To celebrate the winter season, the Resort throws the Jackson Hole Rendezvous – a four-day fête featuring a series of big-name bands and fun-for-all events, all staged outdoors allowing revelers to bask in the sun-washed warmth of late March. This year’s Rendezvous, held March 19th through 22nd, boasts a mix of musical genres from the country legacy of Lukas Nelson to hip-hop, reggae, folk, rock fusion royalty Michael Franti with local talents peppered throughout.
All of the concerts are free to attend; those keen on a more intimate viewing experience may purchase private reserve tickets, which offer access to a special area adjacent to the stage plus food and beverages (reserve tickets are sold as 1- or 2-day passes).
Bridging Town and Teton Village, the Rendezvous stages concerts in both downtown Jackson and the Tram dock. The fun begins the afternoon of Thursday, March 19th with Jackson’s own Screen Door Porch serenading snow hounds at the base of the Tram. Described by 605 Magazine as “Gillian Welch meets The Band with Ryan Adams and Bonnie Raitt hanging out backstage,” the core duo of Seadar Rose and Aaron Davis presents a soulful swagger fit for porch parties and beyond.
On Friday, March 20th, acclaimed New England-based singer/songwriter Jason Spooner plays downtown, with Wyatt Lowe, a blues guitarist from Southern California, opening. “And the party never ends” with Robert Earl Keen capping the evening with his singular Americana style sourced straight from Texas hill country.
With such a strong lead-up, the Rendezvous barrels into the weekend with three stellar bands slated for Saturday, starting with Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons, a local six-piece outfit currently on tour with their debut album, Breakfast; folks convened beneath the Tram should come ready to dance. The music continues on the flipside of the Tram in the parking lot with a big stage warmed up by Mix Master Mike of The Beastie Boys, who considers himself a beat conductor playing the turntable. Primed to party, the crowd will then welcome Michael Franti & Spearhead, a perennial favorite of the Rendezvous. Energy and positivity always run high when Franti alights on the outdoor stage; everyone walks away elated.
The Rendezvous wraps on Sunday with a ruckus as Lukas Nelson and his band, P.O.T.R. (aka Promise of the Real), rocks out with the après-ski crowd under the Tram. A frequent visitor to the valley, Nelson channels the raw talent of his father, Willie, into his own version of freewheeling Americana. A consummate performer, Nelson tours year-round and loves to play the Tetons.
With so much March music in store, the question becomes one of maintaining your stamina for four days straight. Start training now for the enduring fun of the Jackson Hole Rendezvous.