Benefit Aims to Raise Money to Permanently Protect the Hoback Basin in Wyoming

Upper Hoback Basin - Photo Credit: Stephanie Kessler

Upper Hoback Basin-Credit: Stephanie Kessler

Join us in Jackson, Wyo. Friday, Dec. 21st at a Benefit to Save The Hoback at The Center for the Arts 
with musical artists The Deadlocks, Jalan Crossland and Spatial Relations. ALL Proceeds benefit The Trust for Public Land’s urgent campaign to permanently protect the Hoback Basin from oil and gas development. Snake River Brewery commits a $5,000 challenge grant to help the cause.

On Friday, December 21st, The Center for the Arts in Jackson Hole, Wyo. will host a “Benefit to Save the Hoback” presented by and featuring Cowboy State musical artists The Deadlocks, Jalan Crossland Band, and Spatial Relations. Doors will open at 6 pm, and the show will run from 7 – 11:30 pm. Tickets are available at The Center for the Arts and cost $10 for students, $20 for general admission, and $100 for VIP access.

The Trust for Public Land announced recently that it has a deal with Plains Exploration & Production Company (PXP) to buy and permanently retire the company’s oil and gas leases on 58,000 acres in the Hoback Basin, about 30 miles southeast of Jackson, Wyo. This deal would stop PXP’s plans to drill 136 natural gas wells and build 30 miles of new roads at the headwaters of the Wild and Scenic Hoback River. The Trust for Public Land must raise $8.75 million by December 31,2012 to stop PXP’s plans to drill. With only a few weeks left in the campaign, The Trust for Public Land has raised more than 75% ($6.5 million) of the needed funds. Visit to learn more and donate.

Wyoming raised singer-songwriter Jalan Crossland is one of a very few “alt country” artists his age who still claims the “country” as home. Crossland, who resides in Ten Sleep, WY, has released six albums since 2000 and has developed a fiercely loyal following fueled by his musicianship (he’s a former flat-picking champion) and his talent as an entertainer. His energetic and engaging performances highlight his core sensibilities as a storyteller, musician and artist. At this event, he will be performing with his full band.

The Deadlocks are a regionally-touring ensemble, faithfully replicating the sound of the Grateful Dead throughout the years. Each Deadlocks performance is a unique event–featuring a distinct set list that exudes an authentic representation of the original group. With a diverse repertoire rooted in blues, funk, gospel, folk, rock and country, their broad appeal attracts music lovers and Grateful Dead fans alike. The Deadlocks have performed throughout the region at some high profile venues, including a self-produced event on the Town Square in Jackson Hole that brought over 1,000 community members out on a Friday afternoon, Grand Targhee Music Festival, The Big Sky Country Fair, The Knotty Pine’s 4th of July Celebration with Great American Taxi, Bozeman, and Denver.

Comprised of local high school musicians, Spatial Relations features: Dan Sanford on drums, Michael Scalabrino on guitar/vocals, and Syler Peralta-Ramos on bass. Spatial Relations plays a diverse mix of genres ranging from indie rock to soul and funk with an emphasis on fusion and jazz elements.

The benefit will feature a raffle drawing with prizes including a stand up paddleboard from Rendezvous River Sports, a 15-day Peak Pass from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, a Fender guitar signed by Johnny Depp and donated by Tony Gilkyson, an LP signed by members of the Grateful Dead, a ticket package to the Center for the Arts, a half-day guided float trip by World Cast Anglers, and more. Raffle tickets are available for $5 each, or $20 for five. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the event, or in advance by calling Lisa: 307-413-2790.

To encourage concert goers to make a donation to the cause, The Snake River Brewery has generously offered a $5,000 challenge grant to match donations made during the event to The Trust for Public Land to protect the Hoback. Additionally, all proceeds from the event will be directed to The Trust for Public Land’s campaign to Save the Hoback. The campaign is a coordinated effort by The Trust for Public Land, Wyoming Outdoor Council, Citizens for the Wyoming Range, The Wilderness Society, and American Rivers.

Hoback Basin-Credit: Dan Smitherman

Hoback Basin-Credit: Dan Smitherman

In addition to $10 student tickets and $20 general admission, VIP Tickets are available for $100. Thanks to Fine Dining Group and Thai Me Up, VIP ticket holders will have access to a separate dance area, a catered buffet with complimentary beer, side-stage access, backstage room, and separate entrance. For general admission, the lower level of the Center Theater will include a uniquely festive atmosphere, with a large dance-floor and cocktail service.
is a website founded in Jackson, Wyo. featuring quality, discounted outdoor gear from national merchants, CleanSnipe is proud to support this cause, as clean air and clean water are fundamental to active healthy lifestyles. CleanSnipe recognizes that, it is incumbent upon its members to protect access to public lands for future generations.

Founded in 1972, The Trust for Public Land is the leading nonprofit working to conserve land for people. Operating from more than 30 offices nationwide, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than three million acres from the inner city to the wilderness and helped generate more than 34 billion in public funds for conservation. Nearly ten million people live within a ten-minute walk of a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year. The Trust for Public Land’s Northern Rockies offices are in Bozeman, MT and Jackson, Wyo. Learn more at

This event marks the beginning of a great season of music at the Center for the Arts. The winter calendar musical highlights include: Dec 29 Grammy Nominees James McMurtry and John Fullbright, Jan 10 Ruthie Foster, Jan 17 Civil Twilight and Jan 19 Harlem Gospel Choir.

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