A reveler basks in the afterglow of a free concert on Jackson’s Town Square on March 18 after Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats wrapped up their show. Jackson Hole promoters booked the popular band for the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s 50th anniversary celebration, choking city streets for the evening of entertainment. (Angus M. Thuermer Jr./WyoFile)

JACKSON – Jackson residents and visitors flocked by the thousands last weekend to concerts celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Jackson Hole Rendezvous included a free concert on the Town Square March 18 featuring Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. At Teton Village the following night the Zac Brown Band drew thousands to the mountainside show.

The concert at the Town Square recalled an earlier era when Center Street — the square’s western boundary — was the town’s social center. That’s where residents held dances and celebrations in the Clubhouse building, constructed in about 1897.

Last week the 119-year-old building (5 doors down the street from Wyoming Outfitters in the photo) overlooked a contemporary celebration as the eight-member Night Sweats rocked through a set, discarding hats, coats and scarves as they warmed themselves and the audience in the chilly night. The group concluded with its hit S.O.B. and followed that with two encore numbers.

Angus M. Thuermer Jr. is the natural resources reporter for WyoFile. He is a veteran Wyoming reporter and editor with more than 35 years experience in Wyoming. Contact him at angus@wyofile.com or (307)...

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