Give a Hootenanny for Mountain Town Music
September 17, 2013
After producing more than 200 live concerts in Park City and Summit County this past summer, Mountain Town Music wants to say thank you.
So the nonprofit organization is hosting the annual Hootenanny Moosic Festival at the National Ability Center on Saturday, Sept. 21.
The event, which will be highlighted by live music performed by Brian Jordan Band, Lash Larue and Son Of Ian, is designed to not only be a fundraiser for MTM, but also show appreciation to the organization’s supporters, said Brian Richards, Community Conductor of Music Affairs for Mountain Town Music.
"One of the things we wanted to do is create a festival atmosphere for the whole family that is about music and celebration, because that’s what we do," Richards said. "We bring great music to Park City all summer and this Saturday is the grand finale.
"We can’t do that without the support of the entire community, whether that comes from individuals or institutions such as Canyons, Deer Valley Resort, Newpark or Billy White Enterprises," he said. "This is a true team effort and we are lucky to live in a community that can support live music six days a week."
Richards is looking forward to the performers.
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"We’re featuring a great Salt Lake City band with Sons of Ian and a great Park City band with Lash LaRue," he said. "Then we’re ending it all with Brian Jordan, an amazing guitar player who has toured the world with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe."
In addition to the live music, the festival will feature food, drinks, a bar for the adults, kids games, prizes, drawings, live music, a silent auction and the infamous Cow Ballet.
"The games this year will have something for everyone, " Richards explained. "In addition to our traditional carnival-themed games we’re going to bring in a mechanical bull, sumo-wrestling suits and a bungee run."
In addition, the NAC will provide archery and biathlon shooting, he said.
"We moved the event from Peoa to the National Ability Center last year in an effort to give the event longevity," Richards said. "We felt like it was more accessible to our supporters and easier to get to, and when you’re at the NAC, it kind of feels like the wild wild west.
Other activities will include a photo booth, Pawsatch Snow Dog rides, a train ride and a silent auction.
"We have some really cool stuff on the auction block this year," Richards said.
Items include a guitar signed by Jimmy Buffet, signed albums by Eric Clapton, Grateful Dead, the Beatles and Elton John, and sheet music signed by Taylor Swift and Adele.
There will also be an autographed One Direction photo, a White Pine nordic season pass, Mexican vacation packages, music lessons and more.
"The Hootenanny Moosic Festival is all about coming together, celebrating and supporting a world-class music scene in Park City," Richards said. "Yes, we are going to raise money, but we also want the event to be like an end-of-summer party where people come to Hoot it up!"
There will be an after party at Flanagan’s on Main for those who want to keep the party going, he said.
"I would like to see the Hootenanny Moosic Festival grow into an EVENT – where the revelry from the NAC spills over onto Main Street and the evening features bands on the streets and in the clubs," he said. "We want the Hootenanny to evolve into something that people will want to experience."
Mountain Town Music will host its annual Hootenanny Moosic Festival fundraiser at the National Ability Center, 1000 Ability Way at Quinn’s Junction, on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Children will be admitted for free. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.mountaintownmusic.org.