Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Music Notes

Express Staff Writer

Presidents Day Weekend is music to our ears.

Here's a sampling of those things not usually on the menu around here over the next few days:

Tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 15: At Whiskey Jacques' at 9 p.m. in Ketchum, it's the Emmitt-Nershi Band. Emmitt and Bill Nershi exemplify the forward-thinking modern bluegrass musician. As linchpins of two legendary jam-bands, Leftover Salmon, and the String Cheese Incident, both men have done the stadium-filling, high-profile rock 'n' roll show to perfection. Along the way, however, they've honed their songwriting and playing chops and studied the bluegrass, rock and jazz masters they admire. Go to Tickets are $10.

Thursday, Feb. 16, and Friday, Feb. 17: At Whiskey Jacques' at 9 p.m. in Ketchum, it's The Fox Street All-Stars. Fueled by a New Orleans vibe, this band makes an annual pilgrimage to the Crescent City Jazz Fest to immerse themselves in the music and jam sessions and return to the road with plenty to share with audiences. Tickets are $5.

Friday, Feb. 17: At the Silver Dollar Saloon at 9 p.m. in Bellevue, it's Old Death Whisper bringing a cocktail of dirty Western roots music and country-tinged parlor tunes that spike raw rebellion into the veins of American music with the dust of the Idaho back roads. Good old country and folk music of early America. Sea shanties, spaghetti Westerns, railroad songs, road movies, pulp, noir, punk and rock and roll are among some of their influences. Free—and shuttle to anywhere in Hailey or Bellevue post concert.

Saturday, Feb. 18: At Whiskey Jacques' at 9 p.m. in Ketchum, Pilot Error, one of Boise's most fun cover bands playing 70s, 80s, and 90s music. Go to Tickets are $5.

Sunday, Feb. 19: at Whiskey Jacques' at 4:30 p.m. in Ketchum apres ski with Joe Cannon, an afternoon of comedy, storytelling, music and nostalgia with a Sun Valley original. Tickets are $15.

Sunday, Feb. 19: At the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum at 7 p.m., Matt Flinner Trio, playing jazz, bluegrass and avant-garde music. Flinner keeps it fresh by writing songs on the fly and always bringing new music to every venue. The mandolin player is joined by guitarist Ross Martin and stand-up bassist Eric Thorin and promise a unique show that encompasses the genres of bluegrass, Celtic and jazz. Downbeat calls Matt Flinner one of the best mandolin players "ever." The trio's latest CD release, "Winter Harvest," is heralded as part string, part chamber and part jazz. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 315-3677 or visiting

Also Sunday, Hailey gets a mini-version of Ketchum's reggae fest when Soul Medic, DJ Vision/Zen Ken and Obie Won appear at Sun Valley Brewery at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 and $10.

See, some presidents do good by us.

For more events, see the Express Calendar on C2.

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