Local musicians will showcase talent at the Egyptian
When Rich Wyman created the Local Musicians Network of Park City website, (http://www.lmnop.co ) back in December, he wanted to give musicians from Summit and Wasatch Counties a chance to showcase their talent.
"It was a way to create more opportunities to give more musicians exposure," Wyman told The Park Record. "The website gives people who want musicians to play at their functions or events the opportunity to deal directly with the musicians, without having to go through agents or people like that."
The website gives people an idea of what the artist sounds like, what they look like and provides ways to contact the artists through online forms.
"It’s taking a little bit of time to catch on," Wyman said. "The people who know about it are very enthusiastic, and I think of it as a marathon. It takes time for a new organization to be recognized in the community, but everyone who learns about it is very optimistic."
After holding an LMNOP audition at Riff’s Acoustic Music, the website gained a diverse group of musicians, nine of whom will perform at the upcoming LMNOP showcase at the Egyptian Theatre, April 3.
Performers will include:
Matt Frey, a laid-back, acoustic-guitarist singer/songwriter
The Last Look, an edgy alternative-rock band
Jeff Lawrence, a southern/classical guitar player
Jeanne Rettos Logan, a gusty blues singer
Karsyn Robb, a 16-year-old singer/songwriter
Sin City Soul, belting blues with horns and guitar
Peter Smaha, a seasoned session player, originally from New York
Small House Strings, a bluegrass and acoustic band with guitar, mandolin and banjo
Rich Wyman, an award-winning pianist/vocalist
"I’ll open the night and open the second half of the evening," Wyman said. "Then my wife Lisa Needham and I will come back and like Sonny & Cher, will host the rest of the night."
Smaha said he is excited to be part of LMNOP and is looking forward to seeing the other musicians as well as playing the showcase.
"The acts are eclectic," Smaha said. "We’ve got everything from acoustic to electric and from solo performances to full bands. There is some serious talent that offers something for everyone."
Smaha cut his teeth in the New York music scene as a session player and vocalist.
"I was a commercial jingle singer and was the voice for everything from Campbell’s Soup to Finesse Shampoo," he said. "My mentor was Bill Backer, an advertising executive who wrote ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing’ for Coca-Cola. We met when I was a young copywriter on Madison Avenue, he would call me up when he had new jingles, and I would record the tracks that we presented to the clients."
For the past 20 years, Smaha has lived in Los Angeles, Calif., and was a TV commercial director before moving to Park City.
"When I moved out here, I met some great musicians and started playing music again," he said. "I met Rich and told him about my background and he had me audition for LMNOP and I was accepted."
Smaha is a solo singer, but also has a band.
"When we’re playing acoustic music, we call ourselves High Altitude," he said. "When we play full-on electric, we call ourselves High Attitude."
"This show is a chance for LMNOP to go face to face with people who we need to steer toward the website," Wyman said. "The initial vision is to have Main Street to breath live music. We have galleries, restaurants and a handful of bars and I want to keep everybody busy and I want to the show these business owners and the Park City public the quality of the talent we have in Park City."
For musicians who missed the December audition, Wyman said there will be another audition toward the end of May or beginning of June.
"We’ll make sure people know about it," he said.
LMNOP will present a musicians showcase at the Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main Street, on Sunday, April 3, at 6 p.m. Ticket are $9 for adults and $6 for children and are available by visiting http://www.parkcityshows.com or calling (435) 649-9371.
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