Thank you good people of the 24th annual Grand Targhee Music Festival! After 4 days of teaching (camp was excellent) we were ready for the stage, and last Friday’s closing spot was extra memorable. The crowd swelled with noisy anticipation before we even played our first note–a surge of energy that sent us off into the night under the light of the full moon and the flashing LEDs.
Before the Dusters took the stage as a band, we made appearances with a few other artists. I filled in for Andy Thorn with the Grant Farm, Tyler Grant’s new project, and Andy Hall made an excellent showing with Rodney Crowell. Peter Rowan was everywhere all week. He joined us in the middle of our set for the latest version of Midnight Moonlight, pointing to the sky at the critical moment. A sea of dancers gave it up until long after the last notes of the set were gone. It was midnight in the Wyoming mountains. We sipped a celebratory beer with the stragglers including our good friends Tyler, Eric Thorin, Ben Winship, Jordan Ramsey and Joy Kills Sorrow. Then it was off to Denver for the flight to Outside Lands.
Targhee is a special place for us–the site of our most epic ski day of the last ski tour by far (Icelantic Skiis was a big part of that). It’s a place where open-minded fans come together, where the wilderness meets the world. Check out some shots from our hike to the top–the sight of the Tetons just never gets old.