Notch Pub welcomes New Year’s with Muddpuddle
After celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Park City’s Muddpuddle continues to rock and roll.
The band — featuring guitarists Marty Klein and Cole Hobbs, bassist Phil Dean and drummer Matt Gordon — will perform a New Year’s Eve show at the Notch in Samak.
Gordon said he is looking forward to playing the show.
"With a New Year’s Eve show, everyone is in a party mood and they are there to have fun," Gordon said during an interview with The Park Record. "And while, honestly, it’s just another gig, the best thing about it is that there will probably be more people there than on regular nights."
Gordon is especially glad to be performing at the Notch.
"The coolest thing is that this is a very local bar, and everyone knows each other," he said. "It’s very comfortable and unlike a regular bar when the band plays from this time to this time and they have to get the audience into it."
Over the past few years, the Notch has established a reputation for its live music.
"They bring in people from all over the place," Gordon said. "They present singers and songwriters and country performers who come in and do solo shows. Every time we play there, it’s a blast."
Muddpuddle landed the New Year’s Eve gig through bassist Dean.
"Phil goes there all the time to see the shows and one night he asked if the Notch would be interested in having us play on New Year’s Eve," Gordon said. "They said yes."
Muddpuddle will play their trademark array of classic rock and jam covers during the show.
"Marty and Cole usually write the set list and between us all, we know probably more than 100 songs," Gordon said. "We’ll stick to the songs we know and feel what the crowd is doing and into."
In addition, the band will perform its go-to classics.
"These are the songs that people love to hear and that we love to play," Gordon said. ‘It will be interesting to see what we play, because we didn’t practice that much for the show. I’m sure we’re going to have some dust and cobwebs in the songs that need to be wiped clean."
Gordon joined Muddpuddle seven years ago.
"It was a band even before I started playing drums," he said. "After I began playing percussion, I went to see them and liked what I saw and heard."
The band members asked Gordon if he would be interested in playing percussion.
"At that time I owned two drums and we went and played in Phil’s backyard and from that day on, I sat in at random shows," Gordon said. "In fact, my first gig in Park City was with Muddpuddle at Cozy. I was playing percussion and playing lightly because I was so nervous."
When Muddpuddle’s drummer left, the band asked Gordon to play permanently.
"It’s been great playing with these guys," he said. "They know their music, that’s for sure, and are one of the locals’ favorites."
More live music in Park City on New Year’s Eve
In addition to the Notch, other area bars will be featuring live music on New Year’s Eve. Here is a list of some of these venues:
Muddpuddle will perform at the Notch Pub, 2393 E. Mirror Lake Highway in Samak, on Dec. 31. The music will begin at 9 p.m. For more information, call 435-783-6244 or visit http://www.thenotchpub.com.
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