wood River Valley. Founded and organized by valley artist and resident Will Caldwell, the series celebrates 12 years.

     “You have to make every summer night count because they’re precious here in the Wood River Valley,” Caldwell said.

     This summer Caldwell’s Ketch’em Alive line-up in Ketchum’s Forest Service Park will include a cowboy country band from Boston, Girls, Guns & Glory, to kick off the season on Tuesday, June 28. In addition, the Irish band Swagger will play on July 5, and the reggae band Red Lion from Florida will play on July 12. Other bands throughout the summer will include local rockers such as Old Death Whisper, The Bobos and Hoodwink. Bands visiting Ketchum for Tuesday night fun will be Thunder Body from New York City and Keegan Smith from Portland, Ore. Taj Weeks, a reggae band from Jamaica, will wrap up the summer season.

     Caldwell said Ketch’em Alive would not be possible without the support of the City of Ketchum, Cox, Atkinsons’ Markets, High Country Resort Properties, D.L. Evans Bank, The Roosevelt Grille, My Sun Valley Home and Barry Peterson Jewelers. Picnics are allowed, and beer and wine will be for sale.

     Caldwell also has organized the 2011 Jazz in the Park concert series every Sunday at the Rotary Park in Ketchum from 6-8 p.m. Sundays, June 26-July 31. The Paul Tillotson Trio will kick off the series followed by Yve Evans & Company, the Sun Valley Latin Jazz Ensemble, the Boise Latin Jazz Connection, Kevin Kirk & Onomatopoeia and Alan Pennay and Friends. This series has been generously funded by Dayle Fowler. Picnics are permitted at Rotary Park, which is across the street from the Wood River Community YMCA.

     In addition, Caldwell has organized live music for the Ketchum Town Square Thursday nights from 6-8 p.m. beginning Thursday, June 23, with the band Cow Says Moo. This music series, Town Square Tunes, will continue through Thursday, Sept. 2. Expect the best of the bands from the valley and beyond, including All Nite Diner, Kim Stocking, Spare Change, Hoodwink, Dewey Pickette & Howe, Jam Nation, No Cheap Horses, Safety Orange, Run4Cover and Swagger. The series is presented by the City of Ketchum.

     “All this music is a good thing to have,” he said. “I encourage everyone to come out.”

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