Lynyrd Skynyrd

Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd perform at the Riverbend Festival last year in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The band will play a free concert in Jackson later on Aug. 31.

Southern rock's most famous band is coming to Wyoming. Lynyrd Skynyrd, the group behind legendary songs like "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird" will perform Aug. 31 at Snow King Ball Park in Jackson, organizers announced this week.

The free, all-ages show is part of Jackson's Centennial celebration.

“I’m thrilled that Lynyrd Skynyrd is kicking off Jackson’s next hundred years, and in grand style," Jackson Mayor Mark Barron said in a written statement. "Gary, Dale, and the Rossington family have long made a home in Jackson Hole."

The show is being put on by JacksonHoleLive, a free summer concert series that's now in its third year. The rest of the series' lineup was revealed a few months ago, but organizers said they delayed announcement of the Skynyrd show with the goal of hosting a largely local audience.

Lynyrd Skynyrd formed in 1966 as The Pretty Ones. The group adopted its famous name three years later and rose to prominence in the early '70s with the release of the albums "(Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd)" and "Second Helping." The latter included the track "Sweet Home Alabama," a defense of the South written in response to Neil Young's "Southern Man."

A 1977 plane crash killed lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, vocalist/guitarist Steve Gaines and backup singer Cassie Gaines. The band went on hiatus for a decade before returning to recording and touring. Van Zant's younger brother, Johnny, now serves as lead vocalist.

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Contact Joshua Wolfson at 307-266-0582 or at josh.wolfson@trib.com. Follow him on Twitter @joshwolfson.


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