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Number of acts at Wednesday night free concert series doubles

ANNA BLOOMOf the Record staff

The list of Frontier Community Bank’s Wednesday night concert series might have some thinking they’re seeing double.

There are eight dates in the series, and last year, there were eight acts. This year, however, 15 artists will play. If anyone sees double, therefore, it’s no mistake.

"We’ve increased the size and quality of sound system, so we’re going to have the very best at Deer Valley," said Toby Martin, executive director for Mountain Town Stages, the nonprofit who now produces the resort’s mid-week concerts.

He estimates Frontier Bank and three other sponsors have put up three times as much money this year to support the lineup.

Concerts, which begin regularly at 6 p.m., won’t be longer, there will just be more variety, he says. Concerts typically end at 8 p.m.

Once a date reserved for Park City area bands only, Martin notes Mountain Town Stages has also expanded on its idea of "local" for Wednesday nights. Bands booked for the Deer Valley stage hail from Ogden, Provo and Salt Lake City. On August 1, "Band of Heathens," a group from Austin, Texas, will perform.

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"We’re not putting many bands on stage that played last year," admitted Martin.

But "Mountain Town Stages’ mission is to foster the careers of musicians and to improve the quality of cultural experience of people in Summit County," he argued. "To bring on the same bands every year doesn’t meet that mission."

He adds that Mountain Town Stages does continue support the musical loci on five other stages throughout Summit County, as well as festivals and the Fourth of July Parade on Main Street.

"We just want to spread the opportunity to new bands," Martin said.

Concert seating at the series generally fills up fast and there’s no reserved seating. Martin recommends coming early and staying late.

For details about Mountain Town Stages upcoming concerts, http://www.mountaintownstages.com.

Lineup for upcoming shows Wednesdays at Deer Valley:

June 27 Downright Blue and Tim Wray and Fat Paw

July 11 Soul Survivor

July 18 Israeli Scouts and Jagertown

July 25 Brandie Frampton followed by Andrew Goldring and The Rosedale Power Co.

August 1 The Band of Heathens

August 15 Coles Whalen and Slaymaker Hill

August 22 Swagger and Mary Beth Maziarz

August 29 Alexa Wilkinson and Bryon Friedman