Park City Institute announces 2016 Big Stars, Bright Nights concerts
The wait is over. The Park City Institute announced the 2016 St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights concert series and there is something for everyone, according to Executive Director Teri Orr.
"This is the most exciting seasons for me," Orr told The Park Record during the unveiling event at the Blind Dog Restaurant Wednesday night. "We always try to have variety, but I feel this year we are all the way across the board."
The schedule is as follows:
Overall, Orr was happy with the variety of this year’s season.
"From Squirrel Nut Zippers to Mike Posner and some great country, which has become something people have expected of us after the past few years, I’m really excited about this," Orr said.
Those country artists include Kip Moore on July 24 and Trace Adkins on Aug. 25.
Four days after Moore, the Big Stars audience will be treated to the award-winning bluegrass duo, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn.
"I was fortunate to be at TEDx Women last year in May to see these two perform," Orr said. "I’ve seen them perform individually but as a husband and wife team, they kind of knock it out of the park."
Orr was also pleased to bring back trumpeter Chris Botti and violinist Lucia Micarelli.
"Last summer we presented a show and had a couple of people tell us if we bring these artists back, we would support them," Orr announced to the crowd of donors and supporters that included Park City Institute Managing Director Mo Hickey and Board Chairwoman Phyllis Robinson. "So, we are happy to bring back these two wonderful artists."
The announcement that received the loudest cheers was the 40th anniversary tour of Emmylou Harris, with her backup band featuring Lyle Lovett, on July 14.
Orr said that was one of the first shows the Park City Institute booked for the season.
"That was a great score for us," she said. "We got a call from their agent early on in the process. They really wanted them to play at Deer Valley, so we bit the bullet on that giant show."
Targeting the younger audience, the Park City Institute booked singer and record producer Mike Posner for Aug. 7.
Posner’s "I Took a Pill in Ibiza" currently sits at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, Orr said.
"This is a guy we’ve had our eye on for a while," she said.
On Aug. 20, fans of Cuban music will get the rare opportunity to experience
Andy Garcia and the CineSon Allstars.
"They don’t tour at all, so we were very lucky to get them," Orr said. "They will come with 14 band members."
There is an open date on Aug. 27, two days after the Trace Adkins show, Orr said.
"We are still negotiating another act," she explained.
Closing the 2016 St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights concert series will be singer and songwriter Jewel.
"She’s quite fun and has been with us before," Orr said. "We’re delighted to have her back and she has Utah roots."
While Wednesday’s event centered on the concert series announcement, it was also a fundraiser for the Park City Institute’s student outreach program.
The program gives Summit County students the opportunity to attend the concerts at a discounted price as well as meet and work with the artists.
Jennifer Cervantes and Sheldon Vanover, eighth graders at Treasure Mountain Junior High, spoke about the Park City Institute’s student outreach.
"The Park City Institute has provided me with many opportunities I would not have had otherwise," Cervantes told the crowd. "I have seen Edward Snowden and (slam poets) Sarah Kaye and Phil Kay and learned how to write poetry with them. I have learned about stem-cell research and the hyperloop with Bibop Gresta."
Vanover thanked the donors for funding the outreach program and said meeting Phil Kay was the most inspiring event of his life.
"Not only did I get to talk with him, we learned how to perform and write spoken word poetry," he said. "The skills that I learned in that class, I have learned to apply in the real world. I’m doing that right now, the speech I’m giving is utilizing those skills."
The St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights concerts take place at Deer Valley’s Snow Park Amphitheater. Park City Institute members may purchase lawn and reserved tickets as well as summer season punch cards at the Box Office of The George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Center for the Performing Arts, 1750 Kearns Blvd., or via phone at 435-655-3114 beginning at 10 a.m. on April 4. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on April 11 and will be available at the box office, via phone, online and at several partner locations. General Admission tickets start at $40. Reserved seats start at $55. For more information, visit http://www.bigstarsbrightnightsconcerts.org.
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