Big Stars, Bright Nights 2013 kicks off July 4
Ryan Summerlin April 19, 2013
The Park City Performing Arts Foundation will celebrate its 10th summer presenting the St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights concert series at Deer Valley Resort when Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys and Alejandro Escovedo kick off this season’s series at the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater stage on July 4.
The performance will be one of seven concerts that will culminate with the return of OneRepublic on Aug. 31.
The 2013 line-up is as follows:
Teri Orr, PCPAF executive director, said the summer concerts highlight life in Park City.
"Summer is the payoff for the mud season in Park City," Orr said during an interview with The Park Record. "We sludge through the mud and a lot of cold to get to the idyllic summer.
"We’re so glad we have the opportunity to throw a bunch of parties in the community for people to come and enjoy," she said.
All concerts will be held rain or shine. Tickets go on sale to PCPAF members on Friday, April 19 and will be available for purchase by the general public on May 1.
The goal was to tailor a lineup to fit what Park City audiences like to hear, and the organization wanted to kick start the season on the Fourth of July with three critically acclaimed Hispanic-American artists, Orr said.
"Last year, when we booked OneRepublic on July Fourth, the people had such a great time doing something after the parade and going to the park and before the fireworks," she said. "I thought it was important to have a big show this year again, but to have three acts. I think it will be a great celebration for the community."
When it came to scheduling Bruce Hornsby, Orr said she had been looking at him for years.
"I really liked the idea of combining him with Railroad Earth," she said. "Call them bluegrass or newgrass, or whatever, but their style was an element that we haven’t had represented in our shows for a while.
"And unless you know a little bit about Bruce’s musical history, you may think this pairing may be a little odd, but it’s not at all, especially when you think about his jazz music and playing with the Grateful Dead," Orr said.
The Muscle Shoals concert was a show conceived by Orr.
It was inspired by two music documentaries, Greg "Freddy" Camalier’s "Muscle Shoals" and Morgan Neville’s "Twenty Feet from Stardom," which were screened during this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
"I will confess, this pairing came out of the Sundance Film Festival, and the two groups who will perform aren’t playing together anywhere else in the country," Orr said.
After seeing both films, Orr contacted the respective directors and said she wanted to put together a performance during the summer with the artists.
"I ended up talking with Jesse Boyce, who was one of the members of the group The Swampers in ‘Muscle Shoals,’ for quite a long time, and he was very excited about the idea," Orr said. "He put together the ‘Muscle Shoals’ group.
Orr, then, looked at the artists who appeared in "Twenty Feet from Stardom."
"I found out an agent I worked with for years represents Darlene Love, who is in that film," Orr said. "The agent ran my idea past her and she said, ‘Yes.’"
In addition to this concert, the two films will be screened again in Park City during the summer. Orr said.
"We don’t know when, yet, but we’re going to coordinate the concerts with the films," she said.
Lyle Lovett has a solid history with Deer Valley, according to Orr.
"I first saw him at the Snow Park stage 20 or more years ago with his Large Band and loved the show," she said. "I was so enthusiastic when I saw him. I didn’t have any preconceived idea, but I thought he was absolutely odd in such a great way."
Orr was so taken with his band and that big sound they produce, that she brought him and k.d. lang back to Deer Valley in the mid 2000s.
"Both were great performers, and it was great seeing them together, but we didn’t get the whole Lovett show," Orr said. "So, when we heard he was going out with his Large Band, we felt it would be a great opportunity to get him again."
Orr likes the fact that Lovett can perform with a big sound, but also tone things down to the point of being intimately personal.
"I mean, listen to ‘If I Had a Boat,’" she said. "You feel good listening to his music."
Jewel is another artist that has a good relationship with the Park City Performing Arts Foundation.
"We had her play acoustically for our New Year’s Eve show three years ago and loved her," Orr said about the singer and songwriter. "When we were trying to figure out whom we could add in the summer that would fit with the Park City audience’s taste, Jewel came up because she crosses a lot of genres.
"We liked what she did with the New Year’s Show, so we are going to present her acoustically again but in the outdoor show," Orr said. "It will be lovely and intimate."
OneRepublic, another artist that has played Park City before, will wrap up the season.
"They came on their own last year, but this year, they will bring supporting acts Sara Bareilles and Churchill," Orr said.
The concert is scheduled for Aug. 31, two days before Labor Day.
Orr said she did that deliberately.
"In lots of places, Labor Day marks the end of summer, but here, it’s Miner’s Day," Orr explained. "We have traditionally scheduled concerts on that day, and that’s great fun, but it means that a lot of our staff and support people don’t get to participate in the Miner’s Day festivities. So, I wanted to book the final show of the season on a different day, so our staff can go and play and enjoy the community."
Tickets for the Park City Performing Arts Foundation’s St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights concert series will go on sale to PCPAF members on Friday, April 19 and will be available for purchase by the general public on May 1.
Lawn and reserved tickets as well as summer season punch cards will be available at the Box Office at The Mega Genius Supply Store and IQ HQ (435 Swede Alley, Park City), via phone at (435) 655-3114 or online at www.ecclescenter.org .
On May 1, lawn tickets will also be available at Deer Valley Signature & Etc. stores and The King’s English Bookshop (Salt Lake City). Discounted tickets are available for children under age 16, as well as seniors citizens ages 62 and older.
Gates open 90-minutes before show time. Coolers are permitted and a nine-inch chair height restriction will be enforced.
For more information, visit www.ecclescenter.org.