When summer temperatures go soaring into the hot zone, so does live music. Making his way from New Orleans, long-time rock 'n' roller and prominent song writer Anders Osborne will bring his brassy and classic rock 'n' roll style for a performance in Ketchum at Whiskey Jacques' on Friday, July 22.
"My big influences are wide range," Osborne said. "It's mainly on the rock 'n' roll side like Bob Dylan and Van Morrison and there is Bob Marley."
Osborne also has a blues base to his music, which includes influences such as Charlie Parker and Miles Davis.
"I write songs and break things down with my singing," he said. "I sing beautifully emotionally charged songs. Then I strip it all down for solos and will do full-on heavy rock 'n' roll for the loud big stuff."
Osborne is all original music and song. He said he is a writer first before he plays.
"Writing is bread and butter for me from time to time," he said. "I have written for Keb Mo, Tim McGraw and Johnny Lang."
Osborne will play a show of quiet tunes and big rock 'n' roll jams, so expect the unexpected at this show.
Other music around the valley will include James Speer at Mahoney's Bar and Grill in Bellevue on Friday, July 22. The show will start at 6:30 p.m. on the outdoor patio.
This evening, July 20, the Back Alley Party continues its summer concert series at The Wicked Spud in Hailey with live music by the Kim Stocking Band to benefit the 34th annual Northern Rockies Folk Festival. The show will take place from 6-9:30 p.m.
On Thursday, July 21, enjoy free live music at the Hailey Farmers' Market with Valerie Metzger from 2:30-6:30 p.m. In addition, Town Square Tunes in the Ketchum Town Square will feature free live music with Hoodwink from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday.
Whiskey Jacques' in Ketchum will feature the Stone Foxes with Triple Nixon on Thursday, July 21. All shows begin at 10 p.m. and tickets are available at the door.
Don't miss live music by the Paul Tillotson Trio at Trail Creek Cabin Wednesday and Thursday from 5-8 p.m. throughout the summer.
On Friday at the Sun Valley Brewery in Hailey, enjoy live music by Matt Hopper and The Roman Candles at 8 p.m.
On Sunday, July 24, Jazz in the Park at Ketchum's Rotary Park continues with free live music by Kevin Kirk and Onomatopoeia from 6-8 p.m. More music will take place on Tuesday, July 19, with Idaho Stillwaters at the Ketchum Farmers' Market from 2:30-6 p.m. Also on Tuesday, Ketch'em Alive, a free live music concert series at Ketchum's Forest Service Park, will feature the valley's own Thunder Body from 7-9 p.m.
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