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Top Five Bands Advance in the Targhee Battle of the Bands Competition

(Alta, WY – May 18, 2011)  --  With the completion of the online public voting period for the Second Annual Targhee Battle of the Bands, the following five bands will advance to the Battle of the Bands Showdown on Saturday, June 25 at Grand Targhee Resort.

The Deadlocks / 230 votes

Based in Jackson Hole, The Deadlocks bring an authentic Grateful Dead experience to the Intermountain West. Following in the tradition set forth by the Dead, the band levies harmonic guitars, defined musical composition, a double drumset, and a vibrant mix of song performance and psychedelic improvisation. Each Deadlocks show is a unique experience; pulling from a repertoire of nearly 100 songs and growing, a Deadlocks production is exciting, immersing, unpredictable, and dynamic. All aspects of the performance- from the instrumentation to the stage layout- are carefully produced to ensure an authentic representation.

 Colter Wilson / 225 votes

Colter Wilson is a heartfelt songwriter developing his own style of unique lyricism and musical phrasing. He began playing the guitar at the age of fourteen and later found a love for poetry. Interning at booking agencies and recording studios helped him articulate the business attributes of music. A strong believer in the do it yourself method, Colter has self-released his first album (Dig This) and continues his musical adventures with live performances.

Miller Sisters / 220 votes

Karee and Candice Miller are the singing sisters that make up this dynamic super duo. Living in Victor, ID they make frequent appearances in Teton Valley Idaho, Jackson Wyoming and beyond.  Growing up in the Midwest on a farm in Southern Minnesota, there was always something special about our family and how much we enjoyed music. The last two children of a tight-knit family of ten, we stuck by each other through thick and thin and we (the Miller Sisters) decided to take our high-energy music show beyond our small town.  With their upbeat, diverse performances featuring their incredible range, the Miller Sisters have established themselves as the go to band for a rockin’ live show.

Jet Black Ninja Funkgrass Unit  / 198 votes

JBNFU is an all instrumental trio consisting of acoustic and electric mandolin player Tim Farris, bass player Brad Corbin, and drummer Scotty Barrett. The trio hails from Jackson WY and has taken the scene there by storm, throwing down thoughtful, original instrumental concoctions as well as fresh adaptations of classic covers. Their original songs, though absent of lyrics, intend instead to create visuals through musical melodies. Song names like Funky Tractor in a Cornfield Hoedown, The Search for Optimus Prime and Sneakin Marie through the Prairie  evoke images and set up the listeners' ear for a musical story. Songs are written with multiple parts and cues so they can change quickly from one hook to the next while still leavin room for improvisation.

The OutFit  / 91 votes 

The OutFit started its early music writing roots about six years ago in a cabin on Fish Creek Road.  The ensemble began with drummer and keyboardist Kyle Johnson (formerly of Funk Missile) and The Amorphic (now of the VaporBeat Cafe on KHOL 89.1 FM) writing tunes together.  They were quickly joined by saxophone player J.T. Schoonover and bassist Corey Wheeler.  The band has since grown to include two new members, drummer Justin McCalla (Mandatory Air, One Ton Pig) and percussionist Mac Munroe (Mandatory Air).  With the combination of a six string bass, saxophone and cerebral vocals mixed with turntable antics, The OutFit produces highly danceable tunes.

Free to the public, the Battle of the Bands on June 25 will feature a short set from each band.  The crowd will vote for their favorite band during the event and will determine which three bands will secure an opening spot during the 7th Annual Targhee Music Fest July 15 through 17.

Grand Targhee Resort is a year round mountain resort situated on the western slope of the Tetons in Alta, Wyoming, accessible only through Teton Valley, Idaho.   Tucked among spectacular Teton views and national forest land, Grand Targhee is an intimate summer getaway for adventure-seekers, with miles of lift-accessed hiking, running and mountain biking trails, renowned music festivals and a variety of activities in a pristine high alpine environment. During the winter, our abundance of light powder snow (more than 500 inches annually) and virtual lack of lift lines creates an uncrowded skier and snowboarder paradise, continually recognized for great snow, genuine western hospitality, scenic beauty and excellent value.  A leader in environmental resort practices, Grand Targhee Resort has twice been  honored with the prestigious Golden Eagle Award for Environmental Excellence, most recently in 2011.  For more information, please visit our website at

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