Patrick Chadwick and the thriving original music scene in Jackson

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Patrick Chadwick didn't expect to find a robust music scene when he moved to Jackson, but now music has become the reason he stayed. "I came out here because I wanted to ski, but what's kept me here has been the music," he said. Chadwick, who is originally from Massachusetts, began playing guitar in high school and writing music shortly after. In college, he played Boston clubs with his band. After years of living in the city, he was ready to move to a mountain community. When he arrived in Jackson, he got a job at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort ticket office. Music wasn't a priority at the time. "I moved here and I wasn't expecting to play music because I didn't think there would be a huge music scene here coming from Boston," said Chadwick. He found that to be untrue quickly. He started playing with the local Hootenanny, where he met other local musicians and started the band Flannel Attractions. The band grew in popularity and was eventually touring the Pacific Northwest. They were even covered in *Paste Magazine* as one of the bands to watch in Wyoming. Following the band breakup a few years ago, Chadwick set out on his own, playing at local spots and working on his EP, which will debut this weekend at Out West Fest. Out West Fest will feature Chadwick, along with local bands Benyaro, Canyon Kids, and Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons. "We really wanted to highlight the wealth of original music in town, which was surprising to me when I came here," said Chadwick. The goal of the show is to celebrate local musicians and the great original music that comes out of Jackson. Out West Fest is happening tomorrow night at the Pink Garter Theatre. More information on the event is available here. *Feature Photo: Patrick Chadwick. h/t Patrick Chadwick / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news