Summer in Sun Valley can be fleeting. For instance, yesterday was glorious with big puffy clouds set against a brilliant blue sky. I drove up to the Sawtooth Mountains to put up a For Sale sign on a lot and I took a quick hike with the mutt. Yesterday I thought it doesn't get any better than this.
And now today, it's drizzly and the sun can hardly peek through the clouds. That's why it's good to get all the live music on your calendar right now so you don't miss a show. Everything is covered this summer - blues, hip hop, rock-n-roll, jazz, folk, chamber, soul and more.
FIRST UP - Citizen Cope on June 16th at the Sun Valley Pavilion
Citizen Cope (Clarence Greenwood) is an American songwriter, producer and performer. His music is commonly described as a mix of blues, soul, folk and rock. Citizen Cope’s compositions have been recorded by artists as varied as Carlos Santana, Dido, Pharoahe Monch and Richie Havens. He currently records and produces for his own record label, Rainwater Recordings, which he founded in 2010 after deciding not to work with major labels any longer. He had previously been signed to Capitol, Arista, DreamWorks and RCA.
G. Love & Special Sauce is an alternative hip hop band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are known for their unique, "sloppy", and "laid back" blues sound that encompasses classic R&B. The band features Garrett Dutton, better known as G. Love, Jeffrey Clemens on drums, and Jim Prescott on bass.
Saturday, June 16th, 6:30pm | Sun Valley Pavilion
Ketch'em Alive and Jazz in the Park
Every summer, the City of Ketchum offers FREE concert series.
The local’s favorite concert series, “Ketch’em Alive,” is every Tuesday evening from 7 until 9 pm at the Forrest Service Park in downtown Ketchum. There will be dancing, music, and a fun-filled community party. Picnics are encouraged; food and drink will be sold in the park as well. Nationally touring bands will play rock, reggae, world beat, Americana, folk, etc.
Every Sunday “Jazz in the Park” will take place at the Ketchum Rotary Park. Many of Idaho’s best Jazz musicians will play a free concert from 6 to 8pm. Picnics are encouraged.
Sun Valley Center Presents: St Paul and the Broken Bones with the North Mississippi Allstars
Monday, June 25, 7:00 pm | Sun Valley Pavilion
The first concert in the series features St. Paul & the Broken Bones with special guest North Mississippi Allstars. Based in Birmingham, Alabama, and led by vocalist Paul Janeway, St. Paul & the Broken Bones is an eight-piece soul-based rock band. Frequently compared to Otis Redding and backed by an incredible band with a horn section, Janeway’s irrepressible stage presence will have the Sun Valley Pavilion crowd up and dancing all night. No stranger to big stages, St. Paul & the Broken Bones have played Coachella and opened for the Rolling Stones.
Opening the night will be the North Mississippi Allstars, a trio based in Hernando, Mississippi. With brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson in the lead, this southern rock and blues band will get the summer concert series off to a rollicking start.
Mary Chapin Carpenter | Sun Valley Pavilion, June 26th
Flatland is little aid to contemplation, and so Mary Chapin Carpenter has her own hill. It’s deep in the Virginia countryside, on a farm that she got for a song. Or rather, for a bunch of songs, and a way of singing and playing them that has taken her around the world and back home, over and again. Carpenter and those songs have traveled for thirty years, though the songs are the most frequent fliers. They spring from her head and hands, vibrate through tonewoods and six steel strings, then find their way into microphones. Then they go forth into the world - they’ve been doing that for thirty years now—even at times when their creator sits at the top of her hill and observes natural wonders both human-made and mysterious.
Opening act will be Emily Barker. Emily Barker’s latest album Sweet Kind of Blue was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis with Grammy winning producer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price) and an all-star cast of Memphis session players. The success of the album, with its seamless mix of soul, blues, country and folk influences, and the globe-trotting tours to support it helped land Emily the accolade of UK Artist of the Year at the recent UK Americana Awards held at Hackney Empire in London.
Sun Valley Center Presents Big Head Todd
Sun Valley Center for the Arts Presents: Big Head Todd & the Monsters with very special guest Shovels and Rope
Wednesday, August 1, 7:00 pm | River Run Lodge
Big Head Todd and the Monsters with very special guest Shovels & Rope will rock River Run Lodge in Ketchum. Formed in Colorado in the late 80s, Big Head Todd has toured internationally and their album “Sister Sweetly” went platinum and had three singles that made the charts including “Bittersweet” and “Broken-Hearted Savior.” Favorites in the Rocky Mountains, Big Head Todd will be headlining their 20th show at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre this summer.
Kicking off the Aug. 1 show with a full set will be husband-and-wife folk-rock duo Shovels & Rope. Based in Charleston, South Carolina, Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent each had their own solo careers before releasing an album together in 2008. In 2013, the pair won the Americana Music Award for emerging artist of the year and song of the year for “Birmingham.”
2018 SUMMER LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE AT THE LIMELIGHT LOUNGE
All summer long, the Lounge is the place to be for live music and happy hour. The Limelight Hotel hosts live music Thursday to Monday starting in late June through the end of September. The patio facing Baldy right in the heart of downtown Kechum is not just the place to be, it's the best place to be!
Below is the Limelight Lounge schedule for the summer 2018 live music schedule:
Monday, June 18 – Dana Underwood & Haydn
Thursday, June 21 – Michael Jude & Jon Michel
Friday, June 22 – Defiance Stringband
Saturday, June 23 – Elements Jazz
Sunday, June 24 – Larry & Patty Herd
Monday, June 25 – Dana Underwood & Haydn
Thursday, June 28 – Michael Jude & Jon Michel
Friday, June 29 – Defiance Stringband
Saturday, June 30 – Elements Jazz
Sunday, July 1 – Larry & Patty Herd
Monday, July 2 – Dana Underwood & Haydn
Wednesday, July 4– Michael Jude & Jon Michel
Thursday, July 5 – Shaeffer & Ali
Friday, July 6 – Defiance Stringband
Saturday, July 7– Elements Jazz
Sunday, July 8– Larry & Patty Herd
Monday, July 9– Dana Underwood & Haydn
Thursday, July 12 – Michael Jude & Jon Michel
Friday, July 13 – Defiance Stringband
Saturday, July 14 – Elements Jazz
Sunday, July 15 – Larry & Patty Herd
Monday, July 16 – Dana Underwood & Haydn
Thursday, July 19 – Michael Jude & Jon Michel
Friday, July 20 – Defiance Stringband
Saturday, July 21 – Elements Jazz
Sunday, July 22 – Larry & Patty Herd
Monday, July 23 – Dana Underwood & Haydn
Thursday, July 26 – Michael Jude & Jon Michel
Friday, July 27 – Defiance Stringband
Saturday, July 28 – Elements Jazz
Sunday, July 29 – Larry & Patty Herd
Monday, July 30 – Dana Underwood & Haydn
Thursday, August 2 – Michael Jude & Jon Michel
Friday, August 3 – Defiance Stringband
Saturday, August 4 – Elements Jazz
Sunday, August 5 – Larry & Patty Herd
Monday, August 6 – Dana Underwood & Haydn
Thursday, August 9 – Michael Jude & Jon Michel
Friday, August 10 – Defiance Stringband
Saturday, August 11 – Elements Jazz
Sunday, August 12 – Larry & Patty Herd
Monday, August 13 – Dana Underwood & Haydn
Thursday, August 16 – Michael Jude & Jon Michel
Friday, August 17 – Defiance Stringband
Saturday, August 18 – Elements Jazz
Sunday, August 19 – Larry & Patty Herd
Monday, August 20– Dana Underwood & Haydn
Thursday, August 23 – Michael Jude & Jon Michel
Friday, August 24 – Defiance Stringband
Saturday, August 25 – Elements Jazz
Sunday, August 26 – Larry & Patty Herd
Monday, August 27 – Dana Underwood & Haydn
Thursday, August 30 – Michael Jude & Jon Michel
Friday, August 31 – Defiance Stringband
Saturday, September 1 – Elements Jazz
Sunday, September 2 – Larry & Patty Herd
Monday, September 3 – Dana Underwood & Haydn
Friday, September 7 – Defiance Stringband
Saturday, September 8 – Elements Jazz
Sunday, September 9 – Larry & Patty Herd
Friday, September 14 – Defiance Stringband
Saturday, September 15 – Elements Jazz
Sunday, September 16 – Larry & Patty Herd
Friday, September 21 – Defiance Stringband
Saturday, September 22 – Elements Jazz
Sunday, September 23 – Larry & Patty Herd
Friday, September 28 – Defiance Stringband
Saturday, September 29 – Elements Jazz
Sunday, September 30 – Larry & Patty Herd
Saturday, October 6 – Elements Jazz
Sun Valley Summer Symphony
Chris Botti to perform at the Sun Valley Summer Symphony Gala
The Sun Valley Summer Symphony is pleased to announce Grammy-Award-winning artist Chris Botti will perform for the 2018 Gala Concert. Botti’s creative expression has firm roots in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre. His virtuosity will be on display in the Sun Valley Pavilion on Monday, August 6, as he joins the Sun Valley Summer Symphony on stage.
Sun Valley Summer Symphony Schedule
Sunday, July 29, 2018, 6:00 PM In Focus Series Peter Henderson, Piano Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 11, K. 331 Mozart: String Quintet No. 4, K. 516
Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 6:00 PM In Focus Series Linda Lukas, Flute Gretchen Van Hoesen, Harp David Fung, Piano Mozart: Flute and Harp Concerto, K. 299 Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488
Thursday, August 2, 2018, 6:00 PM In Focus Series Celine Byrne, Soprano Hugh Russell, Baritone Mozart: Overtures and Arias from The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute
Friday, August 3, 2018, 6:00 PM In Focus Series Mozart: Symphony No. 25, “Little G Minor”, K. 173dB Mozart: Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”, K. 551
Sunday, August 5, 2018, 6:30 PM Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4
Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 6:30 PM Chamber Concert Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood, Ketchum Edgar M. Bronfman String Quartet Beethoven: String Quartet, Opus 135
Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 6:30 PM Yefim Bronfman, Piano Adam Schoenberg: Finding Rothko Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4
Saturday, August 11, 2018, 6:30 PM Family Concert – Symphonic Safari R.L. Rowsey, Narrator Williams: Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee from Tale of Tsar Saltan Anderson:The Waltzing Cat Elgar: G.R.S. from Enigma Variations Richman:Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant
Sunday, August 12, 2018, 6:30 PM Benjamin Beilman, Violin Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story Mendelssohn: Concerto in E Minor
Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 6:30 PM Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10
Thursday, August 16, 2018, 6:30 PM Amos Yang, Cello Tan Dun: Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B Minor
Sunday, August 19, 2018, 5:30 PM NOTE: there will be an intermission for this concert, and expected ending time is 8:00 PM Pops Night Hayman: Armed Forces Medley Williams: STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE – in Concert
Monday, August 20, 2018, 6:30 PM Chamber Concert Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater at the Community Campus, Hailey Program to be announced
Thursday, August 23, 2018, 8:00 PM David Murakami, Projection Designer Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé
For all the information on the Sun Valley Summer Symphony and any scheduling changes, Click Here.
Baldygrass One-Night Music Fest presented by the Sun Valley Center
Featuring The Infamous Stringdusters with opening acts Kuinka and AHI
Wednesday, August 22, 6:00 pm
Closing out the summer concert series is Baldygrass One-Night Music Fest featuring The Infamous Stringdusters, Kuinka and AHI. This lineup combines bluegrass, Americana and an up-and-coming indie-soul artist to create a musical night that can’t be missed.
The Infamous Stringdusters are a leading light in bluegrass music who constantly push the boundaries for themselves and the genre. Though bluegrass is known for traditionalism, the ‘Dusters have consistently covered new ground, inspired fans and redefined what a bluegrass band can be. Playing everything from originals, traditional songs and completely unexpected covers of songs like “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk and The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven,” this band leaves no stone unturned in connecting with audiences young and not-so-young. Winners of the 2017 Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album, the ‘Dusters are recognized in the musical world and by their fans as outstanding performers and musicians.
The Baldygrass Fest will be a true mini-music festival, with two additional great groups on the bill. Seattle’s Kuinka is described by NPR Music as “joyous folk-pop” and features four-part harmonies with rotating lead singers and eclectic instrumentations including cello, banjo, synthesizers, six-string ukulele and electronic percussion. For all their sonic experimentation, the quartet’s songs and live shows are linked by an infectious energy that’s present in everything they do.
The not-to-be-missed AHI (pronounced “eye”) will kick off the final concert of the season. Hailing from Canada, this alt-folk songwriter has traveled more than 100,000 miles armed with an acoustic guitar and a voice like “gravel on silk.” One of NPR’s favorite discoveries of 2017, AHI delivers heartfelt stories with the ease of an old friend, and comparisons to Richie Havens, Ray LaMontagne and Tracy Chapman are common for this soulful troubadour.
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