There are a plethora of musical events lined up for July with such alluring talent it should take care of any staycation blues this summer.
Jason Fry announced the lineup for his Sun Valley Shakedown, a night of music in Sun Valley Festival Meadows that includes D.J. Logic, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and JJ Grey and Mofro earlier this spring but wanted to remind the public that discounted tickets for the night of soul, rock and funk are only available until tomorrow, May 31.
The Sun Valley Shakedown is also serving as the after-party entertainment for the second annual Ride Sun Valley Bike Fest June 29-July 8, which features the Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships.
On July 7, the music will start with DJ Logic who emerged from the Bronx hip-hop scene and introduced jazz in the spinning mix. He frequently entertains in Sun Valley. After the concert, he will continue the party at Whiskey Jacques' in Ketchum.
New Orleans' styled musicians of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band will stir the pot with what 35 years of history proves is a high energy performance. The group is perpetually in demand on the tour circuit and has also been featured guest artists on albums by David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Dr. John and the Black Crowes.
At the center are JJ Grey and Mofro, with lyrical storytelling and soulful Southern grooves and R&B.
Their latest live CD recording "Brighter Days," is also a documentary film.
For more information on the bands or the event, visit www.sunvalleyshakedown.com.
Marley in the Mountains founder Danny Walton left an excited message at the Express recently about having nailed reggae sensation Toots and the Maytals for his summer Mountain Niceness Production event Thursday, July 12.
Toots and the Maytals have an international following and were the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album, "True Love," with appearances by Ben Harper, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Bonnie Raitt.
According to a press release, the reggae music of Toots and the Maytals remain a relevant influence on today's global music scene where artists from Amy Winehouse to "Sublime" have re-recorded classic tracks. In addition, Toots and the Maytals have toured with "The Rolling Stones," Dave Matthews and Sheryl Crow. Toots has achieved a record breaking thirty-one number one reggae hits in Jamaica.
Don't forget to re-hydrate after Marley because the night after Ketchum's Simplot lot across from the Ketchum Post Office will present what organizers claim in a press release will be "the most cutting-edge music touring acts in the nation today including the eclectic and energizing creative rock, funk, and electronica sounds" of Ghostland Observatory, Beats Antique and Adventure Club.
The two day fest is called MASSV and is dubbed a music and arts showcase Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14.
Some of the activities planned between concerts are street dances, stilt walkers, jugglers, and even an art car parade.
Students interested in art projects for exhibition at the festival, to volunteer or perform should contact email@example.com.
For more details, visit www.massmusicfest.org.
Sun Valley Shakedown
Who: JJ Grey and Mofro, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and D. J. Logic.
When: Saturday, July 7.
Where: Sun Valley Festival Meadows.
Tickets: Early bird prices end Thursday, May 31. Until then, $29. Starting June 1, $34. Available online at
at Atkinson's markets.
Marley in the Mountains
Who: Toots and the Maytals
When: Thursday, July 12, at 5 p.m.
Where: Atkinson Park.
Tickets: Early bird ticket prices until Sunday, June 3. $15. From June 4 to day of, $20 and $25 at the gate. Available online and at
www.marleyinthemountains.com and at Atkinson's markets. Special VIP pass for $500 includes five tickets, free beer, appetizers, private porta-lets, cash bar and behind the stage shade access.
What: Arts, music and nature.
Who: Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears, Ghostland Observatory, Beats Antique, Adventure Club, Brother Ali, Gift of Gab, Proper Motion, Stylust Beats, Winstrong, Boombox and B-Side Players, Equaleyes and Finn Riggins.
When: Friday, July 13, 2- 11 p.m., then a Ketchum Street Party from 11 p.m to 2 a.m. Saturday, July 14, Noon-11:30 p.m. with street party following from 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: Simplot lot across from the Ketchum Post Office.
Tickets: Until July 7, a limited number of weekend passes are on sale for $49.99 and a day pass is $39.99. From July 8, the weekend pass will be $69.99 and individual passes will be $45.