Music for spring apres skiing
February 29, 2008
The first après ski, keep-the-ski-boots on event this spring at The Canyons resort will take place Saturday, March 8, with Salt Lake City-based country-rock band Jagertown.
Jagertown’s music could be described as a lesson in contemporary musicology, blending the eclectic tastes of Preston Creed, a former R&B vocalist who toured with Pink, Troy Haun, a lead guitarist with a rock background; Jesse Brooks, a seasoned bassist; Liz Anderson, a violinist trained in jazz and classical music; and Chuck McFalls, a guitarist with a passion for the Greatful Dead and a self-described "no-holds-barred" drummer. A part-time member, Rich Wyman, the piano man regularly featured at Park City’s Celsius Lounge and Easy Street, also plans to join them. The performance next weekend is expected to combine country standards with their own country bar originals.
This year the resort’s spring music slate, which runs through April 4 and will welcome everything from pop to reggae and heavy metal, is produced, in part, by Park City Concerts, a new concert organization started by Toby Martin. The season will conclude with the resort’s first annual 10-day Spring Gruv, which will feature the Pond Skimming Contest, an event that challenges costume-clad skiers and boarders to cross a 100-foot pond while strapped into their mountain equipment, followed by afternoon serenades by the band Soul Asylum, Slightly Stoopid and Rusted Root. Spring Gruv will begin the last week of March and through the beginning of April. All concerts are free and open to the public.
This year’s lineup at The Canyons Resort’s Concert Series Includes:
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Jagertown’s sound is rock-meets-country with kicks of classical, jazz and R&B. The Salt Lake City-based band began as a team of studio songwriters, but quickly discovered that it might work to write and record songs for themselves. The band’s Web site describes its style as somewhere between Keith Urband and Rascal Flatts, and Lynyrd Skynrd. For more information, visit jagertown.com.
A gritty pub band, Swagger is a fixture on the local private club scene in Salt Lake City and Park City, playing regularly at J.B. Mulligans Club and Pub. The band is Irish rock-punk, and can often be seen playing in kilts, purveying up-tempo tunes to audiences, and sometimes even venturing beyond the stage to play with them. Swagger fiddler Dennis Harrington is the orchestra teacher for Park City-area schools. On this particular date, Swagger will have a double-header: in the evening, they plan to play an après après ski performance at The Spur Bar and Grill on Main Street. For more information, visit swaggertheband.com.
School of Rock
This past year, Park City students welcomed the Salt Lake City-based Paul Green School of Rock Music, known as the School of Rock an institution that inspired a film starring comedian Jack Black. For this performance, the school will select its top-12 sub-18-year-old pupils to perform classic rock covers from Pink Floyd to the Rolling Stones.
The alternative band that rose to fame with songs at the height of long-haired, ripped-jean grunge like "Runaway Train" in 1992 has returned with a new album this year called "The Silver Lining," with a slight shift to a more classic rock-and-roll sound. For more information, visit soulasylum.com.
Southern California-based Slightly Stoopid’s latest album, "Chronchitis," features guest artists Guru of Gang Starr and G. Love and the Beastie Boys’ keyboardist Money Mark. The band grooves a funk-hip-hop-acoustic sound with a wide range of instruments from harp to guitar, trumpet and saxophone. For more information, visit slightlystoopid.com.
The earthy up-beat band Rusted Root, best known for its hit 1995 single "Send Me On My Way" arrives in Park City all the way from Pittsburgh. Their signature sound draws from Native American, Middle Eastern, African and Latin American music.
For more information, visit rustedroot.com.