Mary Beth, Mountain Town bring some music to the winter
Live music can be tough to find in the Park City winter, unless you can make a trip to a bar or find a few select shows. But one such concert will come to Park City this Sunday, when local musician Mary Beth Maziarz teams up with Mountain Town Stages to play a show at the Egyptian Theatre.
"Mountain Town Stages is producing the show and they’ve always been really supportive of my music," said Maziarz.
"She’s a member of our board of directors and she’s always one of our biggest draws, so we told her we’d assist her with putting on this show," said Randy Barton, Mountain Town Stages’ first chair.
Maziarz said she thought the concert would offer an excellent opportunity to reach the tourist crowd and the winter-bound locals, all at the same time.
"I do a lot of concerts in the summertime, outside, but I also love these intimate concerts I do in indoor places, and I thought the Egyptian was the perfect place for that," said Maziarz.
While she plays a number of shows around town each summer, Maziarz said she spends most of the winter working, getting her songs into TV shows, playing private concerts and recording.
But she thought a concert might bring her music to an audience in search of some live entertainment. The concert will feature Maziarz, as always, singing and playing the piano, along with a bass player and some back-up vocalists. And, she said, some special guests will join her for a few songs.
"It’ll be a little bit more of an intimate sound," Maziarz said.
At the concert, she said she’d highlight some of the songs from her newest album, "Wish," which was released this past fall.
The concert, she noted, should offer a great chance for a Sunday night date.
"It’s two days before Valentine’s Day," she said, "so I thought it would be a great opportunity for people to take their honey out or even to bring the kids to a concert."
The show will be Mountain Town Stages only wintertime event.
"Last year we didn’t get any funding from the Restaurant Tax to program the winter concerts," said Barton.
"We dropped from $12,500 to $5,000 this year, so that kind of limited our ability to promote our events and make them possible," he added.
So, the organization scrapped its old winter schedule to focus on its springtime concerts at The Canyons Resort village and the traditional outdoor series in Park City and Peoa. The organization is also promoting a new Web site, ParkCityLiveMusic.com, which is designed to promote all of the options available for live music in Park City and Summit County.
While the Web site is in its infancy, it is up and running. The spring concert series at The Canyons will begin March 18. Maziarz’s show is, of course, this weekend.
Barton noted that, if all goes as planned, the concert would mark his last year in charge of Mountain Town Stages.
"This year is going to be my final year running the organization," he said, "so I want to make sure it’s a good one."
He said that after five years in charge of the nonprofit, he had accomplished most of what he set out to do.
"I’m going through the full year imparting my knowledge, and then I’ll be around assisting the year after that," Barton said.
He said Sophia Mileti and Ed Fraze would both take over his duties as Mountain Town Stages’ first chair. In the much shorter term, though, he noted, his focus was on Maziarz’s concert at the Egypitan.
"That’s going to be a great show," said Barton.
"It’s going to be a special, really intimate experience," said Maziarz.
Mary Beth Maiziarz’s show at the Egyptian Theatre is produced by Mountain Town Stages and will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12. Tickets to the event are $15 for adults and $10 for children are available from the Egyptian Theatre box office, Orion’s Music and by visiting http://www.mountaintownstages.com.
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