New events, music on Main
December 12, 2007
The chairlift gears are running, the hotels are booked and Old Town night spots are warming up for the ski season with new acts, new nights and new events:
Welcome to the snow: Ski Park City Season Kickoff Party
This Friday, Toby Martin, the former executive director of Mountain Town Stages, is starting a new partnership with Harry O’s beginning with the first annual Ski Park City Season Kickoff Party. The event will be emceed by Randy Robison, Park City Television host for the Mountain Morning Show. Employees 21 and older of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association, all three resorts and the Utah Olympic Park will get in free for an evening of raffle prizes and tunes spun by Deejay Brisk.
"We’re really pleased that Harry O’s has stepped up to make this event happen for the community — it’s really going to be a thank-you celebration for the terrific job the ski industry does," says Martin.
Tickets for the non-ski industry to the Ski Park City Kickoff Party general public are $10 a piece.
Harry O’s is located at 427 Main St.
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Get up and sing: Piano Bar
Intimate and interactive, Kristauf’s Martini Bar’s Saturday night Piano Bar combines a mix of original blues by local piano talent Cathy Cornell and jazz, Broadway, rock and pop standards and, for the next few weeks, holiday hits. Those who know the words are invited to sing, but unlike karaoke, the night is not for lyric-guessers.
Cornell is a singer-songwriter who became piano manager for Southern California Nordstrom stores after proving her talent playing on the department store’s Steinways learning "every kind of music under the sun." Later she became was piano manager for Utah’s Nordstrom stores in Murray, Orem and downtown Salt Lake City and then performed behind a grand piano at Deer Valley Resort. She now works for Prudential Utah Real Estate, but "my first love is music," she confesses.
KPCW radio host Randy Barton serves as the evening’s emcee, singing songs, warming up the audience.
"I used to do piano bar a lot in Park City and haven’t done it for years," he says. "What I like about it is that it’s nice, intimate piano music. Nothing overwhelming, but something you don’t get much of in Park City."
Kristauf’s Martini Bar is located under the Town Lift at 825 Main St.
Latin flavor: get the funk at South American Night
The Star Bar is the last stop on upper Main Street, but often the first stop for the young, seasonal workers that have traveled far and wide to get to Park City. Daniel Hill, known to Park City club-goers as "DJ Dannyboy" says the idea for Thursday’s "South American Night" came from his passion for Capoeira, the Brazilian martial art.
Hill’s fellow deejay, Damien D’Giacoma, known as "Deejay Pumbaa," spins the tunes for South American Night, emphasizing "Baile Funk," dance party music from Rio de Janeiro, full of rapid beats and aggressive vocals.
The Star Bar is located at 268 Main St.
Grab a partner: Swing Night
Tuesday nights at The Sidecar have become "Swing Night," a chance to get together with friends and lindy hop. Don’t know the moves? Sidecar provides lessons between 8 and 8:30 p.m. by Salt Lake City instructors.
"It’s been great and it’s been something that doesn’t really happen on Main Street," says Mike Wong, one of the bar’s owners. "It’s nice to mix it up."
Find The Sidecar on the second floor of the Main Street Mall at 333 Main St.