Mountain Town expands summer lineup
If the posted slate of upcoming events is any indication, Mountain Town Stages appears to be keeping its New Year’s resolution to "Keeping the Hills Alive with the Sound of Music." The nonprofit currently has 60 local concert dates scheduled to begin June 27, and an already eclectic mix booked for the season, from motorcycle benefits to marching bands.
According to Mountain Town Stages Executive Director Toby Martin, the organization’s growth spurt began when the Performing Arts Foundation handed Mountain Town Stages the Wednesday night concert series at Deer Valley Resort nearly six weeks ago. The new venue is in addition to Tuesdays and Saturdays at La Casita restaurant in Old Town, Saturdays and Sundays at Miners Park, Thursdays and Sundays at Quarry Village, Saturdays at the Canyon Resort and Fridays in Peoa.
Mountain Town Stages has also expanded the concept of "local," Martin says, especially when it comes to the Deer Valley series, which in the past has reserved the stage for Summit and Wasatch County bands only.
"The change at the Wednesday night concerts will be that there will now be a mix of Utah acts and national acts," he says. "Mountain Town Stages considers Utah local and not just Summit County."
The eight-week Frontier Bank Wednesday Evening Concert Series at Deer Valley is scheduled to begin with Salt Lake City’s Downright Blue, a quartet that blends rock with soul and "southern groove," followed by Band of Heathens, a rock group that won "Best New Band" at the 2006-2007 Austin Music Awards. The lineup continues with Park City’s Mary Beth Maziarz and Wild Honey, and a "Teen Night," featuring14-year old music talents Brandie Frampton, Andrew Goldring and The Rosdale Power Company.
At the Canyons, Mountain Town Stages has booked the jamband Great American Taxi, and New Jersey rock group The Smithereens.
Mountain Town Stages has also committed to booking music acts for the Kimball Art Center’s Arts Festival, The Canyons’ Disco and Fireworks event July 3, and has booked the 70-piece Roy High School Marching Band for the July 4 parade on Main Street.
To conclude the first week of July, Mountain Town Stages will additionally host the Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Jam, a benefit for Bikers Against Child Abuse at The Canyons, and the only concert the organization hosts that requires purchasing a ticket ($28).
For the event, rock bands Foghat, famous for the mid-1970s hit, "Slow Ride," and the heavy metal band Blue Oyster Cult will join a milieu of motorcycle dealers from companies like Triumph, Honda, Big Dog and Harley Davidson, and tattoo and leather goods vendors, according to Martin. Martin calls the Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Jam "a Woodstock for bikers" and expects the event to draw 3,000 people.
The ambitious summer will conclude with the long-standing local tradition, "The Cow Ballet" and a Park City Prom, which Martin calls a "major social event for grownups," at the Grand Summit Hotel at the Canyons.
For more information on Mountain Town Stages and to view the weekly calendar of acts playing at Park City Private Clubs, log on to http://www.mountaintownstages.com .
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