Park City Institute kicks off 2015 with Keb’ Mo’
Although the Jane Lynch performance at the Eccles Center on New Year’s Eve marks the end of the year for the Park City Institute, it doesn’t mean the nonprofit will slow things down.
On the contrary. A mere three days after Lynch sings her final note, the concert series will start up again with Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist and singer Keb’ Mo’ on Jan. 3.
"We’ve had Keb’ once before in 2006," said Teri Orr, Park City Institute executive director. "It was outdoors at Deer Valley and he opened for Bonnie Raitt.
"We loved him," she said. "I’m a big fan of his style. He’s very accessible and has that Delta blues, backcountry road feel. We felt he would fit very well at the Eccles Center this time."
A week after Keb’ Mo’ the institute will present the Green River Ordinance, a roots-rock band known for its cross-genre jams, on Jan. 10.
"I’m really excited about this up-and-coming band," Orr said. "We’ve been getting a lot of chatter about them and they are great fun."
Rounding out the music performances in January, before the Park City Institute takes a break for the Sundance Film Festival, will be Aoife O’Donovan on Jan. 17.
"I’ve had my eye on Aoife (pronounced "EE-fa") for a while," Orr said. "We brought her out to Deer Valley as the lead singer for the group called Crooked Still in 2010."
Shortly after her appearance in Park City, O’Donovan sang guest vocals on the Grammy Award-winning album "The Goat Rodeo Sessions," an collaborative album conceived by world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mandolinist/guitarist Chris Thile, bassist Edgar Meyer and violinist/banjoist Stuart Duncan.
"Aoife has the most beautiful voice, which is her most well-known instrument," Orr said. "She also plays the guitar."
February’s performances will kick off with MOMIX’s "Dreamcatcher" on Feb. 7.
"This is a new piece by MOMIX and the choreographer, Moses Pendleton, will come out to be with the company," Orr said. "We’ve had him out a couple of times and he is an extraordinary person who also founded Pilobolus."
Like Pilobolus, MOMIX is far more than a dance company.
"It is a happening," Orr said. "There are so many different elements that are on stage at one time that the audience needs to really pay attention.
"It’s very athletic but there are other skills that are required to be part of the company," she said. "They sometimes use different apparatuses in the works and there is a lot of illusions that Moses creates in his pieces. But it’s always beautiful."
The month winds up with three music concerts — Marcia Ball and Elvin Bishop on Feb. 14, Lucia Micarelli on Feb. 21 and Sam Bush on Feb. 28.
"Elvin and Marcia are definitely New Orleans folk, and will kick off Mardi Gras week," Orr said. "They recorded an album together.
"We presented Marcia six or seven years ago, and know that she will get everyone in the room moving whether they want to or not," she said. "Together they are so much fun."
Micarelli is known for her role of Annie in the HBO series "Treme."
"She was the violinist who switched to play Cajun fiddle," Orr said. "Esquire said that she was the reason to watch ‘Treme.’"
In addition to her appearances on the TV show, Micarelli has performed with Josh Groban, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Jethro Tull.
"Lucia is just starting her own breakout career and will bring a band with her," Orr said. "She is also from New Orleans and will close Mardi Gras week for us."
Although the Grammy Award-winning mandolinist Bush has performed in Park City and Salt Lake City before, this will be the first time he will be presented by the Park City Institute.
"I really think his unique brand of singing, picking and just being Sam will fit nicely inside the Eccles Center," Orr said.
Orr is happy with the January and February schedules and hopes Park City audiences will appreciate the work that went into scheduling the various acts, especially the new performers.
In addition to the music, the Park City Institute will present speakers Mark Ebeling, on Jan. 16, and John Delaney on Feb. 20 for the Future in Review (FiRe) series, presented in partnership with Strategic News Service.
"I saw Mark speak last May at the FiRe conference at Laguna Beach and he was so impressive," Orr said. "Sharon and I talked about what a great speaker he would be to come to Park City."
The FiRe Conference is a program hosted by the Strategic News Service, directed by Sharon Anderson-Morris.
"Mark went to Sudan with a 3D printer and helped make prosthetic limbs for children who needed them," Orr said. "He also taught the people how to work the printer and bought them two more."
Anderson-Morris also referred Delaney to Orr.
"I trust Sharon and she had nothing but good things to say about John," Orr said. "So it will be interesting to hear what he has to say."
The speaker sessions are held in the Eccles Center Black Box.
"It’s an interview process and that proves to be a great, intimate space for that," Orr said.
Orr is looking forward to the next couple of months of Park City Institute presentations, especially the new performers.
"We’re proud of our schedule of emerging artists," she said. "It’s more difficult for us to present them, because people don’t know who they are, but we always encourage our audiences to take a chance.
"It’s like when we presented One Republic or Nickel Creek in Deer Valley years ago, because many of these artists we presented early in their career and have taken off," she said. "It’s been fun to see them grow from ground-floor up."
For more information about the Park City Institute Eccles Center concerts or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.eccelescenter.org.
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