The wait is over! The 12th annual free Music on Main concert series, put on by the Teton Valley Foundation, (TVF) has announced their lineup for the 2017 season. It begins Thursday, June 22, in Victor City Park with an epic opening night ushered in by the sassy, soulful musings of Dirty Revival, known for their spectacular vocals and modern twist on classic soul.
And that is just the beginning!
Thanks to serious magic and persistance, TVF somehow landed the Turnpike Troubadours! This promises to be one of the highlight shows of the summer with their southern, swampy, country and rock infused bluegrass. Their musicianship and lyrics are undeniable and TVF expects this show to be the knockout show of the summer. Plus, one of the highlight bands from last year, the Kris Lager Band, is returning for another night of killer rock n’ roll guitar riffs.
Music on Main is known for exposing Teton music lovers to some of the most notable up-and-coming bands in the country, the kind of bands that will have you saying “I knew them when”. This year that list includes the ecclectic and talented band Driftwood. Erica Linnell, Executive Director of the Teton Valley Foundation noted, “This is the kind of music that gets in your bonés. Their voices are inspired and they somehow mix every kind of musical genre imaginable into their music, from bluegrass to country to punk to rock and even new age. This band blew the Music Committee away, and is the show we are most looking forward to!”
It wouldn’t be Music on Main without at least a couple pure fun, high-energy shows! Get your dancing shoes on as The Motet bring their quintessential funk and large-band feel to the Music on Main stage. The Motet is sure to break attendance records. Andy Frasco and the U.N’s. live shows can simply be described as a “party on stage”.
Teton Valley Foundations number one priority is to offer a diverse lineup of music that appeals to a wide variety of regional audiences. Thus, they rounded out the season with Bluegrass aficionados Hot Buttered Rum and classic funk masters Main Squeeze to create one of the most dynamic seasons in Music on Main history.
But Music on Main is about more than just music.
Linnell says “While Music on Main is an amazing opportunity to hear and enjoy great music for free in a beautiful setting, it’s also become a cornerstone of the community experience where friends and neighbors from both sides of the Tetons make connections over a shared cultural experience. That is why long-time patrons, Richard & Claire, continue to subsidize the shows for concert-goers; they are enamored with the community vibe that oozes through the venue.” Richard & Claire are one of 20 different sponsors who generously subsidize the series.
The free, all ages concerts take place every Thursday starting June 22 and run 8 weeks through August 10. The Teton Valley Foundation relies heavily on your generous donations at the door, and ask that you contribute a couple so that the organization doesn’t have to start charging full admission.
Linnell notes, “Lots of people drop in $5, $10, $20 bills—which is so generous—but it also means there are hundreds of attendees who don’t contribute anything. We are asking the entire community to remember how lucky we are to have an accessible music series in such a small town, and to help us continue the Music on Main legacy by throwing a couple bucks in the jar.”
Linnell also noted that the sale of beer and wine is a major source of revenue to fund the nonprofit music series, and wants to remind people that bringing outside alcohol into the venue is not permitted by the City of Victor.
Like last year, favorite local vendors will be in the food court. Come hungry so you can enjoy incredible cuisine from Teton Thai, The Momo Shack, Scratch, Spoons, and new this year, delicious Mexican from Morales homemade and wood fired pizza from Lucca Truck.
As always, the Teton Valley Foundation wants people to be safe, which is why they subsidize transportation to prevent drinking and driving. Jackson residents can ride the START Bus to Victor for a mere $5 round trip. Teton Valley residents can ride to Victor via Driggs from Grand Targhee Resort for a suggested donation of $1 each way, on a shuttle generously provided by Grand Targhee. For more information visit www.tetonvalleyfoundation.org.
2017 MUSIC LINE UP
JUNE 22: DiRTY REVIVAL w/ Canyon Kids
JUNE 29: HOT BUTTERED RUM w/ Maw Band
JULY 6: DRIFTWOOD w/ Troubador 77
JULY 13: MAIN SQUEEZE w/ Drew Fish band
JULY 20: ANDY FRASCO & THE U.N. w/ One Ton Pig
JULY 27: KRIS LAGER BAND w/ Groovement
AUG 3: THE MOTET w/ Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons
AUG 10: TURNPIKE TROUBADORS w/ Screen Door Porch
About the Teton Valley Foundation
The Teton Valley Foundation is a sponsor and donor supported non-profit organization whose mission is to make the “Good life in Teton Valley Even Better”. TVF offers cultural and recreational programs and facilities that support the local economy and make Teton Valley a better place to live and to visit. TVF currently works to fulfill its mission through its programming, including the Kotler Ice Arena, Music on Main, and The Great Snow Fest.