Lucky students will catch Fogerty soundcheck
June 19, 2012
When Chris Mautz was younger, the closest thing he came to attending a sound check of one of his favorite bands was tailgating in the parking lot.
Nowadays, Mautz, who co-founded First Tracks Entertainment production company with Darin Piccoli, is giving kids a chance to attend soundchecks before concerts.
On Thursday, First Tracks and Mountain Town is giving 20 lucky Summit County school students between the ages of eight and 15 the opportunity to attend the sound check of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee John Fogerty at the Snow Park Amphitheater at Deer Valley.
The students are being selected from videos of themselves performing Creedence Clearwater Revival or John Fogerty songs that are submitted to Mountain Town Music executive director Brian Richards, via the Internet or email.
"Darin and I have known Brian for a while and we’ve been fans of what Brian and Mountain Town Music has been doing in general in Summit County for years," Mautz said. "He always presents high-quality music in live concerts up there, and the effort he puts out is impressive.
"There aren’t many places that have programs like what Mountain Town Music is doing and as we thought about shows that we have coming up in Park City, we thought of Brian and tried to find a way for us all to participate in an event that gives back something for his efforts," Mautz said. "We thought about the Fogerty show and came up with this idea of bringing kids to the sound check, giving them a unique experience that doesn’t happen very often. It should be pretty cool."
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Attending the sound check was something that just developed in the past couple of months, said Richards.
"We were going to work with Chris and Darin throughout the summer to create educational programs within their shows," Richards explained. "We’ll have one with John Fogerty and then one coming up with the String Cheese Incident in July. "We’re giving kids opportunities to enjoy live music.
"Kids will be able to come and see what goes on during a professional soundcheck session," he said. "Who knows, maybe John will chat with them for a little while."
Although Richards and Mautz are still working out the details, the plan is to round the kids up so they can attend the soundcheck which starts around 3 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.
"They’ll be able to be there for about an hour," Richards said. "There are still a couple of slots open."
Richards said it has been fun to see the various submission videos done by the students.
"They sent us YouTube videos or emailed videos they produced with their mobile phones to us," he said. "It’s been great and really cool to see these kids singing songs that were released before they were born."
"They can just email the videos to me at http://firstname.lastname@example.org ," he said.
Mautz thinks the music of John Fogerty and the music Credence is timeless.
"When I was growing up, my parents played them and now my kids are hearing me play them," Mautz said. "Also, John’s new album is introducing his songs to a younger generation."
The album, "Wrote a Song for Everyone," which will be released in the fall, features the singer performing duets of his songs with all sorts of different artists including the Foo Fighters, Bob Seger, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, My Morning Jacket, Alan Jackson and Miranda Lambert.
"It’s cool and everyone is getting into the act," Mautz said. "In fact, the Black Keys had John play with them at Coachella."
Richards said he is happy to have forged a relationship with First Tracks Entertainment.
"They are seeking community partners as well," he said. "They want to be part of the community up here, too. They don’t just want to throw a show and head back down to Salt Lake. They want to ensure when they do an event, they are rewarding Park City and Summit County as a whole."
John Fogerty will play the Snow Park Amphitheater at Deer Valley on Thursday, June 21, at 8 p.m. General admission tickets for $50 are still available by visiting http://www.ticketsfteslc.com . Tickets will also be available at the Deer Valley box office the day of the show beginning at 3 p.m.