More ways to enjoy Music on Main
July 27, 2011
CDs and NPR carrying the music after Thursday’s performances
Luke Gannon enjoys some fun in the sun during a Music on Main concert this summer. Consider saving those summer memories with a Teton Valley Foundation CD compilation created with music from artists who are performing at Victor City Park this summer. Citizen photo/Jeff Potter
If you missed Music on Main (but how could you?) or you simply want to hear more of those amazing bands playing through Victor this summer, there are now two more musical outlets for your listening pleasure.
The Teton Valley Foundation has created an eleven-track CD with music from most of the bands playing at Music on Main this summer. With digital recordings donated by the artists, the CD is available for $10 with all proceeds from the sales going to the Foundation.
“It’s a really cool mix. I really like it,” said executive director for the Foundation Dahvi Wilson. “The artists appear in the order they have preformed at Music on Main,” she said adding that it’s also a nice souvenir for the summer series. The CD may be purchased at Victor City Park each Thursday and will be available online later in the summer.
Wyoming Public Radio (a sister station of NPR) is now also carrying part of the Music on Main performances on its Wednesday morning program, Morning Music at 11:20 a.m. at 90.3 FM in Jackson, 91.3 FM in Teton Valley.
“The way the idea came up is we were interested in WPR for its underwriting in an effort to get the word out for the festival,” said Wilson. “They liked the idea too.”
Wilson said the series continues to break numbers each week barring the second concert that found people staying away when late afternoon thunderstorms threatened to dampen the entire evening.
“I’ve been really excited about the series,” said Wilson. “I’m excited about how many people are coming and people have appreciated the acts. There is some great energy down there and it feels really good.”
Averaging about 2,500 attendees each week, the Foundation has worked with volunteers to streamline the event to lessen the time folks stand in line. However, the Foundation is still in need of volunteers each week. For every night you work, they will give you a ticket for their volunteer-only raffle for one of two new cruiser bikes from Peaked Sports, one ticket for every night a volunteer works.
Who’s up next?
This week will feature the Orbans with headlining act Alejandro Escovedo.
Alejandro Escovedo is in “love with love,” as the song “Anchor” suggests in his 2010 Street Songs of Love and after this performance on July 28, Teton Valley is sure to fall in love with him again.
As one of the best surprises at last year’s Targhee Fest, Escovedo bridges the Music on Main’s Thursday, offering the crowds an emotional depth that appeals to all ages.
“As long-time fans know, Escovedo is not a one-trick pony. Like kindred spirit, Neil Young, he can tone down the bombastic tempest and enrapture the audience with his brilliant songwriting and storytelling,” writes No Depression author Jeff Strowe.
The Orbans, a band based out of Fort Worth, Texas will open for Escovedo when their subtle sounds are sure to win a park full of new fans.
Even if you took the Dippity-Do element from the Cure, you’d still have Robert Smith’s hair front and center along with his powerful lead vocals that dominated the 80s airwaves with brooding alternative energy.
The Orbans are really nothing like the Cure apart from the fact that the five-piece band has a silver-tongued front man with a wavy dark head of hair and the promise of commercial success.
Together with Cliff Wright on bass, Kenny Wayne on guitar, Justin Pate tickling the ivories and Blaine Crews at the drum set, Peter Black’s vocals croon a little alternative country to create a less whiny likeness of Ryan Adams.
For more information about Music on Main, please see the Valley Citizen program guide available at most retail stores in Teton Valley and at Victor City Park, or see www.tetonvalleyfoundation.org.