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Mountain Town Music readies a summer full of concerts

New music series scheduled this year

Ryan Walsh will tell you Park City and Summit County offer a funky and unique cultural experience, which makes this area so appealing to residents and visitors alike.

"I think everyone in the community can agree with that," Walsh said during an interview with The Park Record. "And I think they would also agree that our live music scene plays a significant role in the distinctive flavor of our town."

Walsh should know. He's the president of the board of directors for Mountain Town Music, a nonprofit that produces more than 300 free concerts in Park City and Summit County each year.

"I believe we have made an impact producing so many events over the years which thousands of people enjoy in person each year," he said. "Our audiences are made of friends and families from our community, but also visitors or people who come up from the valley to enjoy what we have to offer in terms of the live shows, fresh air, local businesses and restaurants in Park City."

Mountain Town Music's 2017 summer season will officially begin Friday, June 2, at Woodenshoe Park in Peoa with local Americana band Lash LaRue.

"This is a very cool venue and Lash LaRue is the right band to start the season off," Walsh said.

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The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 6:30 p.m. and will also serve as a Mountain Town Music member appreciation barbecue.

"There are so many people in the community who support us," Walsh said. "And we wanted to show how much they mean to us by inviting everyone out to a barbecue and concert on the first night of the season."

The membership appreciation will flow into the next evening during Mountain Town Music's fifth annual Jamabalaya kickoff party, featuring the Monophonics, at O.P. Rockwell, located at 268 Main Street.

Mountain Town hosts this event as a thank you and member appreciation event, although there will be a silent auction and donations will be accepted at the venue.

The venue opens its doors at 6:30 p.m. for a private party for Mountain Town Music's Vibe Tribe members, before opening up to the public at 9:30 p.m. for the concert.

"The Vibe Tribe is the collection of folks who have made a donation of $50 or more to Mountain Town Music," Walsh said. "We're a nonprofit organization and sustained in large part through public donations. The people in town who donate should feel proud that they're a part of the success of the programming that we do in town."

People can join Mountain Town Music's Vibe Tribe by visiting  www.mountaintownmusic.org and clicking the link that says, "Support the Groove."

"When someone joins the Vibe Tribe, they get member updates, weekly schedules of who is playing in town and invitations to member-exclusive events," Walsh said. "Those events include intimate concerts at private homes, or invitations and transportation to shows in other communities like a concert at Snowbasin this summer."

Throughout the years, Mountain Town Music has expanded its concert schedule thanks to partnerships with local venues such as Woodenshoe Park, Billy Blanco's at Quarry Village, Miner's Plaza and the Newpark Plaza, to name a few.

"Folks in places like Billy Blanco's and Newpark met with us, saying these venues would be a great way to bring people closer to their businesses, and we partnered with each to establish a concert series there," Walsh said. "Mountain Town Music is, of course, interested in our ability to continue to grow and looked to potential opportunities like these for new venues or to start up new concert series. I think it has worked out well for everyone."

One new series this year will start Wednesday, June 28, with Shannon Runyon at Park City Library.

"It's going to be an acoustic series on the patio and will start at 10:30 a.m.," Walsh said.

Another new series is the Noches de Verano that will run Mondays from June 3 to July 5 at City Park. "It will be a Latino music series," Walsh said. (See story titled ” Noches de Verano series will celebrate Park City's Latino community”).

In addition to creating new partnerships and concert series, Mountain Town Music enjoys maintaining its existing partnerships with Deer Valley for the Wednesday night Grand Valley Bank Community Concerts and Park City Mountain for concerts at Canyons Village, PayDay Deck and the Corner Store.

"Deer Valley has always been a great partner for us," Walsh said. "You know you will be able to see a concert on Wednesday night at Deer Valley in the summer, and we are grateful to Deer Valley for that. Imagine if we didn't show up for one Wednesday."

Walsh said he is also grateful for Vail, who owns Park City Mountain Resort.

"We're fortunate in that Vail has chosen Mountain Town Music as the organization to program the music activity around the resort," he said. "I can't overemphasize how important they have been to us in the last few years and it's great working with them."

Brian Richards, the conductor of community musical affairs for Mountain Town Music, programs all the concerts.

"Brian is perfectly suited for this role, because the thing he does the best is finding great music and programing concerts," Walsh said. "Because of his skill in that, we were mostly programmed for this summer by March of this year.

"The thing that makes Mountain Town Music great for Park City is that you can look at us in one way as a public utility; a resource you can count on to be reliable year after year. We employ hundreds of local musicians, crew and sound technicians to present these concerts to the community, and the community comes out and supports this essential part of our local culture."

For information about Mountain Town Music, visit http://www.mountaintownmusic.org.

Mountain Town Music concerts from June 2 through Aug. 5 Schedule subject to change
June

  • 2: Lash LaRue, Woodenshoe Park, Peoa, 6:30 p.m.
  • 3: Mountain Town Music’s Jambalaya with Monophonics, O.P. Rockwell, 10 p.m.
  • 4: Park Silly Sunday Market: Wyatt Pike, 10 a.m.; Cory Mon, 11 a.m.; The     Twin Flames, 1 p.m.; Sin City Soul, 2 p.m.
  • 5: Rumba Libre Band, City Park, 6:30 p.m.
  • 9: Gleewood, Woodenshoe Park, Peoa, 6:30 p.m.
  • 11: Park Silly Sunday Market: Brother Run, 10 a.m.; BroBand, 11 a.m.; Scott Klismith, 1 p.m.; Swagger, 2 p.m.
  • 12: Mi Tierra Mariachi, City Park, 6:30 p.m.
  • 15: The Watters, Newpark Amphitheater, 6 p.m.
  • 16:Dick Stoner, Woodenshoe Park, Peoa, 6:30 p.m.
  • 17: Savor the Summit: Tony Holiday & The Velvetones, 5:30 p.m.; Changing Lanes Experience, 7:30 p.m.
  • 18: Park Silly Sunday Market: Wyatt Pike, 10 a.m.; You Knew Me When, 11 a.m; Bill N Diane, 1 p.m.; Something Like Seduction, 2 p.m.
    Candy’s River House, Billy Blanco’s at Quarry Village, 6 p.m.
  • 19: Grupo Xcape Norteno, City Park, 6:30 p.m.
  • 21: Changing Lanes Experience and BroBand, Deer Valley Resort, 5:30 p.m.
  • 22: Liver by the River, DeJoria Center, 6 p.m.
    Niki J. Crawford, Newpark Amphitheater, 6 p.m.
  • 24: Miner’s Plaza: Lumberjack Fabulous, 1:30 p.m.; Jordan Young, 3:30 p.m.
  • 25: Park Silly Sunday Market: Brother Run, 10 a.m.; Group Therapy, 11 a.m.; Christine Kinslow, 1 p.m.
    A-Mac & The Height, Billy Blanco’s at Quarry Village, 6 p.m.
  • 26: Latin Roots Band, City Park, 6:30 p.m.
  • 28: The Soulistics, Deer Valley Resort, 6 p.m.
    Shannon Runyon, Park City Library, 10:30 a.m.
  • 29: Garrett Labeau, Newpark Amphitheater, 6 p.m.
    Muddpuddle, DeJoria Center, 6 p.m.
  • 30: Mister Sister Trio, Woodenshoe Park, Peoa, 6:30 p.m.

July

  • 1: Miner’s Plaza: Christine Kinslow, 1:30 p.m.; Sammy Sullivan, 3:30 p.m.
  • 2: Mama J, Billy Blanco’s at Quarry Village, 6 p.m.
    Park Silly Sunday Market: Wyatt Pike, 10 a.m.; Red Desert Ramblers, 11 a.m.; The Twin Flames, 1 p.m.; The Pour, 2 p.m.
  • 3: Desafio Show, City Park, 6:30 p.m.
  • 5: Joshy Soul & The Cool, Deer Valley Resort, 6 p.m.
  • 6: Michelle Moonshine at the DeJoria Center, 6 p.m.
    Patwa Reggae Band, Newpark Amphitheater, 6 p.m.
  • 7: Triggers & Slips, Woodenshoe Park, Peoa, 6:30 p.m.
  • 8: Miner’s Plaza: Bill McGinnis, 1:30 p.m.; The Better Halves, 3:30 p.m.
  • 9: Park Silly Sunday Market: Teresa Eggertsen Cooke, 10 a.m.; A-Rodge, 11 a.m.; Bill N Diane, 1 p.m.; Motherlode Canyon Band, 2 p.m.
  • 12: Ryan Hiller, Deer Valley Resort, 6 p.m.
  • 13: Motherlode Canyon Band, 6 p.m.
    Ghostowne, DeJoria Center, 6 p.m.
  • 14: Bill N Diane, Woodenshoe Park, Peoa, 6:30 p.m.
  • 15: Miner’s Plaza: Ryan Walsh, 1:30 p.m.; Carlos Emjay, 3:30 p.m.
  • 16: Park Silly Sunday Market: Brother Run, 10 a.m.; When You Were Bigger, 11 a.m.; Bill N Diane, 1:30 p.m.; Patwa Reggae Band, 2 p.m.
    Masontown, Billy Blanco’s at Quarry Village, 6 p.m.
  • 19: Teresa Eggertsen Cooke, Park City Library, 10:30 a.m.
    Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Super Band, Deer Valley Resort, 5:30 p.m.
  • 20: Lash LaRue, DeJoria Center, 6 p.m.
  • 21: Michelle Moonshine, Woodenshoe Park, Peoa, 6:30 p.m.
  • 22: Miner’s Plaza: Lisa Needham & Rich Wyman, 1:30 p.m.; Elizabeth Hareza, 3:30 p.m.
  • 23: Park Silly Sunday Market: Brother Run, 10 a.m.; Mountain Country, 11 a.m.; Scott Klismith, 1 p.m.; Chris Bender & Fastback, 2 p.m.
  • 26: Alica Stockman, Park City Library, 10:30 a.m.
    Talia Keys & The Love, Deer Valley Resort, 5:30 p.m.
  • 27: Dusty Boxcars, DeJoria Center, 6 p.m.
    Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men, Newpark Amphitheater, 6 p.m.
  • 29: Miner’s Plaza: Sister Brother, 1:30 p.m.
  • 30: Park Silly Sunday Market: Brother Run, 10 a.m.; Trezz Hombrezz, 11 a.m.; Scott Klismith, 1 p.m.; Heritage Band, 2 p.m.
    The Harmaleighs, Billy Blanco’s at Quarry Village, 6 p.m.

August

  • 2: Mokie, Deer Valley Resort, 5:30 p.m.
    Mikael Lewis, Park City Library, 10:30 a.m.
  • 3: The Pour, Newpark Amphitheater, 6 p.m.
  • 4: Park City Kimball Arts Festival Food Truck Stage: The Travelin’ Dingleberries, 5 p.m.; Rumba Libre, 7 p.m.
    Park City Kimball Arts Festival Main Stage: Will Baxter Band, 5 p.m.; Smiling Souls, 7 p.m.
    Park City Kimball Arts Festival Miner’s Park Stage: Garry Stoddard/Slickrock Gypsy, 5 p.m.; The Naked Waiters, 7 p.m.
  • 5: Park City Kimball Arts Festival Main Stage: Candy’s River House, 3:30 p.m.
    Park City Kimball Arts Festival Food Truck Stage: The Steel Belts, 12:30 p.m.

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