Targhee Fest’s 2015 Lineup Takes Shape

Wednesday Apr. 1st, 2015

This summer is going to be filled with incredible music and one great place to see it is at Grand Targhee Resort! Targhee’s outdoor amphitheater is one-of-a-kind with plenty to do and see between each set. Tickets for this years festival go on sale April 6, and there is only a limited quantity available.

Targhee Fest is July 17-19, 2015 with a lineup that features Gov’t Mule, Taj Mahal Trio, James McMurtry, Patty Griffin, Amy Helm and the Handsome Strangers, Mavis Staples, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, and more bands to be announced at a later date.

Rock torchbearers Gov’t Mule are celebrating their 20th anniversary with an extensive tour and a series of dynamic live archival releases that highlight the group’s versatility and epic, fearless live performances. The deep chemistry and steely confidence shared by the quartet allow them to tackle any form of music and stamp it their own while remaining true to the spirit and intent of the original. This can of course be heard any time guitarist-singer Warren Haynes, drummer Matt Abts, bassist Jorgen Carlsson and multi-instrumentalist Danny Louis take the stage, but a series of new live archival releases really drives the point home.

Almost three decades after winning a Grammy for Best New Artist and launching one of contemporary music’s most diverse careers, Bruce Hornsby still makes joyful noise as he discovers clever and expansive ways to chronicle dynamic musical snapshots of his often generously collaborative journey.

Nothing better illustrates this than Hornsby’s communion with his longtime band, the Noisemakers, who give free-wheeling live approaches to the Virginia-born pianist and composer’s memorable songs.

Though his career began more than four decades ago with American blues, he has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the world – west Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the Hawaiian islands and so much more. What ties it all together is his insatiable interest in musical discovery. Over the years, his passion and curiosity have led him around the world, and the resulting global perspective is reflected in his music today.

Referred to as “the truest, fiercest songwriter of his generation,” by Entertainment Weekly, Austin, Texas-based artist James McMurtry spins stories with a poet’s pen and a painter’s precision. Proof: The acclaimed songwriter’s new album Complicated Game. McMurtry’s first collection in six years spotlights a craftsman in absolutely peak form as he turns from political toward personal. “The lyrical theme is mostly about relationships,” McMurtry says. “It’s also a little about the big old world verses the poor little farmer or fisherman. I never make a conscious decision about what to write about.”

There are few living musicians who can lay claim to being the voice of America’s conscience, and even fewer who continue to make vital music. For six decades Mavis Staples has been the solid rock of American music. Alongside the family group she is so identified with, the Staple Singers, Mavis has managed to transform herself as she goes, yet never alter. From the delta-inflected gospel sound she helped create in the 1950s (“Uncloudy Day”), to the engaged protest of the civil rights era (“Freedom Highway”), and then, amazingly, on pop radio in the 1970s with a series of chart hits (“I’ll Take You There,” “Respect Yourself,” “Lets Do It Again”)--through all these, Mavis carried on, her warm embrace of a voice the only constant.

Get your camping or resort lodging early because you don’t want to miss this years Targhee Fest! For tickets and more information visit: http://www.grandtarghee.com or call 1 800 TARGHEE.