Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Live music roundup

Mostly free, melodic alternatives

Express Staff Writer

The whirlwind music season is in full swing with most venues hopping nightly.

Here is a roundup of the happenings as of press time.

Tonight, it's Blitzen Trapper, which closed the street for SolFest this spring. Back then, Trapper's Marty Marquis told the Express that the band has played together for more than a decade and has "indulged in a wide variety of different styles of music so our sets are far-ranging affairs featuring everything from hushed folk music to deconstructed funk to howling guitar expositions. Expect to be entertained." Tickets for the 9 p.m. show at Ketchum's Whiskey Jacques' are $10 in advance and $13 at the door. Visit

for more details.

The Wood River Community Orchestra performs a free, picnic-worthy show tonight, June 27, as well. This is at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden from 5-7 p.m.

It's another Back Alley Party with Hangar 17 and Str8Up Band tonight, June 27, this one benefiting the Sun Valley Adaptive Sports and Wood River Ability Program. Music runs from 6-9:30 p.m. at Wicked Spud in Hailey and there is no cover.

Town Square Tunes with Dewey, Pickett and Howe bluegrass, Thursday, June 28, from 6-8 p.m. in Ketchum's Town Square is free.

The Bluebird Sky Tour with Oso Negro, Craft and more present progressive rhymes and cutting-edge beats starting at 9 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at Ketchum's Whiskey Jacques'. There is a $5 cover.

Also in Ketchum is Jimmy Mitchell and Russ Caldwell doing Latin Fusion at Ketchum's Boca from 8-10 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, through Saturday, June 30.

Acoustic Happy Hour at Bellevue's Silver Dollar continues Thursday, June 28, with George March from 5-7 p.m. No cover.

Stanley is making a name for itself with a weekly street dance on Ace of Diamonds Avenue that starts Thursday, June 28, with Gizzard Stone from 5-9 p.m. with street food, beverages and a natural dust floor. There is no cover.

Andy Frasco and the UN bring party blues and jazz to Whiskey Jacques' at 9 p.m. Friday, June 29. Tickets are $5 at the door. This is also "Neon Nights" with Smith and Sun Valley Adaptive Sports, a fundraiser for Higher Ground, which supports wounded veterans. The $35 cover gets appetizers, beer and Frasco.

Hailey Hotel has DJ Rage at 9 p.m. Friday, June 29 and no cover.

The Silver Dollar in Bellevue features the bluesy Swamp Cats, Friday, June 29, from 9:30 p.m. There is no cover.

Dr. Tom's Alchemy performs at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the Powerhouse in Hailey. There is no cover.

Musketeer Gripweed, which has been compared to the Black Crowes, brings grooving good times music, Saturday, June 30, at 10 p.m. Pay $5 at the door at Ketchum's Whiskey Jacques'.

Gizzard Stone moves to the Stanley Kasino Club from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, June 29 and 30.

It's Sean Jackson at Lefty's Deck from 6-9 p.m., Saturday, June 30. Capt. Dano and the Nobodies play there from 6-9 p.m. onSunday, July 1. There is no cover.

Jazz in the Park is from 6-8 p.m. in Ketchum's Rotary Park. Picnics welcome for the free show Sunday, July 1, with the Idaho Falls Jazz House Big Band.

Swagger from Salt Lake City, brings Celtic rock Monday, July 2, at 10 p.m. to Ketchum's Whiskey Jacques.' It's $5 at the door.

Ketch'em Alive continues Tuesday, July 3, with Swagger from 7- 9 p.m. Shows are free and picnics are welcome in Forest Service Park.

And the Bermuda Cowboys play at Bellevue's Silver Dollar, Tuesday, July 3, at 9:30 p.m. There is no cover.

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