Promoter cancels inaugural Targhee Country Fest
By Brielle Schaeffer, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
July 21, 2012
The Targhee Country Fest set for July 26 and 27 has been canceled because of artist scheduling conflicts, a spokesman for Grand Targhee Resort said.
The resort received word Thursday night that the festival’s promoter, Knitting Factory Presents, nixed the inaugural event, resort marketing director Ken Rider said. Country songsters Dwight Yoakam and Dierks Bentley were slated to headline.
“It’s a bummer,” Rider said. “We’re going to focus [on the Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival] and keep on rolling.”
The cancellation of the festival was the promoter’s decision, he said.
The resort made the announcement on its website, saying it was “due to circumstances beyond our control.”
Other artists advertised were Stoney LaRue, Rodney Crowell, Elizabeth Cook, Lost Trailers and David Nail.
Targhee Country Fest was scheduled to fill a hole in the Alta resort’s summer musical offerings, sandwiched between the Americana rock of Targhee Fest in mid-July and the twangy sounds of the Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival in August.
The resort might schedule another country music festival for next summer, Rider said.
“We’ll assess what we want to do with anything about country later on in the year,” he said.
Grammy Award-winning artist Bentley is set to play in Kearney, Neb., July 27, according to his website. The July 26 Targhee Country Fest date he was going to headline remains on the website with a cancellation note.
Quirky country singer-songwriter and actor Yoakam does not have a July 27 Targhee Country Fest tour date on his website in any form. He’s set to play The Eastside Cannery Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas on July 28.
Refunds will be made depending on where tickets were purchased — either on ticketfly.com or directly from Grand Targhee Resort, Rider said.
The resort will contact patrons who bought tickets through them to refund their purchases, he said. The resort sold a couple hundred tickets.
People who bought tickets through ticketfly.com will be contacted by the Knitting Factory Presents about refunds, Rider said. He did not know how many tickets had been purchased through that website.
“Targhee Country Fest is a blip in the map and we’re moving on,” he said. “Get your Bluegrass tickets because those are selling fast. ... We’re psyched about everything we got going on this summer.”