Live music lives on through the fall at Newpark |

Live music lives on through the fall at Newpark

Alisha Self, Of the Record staff

The summer concert series around town have come to an end, but Parkites still have plenty of chances to get outside and enjoy free live music.

This Friday, Sept. 4, Mountain Town Music is launching the September Sessions, a series of fall outdoor concerts at the Newpark Plaza. Each Friday through Oct. 2, a local band will take the stage from 6 to 8 p.m. for a slightly chillier version of the popular summer shows.

Chris Eggleton, general manager of the Newpark Resort & Hotel, says that the organizers saw a need to fulfill in the community. "There’s not a lot that goes on beyond Labor Day, and so for Newpark, we thought a fall concert series would make sense," he says.

"I’ve always wondered why the music stops after Labor Day," says Brian Richards, executive director of Mountain Town Music. "September and October are some of the most beautiful times out here. There’s nothing like sitting and watching music with the beautiful red and yellow leaves in the background."

Richards notes that early fall is also a time where Park City doesn’t see a lot of tourism, it’s a chance for locals to come together. "I envision this as something you’re going to see all your friends and neighbors at," he says. "It’s going to have such a great vibe."

The summer concert series at Newpark drew about 500-700 people each week, and about 80 percent of the attendees were locals. "We want to extend the longstanding tradition of providing quality free music to the community," Eggleton says.

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The September sessions will be held on a different night than the summer series so that "It’s a school night" can’t become an excuse. "We also want to give people something to do on the weekends," says Eggleton.

The series kicks off Friday with Lash Larue, which features members of local favorites Muddpuddle, The Detonators and John Boy’s Mule. "We’re really excited to have them open up the series," says Richards. "We hope to see community members out there enjoying live music. Summer’s not over yet."

September Sessions:

Sept. 4 – Lash Larue Sept. 11 – Abraxas Sept. 18 – Fat Paw Sept. 25 – Motherlode Canyon Band Oct. 2 – Radius