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King Concerts takes the crown of Teton live music experiences

Snow King Mountain Resort, nestled in the heart of Jackson Hole, Wyo. will take the Teton concert experience throne this summer with its heavily expanded ‘King Concerts’ series.

The coronation begins on July 7th and, like any royal ceremony, there will be an epic feast of musical talent on tap.

Such festivities require a venue of appropriate caliber and Snow King is leaving nothing to chance. Each show will be an experience like no other for both the bands and crowd with a brand new 40-by-40-foot stage, constructed atop the ‘Hole's town hill.

“We’re most excited about stepping up the lineup of artists,” said Ryan Stanley, Snow King’s General Manager.

“The King” is stoked to build on their inaugural event last year by taking a massive leap in not only the featured lineup but also the overall experience.

“The takeaway from last summer was that we have strong demand and one of the most spectacular music venues in the country,” said Stanley.

With a 2500 ticket cap on the venue, audiences are guaranteed to have an intimate experience with the music. Seriously, what could be better than ripping down Snow King’s famed MTB trails (Putt-Putt is my go-to) before apreś and the top local concerts of the summer?

Dark Star Orchestra, the gold standard of Grateful Dead cover experiences, will dial things in with a 3-day slate of shows on July 7th, 8th, and 9th.

Dark Star Orchestra bandmates build off the Dead's extensive catalog and the talent to create their own unique set list for their shows. Photo: Bob Minkin

Dark Star has not been to Jackson Hole in over 10 years and, while the band has played over 3100 shows, they have never played at the top of a mountain where the venue is accessed via gondola. “We thought we would make a statement with the 3-day Dark Star run right at the beginning,” said Stanley. “We hope to bring out the deadheads and music lovers from near and far to experience this one of a kind venue.”

“We have played beautiful vistas before, but this is quite the unique location for us to perform,” said DSO Marketing Director Dave Weissman. “Getting to perform our music in this stunning environment is truly a huge honor. Where the mountain stage is, nestled there within the incredible vista of the Tetons all around, is awe-inspiring and exciting.”

The following week Trampled by Turtles will bring their highly acclaimed blend of bluegrass and folk (with a pinch of rock & roll) on July 16th. Trampled is stoked to return to Jackson, where the band created lifelong memories in the surrounding national parks.

“We’ve played a handful of shows in Jackson and they’ve always been fun,” said TBT mandolin player Erik Berry. “Whenever I think of the Tetons, I remember a band camping trip there way back in 2006. We spent a few off days hiking, seeing some sights, and sleeping in national park campgrounds. That’s a very special memory.”

Sounds pretty rad to us, and a perfect activity for the whole crew.

Teton regulars The Motet, along with Teton Valley locals Sghetti will play July 21st.

Over the course of nine full-length albums, The Motet has traversed the lines between funk, soul, jazz, and rock and built a diehard audience in the process. They’ve headlined Red Rocks Amphitheatre six times and sold out countless legendary venues coast-to-coast.

The crowning moment will come on August 2nd with The String Cheese Incident, making a triumphant return to Jackson after nearly 24 years. The String Cheese Incident has garnered a massive following during their 30-year history and their ‘incidents’ around the country have become annual traditions for many fans.

The String Cheese Incident, pioneers of a new way of “making a band", plays on their own terms. Photo: Carlton Ward

“All these bands, they wanted to come play on top of a mountain. They had never done anything like that before and they were stoked to have the opportunity to do it and come hang out in Jackson,” said Stanley.

The King Concert series will enable Snow King to continue to build itself into a staple of the summer Teton experience for years to come.

A summit restaurant, along with an out-of-this-world planetarium and observatory, is set to be completed in summer 2024 and complement more shows to come.

Tickets can be purchased now on Snow King website, so don't be caught sleeping! Gondola rides for the evening are included, and a ride up is a real treat in itself. Information on weather-related procedures will be emailed before each show and concerts will go on as planned in the event of rainfall (Dark Star’s lights in the rain… That would be so sick), so pack a jacket…This one is our pick!

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