Free concerts put a spring into the season
For the past few weeks, Vail has presented its Spring Concert Series at Canyon Village and Park City Mountain.
The concerts, which feature local and national-touring groups, celebrate the warmer weather and, in some cases, lead up to the annual Spring Grüv celebration. (See story titled "Park City Mountain Resort gets into the Spring Grüv").
The Spring Concerts are held each Saturday and the occasional Sunday at 3 p.m.
The remaining schedule for Vail’s Spring Concert Series, as compiled by Scott Iwasaki, is as follows:
12 — Mokie, Canyons Village, 3 p.m.
Mokie is based in both Salt Lake City and Park City and is influenced by the Grateful Dead and Phish.
12 — Badfeather, PayDay Deck, 3 p.m.
Badfeather is a staple in the local music scene and pays tribute to the classic-rock sound with an eye on modern rock ‘n’ roll.
19 — Motherlode Canyon Band, PayDay Deck, 3 p.m.
Formed in 1993, the Park City based Motherlode Canyon Band’s repertoire ranges from acoustic and folk, to classic and progressive rock.
2 — Muddpuddle, PayDay Deck, 3 p.m.
Another local favorite, Muddpuddle culls its influences from Neil Young, the Allman Brothers Band, Grateful Dead and Phish.
2 — Tallgrass, Canyons Village, 3 p.m.
The trio’s three-part harmonies backed by drums, bass, guitar, and banjo grow big rhythm into heartfelt, original music.
9 — MAW Band, PayDay Deck, 3 p.m.
With influences from Dave Matthews Band, Umprey’s McGee, Slightly Stoopid, Neil Young, Glen Hansard, Colin Hay, Jack White and more, the Band combines curious sounds and rhythms with insightful lyrics and rocking beats.
10 — The Breakfast Klub ’80s, Canyons Village, 3 p.m.
Hailing from Salt Lake City, the Breakfast Klub ’80s plays an ’80s-themed show that includes ’80s classics.
10 — The Changing Lanes Experience, PayDay Deck, 3 p.m.
Closing out the 2016 Spring Concert Series, the Changing Lanes Experience specializes in everything from rhythm and blues, EDM, Motown, Pop, Rock, Disco, Funk, Hip-Hop, Top-40 and hits from the ’70s to present day.
The Spring Concert Series has been going on for about 15 years, according to the Park City Mountain Resort’s Director of Marketing Davy Ratchford in an email interview with The Park Record.
"We have eleven weekends worth of concerts at Park City, which began in February [and] this includes three headline acts for the Spring Grüv Concert Series, and equates to a total of 16 bands performing," Ratchford said. "[On] most weekends, we have performers at both the Park City Base Area and the Canyons Village, and advise guests to check the full schedule to see where the bands are playing."
Some of the highlights this year have included Jon Wayne & The Payne.
"Jon Wayne & The Payne is a fun group who performed last year, and were here again in February," Ratchford said in the email. "They are a reggae-rock band with a taste of dubstep that the crowd always seems to enjoy."
Some of the upcoming highlights will be The Breakfast Klub ’80s and the Motherlode Canyon Band.
"The Breakfast Klub has also performed at Canyons Village on closing day in previous years, bringing an exciting and lively ’80s day feel to the base area," Ratchford said. "Motherlode Canyon Band is a local group that performs high-energy covers of classic rock hits ranging from Fleetwood Mac to The Grateful Dead to Tom Petty. They have also performed in previous years, and we have asked them to come back and perform on March 19th at Canyons Village."
Vail works with the local nonprofit Mountain Town Music to book the bands.
"We look for a fun, upbeat band that resort guests of all ages will enjoy," according to Ratchford.
All concerts are free and open to the public and free parking is available at both base areas.
"At Canyons Village, guests may park in the complimentary lot just off of Route 224 and take the Cabriolet lift up to the base area," Ratchford said. "We also encourage guests to utilize Park City’s free transportation as a smart and efficient way to get to either base area."
For more information about concert parking, and the remaining schedule, visit http://www.ParkCityMountain.com/events .
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