Park City Library patio concerts fill a local niche
New series starts Wednesday
Live music has been a summertime staple in Park City and Summit County venues throughout the years, and most of the concerts have been held either in the afternoons or evenings.
That will change next week when the Park City Library kicks off its Music on the Patio series, which will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday.
The series will run from June 21 to Aug. 2, said Adult Services Librarian Kate Mapp.
“This isn’t like a giant concert,” Mapp told The Park Record. “The series is meant to have that coffee-shop ambiance, that won’t necessarily disturb the patrons in the library.”
The concerts will be performed by solo local musicians who will perform on the patio just outside of the Park City Coffee Roasters entrance.
“We have a great space out front where the sliding glass doors can open and the music that will be played can trickle into the coffee shop and other parts of the library,” Mapp said.
The concerts coincide with many of the library’s children’s programs, namely the Music and Movement session.
“We thought it might be a fun for the kids to be exposed to live music when they get out of that program,” Mapp said. “So, they could come and dance if they wanted to.”
Mapp also hopes people will listen to the music while enjoying a cup of coffee or an early to mid-afternoon lunch.
“We encourage people to come and bring blankets and picnics, which they can spread out on the library field,” she said. “We wanted to have the concerts while the coffee shop is open, and we didn’t want to compete with other music events in town.”
In case of inclement weather, the musicians would perform indoors.
While Mapp had the idea for the library to host the concerts, she approached Brian Richards, Mountain Town Music’s community conductor of musical affairs, to get the ball rolling.
“We met in the coffee shop to talk about this idea,” Mapp said. “We tried to envision what would go perfectly in that space.”
“They wanted to do something to liven up the area by the coffee shop, according to Richards. “We chatted about a few ideas and decided what the timing was going to be,” Richards said.
Richards suggested holding the concerts earlier in the day because there are so many nighttime summer activities in the area.
“The day is when people come to the library,” he said. “It hits a niche that we didn’t have before and gives people an option if they want to see free live music, they can go to the library.”
Mountain Town Music looks forward to finding and establishing new venues such as the Park City Library.
“[These venues] provide more free, live music opportunities in the community for people to check out,” he said. “It also allows us to employ more local Utah musicians.”
This season’s library series will be a trial run.
“We thought we could put some music there and see how people react to it,” Richards said. “If it does well, then we can do something bigger in the future.”
The Park City Library’s Music on the Patio is made possible by a four-way partnership with the library, Mountain Town Music, the Friends of the Park City Library and Park City Coffee Roasters, Mapp said.
“Brian at Mountain Town Music reached out to the artists he felt would fit the space, and the Friends of the Library and Park City Coffee Roasters sponsored the series,” she said. “We are looking forward to see how it goes.”
The schedule is as follows:
- 21 — Rick Gerber
- 28 — Shannon Runyon
- 5 — Jennie Gautney
- 12 — Kate Vogel
- 19 — Teresa Eggertsen Cooke
- 26 — Alicia Stockman
- 2 — Mikael LewisFree acoustic concerts will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday at Park City Library, 1255 Park Ave. The concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.parkcitylibrary.org.
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