When you’re visiting the Tetons you can not only hear live music in Jackson Hole by local bands but also those who are well-known on the regional and national levels. From open mic nights to days-long music festivals and summer concert series, you can be assured there is live music everywhere in Jackson Hole. Perhaps the music you hear will be the soundtrack of your trip.
Many Bars/Restaurants Feature Live Music
Stagecoach Bar: On Sunday nights you can hear the Stagecoach Band (pictured above) which has been playing for more than 50 years at “Sunday Church.” Considered by many to be the longest continuously-running house band performing today in America, the Stagecoach band’s co-founder Bill Briggs recalls that there’s always been something about the performance that has a spiritual and community-minded focus. Acclaimed musicians from Tim O’Brien, Tom Paxton and Chuck Pyle, to John Denver and Bob Dylan have all shared the stage at the ‘Coach. The music starts at 6 p.m.
The Alpenhof Lodge, located in Teton Village next to the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram, offers après ski music from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Bistro during the ski season.
The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar on Town Square has live music seven days a week. It also presents a special Million Dollar Music Fest in May. The Grammy-nominated supergroup, Midland, will return to Jackson Hole to headline the 2020 Million Dollar Music Fest on Sunday, May 24. This Memorial weekend concert will be held on the historic Jackson Hole Town Square as a part of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce’s Old West Days. This show is free to the public.
The Silver Dollar Showroom is located in the Wort Hotel and was reborn several years ago in the spirit of the Wort Hotel’s old Greenback Lounge, which was often referred to as “The Showroom.” In the 1950s it was widely known as one of the premier music venues in the West. It hosted stars of all genres, including Willie Nelson. The venue gets its name from the thousands of real 1921 Morgan Silver Dollars embedded into the bar top. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and there is no cover charge. Don’t miss the standing Tuesday bluegrass show with One Ton Pig, a local Jackson Hole band.
For more than 50 years, the iconic and eclectic Mangy Moose Saloon — the après-ski hot spot in winter — hosts local bands that play from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday during ski season (no cover). Regional and national bands play off and on throughout the year (visit website for schedules).
Visit the Granary Lounge in the Granary Restaurant at Spring Creek Ranch for evening entertainment like jazz night every Friday or the Piano Bar every Saturday. In the summer months, the lounge offers live music Wednesday through Saturday. Spring Creek is just a few minutes from downtown Jackson, on the way out to Teton Village (Rte. 22).
Live Music in Jackson Hole Includes Open Mics
The Jackson Hole Hootenanny is the granddaddy of the open mic phenomenon here in the valley. It is held at 6 p.m. every Monday at Dornan's in Moose. The Hootenanny goes back more than half a century ago to when local legend Bill Briggs held “Teton Tea Parties” under a bridge in Grand Teton National Park, where artists gathered and sang together. In the ’90s the Hoot moved to Dornan’s, after a short stint in town. Like the other open mics around the valley, it features both established and new Jackson musicians as well as troubadours passing through.
The Virginian Saloon offers one of Jackson’s oldest-running open mics — save the Hootenanny — on Tuesday nights between 8 and 11 p.m.
The Moose’s Belly, a cafe and bar in the basement of the Mangy Moose, has an open mic from 6 to 10 p.m. every Thursday. The open mic attracts après partiers, music fans and aspiring musicians.
Pinky G’s Pizzeria is not the likeliest of spots one would think of when it comes to hearing live music, but this popular pizza joint is actually home to an open mic of its own from 7 to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Pinky's been voted Jackson's favorite pizzeria by locals since its opening in 2011, so bring your appetite as well as your desire for good music.
Attend a Concert in a Large Venue
The Center for the Arts: This gem of a creative facility in Jackson Hole hosts a range of performing arts, lectures, events, art shows and features world-class musical performances. Local, regional and national musicians such as David Crosby and Chris Thile have appeared on stage in the Center’s theater. For the full schedule, visit jhcenterforthearts.org.
Music Festivals and Outdoor Concert Series
The annual Jackson Hole Rendezvous Fest is held every March. The free, three-day festival with local and national bands performing at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and on Town Square is one the highlights of the winter. Past festival headliners have included Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, Portugal. The Man, Uncle Kracker and the Zac Brown Band.
Jackson Hole Live!: Held at the base of Snow King Mountain in downtown Jackson during the summer, Jackson Hole Live! brings all-ages concert entertainment to the area throughout the summer. The entry fee is just $5 for adults ages 18 and older; kids ages 17 and under are free. Bring a blanket or a camping/beach chair and enjoy outdoor live music in Jackson Hole.
The Grand Teton Music Festival presents world-renowned classical musicians, soloists, and orchestras as a part of Grand Teton Music Festival’s seven-week summer concert series. Performances take place in Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village.
Concerts on the Commons in Teton Village hosts local, regional and national bands on Sundays at 5 p.m. during July and August. Bring your dancing shoes as many people can’t resist the chance to boogie by the stage. Free.
Music on Main: Not all live music in Jackson Hole takes place in town. Music on Main is a free all-ages outdoor concert series held on Thursday nights in the summer. It brings a diverse lineup to Victor City Park in Victor, Idaho, less than a half-hour drive from Jackson Hole. Concert-goers bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the music under starry skies. In 2020, the series will run from July 19th through August 13th. Performance times are 6 to 10 p.m. Find out more about this fun family-friendly series here.
Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival Since 1987, the Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival has been a gathering for bluegrass lovers in a beautiful mountain setting at Grand Targhee Mountain Resort in Alta, Wyo., just over the Teton Pass from Jackson Hole. This festival takes place in August and features headliners, a music camp for musicians, crafts vendors, kids' activities and more. The 2020 festival will be held from August 14 through 16, with more than a dozen regional and national artists on tap to entertain festival-goers. For tickets and more information, click on this link.
Targhee Fest Also held at Grand Targhee and featuring a dozen bands both regional and national, the 15th Annual Targhee Fest will be held from July 10th through the 12th. For tickets and more information, click on this link.