Park City Institute announces St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights concerts
April 4, 2014
Park City Institute will celebrate its 11th summer of presenting the St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights concert series at Deer Valley Resort with ten concerts beginning June 28 with The Bacon Brothers.
The other concerts confirmed include the Punch Brothers on July 6, Dierks Bentley on July 24, Kix Brooks on July 31 and Muscle Shoals Live and Lisa Fischer on Aug. 3.
The season will continue on Aug. 16 with Five For Fighting, while Trampled by Turtles will perform on Aug. 19 and the Nashville Café will arrive on Aug. 23.
Closing the series will be Vince Gill and the Time Jumpers on Aug. 30.
All concerts are slated to be held rain or shine at Deer Valley Resort’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater.
An additional concert will be announced soon, said Teri Orr, the executive director for the Park City Institute.
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"That concert will be on July 3, but the act hasn’t been confirmed, yet," Orr told The Park Record.
Orr said some of the confirmed shows — the Bacon Brothers, the Punch Brothers and Vince Gill and the Time Jumpers— are coming back due to popular demand.
"We’ve scheduled the Bacon Brothers a couple of times, but they only played indoors," Orr said. "So this will be the first time they’ll play outside and I think it will be such a fun way to start the season."
The Punch Brothers features mandolinist Chris Thile, who is known for his work in the Grammy Award-winning trio Nickel Creek, a group that the Park City Institute has scheduled in one form or another, Orr said.
"We had Nickel Creek in when they first started out," she said. "After they broke up in 2007, we brought in Chris with the Punch Brothers and we also scheduled [his former Nickel Creek bandmates] Sara Watkins and her brother Sean together both in the summer and the winter.
"We had the opportunity to schedule the Punch Brothers this summer and we were eager to have Chris back," she said. "It’s been about six years since he’s been with us."
Orr is happy Vince Gill is returning to Park City as well.
"This is the last show of the season, and this is a group that Vince has been a part of for a while," she said. "Usually he doesn’t allow himself to be billed separately, but we had him come in several years ago and people had asked us to bring him back and I had to find a way in a different format to do that."
Last year, Park City Institute brought in Muscle Shoals Live, which is comprised of artists who appeared in the 2013 Sundance Film Festival documentaries "Muscle Shoals" and "20 Feet from Stardom."
"We had never repeated an act one summer after the other, but we had so many people of every age group and demographic plead with us to bring this show back," Orr said. "We thought we would freshen the show up by picking some of the other singers from ’20 Feet from Stardom’ and Lisa Fisher has been on every Rolling Stones tour since 1989."
Another musician who has been involved with film is Five for Fighting.
The group’s main singer and songwriter, John Ondrasik, wrote all the music for the 2007 film, "August Rush."
"One of our donors asked if we have thought about bringing in Five for Fighting," Orr said. "I thought that would be a good fit for us and that we could afford him."
In addition to the Punch Brothers and Vince Gill, there is an abundance of folk and country shows scheduled for this season.
"It’s always about how best we can put together dates that we have available with who is on tour," she said. "Also, last summer, we didn’t present much country and we heard about it.
"So we tried to make certain we booked country artists this year," Orr said with a laugh. "But then we got carried away."
Orr said Dierks Bentley just happened to accept her bid.
"I found a day at Deer Valley happened to open up and called Nashville and it [worked] out perfectly," she said. "He accepted my offer, which is modest by the standards he deserved."
Kix Brooks, formerly of the Country Music Award-winning Brooks and Dunn, has always been a singer and songwriter, and focusing more on that for the past 18 months, Orr said.
When Trampled by Turtles performs, it will be joined by Elephant Revival and Hooray for the Riff Raff.
"These guys are a young and upcoming ‘newgrass’ band who was on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon the other night," Orr said. "And the Nashville Café is like the Muscle Shoals show. I thought it would be fun to put together a show based on the TV series ‘Nashville.’"
Tickets go on sale to Park City Institute members on Wednesday, April 9, and are available for purchase by the general public on Wednesday, April 16.
Lawn and reserved tickets as well as summer season punch cards are available at The Mega Genius Supply Store and IQ HQ, 435 Swede Alley. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 435-655-3114 or visiting http://www.ecclescenter.org .
Prices are as follows:
Tickets will also be available at Deer Valley Signature & Etc. stores, The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City and the Hugo Coffee Shop inside Park City’s Visitor Center at Kimball Junction. Discounted tickets are available for children under age 16 as well as senior citizens ages 62 and older.
For more information, visit http://www.ecclescenter.org .