27th Annual Targhee Bluegrass Festival August 8-10, 2014
Tickets will be available for purchase in March.
*All ticket pricing is subject to change, to guarantee your best deal buy early via Grand Targhee Resort’s online store. All tickets purchased after Tuesday July 30th will be available at Grand Targhee Resort will-call. Quantities are limited.
27th Annual Targhee Bluegrass Festival Tickets go on sale in March 2014
Last Year's Summer Line-Up
26th Annual Targhee Bluegrass Festival Line-Up
The Infamous Stringdusters
The Infamous Stringdusters stand for those things in which you truly, passionately believe to the depth of your core: the integrity of your work, the way you choose to do business, the people with whom you surround yourself, how and where you live your life. Which makes The Infamous Stringdusters’ insistence on living out those hard choices and taking control of their own business all the more remarkable.
As is the constant, relentless, revelatory evolution of their music.
Trampled By Turtles
When we started Trampled by Turtles, all we wanted to do was play music with acoustic instruments as a break from our rock bands. We learned old fiddle songs, traditional folk songs, bluegrass songs, and what few original songs we had, followed those formulas. As it happened however, the first year of existence of this band was also the last year of existence for our other bands.
"Where words fail... music speaks."
That simple line atop Elephant Revival's Facebook page contains only five words, but reveals volumes about the band's reason for being. Music unites us in ways that no other medium can. Even when we don't understand one another's languages - we can be moved by a rhythm, soothed by a song. Brought together by a unified sense of purpose - the spirit of five souls working as one, in harmony, creating sounds they could never produce alone.
Donna The Buffalo
More energized and focused than ever before in their near 25-year career, roots-music troubadours Donna the Buffalo will debut their first studio album in five years, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, on June 18 via Sugar Hill Records. The follow up to 2008’s acclaimed Silverlined, which reached the Top 10 on the Americana charts, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday—the group’s 10th studio album—proves the band as a consistent steward of Americana music, their signature sound—traditional mountain music infused with elements of Cajun, rock, folk, reggae and country—an eclectic and extraordinary melting pot of such.
If you're familiar with bluegrass music, then you're tuned in to some of what Greensky Bluegrass does. They're also known to throw a great party, rock n roll, and they have great songs. They are unquestionably a team of friends that traverse the country making music they enjoy. What makes Greensky different than Bluegrass? Poignant rural ballads about real people? Dobro tone that Jerry would love? Distortion Pedals? Grit and attitude from a whiskey soaked card game? Indeed, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.
The sound of the Portland, Oregon's Foghorn Stringband could have come barreling through the grille-cloth of those big console radios in the living rooms of the 1950's, when the traditional sounds of rural America were still on the minds of young musicians transferring the old-time music to a distinctively modern age. Their tight intstrumental work and line-up - fiddle, banjo, mandolin, bass and guitar - is reminiscent of early bluegrass, but their powerful approach is whole-heartedly old-time, centered largely by the fiddle.
Spirit Family Reunion
Spirit Family Reunion play homegrown American music to stomp, clap, shake and holler with. Ever since they started singing together on the street corners, farmer's markets and subway stations of New York City, their songs have rung-out in a pure and timeless way. When Spirit Family Reunion gather to sing, there is communion. Strangers and neighbors come to rejoice in the sound, and there is no divide between performer and spectator.
Claire Lynch Band
Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. The current Claire Lynch Band is a powerful juggernaut, a quartet that has the innate ability to perfectly interpret the beauty, subtlety, and genre-defying sophistication of Claire’s music.
The Brothers Comatose
Despite their name, the band is anything but Comatose. They toss alligators (inflatable) into the crowd, they hand out chopsticks for audience-percussion-participation, and are known to jump down and play acoustic encores in the middle of the crowd at the end of a set. It's just one, big, extended Morrison music party. Only now, the living room travels via Chevy G20 Conversion Van from state to state.
Run Boy Run
The unique sound of Run Boy Run is rooted in the traditional music of the Appalachian South. Bands like Nickel Creek and Crooked Still have paved the way for the music of Run Boy Run: dynamic, orchestral, and overflowing with beauty. Run Boy Run exists in the tension between tradition and frontier. Three strong female voices weave a spectacular tapestry of sound. Award-winning fiddle cuts a path for a tightly formed rhythmic front. Every arrangement is—at it’s core—beautiful.
Sam Bush Band
Known as the King of Telluride and the King of Newgrass, Bush has been honored by the Americana Music Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association.
"It's overwhelming and humbling," Bush says of his lifetime achievement award from the AMA. "It goes along with the title cut of my new album, Circles Around Me, which basically says, how in the hell did we get this far? In my brain I'm still 17, but I look in the mirror and I'm 57."
Nashville Bluegrass Band
With two Grammy Award-winning albums and two Entertainer of the Year honors from the International Bluegrass Music Association, four time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year, the Nashville Bluegrass Band, is no stranger to acclaim from critics and fans alike. The band’s personnel are sought-after, first-call studio musicians, known for a superior level of creativity and a commitment to traditional music styles. Collectively and singularly, the members of NBB have virtually defined the modern bluegrass sound.
Della Mae proves again and again the endless possibilities found in the tried-and-true marriage of fiddle, fretboard, and voice. Their lineup is a who’s-who of promising young pickers: lead singer Celia Woodsmith, guitarist Courtney Hartman, bass player, Shelby Means, mandolinist Jenni Lyn Gardner and two-time National Fiddle Champion Kimber Ludiker are all seasoned performers who have won countless contests and shared the stage with the likes of Willie Nelson, Del McCoury, Leon Russell and Laurie Lewis.
Hayes Carll is an odd mix. Wildly literate, utterly slackerly, impossibly romantic, absolutely a slave to the music, the 35-year old Texan is completely committed to the truth and unafraid to skewer pomposity, hypocrisy and small-minded thinking.
Growling Old Men
The Growling Old Men really enjoy playing music together. Ben Winship (mandolin & vocals) and John Lowell (guitar & vocals) are both veterans of the Northern Rockies’ acoustic music world and have been performing and recording together since 1998. Together the duo presents a tight, yet relaxed set of original and traditional bluegrass songs, ballads and tunes – informed equally by the music of the Appalachian hills and the western plains.
Free Shuttle Service
Parking is located on the corner of Front St. and Depot St. in downtown Driggs, ID.
Please park in this designated location.
Shuttle departing approximately every 30 minutes during operating hours. Shuttle times to Grand Targhee Resort from Driggs, ID is approximately 30 minutes. Show up early as shuttle loading is first come first serve.
Thursday Grand Targhee Resort will be providing a FREE Music on Main Shuttles for our Lodging Guests.
- Lodging Guests will need to sign-up/RSVP at the front desk upon check-in
- 4:30pm – depart Grand Targhee Resort to Music On Main in Victor
- 6:00pm – depart Grand Targhee Resort to Music On Main in Victor
- 10:00pm – depart Music On Main in Victor to Grand Targhee Resort
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Targhee Bluegrass Festival Camping Available for purchase March 2014
Music Festival Lodging
32 slopeside suites featuring contemporary western design.
Affordable slopeside lodging offering comfortable rooms for travelers on a budget.
Charming mountain lodge offering 46 slopeside hotel rooms, each with 2 queen beds.
Well equipped condominiums and townhomes just 8.5 miles from Grand Targhee Resort.
Deluxe townhomes 11 miles from Grand Targhee Resort.
Referred to as Teton Creek Townhomes, these deluxe one-story, two bedroom homes on stand alone private lots, just 8.5 miles from the resort. More Info
Teton Valley Area Motels & Hotels
*All vehicles including cars accessing camp area will be required to have a parking pass. The Targhee Shuttle is available as an option if you would prefer not to purchase a parking pass
Teton Valley Area Camping
Teton Valley has significant USFS camping options, however the areas summer destination travel often causes camping to fill up quickly.
Targhee Fest Food & Beverage Services
Grand Targhee Resort prides ourselves in food and beverage services we provide for our festival and concert guests. We source local meats and vegetables providing much more than typical ‘burger & fry’ festival that you have to wait in line for. Pizzas, local organic produce, Snake River Farms beef, are just a few things that round out our menus; all with sustainable packaging and prep methods. We do all this at very reasonable prices and with quick lines because we believe that the festival is more than just the music; it’s the scenery, the mountain, the activities, the shopping, the vendors, the vibe and the food. It’s about having a great time in the Tetons!
Sit Down Service:
Branding Iron Grill (Credit Card/Cash)
Indoor and Outdoor Seating
Full Bar, Burgers, Sandwiches, Kids Items, Steaks, Pasta, Seafood, Coffee and Breakfast
Located in the Village at the base of Dreamcatcher lift
Breakfast Buffet $12 from 7:30am–11:00am
Lunch 11am–5pm Dinner 5pm–8pm
Trap Bar & Grill (Credit Card/Cash)
Indoor and Outdoor Seating
Nachos, Burgers, Salads, Wings, and 8 flat panel HD TV’s - Full Bar!
Located in the Village at the top of the stairs above Snorkels
Lunch 11am–8pm; Bar 11am–2am
Snorkels Espresso & Coffee House (Credit Card/Cash)
Espresso, Breakfast Burritos, Beer, Bloody Mary’s and Pizza
Located in the Village adjacent to Branding Iron
Breakfast & Espresso at 8am
Lunch 11am – 2pm CLOSED at 2PM
Grab & Go
General Store (Credit Card/Cash)
Liquor Store, Ice, Beer, Liquor, Snacks, Beverages and Coffee
Lodging Sundries, Basic Camping Supplies and Festival Attendees Accessories
Located in the Village at the bottom of the stairs
Open 8am-8:30pm daily
CLOSED after 8:30pm
Service in the Festival Grounds
Inside Targhee festivals venue, the vibe of the live music is everywhere. We continue our same promises to our festival and concert going guests. We ask that no alcohol or large coolers come into the festival grounds. Inside we have everything you need including: Beer Tents, Full Bars and many Food Vendor options.
All festival and concert guests that plan to partake in the consumption of alcoholic substances must present a valid state ID that’s not expired. There is an ID check station at the main gate just inside the festival venue. There you can get your 21 + bracelet that will grant you access to the beer and cocktail tent all weekend, as long as you leave it on. Don’t forget to buy your beer tokens!
Water Refill stations are available in the festival grounds however, cups are not provided. Bottled water and other items are for sale to be used for water refilling. Refill with a purchased soda bottle, brought container or cup.
2 Beer Tents (Beer Tokens Only)
Beers on tap come from locally brewed beer by our friends at Grand Teton Brewing, along with the many craft brands; we also have 16oz pours of Coors and Teton Brewing products.
Festival Cocktails – Full Bar (Cash Only)
A full arsenal of call spirits and cocktails
Fill your mug with a festival cocktail for $7
NEW Silicone Pint for $12 gets you the decorative cup and your first cocktail for free!
Another great deal for our guests refill at regular prices which is the 12 oz price
Open daily 11a–11pm
Frequently Asked Questions for Targhee Bluegrass
These are frequently asked questions we've gathered over the years. If you have a question that isn't posted, please email these to: email@example.com
What are the festival hours?
Friday shows typically start at 4:00pm and run until midnight. Saturday shows start at noon and run till midnight and Sunday shows start at noon and run until 8:00PM. There will also be Late Night Shows at the Trap Bar and Grill that will last late into the evening. Trap tickets are not included in price of Festival Tickets.
What time do the music gates open?
One hour prior to the start of music. See show Festival Schedule on Music Page for each show.
What are the will-call hours?
Prior to the festival dates will-call will be in the Activity Center located at the resort during their normal business hours. Additional will-call locations will be announced at a later date.
What do I need to pick-up my tickets from will-call?
You will need photo ID and the order form from your online purchase.
What time does the Ticket Booth open?
One hour prior to the start of music. See show Festival Schedule on Music Page for each show.
What can I expect?
A lot of fun, people watching and a ton of great music. There are 2,000-3,000 people each day at the festival, but there is a lot of room in the festival site. There are food, drink, and retail vendors in the festival site. The stage is set up at the bottom of the Papoose and Shoshone lifts. The weather varies from very warm to very cold, sometimes in the same day. Bring your shorts and your winter clothes. Usually the ground is dry, but sometimes we have a late spring and there is a little mud in places. Wear sunscreen, hats, and drink water. We are at 8,000ft and you want to take extra precautions at this altitude. A lot of people bring their whole family, there is fun for everyone. Grand Targhee Resort offers many additional recreational opportunities that will be open during the festival some of these activities include; horseback riding, climbing wall, disc golf, scenic chairlift rides, hiking, cross-country mountain biking and downhill mountain biking.
Tip!! - Buy a souvenir beer mug on the first day of the festival (we usually sell out). You get a commemorative mug that gets great discounts on beer during the festival.
Can I bring my dog?
NO PETS allowed at Grand Targhee Resort (unless it is a registered service animal). This includes the Plaza, festival site, cars, RVs, campgrounds, parking lots, lodging or anywhere else beyond the road checkpoint.
Nearest Kennel Information: Crenshaw Kennels 1 208-787-2420
Can I bring my bicycle into the festival area?
No bicycles are allowed in the festival area. However, the resort mountain bike trails will be open for biking and hiking.
Can I bring tarps, chairs, umbrellas, tents etc into the festival site?
Yes. Please use only low back chairs in front of the sound booth about half way up the festival site. If we can roll a basketball under it we will ask you to move back. This includes umbrellas too. Regular lawn chairs are allowed behind the sound booth. If you want to set up a tent/awning it needs to be in the back of the site by the trees. Tarps are allowed to reserve space and protect the grass. F&B asks that we limit chairs being pushed back towards food & beverage tents.
Can I leave the festival grounds once I enter?
Yes, as long as you leave your wristband on.
What are the Food and Beverage options during the festival?
There are many options for many budgets during the festival. Our normal restaurants operate (check their schedules online for festival operation times). There are also various booths that operate in the festival grounds offering snacks, pizza, Mexican food, BBQ, etc. Beer and mixed drinks are available in the festival site too (don’t forget your ID).
Can I bring my own food and drinks into the festival site?
NO GLASS of any kind, No outside alcohol of any kind – You will be asked to down it or dump it. No coolers larger than 12” x 12”. All bags are subject to search, no sharp utensils or knives, no fireworks, firearms or illegal substances will be allowed.
Do I need an ID to be served Alcohol?
Yes. You can get a wristband to show you are 21 or over at the indicated booths.
What’s the policy on fireworks?
I’m visiting the resort but not going to the festival. Can I get to Targhee without a ticket?
Yes, but you’ll pay the daily parking fee during the festival.
Is smoking allowed at the resort?
We are a smoke free resort however we do have one designated smoking area located on the Trap Bar and Grill deck.
Is there recycling? What do you recycle?
Yes. We recycle all glass, aluminum, plastics #1 and #2, tin, and cardboard. Visit with a Green Team member for additional information. Composting is available inside the festival venue. A Green Team member will help you sort your waste.
What pricing do you have for Children?
Children 12 and under are free to the festival and do not need a ticket prior to arrival (they do need a wristband from the Ticket booth when they arrive). If they are camping their ticket is $16.00 (which they can and should purchase in advance).
Where will I be camping?
Camping will open at 12:00 pm/noon on Thursday. Camping is all first come first serve. Sites are not developed so you will have to find a spot that looks suitable in the designated areas. You will have options of treed areas and open fields. (The areas are around where our winter cross country/Nordic area is located.)
THE CARIBOU-TARGHEE NATIONAL FOREST REQUIRES THAT ALL FOOD MUST BE STORED IN BEAR-RESISTANT CONTAINERS (certified through the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee Courtesy Inspection Program) OR STORED IN A CLOSED, HARD-SIDED VEHICLE WITHOUT OPENINGS.
Are there facilities at the campgrounds?
Sites are not developed. However, we will bring in a few portable showers, located by the sprung structure.
How does parking work during the festivals?
Parking passes are required for all vehicles. Parking passes will be available at the gate or through advance sales. Parking passes will not be held at will-call and parking passes will not be available for sale on-line beginning 30 days prior to the event. Resort hotel guests will receive one parking pass per unit rented.
I don’t want to pay for parking what are my other options?
You can use the public parking in Driggs. Please do not park illegally or in areas not designated as public parking otherwise you may have to pay for a parking ticket. A shuttle will run from Driggs and other locations.
What time does the lift run?
10:00am to 5:00pm Seven days a week
Official Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival Partners
We would like to thank the following partners for their contributions to the continued success of the summer music traditions at Grand Targhee Resort.
Additional partnership opportunities are available, please contact Ken rider at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grand Teton Brewing
St. John’s 4 Peaks Clinic
Grand Targhee is a great place to bring children of any age, and we’re creating an even more family friendly atmosphere at both Targhee Fest and Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festivals with The Kids Fun Zone. Located adjacent to the venue entrance, The Kids Fun Zone will have. Activities and crafty will include, but are not limited to, beaded necklace and dance wand making, air guitar building, headband decoration and much more. Jacana Events will have their face painting booth close by, and Teton Hoops will be offering a Design your own Hula-hoops booth.
Kid's Fun Zone Hours
Fun Zone Open Friday, 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Saturday and Sunday, 11:00am – 6:00pm
Targhee Fest and Targhee Bluegrass festivals.
Children must be accompanied by an adult within The Kids Fun Zone at all times.
$1 Donation Requested per child. Some items for sale for minimal charge.
Thank you to St.Johns/4 Peaks Clinic for bringing the FUN!