Arts fest attracts big bands
The Austin roots/rock group Band of Heathens may not be based in Utah, but its making Park City its’ home for the 2008 Arts Festival.
The group, voted Best New Band in the 2007 Austin Music awards, plays three concerts in Park City this weekend. Thursday, July 31, Heathens headlines at the grand opening of the Newpark Amphitheater at 6 p.m. Their next performance is Aug. 1 at 10 p.m. at the Spur Bar & Grill.
The band plays its third show at the Park City arts festival Aug. 2 at 12:30 p.m.
Heathens is just one of more than 20 bands that plays Saturday and Sunday on Main Street at the Park City Arts Festival.
The festival kicks off Friday from 6-9 p.m. with a free locals night. The entertainment continues after dark with live music at Harry O’s, Star Bar, Cisero’s Night Club and other venues.
Expanded nightlife is part of an effort to get festival attendees to stick around Main Street for dinner and drinks after the artists have closed theirs booths for the night, according to Erik Daenitz of the Kimball Art Center, the nonprofit hosting the event.
Besides the free locals night, in which some of the booths and food vendors may not yet be open, the arts festival begins Saturday, Aug. 2 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and runs through Sunday, August 3rd from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
The event features 225 artists, live music and three beer and wine gardens, as well as face painting and arts and crafts for kids. This year, 929 artists applied for the slots, according to representatives at the Kimball.
Organizers added that they expect this year’s festival to attract a record number of visitors. While many in Utah can’t afford the high cost of air travel this summer, according to organizers, people are still planning weekend getaways in Park City where they can enjoy hiking, biking, food, and, of course, art.
Tickets cost $8 for one day and $10 for the weekend. Visitors can also buy a yearlong membership to the Kimball for $75 and be entered to win a luxury car from Ken Garff or a weekend at Red Cliffs Lodge in Moab, organizers say.
The arts festival, now in its 39th year, has become a tradition in Park City. It is also an important fundraiser for the Kimball, organizers say. The annual Kimball Art Auction & Gala starts Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $150 and reservations are required.
Money raised helps the art and education center host art exhibitions and teach ceramics, painting and art-education classes for kids, according to Kimball representative Julie Hooker Baker. "This is our largest fundraiser of the year," Baker wrote in an email. "It keeps the Kimball free and open to the public year round while ensuring the continuation of our education outreach into all of the schools on the Wasatch Back. Therefore, obviously, we want to reach a minimum of the estimated value on each piece in the auction."
Also new this year is a 5k run Aug. 2 that starts and ends at the Kimball. the time runner complete the course, organizers say, booths will be open and live music will be playing at several locations on Main Street.
Band of Heathens takes the main stage at 12:30 Saturday afternoon. The band formed in 2006 and boasts talent sing-songwriters Ed Juri, Colin Brooks, Brian Keane and Gordy Quist.
"Our shows are different every night," Quist said. "We never use a set list. The song may be three times as fast and with a different groove. This band has a ton of trust. We just roll with it."
Local Trevor Nealon is part of that circle of trust, at least for the Arts Festival. Nealon plays with Wise Bird, a Park-City-based group, and joins the Band of Heathens its three-week summer tour. Nealon plays guitar and sings for the group.
The Band of Heathens has released two live albums, "Live from Momo’s," and "Live from Antone’s." The group released its first self-titled studio album, "The Band of Heathens," in the spring.
"Success is always a nice surprise," Quist said. "We just try to do shows and find the people who connect with our music. Right now this thing has some wheels and we’re rolling."
Weekend Arts Festival live music
11 a.m-12 p.m.
Lower Main Stage, Mary Beth Maziarz (with Wild Honey)
Main Stage, Wisebird
Miners Park Stage, Brandie Frampton with fiddler
Lower Main Stage Andrew Goldring & The Rosedale Power Company
Miners Park, Rich Wyman and Lisa Needham
Main Stage, Band of Heathens
Lower Main Stage John Boy’s Mule
Miners Park, Tony Oros
Main Stage, Bonepony
Miners Park, Somer Lei
Main Stage, Joy & Eric
Lower Main Stage, Fat Paw
Miners Park Michael Whisler,
Main Stage, Sarah Sample
Sun, Aug. 3
Miners Park, Anke Summerhill
11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Lower Main Stage, Red Desert Ramblers
Main Stage, Motherlode Canyon Band
Miners Park, Dan Weldon
Lower Main Stage, John Flanders & Double Helix
Main Stage, Swagger
Lower Main Stage, Charles Walker Band
Miners Park Damien Roomets
Main Stage, Andy Monaco The Band
3-4 p.m., Miners Park Michael Lucarelli
Lower Main Stage, The Legendary Porch Pounders
3:15-4:15 p.m., Main Stage, The Soul Survivors
Main Stage, Slaymaker Hill
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