Guide to summer outdoor concerts
June 15, 2010
It’s that time of the year again. Temperatures are warming, picnic nibbles are in season, and the grassy hillsides that play host to Park City’s numerous summer concerts are beckoning.
The town is gearing up for another season chock-full of outdoor concerts featuring everything from small-town bands to big-name acts. Whether you have a substantial budget for live music or want to save your cash for other expenses, there are opportunities aplenty to catch live shows.
Mountain Town Music and Park City Concerts will once again provide free shows at various venues throughout the county. The Deer Valley Music Festival and Big Stars, Bright Nights Concert Series return in July, and concert presenters United Concerts and First Tracks Entertainment have announced shows on local slopes.
Mark your calendars now and don’t miss one of the best things about summertime in Park City.
Presented by Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, the Deer Valley Music Festival runs July 17 through Aug. 14 and encompasses a month-long celebration with classical and pops performances at Deer Valley’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, chamber orchestra and guest chamber performances at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and intimate salon events in Deer Valley area homes.
Festival highlights include Ben Folds with the Utah Symphony on July 17 at Deer Valley; Imani Winds on July 22 at St. Mary’s; Disney in Concert on July 23 at Deer Valley; Ted Calcara and New Deal Swing on July 24 at Deer Valley; An American Salute with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on July 30; Broadway Divas on July 31 at Deer Valley; and Randy Travis with the Utah Symphony on Aug. 7 at Deer Valley. For a complete lineup, visit http://www.deervalleymusicfestival.org .
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Single tickets and packages can be purchased online at http://www.ArtTix.org or by calling the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera ticket office at 801-533-NOTE (6683).
General admission tickets are also available in Park City at the Park Silly Sunday Market, Deer Valley Signatures and Deer Valley Etc. stores, located on Main Street and at Deer Valley Resort.
Park City Performing Arts Foundation (PCPAF) is hosting its seventh season of outdoor concerts. The 2010 St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Summer Concert series will include five nights of sizzling music held at Deer Valley Resort’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater from July through September.
The lineup includes OneRepublic on July 4; Wynonna Judd on July 20; Michael McDonald on Aug. 8; Earth Wind & Fire on Aug. 20; and Ryan Bingham, Crooked Still and Sara Watkins on Sept. 6.
Tickets are available at the box office at The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Center for the Performing Arts, 1750 Kearns Blvd., and Deer Valley Signatures or Etc. stores. Tickets can also be purchased online at http://www.parkcitytickets.com .
New options for ticket-holders this year include the Reserved Punch Pass, which includes eight VIP reserved ticket punches, two reserved parking punches, and four after-show reception punches for $900, and the Lawn Punch Pass, which includes 10 lawn ticket punches to be used either all on one show or spread out over the summer for $300.
For tickets and more information, call 435-655-3114 or visit http://www.parkcitytickets.com .
United Concerts will present the B.B. King Blues Festival featuring B.B. King, Al Green and Buddy Guy on Aug. 24 and the Avett Brothers with Gov’t Mule on Sept. 3 at Deer Valley’s Snow Park Amphitheater.
Tickets are available at all Smith’s Tix Ticket Outlets, by calling 800-888-TIXX, online http://www.smithstix.com , or at Deer Valley Signatures and Deer Valley Etc. stores. For more information, visit http://www.uconcerts.com .
First Tracks Entertainment (FTE) will present Michael Franti & Spearhead with Jimmy Cliff at Deer Valley on July 27. Tickets are available at http://www.franticliff.com , at Deer Valley Signature stores, Graywhale and Slowtrain locations, and by calling 866-973-9612.
Mountain Town Music presents its seventh summer season of free live music at Deer Valley. Ample parking, easy access and the sizeable grassy seating area make this concert series a staple of Park City’s weekly social life. The concerts feature local musical acts every Wednesday night, June 23 through Sept. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. Picnics and dancing are welcome, but dogs are not permitted. For a sneak peek at the lineup, visit http://www.mountaintownmusic.org .
After-parties for the Frontier Bank Community Concert Series will be held at Flanagan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, located at 438 Main Street. Live music will begin around 9:30 p.m. each Wednesday after the outdoor concerts wrap.
Free outdoor concerts will take place Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Newpark Amphitheater. Summer shows are scheduled June 24 through the end of August, then the series will shift to Friday nights for September Sessions through Oct. 1. Bring your friends, family, picnics and libations to celebrate the summer. This year’s lineup is TBA at http://www.mountaintownmusic.org .
The Park Silly Sunday Market is an eco-friendly, open-air market and street festival where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate a community of fun and funky Park Sillians. Each week, Mountain Town Music programs different musicians to perform in several locations, including a stage on the corner of 9th Street and Main Street (near the roundabout) and a stage near the Post Office. Street performers will also be stationed up and down Main Street.
The Miner’s Park, an intimate outdoor stage, is located halfway up Main Street on the right-hand side near the bronze miner’s statue between 4th and 5th Streets. Mountain Town Music has scheduled shows June 25 through Aug. 27. Enjoy live music by local musicians every Friday and Saturday afternoon from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Picnics/coolers are not allowed but refreshments will be available.
The Canyons will once again host its Summer Concert Series, presented by Zions Bank and programmed by Mountain Town Music. The July 3 concert will feature the Disco Drippers from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Starting July 17 through Aug. 28, free live music will be offered on the outdoor stage in the Resort Village Saturdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The Cabriolet lift will open at 4 p.m. and blankets and chairs are allowed on the premises.
Experience live music in the beautiful town of Peoa on Friday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. July 2 through Aug. 13. With picturesque views of the mountains, this park is truly one of the best-kept secrets in Summit County. Picnics and coolers are allowed and BBQ grills are available. For directions and more information, visit http://www.mountaintownmusic.org.
Park City Concerts will expand live music to the outer perimeter of Park City again this summer with the Quarry Village Concert Series on Sunday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. The concerts start June 27 and include both local and regional acts. For more information, visit http://parkcityconcerts.org.
– Compiled by Alisha Self