Jackson Hole's big music fling is back April 1st through 2nd at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and on Jackson's Town Square. The annual Jackson Hole Rendezvous Spring Festival is a two-day, spring lifestyle and music festival, this year featuring headliners Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals with the bands Cold War Kids and The Wailers on Saturday, April 2nd at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Concerts take place outdoors and all are free.
Below is the schedule of events.
Friday, April 1
Opening the festival on the historic Jackson Hole Town Square will be the band Fitz and the Tantrums plus singer Brett Dennen. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Multiplatinum-selling artists Fitz and The Tantrums have quickly grown from independent upstarts to bona fide hit-makers. The LA-based band released their fourth full-length album, “All the Feels,” featuring singles “123456” and “I Just Wanna Shine” in 2019. “All the Feels” follows the band’s 2016 self-titled album, which spawned the group’s biggest hit to date, “HandClap.” The song went top 5 on both the Hot AC and Alternative Radio charts and enjoyed major airplay across the country at Top 40.
Brett Dennen is telling us to get out and see the world at a time when we need it more than ever. Flame-haired, 6'5" and with a singular gift for meditating on life's most meaningful subjects with equal parts innocence and razor-sharp wit, Dennen has a more than a decade career as a singer-songwriter. With a successful string of albums and four Top Ten AAA singles like "Make You Crazy," "Wild Child," and 2018's "Already Gone," which achieved his highest chart position yet, he has cemented himself as a fixture in American folk music.
Saturday, April 2
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals headline the ultimate show of the two-day music festival at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The Cold War Kids and The Wailers will set the stage, as it were. Gates open at 4 p.m.
Ben Harper’s career spans nearly 30 years and 12 studio albums. He's celebrated as an iconic guitarist and diverse multi-instrumentalist who bridges rock, blues, folk, reggae and soul genres. A three-time Grammy winner, Ben has awards for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album in 2004 and Best Blues Album in 2013. His two bestselling albums, “Burn to Shine” and “Diamonds on the Inside,” have made him a mainstay on rock charts and at American music festivals and were both certified gold.
Cold War Kids have been a regular fixture on alt-rock radio and festival circuits since their 2006 debut song "Robbers and Cowards," which was powered by the certified gold single “Hang Me Up To Dry.” The group found chart success again in 2015 with platinum single “First,” which reached No. 1 on the alternative rock charts, and was the most played song on alternative radio of the last decade. They’ve released nine studio albums and their most recent, "New Age Norms 3," features another top 10 single, “What You Say."
The Wailers can claim genuine legend status. Their music was, and is, culture-defining: rebel hearts with brave souls embodying the spirit of 70s era-defining reggae. In late 2020, The Wailers released their single, “One World, One Prayer," focused on unity, love and inclusion beyond cultural differences. “One World,” the album that marks The Wailers' return to the recording studio and the band’s first album in 25 years, was nominated for a 2021 Grammy award in the Best Reggae Album category.
The festival is free of charge for general admission; VIP tickets for each night can be purchased here.
There's little doubt that the memory you bring home of these special concerts will possibly be the best Jackson Hole souvenir of 2022!