Sideshow Ramblers will open Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series
The public has voted, and the result made local band the Sideshow Ramblers happy.
The trio will officially open the Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series at Deer Valley on June 19.
The Park City-based band landed the opening slot of the series after Mountain Town Music asked members of the community to vote on which bands they would like to see perform on the Snow Park Amphitheater stage this summer.
Fans, friends and families nominated their favorite local musicians via Facebook, and Mountain Town Music executive director Brian Richards narrowed the list down to 20 from Summit County and 10 from all over the state.
The list was then sent out via a Survey Monkey for votes.
The Sideshow Ramblers received the most votes.
Other Summit County bands that won performance slots were, in order of placement: The Motherlode Canyon Band, the Sophia Dion Band, Joy & Eric, Mary Beth Maziarz and the Patwa Reggae Band, according to Mountain Town Music.
Lash Larue and Sin City Soul, tied for seventh, according to the notice.
In addition, three other bands from Utah — Holy Water Buffalo, Stonefed and Marinade — will get the opportunity to perform at Deer Valley.
Being named the No. 1 Summit County Band is a big deal for bassist Dave Knose, who plays with guitarist and vocalist Josh Taylor and drummer Matt Gordon in the Sideshow Ramblers.
"It’s a great feeling to be one of the seven Park City bands to play, and to kick off the series, is pretty sweet," Knose told The Park Record. "I want to thank everyone who voted in the process, and I want to also thank Mountain Town Music for giving all of these wonderful musicians a chance to perform on that stage.
"All the bands that were chosen for the preliminaries and all the ones that were in the finals all have amazing talent," he said. "A line up that could have been chosen from any of those bands would have been a great concert series."
Knose said waiting for the results for these past two months has been intense.
"Waiting out the preliminary voting that established the initial band list that would be voted on was insane, and then we still had to wait the additional weeks of voting that would choose the bands for the final list," he said. "It was nerve wracking, because Deer Valley is an awesome venue for local bands to play."
One reason is because the Deer Valley stage features an audio system that major acts use when they play for the Park City Performing Arts Foundation’s Big Stars Bright Nights concerts, Knose said.
"We have access to four monitors, we and even have someone on stage running those monitors so we can get things tweaked right at any moment," he said. "Then we also have a sound guy in the front of the house that work with us to make it sound good.
"And that’s just the sound quality side of things, because when you’re on the stage and look into the audience, you see thousands of people that are there having a good time and partying with us," Knose said. "We provide the soundtrack for them to do that, and we know that when we play there, we can easily be playing to the biggest audience that local bands have an opportunity to play for."
Knose, who cited Stanley Clarke, Victor Wooten, Edgar Meyer, Les Claypool, James Jamerson and Donald "Duck" Dunn as his own musical influences, has personal reasons why he is excited to play Deer Valley.
"It’s a privilege for me, because we’re going to be playing on the same stage Bob Dylan has played on," he laughed. "I saw Jimmy Cliff play there one year and I’ll be able to stand in the same place he stood, right there.
"And then Lyle Lovett and Bruce Hornsby will be playing there this summer," he said. "It’s an amazing thing for us."
For the June 19 show, the Sideshow Ramblers will also ask some guests artists to join them on stage.
"We want to make the event more full," Knose said. "We want to share the excitement."
The Sideshow Ramblers got together three years ago, after a previous band underwent a transitional period, Knose said.
"I got brought in because they needed a bass player to perform a show," he said. "We started with some other members and then pared things down to Josh, Gordo and me."
The band initially enjoyed playing covers.
"We were having so much fun and getting a lot of good reception from the crowd, that we decided to continue playing together," Knose said. "Then Josh had some ideas for original songs and we grew from there."
Knose said the best thing about the band is how close the members are as friends.
"We’ve gotten so tight as a trio, because it’s not often when you find a group of musicians that you get along with and make great music with," he said. "Our goal is to keep writing originals and keep having fun and playing new shows."
Knose reiterated he wants to especially thank Mountain Town Music for keeping music alive in Park City.
"We’re lucky to have them doing what they are doing," he said. "To have started the concert series back at City Park and then move it to Deer Valley shows how much support Mountain Town Music and the concerts have. We’re excited to be part of it all."
For more information about the Sideshow Ramblers, visit http://www.reverbnation.com/thesideshowramblers or http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Sideshow-Ramblers/152122761500887 . For more information about the Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series at Deer Valley, visit http://www.mountaintownmusic.org.
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