If you believe George Gershwin, the "livin' is easy" during the summer.

And that seems true in Park City.

Hiking, biking, outdoor dining and sipping libations on front or back porches have become traditions in this mining-turned-resort town.

But that's not all.

In the past two decades, the town's live-music scene has taken on a life of its own and helped put Park City on the map as a summer destination.

Not only do people plan their vacations in part to take in these wonderful performances, but bands and musicians also make special trips to play on the plethora of outdoor and indoor stages around the county.

Summer brings in truckloads of live music presented by local nonprofit organizations. With the help of the Summit County RAP tax, these concerts can be heard throughout the area at Deer Valley's Snowpark Amphitheater, City Park, Newpark, Quarry Village, Miners Park and the Egyptian Theatre. And there are more outdoor performances in Coalville and Peoa.

Mountain Town Music schedules an array of local and national musicians who play rock, folk, pop, blues and jazz at these venues. It also gets its classical groove on and schedules the free Monday night concerts by another nonprofit entity, the Beethoven Festival, in City Park.

And that isn't the only classical offering in town.

For the past decade, the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, one of the state's biggest nonprofit musical organizations has presented the Deer Valley Music Festival.


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Not only does it host grand orchestral concerts at the Snowpark Amphitheater, but is also schedules more-intimate chamber performances at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Then there is the St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Summer Concert Series, produced by the Park City Institute, which also takes place at Deer Valley.

This year's performances include Martina McBride, the Bacon Brothers and Trampled by Turtles, to name just a few.

While all of these concerts are scheduled to take place outdoors, the Egyptian Theatre offers some indoor shows as well.

Grammy Award-nominated acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke will wrap a three-night stint on Sunday, and the upcoming schedule includes Jimmy Webb, the Average White Band and the Righteous Brothers' Bill Medley.

It's no secret that music touches people in different ways — especially emotionally and intellectually.

It also brings people together.

There's nothing like kicking back at a breezy, open-air venue and watching both the young and old dance like there's no tomorrow, or sitting in a more environmentally controlled theater with other fans.

Because when we look around the audience and happen to catch someone's eye, we create a bond. Yes. The "livin' is good" here during the summer.